Hume City Council seeks decision on proposed Sunbury separation

Hume City Council has welcomed the release of an important report on the proposed separation of Sunbury from Hume City Council, but urged the Victorian Government to avoid further delays and reach a decision on the important community issue as soon as possible.

Hume Mayor Councillor Adem Atmaca said Council would consider the Sunbury Hume Transition Auditors Report which was released today, outlining a number of recommendations to the Minister for Local Government on the establishment of a new Sunbury City Council.

“Hume City Council would like to thank the Transition Auditors for completing their work and for providing a number of important recommendations to the Minister,” Cr Atmaca said.

“We are particularly grateful to everyone who attended the sessions organised by the Transition Auditors and those who took the time to provide their views on this important issue.

“Council appreciates the additional work undertaken by the Minister and her department, Local Government Victoria, to better understand and evaluate the impacts that a new Sunbury City Council would have on the community.

“However, it is now important for the Victorian Government to make a decision as a matter of urgency so Council can break the cycle of speculation and uncertainty about this issue.”

Hume Chief Executive Domenic Isola said Council held serious concerns about the process the previous government undertook and Order in Council created for the new Sunbury City Council.

“Council expressed its concerns to the former government on a number of occasions, especially in regards to the timeframes imposed, the process of asset distribution, the obligations and costs imposed on the community and the significant impact to staff,” Mr Isola said.

“We welcome the acknowledgement of these issues by the Transition Auditors in their report.

“Throughout this process, Council has remained committed to getting a fair and balanced outcome for both communities and has respected the view of our residents and businesses.

“Council has invested significant time and resources into providing information to various parties, meeting with Local Government Victoria and both the previous and current State Governments to express Council’s concerns in regards to the Order in Council and the obligations and costs that it imposes on the Hume community.

“Hume calls on the State Government to consider the Transition Auditors’ report quickly, so that our entire community can plan for the future with certainty.”

More information on the Sunbury Hume Transition Audit can be found on Victorian Government websites at sunburyhumetransition.vic.gov.au or delwp.vic.gov.au/local-government.

Further information on Council’s response to the issue is here.


Updated : 2:54 PM, 17 September 2015

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