Advocacy - Working for a better Casey
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Council's Advocacy Program
While the City of Casey delivers more than 100 services to the community, one of the most fundamental roles of all councils is to advocate on behalf of their communities for the improvements, services and funds they need, where these are the responsibility of the state and federal governments or other third parties.
The City of Casey has affirmed its commitment to advocating on behalf of its residents to ensure the development of critical infrastructure requirements to adequately support the growing Casey community and plan for future growth areas.
Council’s 2013-2015 Advocacy Program focusses on improved transport services and infrastructure and economic development opportunities for Casey residents.
Council's Advocacy priorities are:
- Improved Monash Freeway capacity / east-west connections (transport campaign)
- Improved state road (transport campaign)
- Enhancement of local employment opportunities for residents
- Increased youth mental health services
- Development of a Regional Business Incubator
- Construction of the Cranbourne Bypass
- Improved arts infrastructure
- Investment of funds collected from Casey for Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC) back to Casey
- Construction of the Port of Hastings
- Improved public transport infrastructure (transport campaign)
A dedicated consultation portal giving the Casey community the space and opportunity to provide feedback on Council's advocacy priorities.
Other Advocacy Opportunities
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)
The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) is inviting residents living in outer growth areas to share their experiences with the rest of Australia on the voices of the outer suburbs website: www.voicesofoutersuburbs.com.au
The NGAA wants to hear from people who live or work in outer suburban growth areas, including families, young people and businesses. The NGAA is asking them to relate their experiences of their suburb - what they like about it and what they would change. These stories will enable all levels of government to hear directly from residents living in growth areas.
To share your story or upload your videos and photos, go to www.voicesofoutersuburbs.com.au
NGAA will collate the themes from the stories and, with permission, will also make individual stories available, so that policies and programs can be informed by local experience
The City of Casey is a member of the National Growth Areas Alliance.
In February 2013, Interface Councils launched ‘One Melbourne or Two?’, a report identifying service and infrastructure deficiencies for the growing population in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and recommended immediate action from State Government for the 1.3 million Melbournians it said are being forced to live like second class citizens compared to the rest of the state's residents.
- Interface residents have significantly lower educational qualifications compared to non-Interface residents e.g. only 14 per cent of Interface residents over the age of 15 hold a degree or higher qualification compared to 28 per cent of non-Interface residents
- One job provided for every two labour force participants (compared to more than a 1:1 ratio for non-Interface areas)
- Average wages for Interface Council labour force participants ($45,230) are 13 per cent lower than for non-Interface metropolitan labour force participants ($51,910)
- There are eight aged-care and retirement facilities per 10,000 residents 65 years and older in the Interface, compared to over 13 in non-interface regions
- There are 11 hospital beds per 10,000 people in Interface suburbs but those living in the rest of Melbourne have access to almost three times that number with 30 beds available for every 10,000 people living in non-interface areas
- There is half the number of public transport options for Interface residents as there are for workers living closer to the CBD, amounting to a heavy reliance on cars which causes billions of dollars in social costs and productivity through congestion (business and private time costs, the costs of operating additional vehicles and air pollution costs).
Interface Councils is a group of 10 municipalities that form a ring around metropolitan Melbourne. The City of Casey is a member of Interface Councils.
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