Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 1 March 2016


• Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

• Clean Up Australia Day

• Brimbank Votes

• Sons of the West

• How Safe Do You Feel on a Bike in Brimbank?

• Detox Your Home


Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

Roll up, roll up, Circus Oz is coming to Brimbank to run an exciting range of workshops for adults, teens and kids aged six and up, at no charge, at RT Pollard Gardens, Sunshine in March and April.

Circus goers will take part in an icebreaker game, skills warm up and then get down to learning some fun, new skills.

Workshops will offer an introduction to circus skills such as:

  • juggling with balls, scarves, rings and other items
  • plate spinning
  • acro-balance and creating human pyramids
  • handstands
  • hula-hooping and more!

Circus Oz was started in Melbourne and has been putting on extraordinary shows for more than 35 years – from New York to South American rainforests, Madrid to outback Australia.

Circus Oz workshops are open to people of all levels of experience and ability.

Every participant needs to have a consent form signed either by themselves (over 18s) or by a legal parent or guardian (under 18s) before commencing the workshop.

The circus classes are a fun way to get active and are offered as part of the VicHealth funded project B-active@Pollard.

Workshop Sessions
Workshops will be held over two weeks:

  • Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm
  • Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm

RT Pollard Gardens is at the corner of Corio Street and Hampshire Road, in Sunshine.

For more information about B-active@Pollard and to download consent forms visit Be Active at Pollard.

Email enquiries/registration via This is an alcohol-free event.

Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March

Come on Australia - Let's Go! Take up the challenge this Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday 6 March, and help clean up your neighbourhood.

There are two ways that individuals can take part. Find a site near you and register to join the clean up by visiting Clean Up Australia Day

Or, if you know of another site that needs love and attention, you can register your own clean-up site online before Sunday 28 February.

Over a dozen Brimbank sites have already been registered.

If you register your own site, we can help with site planning and rubbish removal. Contact Council’s Environment Department on 9249 4717 for more information.

You can also download the free Clean Up Australia Day app available through iTunes.

There are plenty of opportunities for local businesses and schools to get involved through Business Clean Up Day, on Tuesday 1 March, and Schools Clean Up Day, on Friday 4 March.

Hungry Afterwards? No charge BBQ at Selwyn Park
A clean up brings on an appetitite! So you're invited to a BBQ, at no charge, at the clean-up site in Selwyn Park, next to 1 Selwyn Street, Albion, near the playground, on Sunday 6 March, from 12 noon.

If you can’t commit to Clean Up Australia Day, but would like to be part of the litter solution "Beautiful Brimbank" run regular clean-ups throughout the year. To learn more about Beautiful Brimbank visit the Friends of Kororoit Creek.

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 Commision 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.

Information Sessions For Interested Candidates
The Victorian Local Governance Association will conduct candidate information sessions on behalf of Brimbank City Council for people interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will be presented in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. The sessions will be delivered in two parts 'Should I be a candidate?' and 'How do I become a candidate?'

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

Sons of the West – Men’s Health Program

The Western Bulldogs’ Preseason Sons of the West Men’s Health Program is a fun, 10-week program centred around Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton and Wyndham.

The program is underway at locations around Melbourne’s west. In Brimbank it's running on Tuesday and Wednesday nights until Wednesday 27 April, at:

  • Wednesdays – Delahey Community Centre, 80 Copperfield Dr, Delahey
  • Tuesdays – Sassella Park Hall, 119 Station Road, Deer Park.

Come along and sign up on the night, or visit Sons of the West for more information.

Get Fit With Your Mates
It’s a great way to make a start and improve your fitness. You can bring some mates or make some new ones!

Not in shape? It doesn’t matter. There will be a range of physical activities on offer that will suit men of all levels of fitness.

You'll learn more about your body and how it works though weekly education seminars. The focus is on the importance of making exercise a part of your daily routine.

You'll gain access to exercise physiologists who'll be on hand to answer your questions about what to eat, when to eat and anything else you need to know to reach your goals.

Talk health within a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment, addressing questions such as: "Why do we exercise?" and "What happens to our body when we do?"

Plus, you get a no charge and exclusive t-shirt just for signing up!

How Safe Do You Feel on a Bike in Brimbank?

We're working with the BikeSpot project to discover how safe you feel riding in Brimbank.

Visit Bikespot and leave a spot on the interactive map to share those areas where you’re concerned about riding or comment on spots left by others.

Detox Your Home – Keilor Park, Saturday 19 March, 9am–1pm

Detox your Home is a safe, no-charge and easy-to-use service that lets you get rid of your common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Register online to receive the address, then turn up on the day with your unwanted items. To register, visit Detox Your Home.