Sunbury Life news 24 May 2024

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Sunbury Life news 24 May 2024

Hello, it’s Friday May 24 and here are the week’s news headlines from Sunbury Life dot AU my name is Steve Hart.

Sunbury got a special visitor this week. Michael Whitty is cycling to every Commonwealth War Grave in the world and he’s now ticked Sunbury Cemetery off his list.

He found himself unemployed in the UK in 2022,  rediscovered his grandfather’s diary from 1916 when he was homeless Andrade the decision to cycle to war graves – starting with those in Turkey.


Don’t worry if you missed Michael Whitty’s fleeting visit. He made the decision to return to the town.


More than 10 Sunbury business owners responded to an invitation to air their concerns about the pressures they are facing, and to hear from Cindy McLeish MP, this week

The Sunbury Business Forum was the initiative of Jakob Zarafa, chair the local Liberal Party. He says not enough is being done to help small businesses, and “…this is having a flow-on effect on all aspects of our local community”.

Fly tippers across Hume have been put on notice as council bosses explore a range of ideas to catch, shame, and prosecute those who illegally dump rubbish. It’s also investigating a Dob in a Dumper scheme.


That’s Sunbury councillor Jack Medcraft.

Hume City mayor Naim Kurt says fly tipping is at crisis levels, and that council is working on a regional taskforce to target those dumping rubbish where they shouldn’t.

Among the questions put to council by members of the public at its last meeting was about the investments it has made to improve indoor sporting facilities in the Jacksons Creek ward.

Council says its research indicates additional competition courts will be required by 2032. However, council bosses say its Indoor Sport Plan will be reviewed and updated in 2025.

And Sunbury speech pathologist Michael Prewer has published a science fiction book called R E Generation. Set 50,000 years in the future, it tells the story of Sarah, one member of a team of volunteers charged with keeping the human race alive following a period of climate change. He’s having a book launch this weekend in Sunbury.


Hume City Council’s writing contest is still open for submissions.

Theme of the contest is People-Places-Spaces. Entries can be non-fiction, think piece, short story, a script or poetry. The closing date is Monday June 24.

The council is also calling for feedback on its draft open space strategy. Submissions close June 16. Find out more at the website or find it on the front page of the council’s website.

Sunbury State Emergency Service  unit has an open day on Saturday May 25 at its site in McDougal Road – 10am until 3pm.

1st Sunbury Scout Group is bringing the Cheer Cheese Toastie Truck to the Miller Street hall on Saturday May 25.

Got an old winter coat your tired of using? Take it to the winter coat swap at Sunbury library between 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday May 29. You’ll need to register online, says the council.

And if you like music from the 60s and 70s go visit Sunbury Social Club on Sunday June 2 for four hours of free live music by local musicians.

Doors open at 12 noon, the music starts at 2pm. And leading the pack is Sunbury Radio’s Andrew Smith.

For more events see SunburyLife dot AU.

That’s your news for this week. I’ll be on Sunbury Radio on Sunday from 6pm playing the week’s new jazz releases.

Meanwhile, keep up to date at Sunbury Life dot AU for local news and events. And if you have news to share then do let us know, because if it matters to Sunbury, it matters to us.