Council ready to support Hume boom

Greenvale's Isabel Ottone with her mum, Marie, at Craigieburn Library
Bright future: Isabel Ottone, with mum Marie, has read 1000 books through Craigieburn Library.

Hume City Council has constructed a road map to help the organisation to deliver services and infrastructure across the next 12 months.

The Draft Council Plan 2013-2017 (2016/2017 Actions) contains a total of 100 actions, each designed to support one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most vibrant communities.

The plan outlines how Hume’s current population of 198,500 people will grow by 147,500 across the next 25 years.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, encouraged people to read the plan and find out about Council’s many activities.

“The document shows how Hume City Council will help residents to improve their skills today and in the future,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We’ll design a global learning centre for Sunbury, and plan for a community centre that can support the Aitken Hill neighbourhood of Craigieburn.

“Hume will also help to create jobs for local residents, and we’ll explore ways to develop Jacana to boost the suburb’s businesses.

“Council shall assist retailers in Sunbury, as we extend our upgrade of the township’s paths to the west side of O’Shanassy Street.

“Hume wants to maintain an active and healthy municipality, and that’s why Council will open a fourth centre which can serve nutritional meals to some of our oldest residents.

“We’ll also construct an exercise park for dogs in Broadmeadows, because these areas are good for the mind and soul of our four-legged friends, as well as their owners.

“Hume is determined to nurture a sustainable community, in which homes are available to suit people at all stages of their lives.

“We’ll develop a housing strategy, and work with the Victorian Government to produce a residential plan for the central area of Broadmeadows.

“Hume City Council wants everyone to be proud of the place where they live, and we’ll improve the landscape of public areas.

“In particular, our officers shall plant new trees around Seabrook Reserve in Broadmeadows, which is set to also benefit from a new path that will help pedestrians and cyclists to commute to the heart of Broadmeadows.”

Council’s actions for 2016/17 have been aligned to the five key themes which are outlined in Hume’s long-term strategic document, Hume Horizons 2040:

• a well-educated and employed community;
• a healthy and safe community;
• a culturally vibrant and connected community;
• a sustainably built and well-maintained City with an environmentally aware community; and
• a well-governed and engaged community.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume had ensured the Draft Council Plan 2013-2017 (2016/2017 Actions) incorporated the wishes of residents.

“Last November and December, researchers telephoned 500 residents at random and asked them to complete a survey about what they would like Council to focus on,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to read the proposed plan and provide us with their feedback, before we finalise the document.”

The Draft Council Plan 2013-2017 (2016/2017 Actions) and Draft Council Budget 2016/2017 may be accessed via and copies are also available for viewing during normal business hours at:

• Broadmeadows Customer Service Centre, 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows;
• Craigieburn Customer Service Centre and Craigieburn Library, Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn;
• Sunbury Customer Service Centre, 40 Macedon Street, Sunbury;
• The Age Library, Hume Global Learning Centre, Broadmeadows; and
• the Tullamarine, Sunbury and Gladstone Park libraries, and Hume’s Mobile Library.

Any person may comment on the draft documents and Council will accept written submissions until Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Submissions should be addressed to Mr Domenic Isola, Chief Executive Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 10 May 2016

Updated : 9:59 AM, 11 May 2016

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