New community advisory group to help shape the development of the future Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury

Eleven people from a wide range of community and business backgrounds have been selected to join a new group that will help shape the future Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury.

Hume Mayor Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou said the new Community Advisory Group was established to support the planning and development of the new facility, which will be located on a site next to the existing library on Macedon Street and is expected to open in early 2019.

"Hume City Council is proud to be delivering the new Hume Global Learning Centre which will provide a world-class learning and community facility for Sunbury," Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

"The new centre will provide formal and informal community spaces for residents and local organisations, allowing for private and organised study, social interaction, library services, exhibitions, seminars and conferences, meeting and training opportunities.

"Our Community Advisory Group will play an important role in helping to shape and guide the planning and development of the new facility by exploring and conveying the needs and aspirations of the community to ensure it meets their needs and expectations in the future."

The Community Advisory Group consists of:

Jarrod Bell – a young professional and resident of Sunbury who holds a range of community roles;
Kirsty Ferguson – a member of Sunbury Community Health’s Community Reference Group and the Diggers Rest Additional Needs Support Group;
Kim Forward – A Sunbury resident and Deputy Principal of Aitken College;
Carol Franceschi – a Sunbury resident and coordinator of Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre with over 20 years’ experience running learning programs in Sunbury;
Peter Free – a Sunbury resident with strong community networks, association with the Sunbury Historical and Heritage Society and knowledge about libraries and use of technology;
Bruce Marshall – a Sunbury resident with extensive experience in the local government sector with a focus on economic development and strong working knowledge of Sunbury’s business community;
Ian Phillips – a Sunbury resident and businessman and one of Victoria’s leading authorities on the role, work and impact of public libraries. He has vast prior experience working for the Australian Library and Information Association on a number of high profile planning and research projects;
Mercedes Ramirez – a longtime Sunbury resident with a strong professional history in environmental sustainability and disseminating this information to community groups;
Madeline Seyman – a young Sunbury resident who currently facilitates a weekly teen program that focuses on literacy, numeracy, problem solving and positive social interaction skills delivered at the existing Sunbury library;
Janet Thomson – a Sunbury resident and chairperson of Goonawarra Neighbourhood House with significant experience in delivering high quality education, training and community development; and
Wendy Walters – a Sunbury resident, member of the Sunbury Residents Association, and small business owner.

Posted on 8:00 AM, 9 August 2016


Updated : 4:19 PM, 9 August 2016

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