Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 30 August 2016


• Brimbank Seniors Festival

• Sunshine Lantern Festival

• Brimbank Votes

• Man lifting cow Unveiling

• In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority

Brimbank Seniors Festival 

Brimbank senior citizens are invited to join in a variety of activities, in celebration of the 2016 Brimbank Seniors Festival, from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October.

Brimbank Seniors Tea Dance Luncheon - Monday 3 October, 11.30am-3pm

Enjoy lunch and entertainment from Daryl McKenzie Band, featuring past members of the Victoria Police Showband and Code One at Lakeside Banquet and Convention Centre. There is no charge for this event.

Bus trip to Cuckoo Restaurant Olinda - Friday 7 October, departing 10am

Tickets are $38 per person. Bookings are essential for both events as places are limited.

Booking Tickets

Tickets for both events must be collected in person on Wednesday 14 September, 9.30-11am at

  • Sunshine Meeting Place, corner Wilkinson Road and Islington Street, Sunshine or
  • Sydenham Library Customer Service, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes.

Limit of two tickets per person on presentation of Seniors Card and proof of Brimbank residency.

For more information about Seniors Festival Events, please visit 


Sunshine Lantern Festival 

Sunday 11 September, 10am–8pm 

Hampshire Road, Sunshine will light up with a fireworks display, dragon and lion dance and twilight lantern parade as part of the Sunshine Lantern Festival.

There will also be live music and dancing on stage as well as free lanterns for kids.

Bring your family and join in the fun!


Brimbank Votes

The Brimbank Council elections will be held by postal vote later this year. All postal votes must be received by 6pm on Friday 21 October.

It will be your responsibility to elect Councillors after seven years of administration.

Eleven elected Councillors will form the Council, which will be responsible for making decisions in the best interests of the Brimbank community, considering both the immediate and long term impacts.

The election will be conducted by postal vote.

If you will be 18 years or over on election day, are an Australian citizen and you live or are a ratepayer in Brimbank, then you will be eligible to vote.

To vote, you must be enrolled with the Victorian Electoral Commission. Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission or phone 131 832 to confirm your enrolment.

Interested in Standing for Council?
If you’re interested in becoming a Councillor you need to be:

  • 18 years or over on election day;
  • an Australian citizen; and
  • enrolled as a resident or ratepayer of the City of Brimbank.

Key responsibilities of the Council are in the areas of:

  • strategic planning for the whole municipality and a sustainable future
  • advocacy on a broad range of issues
  • coordination with other spheres of government, the private sector, non-government and community sectors
  • facilitation of community participation
  • employment of the Chief Executive Officer.

A key responsibility of individual Councillors is to represent all citizens of the city and to participate in decision-making by the Council.

For more information about the elections and standing for Council, visit Brimbank Votes



Man lifting cow Unveiling

It is with great pleasure that Council invites the community to celebrate the grand unveiling of the Man lifting cow sculpture on Tuesday 6 September in Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

Man lifting cow, created by internationally recognised artist John Kelly, who grew up in Sunshine, is made of bronze and stands six metres tall on a grassy mound.

The unveiling will be an exciting morning for the community who can enjoy arts exhibitions and learn more about  Australian art.

Included in the launch program is the opening of an exhibition of John Kelly’s artwork, at the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre located on Hampshire Road, throughout September.

It’s been great to see the community welcome the sculpture with enthusiastic participation in the ‘build a milk-carton cow’ workshops held at schools and venues such as Sunshine Marketplace. The milk carton cows are on display at Sunshine Marketplace throughout September.

The sculpture turns the spotlight on Australian art and is also a magnificent symbol of the gutsy, hard-working culture that makes Melbourne’s west a great place to live.

It will no doubt draw visitors and be a valued feature in Brimbank. Bringing Man lifting cow to Sunshine was possible with the support of 10 project partners, including the Victorian Government and Principal Partners Sotheby’s AustraliaLord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Sunshine Marketplace , and of course the artist John Kelly.

The unveiling launch will take place on Tuesday 6 September from 10–11.30am, at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.


In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority

Brimbank City Council encourages first time applicants  to put their hands up for the In2Sport Brimbank membership subsidy program.

First time applicants will be given priority for the first two weeks after applications open on Thursday 1 September for participation in the upcoming summer season and year round sports.

In2Sport provides an opportunity for children living in Brimbank to participate actively in sport and recreation, regardless of financial circumstances.

Applicants are eligible for up to $200 financial assistance to contribute to club fees, provided children are aged between six and 18 years, live in Brimbank and whose family holds either a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card.

Applicants can receive up to 75 per cent of membership costs, with a maximum of $200 per child, per year. These fees will be passed on directly to the sports clubs through Brimbank City Council.

In2Sport Brimbank is supported by Cricket Victoria.

Applications close on Thursday 1 December. First time applicants are encouraged to apply before Thursday 15 September, but can apply at any time within the designated application period.

Hard copy applications forms can also be found at Brimbank customer service centres, libraries, neighbourhood houses, and at your local sports club.