Major parties can help build Hume’s future

Major political parties should pledge their support for Hume’s most important community infrastructure projects ahead of the federal election, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said today.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, and many developments would be hard to deliver without funds from a future Australian Government.

“We have plans to construct a learning centre of excellence at Sunbury, to support a township which will grow by 70 per cent between now and 2030,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury will be situated at a highly-visible location on Macedon Street, and it will help people of all ages to learn and develop great skills.

“The centre shall include a state-of-the-art library, rooms with hi-tech resources, and function areas that can host seminars and the activities of community organisations.

“This spectacular and modern place shall enable Sunbury residents to study tertiary courses close to home, and it’s certain to be an exciting development.”

Council would also like candidates for federal seats based in Hume to register their support for a redevelopment of the pavilion at the DS Aitken Reserve in Craigieburn.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the pavilion was very old and could no longer serve a suburb that had grown enormously.

“This pavilion on Craigieburn Road was constructed 50 years ago, and Craigieburn was little more than farmland back then,” she said.

“The building bursts at the seams every time games are held for the Craigieburn Football Club, Craigieburn Cricket Club, and Craigieburn Superules Club.

“Hume wants to upgrade the change rooms so that they can support both male and female competitors, and improve the social club area.

“Council is also eager to develop new first aid rooms as well as better office space, and install a heating and cooling system that can improve the comfort of players and spectators at all times of the year.

“Sport brings people together and is a great way for residents to keep fit, and I know a refurbished pavilion at DS Aitken Reserve will benefit generations of families.”

Hume City Council has called on residents across the municipality to contact their local federal candidates, and make clear their interest in the infrastructure projects.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said new buildings and upgraded facilities were required in all corners of Hume.

“We want to install new lights at Progress Reserve in Coolaroo, so that our local soccer and cricket clubs can train more fully after dark,” she said.

“These lights will improve safety at a place where residents can meet others with similar interests and enjoy competitive pursuits.”

Hume has also sought funding commitments from the major political parties for:

• a redeveloped Broadmeadows Town Hall, which can attract businesses to an area of high unemployment, thanks to new office and retail space, as well as refurbished halls for functions, conferences and concerts;
• a range of new facilities at Aitken Hill, the fast-growing neighbourhood in the south of Craigieburn, which requires a primary school and community centre, as well as sporting fields and playspaces; and
• improvements to the west side of O’Shanassy Street in Sunbury, through which Council would upgrade a dilapidated footpath, plant new trees, and install seats and better lights, to assist shoppers and local retailers.

Hume City Council will continue to discuss with election candidates the important projects that are needed across the municipality.

“The weeks ahead offer a great chance to back the infrastructure that thousands of young families are waiting for,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

For further information on the upgrades and new buildings that Hume City Council would like a future Australian Government to help bring about, visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/advocacy

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 May 2016


Updated : 4:20 PM, 9 May 2016

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