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Hume Pride Spring 2017_Final_digital

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2 Download your online copy today hume.vic.gov.au/humepride Contact Us Customer Service Centres Open from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday Broadmeadows 1079 Pascoe Vale Road Craigieburn 75–95 Central Park Avenue Sunbury 40 Macedon Street Phone 03 9205 2200 Fax 03 9309 0109 Email contactus@hume.vic.gov.au Web hume.vic.gov.au App hume.vic.gov.au/app Twitter @HumeCityCouncil LinkedIn @HumeCityCouncil Hume Pride is now available online as a plain-text PDF for a non-distracting reading experience or for use with screen readers. Contact us using the details above for more information. My time in the Mayor's chair is almost up – and what a journey it has been. Now seems like a perfect time for a reflection on the year that was. The journey began on 7 November 2016, when 11 councillors were officially sworn-in to represent your local community. The community elected a record five female councillors and a number of first-time councillors, all of whom were overflowing with new ideas for the community. Combined with the experience and dedication of the re- elected councillors, we have had a solid start to our four-year term. A growing community Our community reached a significant milestone this year – there are now more than 200,000 people living in Hume! Contributing to this number are the 2,170 new Australian citizens on whom citizenship was conferred at the many ceremonies during my time as Mayor, again a record. Accompanying this growth was the development of the new Council Plan 2017-2021. I am proud to say that we truly listened to the community, and developed the plan based on your feedback. I am looking forward to seeing the continued implementation of it. A committed community It has been an exciting year with countless openings, launches, celebrations and events. I have met so many people through this process who have shown true Hume spirit – a dedication and genuine passion for our community. On the topic of spirit – I would like to thank the community's emergency service workers and support organisations. Their work helps keep us safe and secure. The Coolaroo fire in July was a testament to their excellent work. My term as Mayor also saw the unfortunate passing of many significant members of our community including former councillors Max Stone and Jack Roper, and former Mayor Bill Muir. I thank their families for their continued support of Council as we continue to work on the many things they envisaged for the Hume community. Other highlights included the Hume Carols by Candlelight event late last year, the Governor-General's visit to Sunbury, and the 20th anniversary celebration of the first election of Hume City Council. It was also great to see the opening of Craigieburn ANZAC Park, along with Livvi's Place, 'Sprint' athletics track, and the community-built war memorial. Thank you for having me as your Mayor. Whilst a different councillor will be elected to the position on 1 November 2017, I will continue to serve the community as an Aitken Ward councillor for the remainder of this Council's term. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful weather that Spring brings. Cr Drew Jessop, Mayor of Hume Contact Us Hume City Council recognises the rich Aboriginal heritage within the municipality and acknowledges the Gunung-Willam-Balluk of the Wurundjeri as the Traditional Custodians of this land. Council embraces Aboriginal living culture as a vital part of Australia's identity and recognises, celebrates and pays respect to the existing family members of the Gunung-Willam-Balluk and to Elders past and present. Mayor's message

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