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--Submissions for the Emerging Issues and Options Paper can now be made up to 10 September 2018--

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The Rural Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (Rural HIGAP) covers all land that falls outside the Urban Growth Boundary (excluding Melbourne Airport). It includes the areas of Oaklands Junction, Yuroke, Wildwood, Diggers Rest; the rural parts of Clarkefield; Greenvale and Sunbury, the Keilor area behind Melbourne Airport and Bulla Township.


The Rural HIGAP covers the below area:


Council is currently preparing the Rural Hume Integrated Growth Area Plan (HIGAP) Spatial Strategy that will guide planning, infrastructure provision and Council investment within the rural areas over the next 25 years.

Emerging Issues and Options Paper

As part of the development of Rural HIGAP, Council has prepared an Emerging Issues and Options Paper.

The Emerging Issues and Options Paper discusses the key issues for the rural areas and provides options on how each issue might be addressed. Some of the issues explored in the Paper include the pressures of urban growth and development, agriculture and illegal waste dumping.

The options to address these issues range from doing more, keeping things as they are or doing less. We’d like to know which you prefer or if there are other options you suggest.

Read the Paper

The Emerging Issues and Options Paper can be downloaded through the link below as a full text in lower resolution or each individual chapter in high resolution:

Emerging Issues and Options Paper - Full Text

1.0 - IntroductionFront-Cover-Pages-from-Rural-Areas-HIGAP-Report---FINAL.jpg

2.0 - Context

3.0 - Policy Context

4.0 - Management Programs and Assistance

5.1-5.5 - Issues Analysis - Overarching Challenges, Agriculture, Living and Visiting, Infrastructure and Resources, Movement

5.6 - Issues Analysis - Environment

5.7 - Issues Analysis - Cultural and Landscape Values

5.8 - Issues Analysis - Future Options Summary

Chapter 6 - Next Steps

Appendix 1 - Survey Key Findings

Appendix 2 - Background

Emerging Issues and Options Fact Sheet 

Printed copies are available for viewing during office hours at Hume City Council offices:

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

Make a Submission

Please provide your feedback on the Issues and Options Paper by 10 September 2018.

Send your submissions to:Oaklands-Junction-Sheep-&-Red-Gum-Woodland.jpg

By post:      Strategic Planning Department

                     Hume City Council

                     PO BO 119

                     Dallas VIC 3047

By email: (include Strategic Planning in the subject line)

 Questions to consider in your submission

Below are some questions to help guide you when providing your feedback to Council on the Emerging Issues or Options Paper. These questions are intended as a guide only however you may respond to them specifically if you wish.

1. Are the issues facing the rural areas adequately addressed in the Emerging Issues and Options Paper? If not, what is missing?

2. What issue(s) are you addressing?

3. Out of the issues that interest you, consider the options and let us know:

     a. Which one(s) you prefer.

     b. Which one(s) to avoid/exclude?

     c. How can they be improved?

     d. Are there any other options that you would like to be considered?

4. What is your dream for the Rural Areas?

5. Would you like to attend workshops as part of the next stage of consultation?

6. Would you like to be notified about the project and the next stage of consultation?

     If yes, please provide details of your email or postal address.

More Information

For more information contact Council's Strategic Planning Department on 9205 2371 or via email at


Updated : 3:52 PM, 17 August 2018

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