Overview

One in three Victorians and one in 12 Australians live in the fast-growing North and West Melbourne region, which by 2036 will have a population larger than South Australia. It is the region hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic against a backdrop of some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.
 
The North and West Melbourne City Deal Plan is a blueprint for the region to respond to the impacts of the pandemic in the immediate and medium-term, and to reform our economy for the future.

 

The proposal will help create 300,000 new jobs, reboot business, boost social and economic inclusion, and leverage the region’s existing strengths in health, food production, manufacturing and logistics.

 

It will unlock employment and economic development opportunities centred on the eight key precincts of Broadmeadows, Cloverton/Beveridge, Cobblebank, Epping, Footscray, La Trobe, Sunshine and Werribee.

Thirteen local governments represented by LeadWest and the Northern Councils Alliance, La Trobe and Victoria Universities, NORTH Link and the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance have come together to build the City Deal proposal. This level of regional cooperation is unprecedented and provides a foundation for change.

Without a City Deal, NWM is facing a crisis – a significant lack of jobs coupled with the massive impact of COVID-19. A City Deal presents the region with huge opportunities and an essential springboard for recovery.

 

This proposal is a community effort to arrive at a joint list of priorities before consideration of formal MoU arrangements with Commonwealth, state and local governments.

Vision

 
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City Deal Plan

City Deal Plan Summary

 

Themes

The NWM City Deal will position the region to embrace the new knowledge economy, through 66 transformative and enabling projects to support four guiding themes:

Future Economy

a workforce skilled in the digital economy, leading Australia in new and revitalised industries such as advanced manufacturing and the circular economy, securing Australia’s essential supply chains and growing the range of professional services

Transport and Connectivity

improved transport and regional connectivity, providing access to industry, employment, health, education and liveability options

Health and Wellbeing
Liveability

thriving and sustainable communities, focused on quality of life and place.

world-class health service delivery, training and research to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population.

Eight precincts

The NWM City Deal will unlock employment and economic development opportunities centred on the eight key precincts of Broadmeadows, Cloverton/Beveridge, Cobblebank, Epping, Footscray, La Trobe, Sunshine and Werribee.

 

Transformative projects

A number of transformative projects are on the way, including the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, the North East Link and the West Gate Tunnel. But these projects won’t be enough, as they largely cater for yesterday’s congestion and growth.

 

The 66 projects listed in this City Deal Plan will unlock economic potential and meet the health and social needs of the region’s communities, including responding to the immense challenge of COVID-19 recovery, by delivering world-leading industry activity in connected economic development precincts that deliver jobs at a time when they are needed most.

  • Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal

  • Broadmeadows Revitalisation

  • East Werribee Employment Precinct

  • Epping Innovation and Food Export Hub

  • La Trobe University City of the Future Redevelopment

  • Melbourne Airport Rail Link

  • Melbourne Metro 2

  • New Footscray Hospital and Footscray University Town

  • New Melton Hospital

  • New Outer North Hospital

  • North East Link

  • Outer Metropolitan Ring

  • Suburban Rail Loop

  • West Gate Tunnel

  • Western Intermodal Freight Precinct

  • Western Rail Plan

 

Enabling projects

  • Airport Rail East - Suburb Rail Loop/Mass Rapid Transit Solution

  • BioInnovation and Sustainable AgriFoods Hub

  • Broadmeadows Revitalisation Enablers

  • Brunswick Design District

  • Digital Innovation Hub

  • Electrification of the North East Line to Wallan

  • Eltham Congestion Busters

  • Energy Park Regional Sports Facility

  • Essendon Fields/Airport West Improved Connectivity

  • Flemington Community Hub

  • Footscray Library, Community and Central Hub - NeXT

  • Greening the North

  • Greening the West

  • Greensborough Station Redevelopment

  • Health, Sports and Active Living Innovation Hub

  • Hobsons Bay Foreshore Infrastructure

  • Hobsons Bay Wetlands and Biodiversity Centre

  • Hume Freeway Diamond Interchanges

  • Irving Street Interchange and Paisley Street Improvements

  • Kangan Institute (TAFE) Campus Redevelopment

  • La Trobe NEIC Enablers

  • Maygar Barracks Redevelopment

  • Melbourne Centre for Civil Construction

  • Melbourne Innovation Centre Redevelopment

  • Mitchell Institute Centre for Jobs and Skills

  • Moonee Ponds and Essendon North Intersection Upgrades

  • New A-League Stadium Value Capture

  • North and West Melbourne Data Analytics Hub Expansion

  • North Arterial Roads Package

  • North West Health and Wellbeing Alliance

  • Northern Centre for Health and Education Research Enhancement

  • Northern Cultural Trails

  • Northern Maribyrnong and Defence Site Maribyrnong

  • Northern Regional Trails

  • Northern Highway Upgrade

  • Route 86 Tram Extension

  • Scienceworks the National Science Museum

  • St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub

  • Sustainability Futures Centre

  • Sustainability Project

  • Upfield Rail Project

  • West Footscray Community Facilities Plan - RecWest Redevelopment

  • Western Aquatic and Leisure Centre

  • Western Business Accelerator and Centre of Excellence Expansion

  • Western Highway Upgrade

  • Western Metropolitan Regional Trails - West Trails

  • Westlink Ison Road Bridge

  • Whitten Oval Redevelopment

  • Wollert Rail

  • Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility

 

Melbourne's North

Melbourne's West

 

Enabling projects

  • Airport Rail East - Suburb Rail Loop/Mass Rapid Transit Solution

  • BioInnovation and Sustainable AgriFoods Hub

  • Broadmeadows Revitalisation Enablers

  • Brunswick Design District

  • Digital Innovation Hub

  • Electrification of the North East Line to Wallan

  • Eltham Congestion Busters

  • Energy Park Regional Sports Facility

  • Essendon Fields/Airport West Improved Connectivity

  • Flemington Community Hub

  • Footscray Library, Community and Central Hub - NeXT

  • Greening the North

  • Greening the West

  • Greensborough Station Redevelopment

  • Health, Sports and Active Living Innovation Hub

  • Hobsons Bay Foreshore Infrastructure

  • Hobsons Bay Wetlands and Biodiversity Centre

  • Hume Freeway Diamond Interchanges

  • Irving Street Interchange and Paisley Street Improvements

  • Kangan Institute (TAFE) Campus Redevelopment

  • La Trobe NEIC Enablers

  • Maygar Barracks Redevelopment

  • Melbourne Centre for Civil Construction

  • Melbourne Innovation Centre Redevelopment

  • Mitchell Institute Centre for Jobs and Skills

  • Moonee Ponds and Essendon North Intersection Upgrades

  • New A-League Stadium Value Capture

  • North and West Melbourne Data Analytics Hub Expansion

  • North Arterial Roads Package

  • North West Health and Wellbeing Alliance

  • Northern Centre for Health and Education Research Enhancement

  • Northern Cultural Trails

  • Northern Maribyrnong and Defence Site Maribyrnong

  • Northern Regional Trails

  • Northern Highway Upgrade

  • Route 86 Tram Extension

  • Scienceworks the National Science Museum

  • St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub

  • Sustainability Futures Centre

  • Sustainability Project

  • Upfield Rail Project

  • West Footscray Community Facilities Plan - RecWest Redevelopment

  • Western Aquatic and Leisure Centre

  • Western Business Accelerator and Centre of Excellence Expansion

  • Western Highway Upgrade

  • Western Metropolitan Regional Trails - West Trails

  • Westlink Ison Road Bridge

  • Whitten Oval Redevelopment

  • Wollert Rail

  • Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility

About City Deals

City Deals were created in 2016 by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Planning and Cities as the key strategic mechanism for achieving its Smart Cities Plan. With City Deals, governments can drive national priorities tailored to local needs, develop plans for growth and commit to the actions, investments, reforms and governance required.

 

In late 2019 the Australian Government made a commitment to deliver a North and West Melbourne City Deal. 

 

Achievements so far

Kangan Plumbing Industry Centre of Excellence ($5m)

                 Precinct: Broadmeadows

Melton Hospital announcement

                 Precincts: Melton, Cobblebank

Hume Freeway, Watson Street announcement ($50m)

                 Precinct: Broadmeadows

Western Rail Plan ($30m)

                 Precincts: Brimbank, Werribee, Melton

OMR/E6 Corridor Preservation ($5m)

Shepparton Rail upgrade ($320m)

           

 
 
 

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