Hume is located only 20 minutes from the Port of Melbourne. The city is linked to the Melbourne CBD and suburbs by a comprehensive road network with direct links to the Hume Highway, Tullamarine Freeway, Calder Freeway, Western Ring Road, CityLink and the Princess Highway.
Melbourne Airport is a 24 hour International Airport with direct flights to across the world. Being located along the western edge of Hume City, there is no better place to locate a business if good airport access is deemed a priority.
Somerton Intermodal Terminal
The Somerton Intermodal Terminal (SIT) provides business with an ideally located terminal for import and export of freight by rail into the Port of Melbourne and other Australian ports. The Somerton Intermodal Terminal (SIT) is strategically placed to improve efficiency in transporting goods along the Hume corridor. The site, north of Melbourne's CBD, is ideally positioned within close proximity to many of the major food retailers in regional Victoria furnishing opportunities for maximum weight capability of import and export containers by rail mode into and from the Port of Melbourne and other Australian Ports. The terminal is currently operated by Qube Logistics.
Visit Somerton Intermodal Terminal.
Room to Grow and Expand
Being located in the centre of Melbourne’s Northern Growth Corridor, Hume has ample land stocks to cater for even the largest of developments. Property prices are amongst the most competitive in the nation with both green field and brown field development sites available.
Large Local Workforce
Hume is home to over 170,000 residents with a diverse skill base. The attractiveness of new housing developments across the municipality is ensuring a steady increase in on average, relatively young, work-ready residents.
More city statistics here.
Business to Business Opportunities
With over 10,500 businesses operating throughout Hume City, including a multitude of large national headquarters, a large potential customer base already exists in the immediate surrounds. Hume City Council works to help facilitate business to business opportunities through the hosting of business networking events across the municipality.
Workforce, Training and Education
Businesses have access to a trained local labour force and excellent post-secondary and tertiary training and education providers in Hume City.
Hume City is home to Kangan Institute, a multi-discipline TAFE institute, offering hundreds of courses from short courses, apprenticeships and traineeships to advanced diplomas. Kangan Institute is Victoria's major training provider for the automotive, aerospace and polymer industries and the largest provider of trainee and apprenticeship training. Its Aerospace Industry Training Centre (AITC) is Victoria's largest purpose-built training facility for the aviation industry. The AITC offers courses in pilot training, avionics, airframe, and engine and aerospace engineering, as well as composites welding and aircraft-type training.
Visit the Kangan Website.
In addition, more than 50 local government and independent primary and secondary schools can be found in the city.
The Digital Economy & NBN
Tullamarine has been selected as one of the early rollout sites for the National Broadband Network (NBN). Work will commence in the second half of 2012 with a mixture of residential and industrial sites being connected to the network, allowing for high speed uninterrupted broadband access. Work is already underway to assist the business community to tap into the digital economy benefits this development will present. For more information and updates on progress visit the NBN website.
Housing and Lifestyle
Hume City offers a wide range of housing options to suit all lifestyles. The areas geography means there is a range of rural settings or well serviced suburban communities to choose from.
Broadmeadows Shopping centre features over 200 specialty shops along with major retailers, cinemas, and food court and al fresco dining areas. Visit the website.
The Sunbury Town Centre is the primary retail and commercial centre in the Sunbury region. It serves a predominantly convenience shopping role which is complemented by the presence of higher order services and retail outlets to meet needs beyond a convenience role.
Craigieburn Central is currently under construction and once completed will be home to over 150 retailers and feature an entertainment precinct, green public spaces and more. Completion is expected by December 2013. Visit the website.
Hume residents are serviced by three metropolitan railway lines as well as numerous bus services. For a full list of public transport options visit the website.
Conferences, Conventions and Hospitality
A diverse range of quality function and convention venues are available in Hume. From 5 star conferences and events venue Aitken Hill, to Victorian era mansion Rupertswood, and everything in between, Hume has everything you need for your next function.
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View Accommodation Providers.doc (63 kb).
Call us on 9205 2200 for any other enquiry relating to the economic strengths of Hume City.
The Hume Economic Development Strategy 2030
The Hume Economic Development Strategy 2030: Action Plan 2012 - 2013