Monday 22 October 2018
Liberal Nationals will let Sunbury residents get back in control of Sunbury
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will create a new Sunbury Council so local residents can get back in control of their community.
The Sunbury community is currently part of the Hume City Council area.
According to forecasts by Hume City Council, on current boundaries the population will increase from an estimated 223,329 in 2018 to a staggering 372,627 by 2041.
That’s around 150,000 more people in the current Hume City boundaries.
It’s more evidence that Daniel Andrews and Labor have lost control of population growth. Local infrastructure and services like schools, healthcare and police aren’t keeping up with local population growth.
The population squeeze is putting enormous stress on housing affordability, roads, public transport, schools and hospitals and that negatively impacts everyone’s quality of life.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will subdivide Hume City Council to create two local government districts, comprising a new Sunbury City Council centred on the township of Sunbury and including surrounding rural land with the balance of the area remaining in the Hume City Council. The proposed new council area is detailed in the attached map.
Creating a new Sunbury City Council is consistent with the result of a 2014 democratic vote where local residents voted to create a council to get back in control of their community. But a year later the Andrews Labor Government took back control from local residents and scrapped those plans.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will gazette the new council’s boundaries in our first 100 days.
The Sunbury community don’t want overdevelopment to diminish their quality of life and stretch their services even more. That’s why the Liberal Nationals believe it’s so important that the Sunbury community has control over decisions affecting the Sunbury community.
A Sunbury Council will ensure that local people will have a much greater say in how their community develops and the sorts of services and infrastructure that their council provides.
Creating a new Sunbury Council to give local people more control over their community is one part of our comprehensive and strategic plan to decentralise our jobs and population and get back in control of the population squeeze.
The Liberal Nationals decentralisation plan ticks every box – unclogging major arterial roads, metropolitan rail extensions to growth areas, new highways and building the fastest passenger rail in Australia.
Daniel Andrews and Labor oppose our plan to decentralise population and create a new Sunbury Council so locals can get back in control of their community. Daniel Andrews says he wants to grow Melbourne’s population by another 3 million people in the next three decades.
Fitting another three million people into Melbourne isn’t sustainable. Melbourne’s population has just passed 5 million and is growing by around 2,700 people every week.
Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to ease the population squeeze so local people can get back in control of their suburbs.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“A vote for Cassandra Marr is a vote for Sunbury residents getting back in control of their community.
Daniel Andrews and Josh Bull want to squeeze another 150,000 more people in this community. That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will create a Sunbury Council so local people can have more control about local population growth and infrastructure and services.
Only my team have a plan to ease the population squeeze so local people can get back in control of their suburbs.”
Comments attributable to Liberal candidate for Sunbury, Cassandra Marr:
“In 2014 the residents of Sunbury voted to get back in control of population growth in our community.
A year later Daniel Andrews and Josh Bull ignored local wishes and took that control out of the hands of locals.
A vote for Matthew Guy and the Liberal team will help Sunbury residents get back in control of our own community.”