" THIS COMMUNITY MEANS SO MUCH TO ME AND I BELIEVE I CAN CONTRIBUTE TO ITS DEVELOPMENT "
LOCAL STIMULUS PACKAGE
My biggest priority on Council from day 1 will be to add to the conversation about a Covid-19 stimulus package for ratepayers. There is nothing stopping Council from establishing one of their own and leading in this state in the Covid-19 recovery effort.
This will include a local employment program:
Ensuring that all capital works in this city should be employing people that live in this area first.
Setting apart Hume City as a driver of employment in all industries by ensuring that it’s looking after its residents first.
STRENGTHENING LOCAL BUSINESSES
One of my first priorities on council is to see Council's plan to stand by local ratepayers as we enter a post Covid-19 world.
I think Council has the responsibility to go above and beyond for small businesses whether it be with grants, programs to educate businesses on how to operate in a Covid-19 world and beyond.
I think it is council’s responsibility to organise workshops to support the community and its businesses i.e. Organising the workplace to ensure employees and employers feel safe in the workplace.
CHAMPIONING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
Our generation is filled with innovators and young brilliant minds. It is the council's role to provide a platform for young people to showcase their talents but more so receive opportunities to be trained, to hear from successful individuals locally and be supported in their endeavours.
I will stand up for young people on Council and ensure their voices are heard.This will be through the establishment of numerous youth committees that target different interests’ young people might have i.e. the environment, innovation, politics or even community service.
BUILDING A HUME CITY OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Hume is and continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Melbourne. As we build further north (Kalkallo, Donnybrook, Mickleham), we need to promote the development of smart cities and cities that can work in the 21st century.
I will advocate for wider roads in our new townships and ensure there is adequate parking and space for the waster collectors to operate without and risk of scratching cars.
I will advocate for more parks in our townships and easy accessibility to them for all persons. I will advocate for council facilities in the north including libraries, leisure centres, service centres and shopping centers.
This will not only create jobs and businesses, but it will contribute to ensuring that locals have everything they need locally provided by other locals.
BUILDING A ROBUST CHILDCARE SYSTEM
Childcare falls directly under Council. It is the Council’s responsibility to make sure this sector is balanced and robust. A lot of families in Hume rely on local childcare providers whilst working.
This is because in our community most parents or carers work full time and do not have the capacity during the day to
Council is struggling to keep up with the number of children we have, compared to the number of childcare providers we have.
However, Council does have an obligation to stand by both the providers and those that need the service.
EXPANSION AND DUPLICATION OF MAJOR ROADS
The discussions around Mickleham Road, Somerton Road, Craigieburn road and Aitken Boulevard have been had for a very long time. It is time to take action and acknowledge that these roads need to be worked on.
When on Council, I will stand for the duplication, extension and expansion of these roads. I currently live on Elevation Boulevard where I would need to use all of these roads quite regularly. I know that during peak hour (particularly on Mickleham road) delays can occur for more than half an hour. This is the council's responsibility to approve these capital works and I will ensure that we have more than just discussions with proper plans to keep Hume moving.
EXPANSION OF RUBBISH TIPS ACROSS THE CITY
As it stands, there are only two rubbish tips across Hume City. They are in Campbellfield and in Sunbury, however, there are none in Aitken Ward. There is a need to have a designated tip in our ward, particularly for our far northern suburbs of Kalkallo, Donnybrook and even Mickleham whose residents currently have to drive as far as Sunbury or Campbellfield to dump rubbish.