Hume applies: jobs and support for residents

A redeveloped Broadmeadows Town Hall, that accommodates private businesses, facilitates new jobs and offers community spaces for all residents, forms a central plank of Hume’s applications to the Interface Growth Fund.

Council last night endorsed a submission to seek $9.7 million from the Victorian Government fund, which targets areas around Melbourne where populations are growing.

Hume intends to also seek monetary assistance for a place making project in Craigieburn and an interim community facility in Mickleham.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council was keen to make Broadmeadows Town Hall a driver of prosperity for local residents.

“This iconic building has hosted a concert by AC/DC and speeches by Arthur Calwell and Paul Keating, but we have a plan that will ensure it supports our community like never before,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Hume is keen to rejuvenate the town hall so that it can offer spaces for businesses in the heart of Broadmeadows.

“There are very few office areas available in Broadmeadows, and we’re confident that this project will attract more private investment to Hume and create lots of local and ongoing jobs.

“Our plans for the building will also deliver practical and modern indoor spaces that the entire community can utilise, and will assist us to restore the large upper hall so it can again host civic functions.

“A rejuvenated Broadmeadows Town Hall will offer rooms for conferences, events and workshops that enable our residents to attain new skills and pursue new opportunities.

“The Broadmeadows Town Hall is a spectacular example of 1960s architecture and a redevelopment can inject a massive economic and social boost to a community that’s determined to build a big and exciting future.”

Hume City Council will request $9 million in funding for the town hall so it can commence the redevelopment soon, with the entire project anticipated to cost $20.2 million.

Cr Atmaca said Hume’s application to the Interface Growth Fund would also seek $500,000 for a building that can assist new families in the Annadale estate.

“More and more people have moved to the Annadale area of Mickleham but the town centre is not yet developed,” he said.

“The young parents and children who live at Annadale need to travel to other suburbs to access the basic services that people in more established areas take for granted.

“We want to construct an interim building that can accommodate essential services like preschool and maternal and child health consultations, as well as community meetings.

“This will ease pressure on many of our residents and make the new estate much more liveable.”

Council also intends to seek $200,000 to provide a safe and appealing public area between Council sites around Newbury Park and the soon-to-be constructed Craigieburn North-West Primary School.

Cr Atmaca said it was vital to upgrade this space to assist an increasing number of pedestrians.

“We’ve built Newbury Park and the Newbury Child and Community Centre, with work commencing in the next 12 months on the Hume Hockey Centre, and many young families will want to walk to these places once the school opens,” he said.

“Hume is determined to create a space that is safe for children and their parents, and implements design principles that discourage crime, like vandalism.

“The population of Craigieburn has doubled since 2006 and the Newbury Place Making Project will beautify an area in a manner that brings pride to all residents.”

Hume City Council met with the Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, to discuss the Interface Growth Fund on 15 May 2015 and 3 July 2015.

Council will submit its application to the Victorian Government on 31 July 2015.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 28 July 2015

Updated : 9:28 AM, 28 July 2015

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