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Wyndham’s Longest-Serving Councillor Discusses Major Funding Milestone

Cr Heather Marcus
  
   

Wyndham is set to receive a significant funding injection of $180 million from the State Government, aimed at bolstering essential services across various sectors including roads, education, transport, and emergency response. This allocation is part of the larger Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund, earmarked for communities experiencing rapid growth.

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The funding will facilitate major infrastructure projects such as the extension of Ison Road to the Princes Freeway. This crucial project is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in the Werribee CBD by providing direct freeway access for residents of Manor Lakes and Wyndham Vale.

Ison Road Overpass
Artists impression of the Ison Road overpass.

The $180 million also includes projects like the Williams Landing Station upgrade and the establishment of a new bus route connecting Harpley Estate to Cornerstone Estate with Wyndham Vale Station.

Cr. Heather Marcus, Wyndham’s longest-serving current councillor, expressed satisfaction with the announcement. “Over my 19 years as a Councillor, I’ve worked with all political parties to ensure Wyndham residents receive their fair share. At the last State Election, I was pleased to work with Mr Tim Pallas to secure $120 million to upgrade a section of Ballan Road and $5 million for a Wyndham-wide traffic study,” stated Cr. Marcus.

Ballan Road

Image: Cr. Marcus worked with Tim Pallas to secure $120 million to upgrade a section of Ballan Road.

Further detailing the benefits of the funding, Cr. Marcus added, “Today, I’m pleased that Mr Pallas has delivered more for our community, with $60m for the Ison Road extension, $29m for a school site in Wollahra (Wyndham Vale), $7.9m for a new Ambulance Station in Wyndham Vale and $12m for land and construction of a new Vic SES facility in Wyndham Vale.”

Residents of Harpley and Cornerstone Estates will also gain a new bus service connecting them to the Wyndham Vale Station, enhancing public transport accessibility in the area.

Harpley Estate bus

“Today’s funding shows what hard work for the community can deliver – congratulations Wyndham,” Cr. Marcus concluded.

The 2023-2024 Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution Funding Round will support 37 projects with a total investment of approximately $401 million across Victoria.

Significant projects funded under this initiative include:

– Ison Road overpass: $60,000,000

– Acquisition of a proposed government school site in Wollahra: $29,392,000

– Construction of a new Ambulance Victoria branch in Wyndham Vale: $7,960,920

– Land acquisition and construction of VICSES facilities in Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, totalling over $14 million.

Applications for the funding closed on 22 September 2023, and successful applicants were announced on 24 April 2024, marking a significant advancement in support for Melbourne’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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