Roads, reserves and facilities of the future

The 2015-16 Draft Budget will fund the biggest and most exciting capital works program ever undertaken by Hume City Council, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said Council would spend $64 million to build or refurbish the sports centres, reserves, roads and footpaths that are needed today, and in the future.

"This is a big infrastructure program because the population of Hume is on the rise," Cr Atmaca said.

The capital works program includes projects that residents have identified as important, through regular surveys, ward meetings and community forums.

Cr Atmaca said that all residents would benefit from the infrastructure which is funded in the 2015-16 Draft Budget.

"Craigieburn Park will be home to the Hume Regional Aquatic and Sports Centre and a large and modern athletics complex, and these first-class facilities will cater for a suburb in which an average of 17 new residents will arrive every week between now and 2036," he said.

"Council will also make a significant contribution to the Greenvale Lakes Recreation Reserve, to support facilities such as an oval, soccer pitches and a pavilion.

"We’ll continue to invest in the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve at Broadmeadows to enhance its change-room facilities and add lights to three soccer pitches.

"And Council will commence the planning of a new civic building at Sunbury, and we’ll install a warm water pool at the Sunbury Aquatic Centre."

Major highlights in the proposed capital works budget include:

• $21.4 million for major leisure facilities, including the new Hume Regional Aquatic and Sports Centre at Craigieburn, a warm water pool at the Sunbury Aquatic Centre, and ongoing works to add a basketball court and additional community facilities to Greenvale Recreation Centre;
• $11.41 million to build or upgrade parks and reserves, including to refurbish changerooms, add additional training lights and construct fencing at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve, Broadmeadows, as well as investment in the new Greenvale Lakes Recreation Reserve and Craigieburn’s Newbury Recreation Reserve;
• $11.05 million to build or enhance roads, such as to upgrade Potter Street in Craigieburn, reconstruct Nicholas Street and Avalon Avenue in Broadmeadows, and reconstruct and duplicate the Wildwood Road bridge near Martin Dillon Reserve in Wildwood;
• $9 million in investments in civic buildings, including the planning of a new civic centre in Sunbury and to design a redevelopment that enables the iconic Broadmeadows Town Hall to remain of practical use to the community;
• $6.08 million for new or rehabilitated footpaths and drainage, including to construct the Meadowlink path between Seabrook Reserve and the Broadmeadows Central Activity District, and a bike path along the Merri Creek between the M-80 Ring Road and Barry Road, Campbellfield, with both of these projects subject to Victorian Government funding;
• $2.62 million for community facilities, such as to refurbish the Langama Park Pavilion 1 in Sunbury and to build or upgrade a range of public toilets; and
• $1.25 million to upgrade local shopping centres, including a major refurbishment of the Dallas shopping area, on the corner of Dargie Court and Dobell Place.

Cr Atmaca said the 2015-16 capital works program would extend to all areas of Hume.

"Council will install a footpath to the south side of Silvester Parade in Roxburgh Park and provide irrigation to Vic Foster Reserve at Craigieburn," he said.

"And before summer, we’ll replace the cricket nets at Seth Raistrick Reserve in Campbellfield and Progress Reserve at Coolaroo."

The Draft Council Plan and Draft Budget were presented to Council at its General Meeting on Monday 11 May 2015.

Members of the Hume community are invited to comment on the proposed plan and budget, and submissions will be accepted until Wednesday 10 June 2015.

Feedback should be submitted in writing to: The Chief Executive Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047 or via

Posted on 12:00 AM, 12 May 2015

Updated : 10:32 AM, 12 May 2015

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