Hume’s hopes for state budget

Car park at Craigieburn Railway Station
Packed to the rafters: Car park at Craigieburn Railway Station.
Greater car parking at Craigieburn Railway Station and the purchase of land for a new Hume school should form part of this year’s state budget, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, has said.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it was vital to help residents more smoothly access the train station on Hothlyn Drive.

“The Victorian Government has made it a priority to deliver additional car spaces to Craigieburn Railway Station, and we hope to hear some good news on the 27th of April,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The train line to Craigieburn was electrified in 2006, but the station didn’t receive any increase in car spaces at that time or in the decade since.

“Council expects patronage on the Craigieburn line to jump by 250 per cent by 2021, on 2011 levels.

“The car park is packed to the rafters now, and it’s important to provide more spaces so that Craigieburn residents are not forced to drive all the way to work.”

Hume would also like the Victorian Government to fund more new schools.

Council forecasts that 21 additional schools will be required across the municipality in the next 20 years, to cater for a massive rise in primary and secondary student numbers.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said now was the perfect time to acquire land for the future Aitken Hill Primary School.

“This school is urgently needed to support hundreds of Craigieburn families, and it will service generations of residents,” she said.

“Hume is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia, and new schools are vital for Craigieburn, Greenvale, Mickleham, and Sunbury.

“We’ll see a 65 per cent rise in the number of primary school age children between now and 2035, and families should be able to access schools that are close to home.”

Hume has benefitted in the past 12 months through the Victorian Government’s Interface Growth Fund, which is set to help fund a new warm water pool for Sunbury, an inclusive playspace at Craigieburn Park, and an upgrade of the pavilion at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve in Meadow Heights.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged the Victorian Government to continue the Interface Growth Fund.

“We’re thrilled that the Victorian Government showed the foresight to start a fund that could help deliver infrastructure to places where modern families live,” she said.

“It’s been a very popular fund because areas like Hume are thirsty for the community facilities that people in more established parts of Melbourne take for granted.”

Hume City Council also hopes the state budget will help to improve bus services in Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was eager to see bus arrivals become more frequent.

“Many students and senior citizens rely on buses to access shops, schools and medical centres across the township,” she said.

“We don’t want people to be forced to wait up to 45 minutes if they only just miss a local bus, and I call on the Victorian Government to help make Sunbury’s bus timetables better.”

Hume City Council would like a state or federal government to duplicate Craigieburn Road, construct the Bulla Bypass, and install traffic lights at the intersection of Gap Road and Horne Street in Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was also enthusiastic for the Australian Government to initiate a fund that could support largescale infrastructure in the nation’s outer suburbs.

“A dedicated fund would help to deliver the roads and public transport projects that were certain to improve the lives of around five million Australians,” she said.

Hume City Council is proud to be a part of the National Growth Areas Alliance’s Fund our Future campaign.

For further information on the road, public transport and school projects that Hume advocates in support of, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 11 April 2016

Updated : 4:16 PM, 13 April 2016

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