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Hume's Draft Rural Strategy


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 

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 and a lack of rainfall worsened by the affects of climate change
  • Ongoing land speculation
  • The viability of traditional agriculture
  • An aging and changing rural population

The 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 – 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 – to help enable landowners to continue to pursue current activities, diversify into new activities, maximise opportunities associated with a growing urban population and to effectively manage land.

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

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Read the draft Rural Startegy 

 A copy of the draft Rural Strategy can be downloaded at the link below:

Draft Rural Strategy March 2020 (6MB)

A fact sheet discussing the draft Strategy can be downloaded at the link below:

Draft Rural Strategy Fact Sheet

Consultation extension - COVID-19 update

 The release of the draft Strategy was followed by rapid changes to how we all function in the context of COVID-19 and we have now reviewed the engagement program for the Strategy. We are not able to hold face-to-face community drop in sessions for the draft Rural Strategy due to State and Federal Government social distancing provisions at this time. 

 The consultation period for the draft Strategy will remain open until public drop in sessions can be held. Please register your email address if you would like to receive further updates.

Contact us

If you have questions or want to learn more about the project, contact us by:

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COVID-19 update - As we are currently operating in line with State and Commonwealth Government recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, officers may not be available to take your phone call. Please leave a voicemail message if this is the case. Or you can email us requesting a callback. A Council officer will endeavour to return your message within 2-4 hours during business hours.

How to provide 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

Ask QuestionsUse thisformto pose questions about the Draft Rural Strategy. Responses will be publicly updated daily and can be accessed on the websitehere.

Feedback Formcan be used toprovide 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.

Post (Not recommended in times of Covid19 lockdown)

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




 Background Work

The draft Rural Strategy builds upon the consultation conducted for the Rural HIGAP Emerging Issues and Options Paper 2018.

The Emerging Issues and Options Paper can be downloaded through the link below :

Emerging Issues and Options Paper - Full Text

More Information

For more information contact Council's Strategic Planning Department on 9205 2371 or via email at



Updated : 5:02 PM, 27 April 2020

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