Sunbury Life news Friday 16 February 2024

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Sunbury Life news Friday 16 February 2024

Sunbury’s Jackson Creek council ward will be split into two under changes announced by the Labor government on Thursday.

Following the Hume City Council elections in October, Sunbury will have two councillors instead of three.

One will serve Jacksons Hill ward, while a second will represent the new Emu Creek ward.

It means two councillors will together cover a patch spanning more than 230 square kilometres.

Sunbury is currently served by Cllrs Jack Medcraft, Trevor Dance, and Jarrod Bell. I asked each of them for their reactions, first up is Cllr Jack Medcraft.

Here’s what Cllr Trevor Dance had to say…

And finally, Jarrod Bell…

You can see the new ward map in our full report at

A new bus route offering a direct link between Sunbury and Diggers Rest, announced in 2022 still hasn’t arrived. But the new route – the 475 – will be put in place by the end of the year says a department of transport spokesperson. Once up and running it will service both Sunbury and Diggers Rest rail stations.

The value of a house in Sunbury has dropped by nominal 0.1% during the past 12 months according to property listing firm

The company puts the median value of a Sunbury house at $669,500.

The figure is based on 568 houses that have changed hands during the past 12 months.

In January there were 110 properties available for rent in Sunbury and 233 homes for sale.

It’s been a busy week for local politics, as members of Hume City Council held their first meeting of the year on Monday.

The lack of Australia Day events was discussed following a motion by Cllr Trevor Dance

He asked that council recognise 26 January as being Australia Day, that it be reflected in all council communications, and that the Australian flag be raised on council-owned flag poles to commemorate the day.

And request that Hume City Council write to local MP Josh Bull – asking why the State government is not maintaining the former hospital’s buildings on Jackson Hill – fell flat when Cllr Dance’s motion wasn’t supported by another councillor.

The heritage listed buildings on Circular Drive, under the management of the state government, are boarded up and fenced off.

Sunbury United Sporting Club is to build a children’s play area and an extension to its premises to host events at the Mitchells Ln venue.

Club president Nat Perri says it is the club’s “biggest drive to date” in renovating the council-owned space.

Finally, we’re still waiting to hear more about the council’s plans for a music festival that’s due to be held at The Nook on Saturday 13 April.

We know it will feature some of the artists that took part in the iconic festivals from the 1970s. But no other details had been released when this report was recorded.