Minister Powell in Sunbury

Hume Council sets high level of Sunbury services

21 Feb 2013

Sunbury residents will get their say on whether to remain part of the City of Hume in the knowledge their community receives a high level of council services compared to other areas within the municipality.

“The Victorian Government is delivering on our 2010 commitment to give the community its say on whether Sunbury should remain in Hume City,” Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said.

“I am publicly releasing the independent stage one report on Hume City Council’s Service Provision in Sunbury 2012 which was conducted by KPMG,” Mrs Powell said.

“Further, I am announcing KPMG have been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study into the impact and costs of establishing a separate Sunbury Shire, as stage two of the evaluation.

“Once the second study has been completed, its findings will be released and the community will be able to make an informed decision on the future municipal structure.

“The positive results of the service provision report may surprise those Sunbury residents who have perceived this community to be disadvantaged compared to other centres in Hume.”

Mrs Powell said the report’s analysis found that Sunbury residents receive a similar or higher share of council services and infrastructure than other Hume municipality residents.

“The Victorian Government is committed to helping Sunbury residents accurately evaluate the level and cost of services provided to them by the City of Hume.

“We are gathering the evidence residents need in order to decide whether or not Sunbury would benefit from the establishment of its own shire council.

The KPMG report released by the Minister today, Hume City Council’s Service Provision in Sunbury, uses 27 indicators to determine relative service levels across four areas:

  • Infrastructure (roads, footpaths and waste services)
  • Family and Community Services (child care and preschool)
  • Recreation (sports centres and facilities)
  • Parks and Open Spaces.

The study looked at services provided over a three year period from 2008–09 to 2010–11 and assumes residents access the services and facilities closest to their homes, even though people may access services closer to workplaces or family in other areas.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Infrastructure: Sunbury residents receive a similar or higher level of service provision than other areas of Hume municipality. This was highlighted by the higher expenditure in Sunbury in the areas of traffic engineering and footpath rehabilitation, and the better condition of local roads in Sunbury.
  • Family and Community Services: Sunbury residents receive a similar or higher share of council services and infrastructure than other Hume municipality residents … there is a relatively higher number of places at child care centres, before and after school care venues and vacation care venues than in the rest of municipality. … a higher proportion of Sunbury residents … receive home support services.
  • Recreation: there are relatively more leisure centres in Sunbury than in other areas of Hume municipality. Two of the four library indicators provide evidence that Sunbury residents receive a smaller share of council services than other Hume municipality residents.
  • Parks and Open Spaces: Sunbury residents have relatively more active open space and passive open space than other Hume municipality residents.
  • Customer Service: Sunbury residents receive a similar level of customer service provision to other residents of Hume municipality.
Member for Northern Victoria, Donna Petrovich attended the release of the first stage report and welcomed the commissioning of the second stage feasibility study.

“Sunbury’s position within the Hume municipality has been a significant issue for many years and it is important for this community that the government will allow an informed public debate and the opportunity to have their say,” Mrs Petrovich said.

Copies of Hume City Council’s Service Provision in Sunbury can be downloaded here:

Hume City Council’s Service Provision in Sunbury (PDF 1.5 MB) or (Word 853 KB)

Fact Sheet - local government and Sunbury (PDF 142 KB) or (Word 127 KB)

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