Published on 24 December 2021
Christmas Day means different things to different people. For those who celebrate, Christmas can be about new life and remembering the arrival of Jesus Christ, while others spend valuable time with loved ones, recharge for the year ahead, or work through the festivities to keep our essential services and our economy moving along.
As an organisation, this time of year is great for reflecting on the year that was: the obstacles, progress, and achievements (and there are many achievements that our community can be proud of!)
We developed our first Community Vision and prepared a new Council Plan 2021–25, which engaged over 8,500 locals in the process.
We constructed two new community centres with preschools in Mickleham and Kalkallo to provide early learning opportunities for our youngest residents.These facilities are just two of 76 capital works projects completed over the year.
From September until November, we directly supported more than 1,100 Hume City households to self-isolate who were in need of emergency food relief.
To help get our community vaccinated, our bi-cultural workers provided vital translation services to 738 people.
As we reopened, our staff conducted more than 400 visits to ensure local businesses have COVIDSafe Plans in place.
Hume City went from having the lowest vaccination rate to achieving the highest second dose vaccination increase for the whole of Australia.
Council endorsed a climate change pledge, outlining our commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change impacts and support the Hume community to reduce emissions.
Working in partnership with Reconciliation Australia and the Hume Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, we developed the Reconciliation Action Plan 2020–2022.
We welcomed 3,700 tiny residents to Hume (babies, that is!), which were all supported by home visits by our Maternal and Child Health nurses.
More than 22,000 immunisations were delivered by our Immunisation team.
21,000 meals were delivered to people in need.
Residents attended more than 1,000 individual library programs and events.
More than 860 planning applications were received.
Looking at the numbers, 2021 has been a massive year for us all. But most importantly, Hume City as community has shown just how strong and resilient we all are. When it was needed most, our community banded together to support one another, and to connect and engage.
Every individual, family, community group and business makes Hume City such a special place to live. From our Councillors to you: Merry Christmas!