Hume’s recovery budget | Sunbury and Macedon chains

Elsie Lange

Big spending on infrastructure projects and community services is at the heart of Hume Council’s 2022-23 budget proposal.

Councilors passed the draft budget last week, which includes a $101.18 million outlay for capital works and an average rate increase of 1.75%, in line with the state government’s cap. on price increases.

Mayor Carly Moore said the budget reflected a “renewed focus” on recovering from the pandemic.

“As our growing community continues to adapt and thrive in our new normal, we have made significant investments to ensure that our services such as libraries, recreation centers, preschools, maternal and child health and programs for the elderly and disabled can thrive with us,” Cr Moore mentioned.

“This has been complemented by investment in the city’s infrastructure.”

The budget promises a number of transportation infrastructure projects over the next year, including $3 million to begin construction of the Evans Street multi-storey car park in Sunbury.

Cr Jack Medcraft praised the construction of the car park, which he said he had been trying to ‘put on the table for about 10 or 15 years’. He said he was excited about several works, including the Jacksons Creek Community Center, the start of work on the Tullamarine Reserve Lodge and Changing Rooms, and the Riddell Road Landfill Resource Recovery Center.

Cr Medcraft said ‘Hallelujah’ about the inclusion of the Emu Bottom car park extension, welcomed the spending on upgrading Mitchells Lane in Sunbury and the start of Oaklands Road rebuilding.

He also highlighted continued work on the Jacksons Creek athletics track, improvements to the Eric Boardman Memorial Preserve, planning for the Tullamarine Preserve Master Plan and the Mount Holden Sunbury Master Plan, Tennis Club of Tullamarine and work at the Sunbury Aquatic Recreation Centre.

Councilors Jim Overend and Sam Misho voted against passing the budget proposal due to the rate increase.

Cr Trevor Dance said while it was good to see investment in capital works, the cost of living was ‘very high’ and the increase in the state government rate cap would make it more difficult difficult for residents.

“It’s great to see new stuff, but know we have to pay for it – don’t sit down if you don’t like anything there, put in your submissions,” Cr Dance said.

The draft budget is open for public comment until Monday, May 16.

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