By Tate Papworth
Brimbank council has unveiled a bold plan to make Sunshine ‘the capital of Melbourne’s west’.
The suburb is set to undergo a major transformation over the coming years with a number of landmark projects, including the Sunshine super hub, signed off.
The council has released a draft action plan, Sunshine Rising, which outlines a road map for where it will funnel its resources into the suburb over the next six years.
Mayor Lucinda Congreve said the council was determined to capitalise on recent investments in the area and has a vision for the suburb to be recognised as the capital of the west by 2050.
“The recent announcement of the Western Rail Plan, including the Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Sunshine Super Hub, is a real game changer for Sunshine and Brimbank as a whole,” she said.
“The $10 billion commitment towards constructing the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL) via Sunshine provides a transformative opportunity to unlock the immense potential of the west.
“The Sunshine Super Hub is a landmark project that will reinvent Brimbank as a thriving economic centre – unlocking jobs now and for future generations, re-establishing Brimbank as an employment epicentre for Melbourne and Victoria’s west.
“These major projects will deliver substantial economic, environmental and social and cultural benefits for Sunshine and the wider region – and firmly cement Sunshine’s role as centre of state significance, and gateway to metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria, and beyond.”
Opportunities to promote and attract more business and investment to the town centre are also considered in the plan.
Representatives from the Sunshine Business Association, Victoria Police, VicRoads, Victoria University and other key stakeholders all provided input into the plan.
The plan is out for public feedback and can be found at: www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
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