Asset investment to keep Hume moving forward

Significant investment in maintaining and improving Hume City Council assets, such as roads, footpaths and bike paths, is one of the highlights of Council’s Draft Council Plan and Draft Budget 2018/19.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter acknowledged the recent Community Survey 2017/18 results indicated traffic and parking management as a priority for residents and said Council was taking action.

“Hume City has been actively advocating to the State and Federal Government for the duplication of Craigieburn Road, Sunbury Road/Bulla Bypass, Somerton Road and Mickleham Road,” Cr Porter said.

“We received great news this week with the State Government announcing the duplication of Craigieburn Road and widening of Sunbury Road but we are not resting on our laurels.

“We will continue our advocacy for infrastructure improvements and we are meeting our end of the deal to maintain and upgrade our roads, parking, footpaths and bike paths – all of this will have significant impact on the safety and wellbeing of our community.

“Improved road networks and related infrastructure, have a positive benefit for residents, as it means they can choose to walk or cycle to their destination instead of driving to schools, shops and community facilities.

“Ultimately, we know the less time people spend on congested roads; the more time they can spend with their family and friends.

“Continuing with the theme of improving the health and wellbeing of our community, Council will invest $18 million over the next four years to upgrade and construct pavilions at sporting grounds including D.S. Aitken Reserve in Craigieburn, Boardman Reserve in Sunbury, Greenvale Recreation Reserve and Willowbrook Reserve in Westmeadows.

“Council will also invest $3.8 million over the next four years in sports ground lighting upgrades, as part of the Outdoor Sports Lighting Upgrades Plan.

“These upgrades will ensure improved access for all; particularly with the inclusion of female-friendly amenities, which will go a long way in supporting local female sport participation.”

Cr Porter unveiled the documents, which provide $72.96 million in new funds to invest in Council’s Capital Works Program to upgrade or build community centres, leisure facilities, parks and reserves; all under the strategic guidance of the Draft Council Plan.

Cr Porter said feedback from Councillors, key stakeholders, Council’s Community Capital Works application process and a range of community consultation and engagement activities were used to determine priorities of the Draft Council Plan and Draft Budget 2018/19.

“We thank everyone who took the time to provide their feedback; your input is invaluable as the community and Council work hand-in-hand to help shape the future of Hume,” Cr Porter said.

“Alongside a $198.38 million investment in day-to-day services, we are also looking to review and introduce initiatives that offer further benefits to our community such as local markets and food truck parks, and expanding popular bilingual storytimes in our libraries.”

The Draft Council Plan 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.

“I encourage everyone to read both the Draft Council Plan and Budget and to provide us with their feedback before they are finalised,” Cr Porter said.

“People can comment on the plan and budget, and submissions are welcome between 2 May and 30 May 2018.”

For more information visit the Draft Council Plan and Draft Budget 2018/19 Your Say  page. Feedback should be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047 or via email@hume.vic.gov.au

Posted on 11:00 AM, 14 May 2018


Updated : 11:11 AM, 14 May 2018

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