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Support for Families, Businesses, Sporting Clubs and Community Groups

Just like we are finding ways for our community to stay connected, we are also finding ways to reduce the pressure on our families, businesses, sporting clubs and community groups.

Council has approved a $5.5million local support and stimulus package to support our community. These measures will help families put food on the table, support local businesses to grow and help connect people all in their time of need.

Support for Families

  • $250,000 for food parcels, food packages and other essential goods
  • Not charging interest on all late rate payments from 1 June 2020 until 31 December 2020

Support for Businesses

  • Providing $1 million for grants to support small-to-medium businesses who are facing economic challenges as a result of COVID-19
  • Waiving food act registrations in 2020/21
  • Waiving all outdoor dining area permit fees and licence fees for 2020/21
  • Providing rent relief for tenants occupying Council facilities for up to six months on a case by case basis where the tenant can demonstrate that their business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19
  • Looking at ways to provide additional opportunities for local businesses to tender for Council contracts with the aim to support local jobs for local people

Support for Sports clubs and community groups

  • In addition to the waiver of lease and hire charges for the last quarter of 2019/20, Council will waive all fees and charges for the 2020 Winter season and 2020/21 Summer season, this equates to a three-month charge only
  • $250,000 to support sporting clubs impacted by COVID-19 through the inability to participate in their relevant organised sport, by way of grants up to $5,000 to assist sporting clubs with their operational expenses in 2020/21
  • $450,000 for a dedicated COVID-19 Community Grants program which is on top of the over $400,000 allocated for Council’s Community Grants Program

More details on the above will be available soon.

In addition, Council will also absorb a $4 million increase in waste services costs including the doubling of the State Government EPA waste levy payable over the next three years. 

A message from our Councillors 

We’re all facing something we've never experienced before and together we are trying to adjust and support each other.  

Our Councillors are here for you and wanted to share some information on how we’re delivering important services for our community and how we’re working on transitioning many of our affected services online.


Everyone’s health and wellbeing is a priority in times like these

Hume City Council is here for you with regular and essential services, and we’re preparing some new ways to deliver these to you.

As we continue to support the wellbeing of the community, we’re excited to launch Hume Together.  

Over the coming days, weeks and maybe even months, you’ll start seeing the colour yellow across many of services and the #HumeTogether across our social media channels. 

Yellow is the colour of optimism, happiness, energy and joy – which is what we’re striving for with Hume Together

Join the conversation by using the #HumeTogether on social media and help us spread positivity and the wonderful things happening within our community. 

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Online Group Fitness classes

Let's be physical together (just not physically together!)

Head to the right Facebook page to join on the day, or catch up at a time that suits you.

Never miss a class. Follow:
Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre
Sunbury Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre

  • Band/Abdominals: A quick and dynamic workout that uses resistance bands.
  • Bodybalance: Combines elements of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to improve your flexibility and strength. Exercise mat recommended.
  • Core: Focus on tightening and toning your core.
  • Cycle: Join us for sprints, climbs, intervals and a heart racing workout. You will need an indoor cycle  trainer or exercise bike for this.
  • Functional training: Medium to High intensity circuit training workout.
  • HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training. Uses body weight with interval style training. This class will push your limits.
  • Jungle Body: Easy to follow class that will get you moving.
  • Mat Pilates: Work all muscle groups while increasing strength and flexibility. Exercise mat recommended.
  • Penalty Box: Use four tiles or make four squares using tape for this fast-paced speed and agility workout.
  • Power Milk Bar: It’s Power Bar with a difference. Get some milk bottles, fill them with water.
  • Shadow Boxing: High-intensity fast-paced workout that can be done at home with or without hand heights.
  • SH1FT: Body weight workout that focuses on fitness, strength, speed and agility.
  • Step: Freestyle choreographed cardio class. Can be done with or without a step. 
  • Tai Chi: Gentle and smooth-flowing exercise that can be done on a chair or standing up.
  • THT: Tummy, Hips, Thigh – an intense class that doesn’t require jumping around.
  • Yoga: Full-body relaxation and balance are the goals, while strengthening your body and promoting flexibility. Exercise mat recommended.

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Relief for ratespayers, businesses and sporting clubs

Just like we are finding ways for our community to stay connected, we are also finding ways to reduce the pressure on our ratepayers, businesses and sporting clubs:

  • No interest will be charged on the unpaid last instalment of rates (due 31 May 2020) for residential and business ratepayers who have struggled financially due to the coronavirus situation.
  • Council is also working on a grants program for small businesses, leading into the 2020/21 financial year.
  • From 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, ground use charges and lease fees will be waived for sporting clubs that have been unable to use and/or operate their sporting grounds due to the coronavirus situation.

Colour Explosion exhibition

We had to close the Colour Explosion exhibition at the Town Hall Broadmeadows due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we've decided to bring the exhibition to you! Click on the photo gallery below to make the images bigger.

Colour Explosion brings together five Hume-based artists who use colour to render familiar subjects uncanny.

The artists variously use digital photography and painting techniques to explore the psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of colour and depict images inspired by their intuitive responses to botanical and urban life.

Together their work creates a vibrant space that celebrates how exaggerated qualities of colour such as light, shadow, texture and saturation can abstract reality, influence perception, convey emotion and ultimately mediate our internal relationship with the external world.


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Advice hub

Council is committed to supporting local businesses during this time. We've created an information and advice hub to support local businesses.

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Visit the Hume Libraries' Facebook page to watch Storytime live daily. 

Updated : 10:22 AM, 19 May 2020

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