Servicing a great community

The 2015-16 Draft Budget has been tailored to deliver services that support every Hume resident, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said that Hume would boost expenditure on services by $7.66 million to a total investment of $113.11 million.

"The services which Council provides enhance the amenity and environment of Hume, and they offer residents the opportunity to remain healthy, keep fit and access first-class libraries," Cr Atmaca said.

"This year’s proposed budget funds a range of programs that support our senior citizens and residents with a disability, so that they may continue to live with dignity in their own homes.

"We’ll spend money to help our youngest families to access pre-school, long day care, and library story time, and Council will support people of all ages to learn new skills and secure employment."

Council has produced the 2015-16 Draft Budget and Draft Council Plan after it widely consulted residents, through surveys, ward meetings, and community forums.

Throughout the financial year, Hume City Council will deliver 32 key services and anticipates that it will:

• collect 62,000 tonnes of household waste, including 40,000 tonnes of garbage, 16,000 tonnes of recyclables and 6,000 tonnes of organics;
• respond to 8,800 calls for hard rubbish collections and remove about 26,000 cubic metres of hard rubbish;
• eradicate 21,000 square metres of graffiti from public areas;
• provide 134,000 hours of home and community care support, including personal care and property maintenance, and deliver 34,000 nutritious meals;
• facilitate 606,000 visits to libraries, run bilingual story time sessions for 27,000 children, and help library visitors to borrow almost one million items;
• offer pre-school to 1,700 children and long day care to more than 600 children;
• support the health of our youngest residents with 24,000 vaccinations and 24,300 maternal and child health consultations;
• conduct learning programs that attract 23,000 participants and deliver 65,000 hours of tuition;
• register more than 18,000 dogs and 5,200 cats;
• undertake about 330 random inspections of food premises to ensure they are hygienic;
• make possible 1.11 million visits to Hume’s three leisure centres, so that residents can utilise pools, gyms, indoor courts, and fitness classes; and
• host four major events, including Hume Carols By Candlelight, so that more than 15,000 people can enjoy activities and entertainment, and get to know others in their neighbourhood.

Cr Atmaca said the proposed budget would also supply additional investment in a number of areas.

"Our community learning centres and neighbourhood houses are a real heartbeat of Hume, and they support around 100 community groups and more than $3 million worth of programs, thanks to the dedication of around 90 volunteers," he said.

"We estimate that 4,700 residents attend a Hume Neighbourhood House to take part in tuition each week, and this budget proposes additional funding because we know the service is not only popular, but very important.

"We’ll also fund the Moving Forward program, which has given so many young people a helping hand when they need it most, perhaps because they don’t attend school and haven’t secured employment."

The Draft Council Plan and Draft Budget were presented to Council and 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 email@hume.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 12 May 2015


Updated : 10:15 AM, 12 May 2015

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