Visit heralds great opportunity

Hume City Council was thrilled to host a visit today by the Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, to the high peak of Mount Ridley.

Ms Hutchins today met with Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, as she launched the State Government’s $50 million fund for outer-suburban councils.

Cr Atmaca said Hume enthusiastically welcomed the 2015-16 Interface Growth Fund.

"Hume City Council has advocated to successive governments for many years in support of funding that can help us provide vital infrastructure in our growing suburbs," Cr Atmaca said.

"We are very excited that Ms Hutchins has delivered this fund because Council wants to make possible a number of projects that will benefit current and future residents.

"Hume will closely look at the fund’s guidelines, which were unveiled today, as we prepare a strong application on behalf of our community.

"The Interface Fund is innovative and we’re very grateful to a state government that has shown it understands the demands on councils in outer-suburban areas of Melbourne."

Interface CEOs met with Ms Hutchins in May to help the State Government develop guidelines for the growth fund.

Today’s announcement outlined how the fund could support local infrastructure projects like family and community centres, town centres, parks and reserves, playgrounds and amenity facilities.

Cr Atmaca said he was proud to show Ms Hutchins a beautiful view of Hume this afternoon.

"Mount Ridley Reserve offers a spectacular outlook of Melbourne, and allows visitors to see all the way to the skyscrapers in the heart of the city," he said.

"The vantage point demonstrates the growth of Hume, from the Highlands estate in Craigieburn, to the new areas of Greenvale, and the outer parts of Sunbury.

"More and more people choose to call Hume home and that’s demonstrated in Craigieburn, where the population has more than doubled since 2006, and is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036.

"We want to deliver great community facilities for our young families, so that they can access the services and opportunities which are available in more established areas of Melbourne."

The Mayor of Mitchell Shire, Councillor Rodney Parker, also joined Cr Atmaca at Mount Ridley today and inspected a playground that will open in the coming months.

"I tested some of the play equipment with Cr Parker, and I’m confident it will bring enormous happiness to generations of children in the years ahead," he said.

Further information about the projects that Hume advocates for is here.


Posted on 12:00 AM, 3 July 2015

Updated : 5:23 PM, 3 July 2015

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