• St Albans Community Centre (STACC) Opening Soon
• Cultural Diversity Week
• St Albans Indoor Pools Works
• Harmony Day Exhibition and Bus Tour
• Harrick’s Cottage Open Day
Brimbank Council will soon open a new community centre and performance space – the St Albans Community Centre (STACC).
Council is thrilled to open the new $8.9 million St Albans Community Centre to the public and will be holding a Community Open Day.
The centre creates a space where the community can come together to share arts, culture, and ideas – and to celebrate the diverse cultures that make up our Brimbank community.
Spaces at STACC will be used by community groups from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as for training, dance, and youth activities.
STACC includes a new 200-seat performing arts theatre named the Bowery Theatre in honour of the locally raised and internationally recognised performance artist and designer, the late Leigh Bowery.
As a locally raised and educated artist, Bowery is a role model who exemplifies how much can be achieved with boldness and creativity.
Brimbank City Council is determined to promote innovative arts opportunities in Brimbank – and we look forward to a program of bold events for all to enjoy at the Bowery Theatre.
Council will work to establish strong relationships with professionals in the music and theatre industries to ensure that STACC reaches its potential for success.
The Community Open Day will be held at the start of Cultural Diversity Week with diverse performances planned on the day and across Brimbank throughout the week.
Come and celebrate all the cultures that make Brimbank so vibrant!
Cultural Diversity Week is from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 March and coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Cultural Diversity Week brings together people from all walks of life to promote community harmony and celebrate cultural diversity.
This year’s theme is ‘Our Journey, Our Stories’ which will explore, capture and share the journey and stories of different people and cultures within Brimbank.
The events that run through the week provide a good opportunity to celebrate rich cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and a great way to connect with other locals.
Most activities are no charge, and some are low cost and span a variety of topics, themes, dates, times and locations.
Activities include a smart phone movie making workshop, Zumba, cooking, tai chi, a short film festival, a heritage garden picnic, a women-only swim and much more!
Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 March
For more information and to reserve your place, please see the individually listed events at brimbank.vic.gov.au/events
St Albans Leisure Centre will extend the opening of outdoor pools while the indoor pools temporarily close for the replacement of the heating, ventilation and airconditioning system in the pool hall.
The works, which will affect access to the indoor pool, toddler pool, spa and steam room, will commence on Monday 20 March and are expected to be complete by the end of April 2017.
It is necessary for Council to carry out regular repairs and maintenance to ensure the centre can continue to function safely into the future.
While the works occur within the pool hall, you can still enjoy a swim at St Albans Leisure Centre in the outdoor pools which will remain open until the indoor works are complete.
The gymnasium, group fitness rooms and change rooms will not be affected by the works and remain open for business.
Swimming lessons will recommence as soon as the indoor pool is re-opened.
St Albans Leisure Centre members have been advised of the indoor pools’ temporary closure and the options available to them.
Community members will be kept up-todate as works progress.
Join the launch of a new photographic exhibition by Brimbank community members, which captures the city’s human and geographic identity through a series of print and digital photographs.
The exhibition is part of the Diversity Through the Lens project, which aims to promote harmony and cooperation, and build social capital within and across communities.
The photographers are newly arrived in Australia and come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Through a series of workshops, they’ve received professional training to take photos that develop a sense of community connectedness.
Enjoy refreshments and a free bus tour around the Brimbank area that helps you to view paste-ups of the photographs in public spaces. Passengers on the bus can also chat with the photographers about their photos.
Please RSVP to attend via Nicole Attard on 0418 112 952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please search ‘Diversity through the Lens’ on Facebook.
Community members are invited to come along to the annual Harrick’s Cottage Open Day to seehow the pioneers of Keilor lived.
This year’s open day will feature the exhibition ‘Myriad of History Tales: countless stories about Keilor’s Heritage’.
Afternoon tea and refreshments will be served with stories of the past. Harrick’s Cottage is of cultural significance as a rare surviving example of a settler’s hut dating from the early 1860s.
It is of interest in demonstrating early vernacular building techniques commonly adopted by Irish farmers in the gold rush and post-gold rush period in Victoria.
Harrick’s Cottage has links with the subdivision and agricultural settlement of the Keilor region and for its association with James Harrick, a Councillor of long standing on the Keilor Shire Council from 1898 to 1910.
Entry is by a gold coin donation.