Hume welcomes Broadmeadows investment

Broadmeadows Town Hall
Building for the future: Broadmeadows Town Hall. 

Hume City Council today welcomed news that the Victorian Government would invest more than $14 million in Broadmeadows.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council had advocated for many years on behalf of the suburb.

“This is very good news, because Hume City Council wants to make Broadmeadows a centre of economic activity in the years and decades ahead,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We’ve campaigned very strongly in support of projects that will drive investment and jobs to Broadmeadows, and the suburb is on the brink of a big and exciting future.”

The Victorian Government shall make available $7 million to help Hume City Council redevelop the Broadmeadows Town Hall, so that the historic building can accommodate start-up companies and private businesses, and feature refurbished halls for outstanding social occasions.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it would ultimately cost $20.2 million to redevelop the town hall, and its transformation was expected to benefit many people.

“This redevelopment will encourage employers to establish themselves in the heart of Broadmeadows, a suburb which has endured high jobless figures for far too long,” she said.

“The new-look town hall will offer rooms where local residents can gather, so that people from different backgrounds can attend conferences and learn new skills.

“We want the town hall to once again be the focus of civic pride, with large and spectacular halls that can house ceremonies, festivals, and music events.

“Broadmeadows Town Hall has hosted car shows, a concert by AC/DC, and speeches from the likes of Arthur Calwell and Bob Hawke, but I know its greatest contribution to Hume people lies in the years ahead.”

The Victorian Government has announced that it will spend $4 million to improve the Broadmeadows Railway Station.

The government will build an entrance to the north of the station, enhance its pedestrian subway, and construct new toilets.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was keen to work closely with the Victorian Government as it prepared the works.

“We’ve argued for a long time about the urgent need to completely reconstruct Broadmeadows Railway Station,” she said.

“Hume City Council appreciates the funding of some improvements at the station, and we are very happy to talk further with the Victorian Government about designs that can make the interchange safer, more attractive, and easier to access.”

The Victorian Government has earmarked $1 million for street trees and pedestrian crossings located close to the station, on Pascoe Vale Road.

It will also invest $2.15 million to help Hume City Council create Meadowlink, a 3.2km bicycle and pedestrian path between Moonee Ponds Creek and Merlynston Creek.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Meadowlink would assist local residents to smoothly access the central areas of Broadmeadows.

“This path will meander from Seabrook Reserve, and allow people to walk, jog or cycle to places like The Age Library and the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre,” she said.

“It shall offer a tranquil and picturesque way for people to commute through our bustling community.”

The Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Planning Authority is keen to hear the views of everyone about the future development of Broadmeadows.

For detailed information, visit www.mpa.vic.gov.au

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she also wanted to receive feedback from local residents.

“I will meet with train commuters at Broadmeadows Railway Station between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016,” she said.

“Broadmeadows is going places, and I can’t wait to discuss how the suburb can be improved with the people who call it home.”

For further information about Broadmeadows and Hume City Council, visit www.hume.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 31 March 2016


Updated : 4:33 PM, 31 March 2016

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