Community feedback informs Council budget adoption

Hume City Council will spend $80 million to upgrade or deliver new roads, parks, community centres and reserves after both the Council Plan 2017-2021 and Council Budget 2017/18 were adopted at Hume City Council’s Ordinary meeting on Monday night.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said the Budget would see Council’s largest ever spend on infrastructure across the City.

“Along with the largest ever investment in capital works, the Budget will invest $231 million to deliver 28 key services across the City,” Cr Jessop said.

“The Council Plan 2017-2021 will provide a road map across the next four years to help the organisation deliver these services and infrastructure.”

Hume is one of Australia’s fastest-growing municipalities and both the Plan and Budget ensure that Council provides for the community today, and more importantly, plans for growth in the future.

Both the draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and Council Budget 2017/18 were informed by extensive community consultation and engagement activities over the last several months.

Following feedback from the community, Council endorsed more than $240,000 in additional funding towards the following projects:

  • funding for the planning and design of a concrete standing area at Greenvale’s Barrymore Reserve Pavilion
  • increased sponsorship funding for Sunbury’s Christmas on the Green Festival
  • upgrades to the car park lighting and asphalt surfacing at Dallas’ Laura Douglas Reserve
  • increased sponsorship funding for Sunbury’s StreetLife Festival
  • an in-kind support package to establish a Hume Community Orchestra; and,
  • improvements to the club facilities at Progress Reserve in Coolaroo.

“We sincerely thank residents and community groups who took the time to provide Council with their invaluable feedback,” Cr Jessop said.

Councillor Jessop added that Council was particularly excited to see the $19 million Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury project underway, the completion of Craigieburn’s Splash Aqua Park and ANZAC Park and the redevelopment of the Broadmeadows Town Hall.

“Other highlights include the commencement of the $4.07 million Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre warm water pool, funding of $166,500 towards the construction of a men’s shed in Tullamarine, increased funding of $400,000 to deliver additional indented parking in narrow streets and $5.8 million for local road reseals and resurfacing across the city,” Cr Jessop said.

Council will also undertake a number of upgrades to sporting facilities with:

  • Implementation of the $4.1 million Sunbury McMahon Recreation Reserve masterplan, of which $1.6 million will be spent in 2017/18.
  • Implementation of the $1.88 million Westmeadows Willowbrook Recreation Reserve masterplan, of which $850,000 will be spent in 2017/18.
  • Implementation of the $4.2 million Greenvale Recreation Reserve masterplan, of which $960,000 will be spent in 2017/18.
  • Implementation of the $1.96 million Craigieburn DS Aitken Reserve masterplan, of which $438,000 will be spent in 2017/18.

Posted on 12:00 PM, 30 June 2017


Updated : 1:43 PM, 30 June 2017

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