For our families. For the future.

For our families. For the future.   

Hume constructs Craigieburn Park
Major investment: Hume is set to complete an aquatic and leisure centre at Craigieburn Park.


Hume City Council’s 2016-17 Draft Budget is set to deliver for all families, and invest in the future of one of Australia’s fastest growing communities.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the budget would tell a story that was certain to be the envy of many.

“In 2016-17, Hume City Council will invest more than ever before in local roads, parks and reserves, as well as leisure, learning and community centres,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We’ll boost expenditure on the day-to-day services that Hume residents rely on, like rubbish collection, preschool, and home care.

“Council shall implement the smallest increase in Hume’s rates for many years, with rates to rise in line with inflation by 2.5 per cent.

“We will also preside over a first-grade balance sheet, and record a surplus that’s $20.36 million more than what had been forecast for 2015-16.

“And Hume will be practically debt-free for the first time since the municipality was created more than 21 years ago, after Council in 2015-16 paid off almost all of its borrowings.

“Our decision to pay back almost $26 million of debt early will reap huge rewards for our community, as Council saves $5.5 million in net interest across the next 10 years.

“This is the Hume story for 2016-17: huge investments in services and community facilities, combined with a low rates increase, a budget in surplus, and virtually no debt.”

Hume has allocated a record $74.10 million to new infrastructure projects in 2016-17.

Council will spend $27.34 million on parks, reserves and leisure centres to, amongst other initiatives, install a warm water pool at the Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre and complete Craigieburn Park, a site that will accommodate a large regional aquatic and leisure centre, as well as an athletics track, play space and parklands.

Hume shall invest $10.75 million on buildings for the community, such as the Broadmeadows Town Hall, which will be redeveloped to provide a modern function hall, as well as business spaces that can drive local employment.

Council will also upgrade the 50 year old pavilion at DS Aitken Reserve in Craigieburn, and design plans for a state-of-the-art library and learning centre to be built on Macedon Street in Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council would invest $10.24 million towards better roads across the municipality.

“This will help us to reseal and resurface many of the local streets that our residents use every day,” she said.

“Council shall widen sections of Wildwood Road, Wildwood, and upgrade Bourke Street in Bulla.

“We’ll also construct indented parking bays along narrow streets in suburbs like Roxburgh Park, so that residents can find a car space more easily.”

As part of its capital works program, Hume will apportion more than $7.2 million to help deliver a sporting oval and a multi-purpose community centre to Greenvale Gardens Estate, which is home to many young families.

In 2016-17, Hume City Council shall spend an additional $2.26 million on services for every resident, with the net cost of services to be $115.19 million.

Council officers shall collect from homes more than 42,000 tonnes of garbage, 16,000 tonnes of recyclables, and 5,100 tonnes of organics.

They will remove 35,000 cubic metres of hard rubbish, and attend call-outs for 10,200 hard rubbish collections.

Hume is set to deliver 29,500 meals, and compassionately provide 135,000 hours of home and community care.

Council will also administer 25,629 vaccinations, offer preschool to 2,500 children and make possible around 672,000 visits to libraries.

Hume’s leisure centres will welcome an estimated 689,000 visitors and Council’s learning centres shall coordinate learning programs for almost 28,000 people.

The 2016-17 Draft Budget shows an operating expenditure of $218.88 million and a capital works spend of $74.10 million.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the strong financial management of Council would enable Hume to adhere with the Victorian Government’s new rates cap of 2.5 per cent.

“Hume didn’t seek permission to exceed the rates cap, and we expect that the average household will see a rates increase of about $45,” she said.

“Hume City Council has been very prudent, and we’ve implemented a number of savings measures that help us to deliver services and infrastructure in an efficient manner.”

Individuals pay rates which are calculated on the value of the property they own.

Every property in Hume will be revalued this year, and the rates that people are charged could be more or less than a 2.5 per cent general increase, depending on the value of their home.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Council was grateful that the Victorian Government had introduced the Growing Suburbs Fund.

“The program will help us to provide the leisure and community facilities that Hume needs, and it has and will make a big difference,” she said.

The 2016-17 Draft Budget and Draft Council Plan were presented to Council at its general meeting on Monday 9 May 2016.

People can comment on the proposed plan and budget, and submissions are welcome until Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Feedback should be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047 or via email@hume.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 10 May 2016


Updated : 10:00 AM, 11 May 2016

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