Metropolitan Partnerships | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (19:58): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Suburban Development, the Honourable Shaun Leane. This adjournment matter relates to the portfolio of suburban development. The metropolitan partnerships engage with their communities to better understand their challenges and opportunities and advise state government on important local priorities. Just recently the Andrews Labor government committed $10.967 million over two years, allocated in the 2021–22 budget, to the metropolitan partnerships program, which includes $5.12 million over two years for the Metropolitan Partnerships Development Fund, MPDF. This builds on the 2020–21 state budget, which provided in the metropolitan partnerships program output revenue of $3.075 million in 2020–21. My question for the minister is: why is it important to continue this program, and how will this support my metropolitan region in the electorate of Western Metropolitan Region?