Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 30 May 2017


• Brimbank Community Fund: Give now, make it work forever!

• Council's Community Blueprint for Advocacy and Investment

• Apply for a Community Grant

• Have Your Say - Community Consultations

• Announcements

Brimbank Community Fund - give local now and we’ll make it forever! 

As the end of financial year fast approaches please support your local community by donating to the Brimbank Community Fund.

The Brimbank Community Fund is a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is proudly supported by Brimbank City Council. It is guided by volunteer community-minded locals like you with the aim of supporting some of our most vulnerable residents.

All donations to the fund are kept in a secure trust account. This means the fund can keep on working for our community forever. The interest earned provides vital financial support to hard working local charities. Over the last two years, the fund has distributed $24,000 to six local charities assisting young people with their education, employment and wellbeing.

Organisations like L2R, who provide opportunities for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and at-risk communities to participate in free weekly hip-hop dance workshops. L2R received a $5,000 grant in 2016.

The Brimbank Community Fund needs your help to reach its goal of raising $80,000 over the next 12 months to increase local grant giving to other organisations.

With so many worthy causes needing help it can often be difficult to spread your support. By donating to the Brimbank Community Fund, you can be assured that your money is in safe hands, will stay local and keep working forever.

Even the smallest donations can make a big difference.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible – you will receive a receipt for your tax return claim.

To donate or for more information visit Brimbank Community Fund.

Council's Community Blueprint for Advocacy and Investment

Brimbank Council has released the draft Annual Budget 2017-18 and draft Council Plan 2017–2021 for public consultation – your feedback is now invited.

The documents aim to achieve Council’s vision for a Brimbank which is vibrant, harmonious and welcoming – a great place to live, work and grow.

The Council Plan describes Council’s vision, principles and role, and focuses on Council’s key directions for the next four years.

Council’s key directions for 2017-21 are:

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

Have Your Say

You can read the draft documents and provide feedback online at our Have Your Say page.

You can also view the draft Budget and Council Plan by visiting any Brimbank Library or Customer Service Centre – where you can provide feedback online, or pick up a printed ‘Have your say form’.

Or, you can 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
    Monday 5 June, 4-5pm
    Tuesday 6 June, 10-11am
  • Keilor Library
    Wednesday 7 June, 11am-12noon
    Thursday 8 June, 3.30-4.30pm
  • Sydenham Library
    Thursday 1 June, 11am-12noon
  • Deer Park Library
    Wednesday 31 May, 10-11am
  • St Albans Library
    Wednesday 31 May, 11am-12noon
    Thursday 8 June, 11am-12noon

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

Apply for a Community Grant

Applications for Council’s 2017 Community Grants Program are now open, and close on Sunday 16 July 2017.

The Community Grants Program provides one-off financial assistance to support current and emerging communities through activities, programs and events that help strengthen our community.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday 8 June 2017, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
  • Thursday 15 June 2017, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub
    80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
  • Monday 3 July 2017, 6–8.30pm
    Sydenham Neighbourhood House (above the Sydenham Library)
    Sydenham Community Hub
    Level 1, 1 Station Street,
    Watergardens Town Centre, Taylors Lakes
  • Friday 7 July 2017, 10am–12.30pm
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

Bookings are required three days before each session. RSVP: 9249 4000 or

Interpreters are available on request. For more information visit Brimbank Community Grants or phone 9249 4000.

Have Your Say - Community Consultations

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

Waste Strategy Steering Committee Expression of Interest

Council is seeking Expressions of Interests from local residents/landowners. The role of the Waste Management Strategy Development Steering Committee Committee is to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing ideas and discussions between relevant stakeholders;
  • Complement and add more detailed insights as part of the broader community and stakeholder engagement process;
  • Consider input and feedback derived from Community Consultation Program;
  • Provide feedback on the Draft Waste Management Strategy; and
  • Identify and raise any issues of concern for Council to consider.

Committee members will be selected for their expertise and not as a representative of any group or organisation. For more information, selection criteria and how to apply, visit Have Your Say.

Rules for the Neighbourhood

Share your thoughts and ideas with Council for an update of two local laws: the General Local Law and the Domestic Animal Management Plan. Feedback closes Friday 9 June.

Draft Age Friendly City Plan 2017-2021

The draft Age Friendly City Plan will help Council plan for future developments for older people. The Council on the Ageing will host the information and consultation workshop.

  • Thursday 15 June, 9.30am–1.30pm
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

Morning tea and light lunch provided. RSVP: 9249 4744 by Thursday 8 June.

Brimbank’s Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives

The draft Climate Change Adaptation Framework outlines ways to for the community to respond to the unavoidable impacts of climate change as ways to reduce emissions which cause climate change.

The Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework aims to ensure sound measures are consistently incorporated into the construction and management of Council buildings and facilities. Feedback closes Monday 19 June.

Draft Local Historical Societies Support Policy

A draft policy to formalise Council’s working relationship with local historical societies and friends groups is now on public exhibition. Feedback closes Wednesday 12 July.


Brimbank Business Breakfast - Make it Matter, Friday 23 June, 7-9am

Have an awesome idea but don’t know where to start? Come to the Brimbank Business Breakfast on Friday 23 June and meet the entrepreneurs in residence at the VU Hanger. Gus Balbontin, Jordan Gian and Thomas Anbeek are a diverse bunch with a single common defining characteristic - they believe in the importance of developing entrepreneurs.

  • Friday 23 June, 7-9am
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre 
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

Register at Eventbrite - Business Breakfast

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