Brimbank,
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May
2017
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Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Summary

• Message from the Mayor

• Draft Council Plan 2017-21

• Draft Council Budget 2017-18

• Have Your Say

• Announcements


Message from the Mayor 

I am proud to introduce the first draft Council Plan from the new independent Brimbank City Council.

This four-year plan outlines Council’s goals and vision for the Brimbank community and the type of Council we strive to be.

I am also proud to release a draft Budget 2017-2018 to the community for commentsand submissions.

The documents outline and deliver a community blueprint for advocacy and investment, putting community first. These important documents are a further step in making it clear the Council will stand up for Brimbank.

Earlier this year almost 600 community members got involved in helping to shape the Council Plan and budget priorities. Working together, we will build resilience and make Brimbank the best place to live, work and invest in Victoria!

The vision for Brimbank is to be vibrant, harmonious and welcoming as well as a great place to live, work and grow.

Council doesn’t underestimate the challenge ahead – we have to contend with cost shifting, a reduction in state and federal grants and a limited rate-capped income.

Despite these obstacles, we have the western suburbs’ fighting spirit and will do the best we can within the financial constraints we face. Advocacy is essential to make sure that Brimbank gets its fair share and a fair go.

We need critical infrastructure and services to meet community demands. We will ask all levels of government, and the private and not for profit sectors, to put a stake in ground and help the Brimbank community rise and shine even further.

I’m pleased to say that through responsible financial management our budget includes a healthy capital works program.

The budget also outlines a range of new initiatives aimed at strengthening community capacity, encouraging better health and wellbeing and enhancing our cultural opportunities.

Let’s be bold and work together to build on our strengths and realise our vision for Brimbank!


Draft Council Plan 2017-21

The Council Plan is the strategic document that guides the planning, development, allocation of resources and provision of services to the Brimbank community, over the next four years.

Brimbank embarks on this new Council Plan with 11 new Councillors who are passionate about their local area and committed to working collaboratively with and for our community.

Council’s key directions for 2017-21 are

  • An inclusive community
  • A liveable community
  • A prosperous community
  • An innovative and ‘community first’ Council


Draft Council Budget 2017-18

Council has prepared a Draft Annual Budget for the upcoming financial year. The draft Budget outlines the resources and funding needed to achieve the vision as well as maintain a good financial position, while also delivering a large range of services and programs to the Brimbank community.

Proposed Capital Projects

  • Road improvements, new footpaths and kerb replacements $23.2m
  • Town centre improvements $6m
  • Sport facilities upgrades and enhancements $8.8m, including: Bon Thomas Reserve Sports ground development $1.7m, New sports pavilion at Arthur Beachley Reserve
  • $3.1m for playgrounds, parks and gardens including the much anticipated new Sunvale Park ($950,000), other projects include: HV McKay Gardens $290,000, Jamieson Street Reserve St Albans $450,000
  • Five playground upgrades in Antwerp Reserve, Keilor Downs; Churchill Reserve, St Albans, Suffolk Road, Sunshine North; Gillespie/Main Road West Easement, Kings Park and Disraeli Street Reserve, St Albans $500,000
  • Sustainability projects including greenhouse gas reduction programs and improving water efficiencies $1.8m
  • Traffic management $2.5m
  • Bike paths and shared paths to connect our city $2.6m, including: Harvester Road Sunshine $1.15m, Sydenham Rail Corridor $450,000 and Stradbroke Drive to Percy St, St Albans $300,000.
  • Improvements to community facilities including air conditioning, heating and playgrounds $1.3m
  • Drainage rehabilitation $0.7m.

Proposed New Initiatives

  • Increase economic development opportunities such as; business activity and investment, facilitate participation in employment and education, build the competitiveness and resilience of the Brimbank economy, and support the ongoing economic prosperity of the community.
  • Support a water sensitive city and healthy waterways by adopting an integrated water management approach.
  • Prepare a Women’s Participation in Sport and Recreation in Melbourne’s West Action Plan
  • Finalise the Brimbank Age Friendly City Plan
  • Develop options for the future use of Keilor Library
  • Undertake an assessment of Glengala Community Centre to determine maintenance and upgrade requirements
  • Prepare a Community Infrastructure Plan
  • Provide a snake catcher service
  • Increased Maternal and Child Health and Lactation services
  • Develop a Masterplan for the Deer Park Primary School surrounds
  • Support community based festivals including the Keilor Gift and Neighbour Day.
  • Develop a Public Arts Strategy
  • Install five public art murals
  • Implement recommendations from the Management Plan for the HV McKay Memorial Gardens
  • Develop a Clean Green Brimbank Litter Management Strategy
  • Develop and implement an Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework
  • Implement the Education Development Centre at Visy Cares Hub
  • Work with government to deliver an employment initiative to bring together unemployed jobseekers, employers, employment providers and industry bodies
  • Promote Brimbank through the implementation of the Brimbank Tourism Strategy
  • Develop a Brimbank Advocacy Framework
  • Develop a Brimbank Resilience Plan based on the Resilient Melbourne Strategy
  • a Community Engagement Policy and Toolkit.


Have Your Say

The draft Council Budget and draft Council Plan is open for public consultation until 5pm, Wednesday 14 June.

You can also have your say by attending a Public Information Session where Council staff will be available to help you access the draft Budget and Council Plan and make your submission.

Sessions will be held at:

  • Sunshine Library
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
    Wednesday 17 May, 11am-12noon
     
  • St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
    Thursday 18 May, 4-5pm
     
  • Deer Park Library
    4 Neale Road, Deer Park
    Monday 22 May, 4-5pm
     
  • Keilor Library
    704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor
    Tuesday 16 May, 2.30-3.30pm
     
  • Sydenham Library
    1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes
    Tuesday 16 May, 4-5pm

For more information, other upcoming sessions, and to give feedback, please visit our Have Your Say page 


Announcements

Ordinary Council Meeting

Ordinary Council Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month (except December). Meetings are open to the public and meeting agenda and minutes can be found at Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Online Services

Brimbank City Council is offering more and more online services. By registering an account you will create your own personal dashboard for easy pre-populated access to a range of services.

Whether it’s lodging a service request, paying your rates, paying your pet registration, or submitting a planning application you’ll get what you want done easier and faster on the Brimbank website. To register, please visit brimbank.vic.gov.au.