Making the lives of our community better

Hume City Council’s draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft  Council Budget 2017/18 reflect the biggest investment ever in the future of one of Australia’s fastest growing communities.

Both documents will be presented to Council at its general meeting on Monday 8 May 2017 and are open for public submissions between 10 May and 7 June 2017.

MORE: Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and Draft Budget 2017/18 Information Page

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said significant planning and effort had been undertaken by the newly-elected Council to determine its priorities on how to best meet the needs of our growing community.

“Council is motivated by a commitment to make the lives of our community better and in 2017/18, we will do this by investing in integral community services, local roads for new and existing areas, community centres, leisure, parks and reserves,” Cr Jessop said. 

“Just some of the highlights of the draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft Budget 2017/18 are our plans to complete Craigieburn ANZAC Park, double the amount of funding for indented parking and commence the construction of the Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury.

“In all, this is the largest ever spend on infrastructure in Hume.

“In 2017/18, Council will provide over $185 million to deliver some 28 key services across Hume and invest more than $79 million in delivering capital works.

“Council’s capital works program will upgrade or deliver local roads, parks, community centres and reserves amongst other initiatives.”

Councillor Jessop added that day-to-day services that Hume residents rely on such as rubbish collection, preschool and home care will be boosted and Council will deliver exciting initiatives.

“We’re looking forward to planning for a business incubator and co-working space in the Broadmeadows Town Hall redevelopment, the opening of Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre and of course, the planning and construction of the Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury,” Cr Jessop said.

“We will explore opportunities to partner with surrounding councils for the provision of a regional animal shelter.

“Another step forward is the provision of training for community groups on how to apply for and take advantage of grant opportunities – this might seem small but it will make a significant difference to our community.”

“We have also reviewed and reduced our fees in relation to use of community facilities for community groups to make these more accessible and affordable.”

Councillor Jessop explained that the draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and draft Budget 2017/18 had been informed by extensive community consultations and engagement activities over the last several months.

“The draft Council Plan and draft Budget were well-informed by community through feedback from workshops, engagement sessions and in writing as well as our long-term community plan, Hume Horizons 2040,” Cr Jessop said.

“With more people choosing to call Hume home each year, we expect to welcome more than 50,000 residents over the next decade, and there needs to be careful consideration of all factors, so that we can continue to provide high quality services and facilities.

“The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 will provide a road map to help the organisation deliver services and infrastructure across the next four years, and the draft Budget 2017/18 will guide Council’s investment in key services and infrastructure.

“We thank those from the community who took the time to provide feedback for their invaluable input.”

The draft Council Plan 2017-2021 will continue to implement the key themes and strategic directions that Council has been working on since the development of the long-term plan, Hume Horizons 2040. These priority themes are:

  • A well-educated and employed community
  • A healthy and safe community
  • A culturally vibrant and connected community
  • A sustainably built and well maintained City with an environmentally engaged community, and;
  • A well-governed and engaged community.

“Under these themes, we have set realistic actions and targets, and together with our strong financial position, our open and accountable leadership and proven track record of getting things done, we will see the Hume community thrive in the future,” Cr Jessop said.

“I encourage everyone to read both the plan and budget and to provide us with their feedback, before they are finalised.”

People can comment on the plan and budget, and submissions are welcome until 7 June 2017.

Feedback should be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047 or via

Posted on 10:35 AM, 9 May 2017

Updated : 11:41 AM, 9 May 2017

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