Hume City Council will deliver a record spend on infrastructure projects and boost key services for our growing community, as part of a positive plan to help the community recover and rebuild.
Hume Mayor Councillor Joseph Haweil said as part of Council’s 2021-22 Budget a record $485 million will be spent on more than 500 capital works projects over the next four years, and $245.6 million would be injected to boost the delivery of essential day-to-day services.
“It has never been a more important time to invest in our community – that’s why Hume City Council will support our residents and businesses as we recover and rebuild from the devastating economic and social impacts of the coronavirus,” Cr Haweil said.
“We’re moving ahead with the biggest capital works program in our history – we’ll construct roads, footpaths, walking and cycling paths and bridges, develop community facilities, stadiums and pavilions and upgrade sporting reserves, parks and playgrounds.
“We’re also increasing our funding for the delivery of services including waste and recycling, planning and building, preschool, maternal and child health, immunisation, aged services, business programs, libraries, parks and open space, leisure centres and community facilities.
“And we’re maintaining an economic approach built on good governance, sound financial management, and the principles of social justice and environmental sustainability.”
The 2021-22 Draft Council Budget commits to:
- $25.88 million for the development of the new multi-deck carpark on the corner of Station and Evans Street in Sunbury;
- $22.5 million for the construction of Yirrangan Road to Watsons Road at Jacksons Hill;
- Completion of the $12.9 million Mickleham North Community Centre and the $5.8 million Kalkallo Community Centre;
- Commencement and continuation of works on the $9.5 million Kalkallo Central community hub, the $7.4 million Merrifield West southern community centre, the $6.5 million Craigieburn Community Centre, the $3.2 million Valley Park community centre and the $2.5 million Seabrook Reserve community hub;
- $8.2 million for the redevelopment of the Greenvale Recreation Reserve including the new home of the Hume Indoor Cricket Training Centre;
- $6 million towards the Jackson Hill Arts and Cultural precinct; and
- Continuing the revitalisation of Broadmeadows with $37 million being invested in the development of the Loop Road multi-deck carpark and redevelopment of the Hume Global Learning Centre.
Cr Haweil said that $159 million had been allocated to meet the growing demand for a range of services and that over the next 12 months, Council would:
- Collect more than 72,000 tonnes of kerbside waste, recycling and organics;
- Provide 14,000 hard waste collections;
- Undertakes 4,200 kilometres of roadside litter cleaning;
- Remove more than 40,000 square metres of graffiti;
- Provide 68,000 hours of domestic home care, personal and respite care for elderly residents;
- Deliver more than 21,000 meals for people in need;
- Host more than 1 million visits across our leisure centres;
- Welcome more than 900,000 visits to our libraries and learning centres;
- Deliver more than 24,000 vaccinations;
- Coordinate 29,000 maternal and child health consultations;
- Register more than 24,000 dogs and cats; and
- Deliver more than 1,000 food safety assessments.
Cr Haweil thanked the community who took part in consultation for the Budget, with a record 95 submissions received and considered, which resulted in the inclusion of:
- $10,000 in funding to help educate the community about Turkish-Australian history and heritage in Hume;
- $60,000 for the design of Bradford Avenue, Greenvale, due to planned reserve upgrades
- $95,000 for the investigation and installation of an older adult exercise park at Ardlie Street, Westmeadows;
- $80,000 to install a shade shelter at Barrymore Road Reserve, Greenvale;
- $75,000 towards a women in business leadership program;
- $80,000 to install a shade shelter at Arena Recreation Reserve, Roxburgh Park;
- $25,000 to identity further potential development of Willowbrook Reserve, Westmeadows;
- $3 million for a new synthetic athletics track, lighting and associated amenities at Boardman Reserve, Sunbury; and
- $15,000 to identify future development of the Greenvale Recreation Reserve, Greenvale
The 2021-22 Budget includes total income of $473.79 million and operating expenditure of $334.21 million, generating a surplus of $139.58 million.
The 2021-22 Budget is being updated and will be available online shortly.