Some good news and reasons to hope

Hume City Council has welcomed news that the Victorian Government will assign money to support school students across the municipality.

The 2016-17 State Budget has made available funds to help purchase land for a new primary school at Aitken Hill, in Craigieburn.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the school would ultimately support generations of families.

“The southern section of Craigieburn has developed so much, and Council expects that the area’s population will rise by more than 46 per cent by 2030,” she said.

“It is anticipated that Hume will require 21 new schools across the next 20 years, so the funds to support a future primary school at Aitken Hill are very welcome.

“Families who live at the Aitken Hill neighbourhood now know that they eventually won’t have to travel long distances to attend a primary school.”

The Victorian Government has also assigned $4.8 million to modernise Sunbury College, and $4 million to deliver new classrooms to Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School.

It shall apportion $700,000 to upgrade buildings at Kismet Park Primary School in Sunbury, and $500,000 to lay concrete, install new seats, and landscape the outdoor grounds at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School in Dallas.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was glad that the Victorian Government would administer a fund to support the improvement of roads.

“We have made a lot of noise in recent years because long stretches of Somerton, Mickleham, Craigieburn and Sunbury roads desperately need to be duplicated,” she said.

“Council will put a compelling case to the Victorian Government, so that money is provided in a future state budget to ease congestion on these major thoroughfares.”

In his address to the Parliament of Victoria, Treasurer Tim Pallas revealed that the Victorian Government would construct an elective surgery centre at Broadmeadows, at a cost of $17.3 million.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was sure that the centre would assist many residents.

“While Hume is one of the fastest growing communities in Australia, suburbs like Broadmeadows, Jacana and Dallas are also home to many senior citizens,” she said.

“The new elective surgery centre will reduce waiting times, and provide many people with greater peace of mind.”

The Victorian Government announced in March that it would invest more than $14 million in projects that enhance the central area of Broadmeadows.

The money was set to help refurbish the Broadmeadows Town Hall, improve access to Broadmeadows Railway Station, beautify the Pascoe Vale Road streetscape, and construct a path between Moonee Ponds Creek and Merlynston Creek.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council was keen to apply for grants through the 2016-17 Growing Suburbs Fund.

“The Victorian Government has again apportioned $50 million to support local infrastructure in Melbourne’s outer suburbs,” she said.

“We will submit strong applications to this fund, because there are many community and sporting facilities that need to be built or upgraded in all corners of Hume.”

Council has advocated in recent weeks for funds that can provide more frequent bus services across Sunbury.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume would continue to speak with Public Transport Victoria about the issue.

“We don’t want our senior citizens or school students to be forced to wait 40 minutes for a bus,” she said.

“This is really important, but we’re excited for people who catch a train from Sunbury Railway Station, because they will eventually benefit from a new tunnel through Melbourne’s CBD, thanks to the Metro Rail project.”

Hume City Council is grateful to everyone who has advocated to the Victorian Government on behalf of the community, and particularly appreciates the tireless efforts of the Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence, the Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull, and the Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire.

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 28 April 2016

Updated : 5:31 PM, 29 April 2016

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