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The Broadmeadows MP has been accused of “failing” to understand his own government’s funding system. Frank McGuire told the council to access a state fund to upgrade crime-ridden Broadmeadows station – but there’s a big hitch.
A Melbourne MP has called on Hume Council to apply for funding for rundown, crime-ridden Broadmeadows train station through the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.
But the Leader can reveal this isn’t possible under State Government guidelines.
Broadmeadows state Labor MP Frank McGuire, who has campaigned for the train station’s redevelopment since promised funding was stripped in 2011, recently called on Hume Council to apply for funding under the Growing Suburbs Fund.
Broadmeadows Station was ranked among Melbourne’s top 10 for crime Picture: Hamish BlairMr McGuire said he’d received “advice” that projects in the revitalisation of Broadmeadows report – including the redevelopment of the train station – qualified for State Government cash under the fund.
Plans to revitalise Broadmeadows involve transforming the land around the centre of the suburb, including the Broadmeadows train station.
Over the past 10 years this has resulted in the development of the Town Hall, Hume Global Learning Centre, added parking and the removal of the loop road.
Mr McGuire was recently re-elected chair of a board overseeing the project’s key stakeholders.
“Such bias against Broadmeadows must change, especially given that it has the greatest need and would deliver higher value,” he told parliament last week.
According to the State Government website, the fund provides for “diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs”.
Hume Council are calling on the State Government to upgrade the station. Picture: Hamish BlairGuidelines for the 2019 application process outlined the fund would not provide cash for “drainage, waste, roads and associated footpaths, and public transport infrastructure”.
This was confirmed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) which administers the fund.
Hume Council chief executive Domenic Isola said Broadmeadows Train Station was one of the “most run down” stations in Melbourne.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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