Exploring opportunities for the future of rural Hume

Exploring tourism opportunities and environmental initiatives, such as renewable energy and water management, are just two of the topics the community can have their say on as part of a discussion paper about the future of rural Hume.

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Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said the Rural Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (Rural HIGAP) Emerging Issues and Options paper discussed current and future challenges across Hume’s rural areas, and asked the community how these issues should be addressed.

“We already know of a number of rural landowners who are thinking creatively about land-use and using the latest innovations in agriculture and technology to optimise use of their properties,” Cr Porter said.

“We found this out when we spoke to the community last year to find out how rural land owners use their land, what they value and what Council support is needed to improve land use.

“Now that we better understand the issues, we’ve drawn together this community feedback and some further research to deliver an options paper that identifies how Council could work with the community and advocate to the State Government on behalf of our rural landowners.

The Hume community can now have their say on the Rural Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (Rural HIGAP) Emerging Issues and Options paper from 30 July to 27 August.

“Ultimately, by having your say, you can help shape what Council support and investment is needed within rural areas over the next 25 years,” Cr Porter said.

“Some of the challenges identified include how to respond to climate change, exploring the potential of our local providers to better showcase local produce and maximising the opportunities for tourism in Hume’s rural areas.”

Cr Porter said the Rural HIGAP Strategy will guide planning, infrastructure provision and Council investment within the rural areas over the next 25 years.

Electronic copies of the paper can be viewed at www.hume.vic.gov.au/ruralhigap. Printed copies are available for viewing during office hours at Council’s Customer Service offices:

  • Broadmeadows Office, 1079 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
  • Craigieburn Office, 75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn
  • Sunbury Office, 40 Macedon Street, Sunbury


    Submissions for the Rural HIGAP Emerging Issues and Options Paper are open until 27 August 2018 and can be made by:

  • Post: Strategic Planning Department, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas, VIC 3047
  • Email: contactus@hume.vic.gov.au (include Strategic Planning in the subject line)

Posted on 9:00 AM, 31 July 2018

Updated : 9:55 AM, 31 July 2018

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