Hume's Draft Rural Strategy


Extended time for feedback

Please note consultation is extended two weeks until 3 May.

See below for ways to contact Council, ask questions and make a submission.


Hume’s rural areas make up half the municipality. They provide an expansive landscape between the urban areas of the Hume Corridor and Sunbury that is home to natural and heritage values and a range of rural activities.

Hume City Council has released a Draft Rural Strategy that offers a vision for Hume’s rural areas for Council and the community to work towards over the next 20 years.

What we heard 

Feedback from the community to date and further research has identified the following major challenges for Hume’s rural areas now and into the future:

  • Relatively poor quality soil, a lack of rainfall worsened by impacts of climate change
  • Ongoing land speculation
  • The viability of traditional agriculture
  • An aging and changing rural population

The Rural Strategy

To address these challenges and to realise a positive future for Hume’s rural areas requires a partnership approach between all levels of government and the community.

The draft Rural Strategy encompasses three themes that reflect this holistic and partnership approach:

Certainty – on the future planning for the rural areas, particularly future urban development and subdivision, to assist the rural community to make investments with greater confidence.

Support – to help enable landowners to continue to pursue current activities, diversify into new activities, maximise opportunities associated with a growing urban population and to effectively manage land.

Engagement – to inform the rural community of potential future changes and to grow community connectedness and capacity to realise future opportunities and to manage challenges.

How to provide feedback 

Council is now seeking to hear from the community about this vision for the rural areas, as well as the strategies for how Council will better support and engage with the rural landowners and the rural community to realise this vision. 

Make a submission by 3 May 2020

Please note consultation is extended two weeks until 3 May.

You can think about answering these questions when making your submission:

  1. Do you feel the vision is positive and realistic for the rural areas of Hume?
  2. Which strategies do you like and which would you want to change? And why?
  3. How else can Council support land management and viable activities in the rural areas?

Seek copies

Council officers will send copies of the Draft Rural Strategy, Fact Sheets and Community Questions and Responses on request.  Phone 9205 2200 or email

Ask Questions Use this form to pose questions about the Draft Rural Strategy of Council officers.  Responses will be publicly updated daily and can be accessed on the website here.  

Feedback Form  can be used to provide your views to Council. Responses will be presented to Council as formal submissions.

Post (Not recommended in times of Covid19 lockdown)

Strategic Planning Department, Hume City Council, PO Box 119 DALLAS VIC 3047

By email:

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Key Dates
Background Studies
Community Survey:
Stage 1
August 2017
Emerging Issues and
Options Paper
Consultation:Stage 2
September 2018
Draft Rural Strategy
Consultation:Stage 3
Extended Feedback 
Now Due 3 May 2020
Final Strategy
Council adoption expected in 2020