Hume City

Hume city is north-west of Melbourne, extending from the Western Ring Road, Broadmeadows, to the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, Clarkefield. Its western boundary is the Calder Freeway and the Maribyrnong River, and its eastern boundary is the Merri Creek. Between these streams there are also Deep and Jacksons Creeks (tributaries of the Maribyrnong) and the Moonee Ponds Creek.

The city’s area is 503 sq km, comprising rural land (65%), urban (25%), and airport (10%).

Hume city was formed on 15 December 1994 by the union of Bulla shire (except part of Diggers Rest), Broadmeadows city north of the ring road, part of Whittlesea city west of the Merri Creek and part of Keilor city north-east of the Maribyrnong River. The urban parts of Hume city included: Broadmeadows (postwar suburb), Craigieburn (1980s-90s suburb), Gladstone Park (1970s suburb), Roxburgh Park (1990s suburb) and Sunbury (Satellite suburb).

The city’s head office is at Broadmeadows and there are offices at Craigieburn and Sunbury.

During the city’s first 15 years of existence the Hume Highway corridor became continuously urban from Broadmeadows to Craigieburn, with a large warehouse and industrial zone at Somerton. Urban growth also extended along the Tullamarine Freeway from Gladstone Park to Greenvale. Sunbury grew from 18,533 to 33,062 people (1991-2011). Yuroke and Clarkefield remained rural, as did the historic Woodlands Park west of Greenvale. By 2013 Craigieburn’s new housing had spilled into the east of Mickleham, and sites for new schools in Mickleham had been pencilled in.

Hume city’s southern suburbs are markedly multicultural, including early postwar southern European residents and more recent arrivals from the Middle East. The city’s census populations have been:

census date population
1996 115,729
2001 131,182
2006 147,781
2011 167,562

Among the languages spoken at home at the 2011 census there were:

Language % of population
  Hume city Victoria
English 54.2 72.4
Turkish 8.2 0.6
Arabic 7.8 1.3
Italian 3.9 2.3
Assyrian 2.4 0.1

At the 2011 census, detached houses were 87% of all dwellings, partly a reflection of the Housing Commission estates of the 1950s and 1960s.

Further Reading

City of Hume heritage study: former Shire of Bulla district 1998, Broadmeadows, 1998

Broadmeadows city and Bulla shire entries