Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 25 April 2017


• 100 years of The Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria

• Heritage listed Black Powder Mill - Open Day

• ‘It’s time we talked’ - information for Parents

• Tech Savvy Seniors

• Announcements: Special Meeting of Council and more

100 years of The Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria

Brimbank City Council officially opened the Sunshine Maternal and Child Health Centre at 31A Alexandra Ave, Sunshine recently.

In the year that marks 100 years of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria, Brimbank Council is very proud to be opening this new high quality facility in the heart of Sunshine.

Much of the appeal of the centre is the purpose-built aspect, where specific provisions have been incorporated into the building design.

The modern, user-friendly layout and the facilities available allow better services to meet the needs of Brimbank families requiring important maternal and child health services.

The construction of the new Sunshine Maternal and Child Health Centre is an important project for the municipality and Council has invested $730,000 in recognition of the increasing needs of this fast growing community.

During 2015-2016 the Sunshine Maternal & Child Health Centre nurses saw 1,458 children and conducted 443 Maternal and Child Health first home visits.

In all of Brimbank, during the same period, 8,710 children were seen by our Maternal and Child Health nurses and 2,988 first home visits were conducted across this municipality.

Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1917.

The quality of service and dedication to help give babies and young children a great start in life, as well as the support offered to new parents, deserves thanks and congratulations.

The first Baby Health Centre (as it was known then) was created in response to concerns from community members about unacceptably high infant mortality rates. Its success quickly led to opening more centres before the movement spread rapidly across the state.

Today there are now more than 827,000 consultations held with families each year in Victoria by more than 1,100 trained maternal and child health nurses.

Find more information on Brimbank Maternal and Child Health Services.

Heritage listed Black Powder Mill - Open Day 

Saturday 6 May, 10.30am - 3pm

Tour the historical mill and enjoy live demonstrations to learn about gunpowder and the significant history of this local site.

Constructed in 1942, the Black Powder Mill is a purpose-built structure for the manufacture of black powder (gunpowder), the only surviving building of the former Albion Explosives Factory and a symbol of the 140 year-old explosives industry centred in Melbourne’s west.

It is a reminder of the thousands of workers employed in the munitions industry, especially in wartime and the post-war migrant years.

The Mill has been recently recognised by Engineering Heritage Victoria as being of national significance. Light refreshments can be enjoyed with Friends of the Black Powder Mill.

  • Saturday 6 May, 10.30am - 3pm
    Cnr Parklea Ave and Grassy Point Road, Cairnlea
    No charge

For more information, please contact Olwen Ford on 0429 203 895.

‘It’s time we talked’ - Information for Parents

Tuesday 2 May, 6:30 - 8pm

This parent session explores issues that are often not covered in sex education in schools, including how young people are influenced by explicit sexual imagery and the implications for their capacity to negotiate consent, mutual respect and gender equality.

The session will be led by Maree Crabbe, the Coordinator of community education project ‘Reality and Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality’. Maree has worked with young people and the issues affecting them for 20 years.

The session will explore: What parents need to understand about pornography and its influence on young people’s sexual understandings and expectations; and how parents support their children’s healthy social and sexual development in an age of pornography.

  • Tuesday 2 May, 6:30 - 8pm
    Maribyrnong Youth Services
    Phoenix Youth Hub
    72 Buckley Street, Footscray
    No charge

For more information and to register, please visit

Tech Savvy Seniors

Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is a Seniors Card Age-friendly partner program with Telstra that delivers free technology training opportunities to seniors in Victoria.

Brimbank Libraries will be having introductory classes on Internet, Email, Tablets and Computers.

Sessions will be taught in Macedonian at Deer Park Library on Mondays in April and May and in Arabic at St Albans Library on Tuesdays in May and June.

Classes are open to all seniors in Brimbank and have no charge. Participants must have a Seniors Card.

Classes taught in Macedonian

Classes taught in Arabic

For more information and to book, please visit Brimbank Libraries.


Special Meeting of Council

The Mayor, Cr John Hedditch has called a Special Meeting of Council. The purpose of the meeting will be to endorse the Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and Draft Annual Budget 2017/2018 (including Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2027 and Draft Rating Strategy 2017/2018) for consultation, as required by sections 125 and 127 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to attend.

  • Tuesday 9 May, 6.30pm
    Council Chamber
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

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