Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 4 April 2017


• 60,000 Trees to be Planted

• New Community Hub Opens!

• Learning in Brimbank

• Slapdash Galaxy: Bunk Puppets at STACC

• Yana Alana and Tha Paranas at STACC

60,000 Trees to be Planted  

Brimbank City Council joined with five other councils from Melbourne’s West to plant and manage up to one million trees and associated mixed native plantings.

Brimbank City Council has planted 90,000 trees to date and planting of the remaining 60,000 trees will begin this month in Brimbank’s parks and waterways.

A specifically designed new tree guard will be used this planting season so that it cannot blow away or twist in high winds. The triangular design is easy to stack to make installation more efficient as well as the colour promoting faster growth.

The aim of Greening the West is to increase tree canopy cover in the West. Lack of tree canopy cover is one of the contributing factors as to why these suburbs are vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves.

Greening the West was released in 2013 and Council endorsed the document and then adopted an Urban Forest Strategy in 2016. The strategy seeks to increase the canopy cover of the municipality from the current 6.2 to 30 per cent, over the next 30 years.

The One Million Trees Project is funded through the Department of the Environment under the National Landcare Programme’s 20 Million Trees Program.

In 2015 the Australian Federal Government funded Greening the West to the tune of $5 million to plant a million trees in Melbourne’s western suburbs. See Branch Out Brimbank for more information.

New Community Hub Opens! 

The Keilor Community Hub is now open! You can now access Council’s new Customer Service Centre, the new Keilor Library, neighbourhood house programs, art spaces, and community meeting rooms.

The new Keilor Library is more than double the size compared to the previous library site in Kennedy Street, and will provide access to a more contemporary library with improved facilities.

Council’s Keilor Customer Service Centre will once again open – with customer support staff available to respond to general enquiries and receive payments.

A range of Neighbourhood House programs will run at the Keilor Hub, beginning with pop-ups to provide a sample of popular programs held at other centres.

Meeting rooms on level one and the community program spaces are available for hire by contacting Brimbank City Council’s Leisure and Community Facilities Unit via email at or phone on 9249 4537.

Learning in Brimbank 

The Learning In Brimbank website is your guide to low-cost and no-charge classes, courses, and programs.

On the website, you’ll find information courses offered at Brimbank community centres, libraries and recreation centres.

Simply choose a course, class or program that you’re interested in, check the start date, time, location and price, and enrol by calling the phone number listed.

There is a broad range of classes to select from including things like sustainable living, business skills and family activities.

If you would like to run or host a class based in either Brimbank or the Western region you can also register.

You can post about programs, information, research or initiatives you may be aware of or are involved in that will be of benefit to the community.

For more information and to explore what’s on near you, please visit Learning in Brimbank.

Slapdash Galaxy: Bunk Puppets

Saturday 8 April, 2pm

Slapdash Galaxy is the tale of Sam and Junior, two brothers, who must flee their barren planet and embark on an epic journey across the galaxy.

Buckle-in and tear open your imagination for a shadow puppet epic. Great show for all the family!

See St Albans Community Centre for more information, including costs and location.

Yana Alana and Tha Paranas

Saturday 29 April, 7.30pm

Witness award winning Yana Alana’s risqué act of defiance. This camp, bouffant, drag diva will appear on stage singing other people’s songs, with her all-female band.

Yana is joined by Tha Paranas, featuring Bec Matthews and Louise Goh, with songs made famous by Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Shirley Bassey, Laurie Anderson and Joy Division.

See St Albans Community Centre for more information, including costs and location.