Hume's Draft Rural Strategy

Background information

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 from past consultation

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 draft 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 – the draft Strategy aims to provide certainty on the role, and 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 – the draft Strategy sets out how landowners will be supported to continue to pursue current activities, diversify into new activities, maximise opportunities associated with a growing urban population and to effectively manage land.

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

Community Information Sessions

With the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, Council decided to extend the Hume draft Rural Strategy consultation period until face-to-face community drop in sessions can be held.

Since then, Council has commenced reopening facilities and is beginning to resume services in line the with the recommendations of the Victoria Government. This now allows us to schedule face-to-face drop in sessions, with a COVID Safe plan in place and give you the opportunity to speak in person with Council officers about the draft Rural Strategy.

We are now offering the opportunity to speak in person with Council officers about the draft Rural Strategy at two community information sessions to be held in March.

In order to meet State Government requirements for social distancing and gathering numbers, attendees to the community drop in sessions will be limited to a maximum people of 12 people at any one time. This restriction on numbers will also ensure you get a good opportunity to speak to Council officers.

Only those who have registered will be to attend an event. To ensure the appropriate Council officers are present to answer your questions, please include a short description of what questions you might ask when you register.



BullaSunbury

Thursday 4 March 2021Wednesday 10 March 2021

4:00pm – 6:00pm6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jack McKenzie Community CentreHume Global Learning Centre


Register via this linkRegister via this link


If you are uncomfortable attending due to coronavirus or unable to attend a face to face information session at the times available, Council officers are available to arrange an online meeting or phone call to answer questions about the draft Rural Strategy. You can contact us at 9205 2489.

New Consultation Deadline and Next Steps

All submissions to the draft Rural Strategy must be received by 31 March 2021.

Submissions can be made via email, online or post. Details can be found below.

Following the end of the community consultation, a final Rural Strategy will be prepared for consideration by Council.

All submitters will be notified of the date when the final Rural Strategy is to be put before Council for consideration.

How to give 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

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 and Fact Sheets on request. Phone 9205 2200 or email contactus@hume.vic.gov.au

Ask Questions

Use this form to pose questions about the Draft Rural Strategy. Responses will be publicly updated daily and can be accessed here or in the documents panel on the right side of the page.

The Feedback Form can be used to provide your views to Council or you are welcome to prepare a submission in a separate document. When providing feedback please provide your name and an email or postal address so that we can keep you updated. All responses will be presented to Council as formal submissions.

Please register your email address if you would like to receive updates.

Post

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

Email

contactus@hume.vic.gov.au

Background information

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 from past consultation

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 draft 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 – the draft Strategy aims to provide certainty on the role, and 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 – the draft Strategy sets out how landowners will be supported to continue to pursue current activities, diversify into new activities, maximise opportunities associated with a growing urban population and to effectively manage land.

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

Community Information Sessions

With the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, Council decided to extend the Hume draft Rural Strategy consultation period until face-to-face community drop in sessions can be held.

Since then, Council has commenced reopening facilities and is beginning to resume services in line the with the recommendations of the Victoria Government. This now allows us to schedule face-to-face drop in sessions, with a COVID Safe plan in place and give you the opportunity to speak in person with Council officers about the draft Rural Strategy.

We are now offering the opportunity to speak in person with Council officers about the draft Rural Strategy at two community information sessions to be held in March.

In order to meet State Government requirements for social distancing and gathering numbers, attendees to the community drop in sessions will be limited to a maximum people of 12 people at any one time. This restriction on numbers will also ensure you get a good opportunity to speak to Council officers.

Only those who have registered will be to attend an event. To ensure the appropriate Council officers are present to answer your questions, please include a short description of what questions you might ask when you register.



BullaSunbury

Thursday 4 March 2021Wednesday 10 March 2021

4:00pm – 6:00pm6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jack McKenzie Community CentreHume Global Learning Centre


Register via this linkRegister via this link


If you are uncomfortable attending due to coronavirus or unable to attend a face to face information session at the times available, Council officers are available to arrange an online meeting or phone call to answer questions about the draft Rural Strategy. You can contact us at 9205 2489.

New Consultation Deadline and Next Steps

All submissions to the draft Rural Strategy must be received by 31 March 2021.

Submissions can be made via email, online or post. Details can be found below.

Following the end of the community consultation, a final Rural Strategy will be prepared for consideration by Council.

All submitters will be notified of the date when the final Rural Strategy is to be put before Council for consideration.

How to give 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

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 and Fact Sheets on request. Phone 9205 2200 or email contactus@hume.vic.gov.au

Ask Questions

Use this form to pose questions about the Draft Rural Strategy. Responses will be publicly updated daily and can be accessed here or in the documents panel on the right side of the page.

The Feedback Form can be used to provide your views to Council or you are welcome to prepare a submission in a separate document. When providing feedback please provide your name and an email or postal address so that we can keep you updated. All responses will be presented to Council as formal submissions.

Please register your email address if you would like to receive updates.

Post

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

Email

contactus@hume.vic.gov.au