Fund our Future: improve life in Hume

A new national campaign has been launched to encourage the Australian Government to establish a dedicated fund to assist vital infrastructure in outer suburbs.

Hume City Council is proud to be a supporter of the Fund our Future campaign, which is an initiative of the National Growth Areas Alliance.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the municipality was not alone in its need for better roads and community buildings.

“Around five million Australians cannot access adequate roads and public transport networks,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Fund our Future is a grassroots campaign that enables councils across Australia to work together and speak with a loud voice.

“We want the Australian Government to institute a fund that can pay for better roads, public transport, and community buildings.

“There is a backlog of essential projects that must be financed, and now is the time to end the old model of piecemeal announcements based on electoral cycles.

“Infrastructure must be funded on merit, regardless of which party is in office and the size of a seat’s margin.”

Fund our Future will draw attention to local projects that are shovel-ready, but have been put on hold due to a lack of government investment.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council had advocated regularly for a range of important infrastructure.

“The population of Hume has grown very fast in recent years, and many of our roads are clogged,” she said.

“Craigieburn Road, Somerton Road, and Mickleham Road were once country roads, but they are now busy urban arterials.

“Large sections of these roads are still single carriageways, and they simply can’t cope with their recent and massive increase in vehicle traffic.

“These roads in the north of Hume must be duplicated, as should Sunbury Road which will continue to witness rising car numbers as Sunbury is further developed.”

Hume City Council would also like to secure funding in support of a Global Learning Centre in Sunbury, so that residents can access a first-class library and hi-tech educational resources.

People can sign a petition which calls for a dedicated infrastructure fund at the Fund our Future website:

Fund our Future can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 5 February 2016

Updated : 9:54 AM, 10 February 2016

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