Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 7 March 2017


• Brimbank Calls for Mentors to Help Tomorrow’s Community Leaders

• Brooklyn Community Session

• Detox Your Home – Safe and Easy

• Take the H30 Challenge

• International Women’s Day

Brimbank Calls for Mentors to Help Tomorrow’s Community Leaders 

Do you have skills to share with the community? Do you want to develop your own leadership and mentoring skills? Would you like to mentor an emerging Brimbank community leader?

You can become a mentor as part of a Brimbank City Council Community Leadership Mentoring program.

Mentoring is a great way to be recognised as a leader and subject matter expert at the same time as being exposed to new perspectives.

Helping someone develop their strengths can be very rewarding for both the mentee and mentor and allows you to re-examine your own goals and practices.

Other benefits include:

  • staying in touch with emerging issues
  • giving back to your community
  • extending your professional development network
  • investing in the future of your industry.

If you are selected as a mentor, you will need to:

  • commit to meet your Mentee once a month for six months (in person or otherwise)
  • attend the information session in May
  • take part in a mid-point telephone review with program organisers (Non-Profit Training)
  • attend the end of program celebration.

For more information, including dates, please contact Council or come to the below information sessions;

  • Thursday 30 March, 6.30-7.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub
    80B Harvester Rd

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form. Applications close 12 noon on Sunday 2 April.

Brooklyn Community Session

Wednesday 8 March, 4-7pm

People living in and around Brooklyn will have the opportunity to speak directly with councils, government agencies, local industries and community groups about their efforts to improve air quality in the area, at the next meeting of the Brooklyn Community Representative Group (BCRG).

The EPA will be on hand to talk about its compliance work in the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct. EPA’s Applied Sciences Group will also be conducting tours of the air monitoring station at Brooklyn Reserve.

Drop in at any time during the open house the information session to ask questions and hear more about the work being undertaken to improve air quality in the area.

  • Wednesday 8 March, 4-7pm
    Brooklyn Community Hall
    Cypress Avenue

For more information, please see

Detox Your Home – Safe and Easy

Saturday 18 March, 9am-1pm

Brimbank residents have the opportunity to Detox your Home – a safe, easy-to-use service offered at no cost to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harm to health or the environment.

The Detox your Home program, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, enables the safe disposal of potentially dangerous items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers.

It is important that chemicals should not be put out with the regular rubbish collection where they could explode, ignite, leak or mix with other chemicals.

Chemicals should also not be poured down the drain where they could pollute waterways, harm animals and vegetation, contaminate drinking water supply and make rivers and beaches unsafe for swimming.

  • Saturday 18 March, 9am-1pm

To register, please visit Detox Your Home, choose your preferred time slot and you’ll receive the address to drop off your items on the day.

Take the H30 Challenge: Say No to Sugary Drinks

Brimbank City Council has teamed up with VicHealth to encourage you to make a simple 30-day pledge to replace every sugary drink we would normally drink, with water.

Soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, iced teas and fruit drinks are packed with much more sugar than many people realise.

Brimbank is one of 18 Councils VicHealth is working with this year to promote the challenge.

Research shows that Australians are heading into an obesity epidemic. In ten years, three-quarters of the population will be overweight or obese and at severe risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

One way to change direction is by taking small steps and starting today.

Signing up is easy and you will go into the draw to win one of 20 $50 gift vouchers!

For more information and to register, visit Brimbank's h30challenge webpage.

International Women’s Day

Celebrate and promote women’s leadership in faith communities in Brimbank and Maribyrnong.

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, in partnership with Community Plus, invites you to join a panel of women of faith who are inspired to work towards more gender balanced leadership in faith communities.

Panel of speakers will include:

  • Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP
  • Brimbank Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou
  • InterAction Director, Ms Nivy Balachandran
  • Transformative community leader, Ms Nayran Tabiei.


  • Wednesday 8 March, 6-8pm
    Community Plus Neighbourhood House
    822 Ballarat Road
    Deer Park

Places are limited. For more information, please see