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


• ​Keep Your Property Fire Safe

• Australia Day Awards - Nominate Now

• Local Artists – Apply  for exhibition space

• Carols at the Castle

• Business Breakfast

Keep Your Property Fire Safe

Current forecasts show there is potential for an above average fire season in the west of Victoria. Council urges Brimbank resident to get their properties as fire-safe and fire-ready as possible.

Council is calling on all residents to identify their risk, clean up their properties and get involved in local fire preparation activities.

In preparation for the coming season Council officers will inspect all vacant properties and remind landowners to keep their properties neat and tidy and fire-safe.

Here are some simple safety measures you can take on your property:

  • Keep grass cut to no longer than 15cm
  • Clear away dead undergrowth and fallen branches
  • Reduce “fine fuels” – including long, dry grass and fallen leaves and twigs
  • Move wood piles away from the home
  • Clean leaves from gutters
  • Place weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Close underfloor spaces and seal all gaps where embers could enter
  • Ensure access to adequate water supplies, such as tanks and dams, and install a sprinkler system around the home.

Remember hoarding increases the risk of fire for both occupant and fire-fighters because:

  • accumulating possessions results in an abnormally high fuel load and greater opportunity for ignition
  • blocked exits impede escape for anyone inside a building and make it harder for fire-fighters to gain access
  • non-functional gas or electricity may result in unsafe practices for cooking and heating.

If you live or work close to grassland, parks or paddocks in the urban fringes be aware of the risks of grassfires and plan ahead.

You should know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations. Visit for more information on how to get fire-ready.

Residents are also asked to report any suspicious fire activity they may witness.

Arson is a serious crime and has the potential to injure or kill people, cause significant financial loss, and destroy property as well as the environment.

Report suspicious behaviour by calling Triple zero (000).

Australia Day Awards - Nominate Now

Nominations for Brimbank City Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open, with nominations being accepted until 25 November 2016.

Nominating someone for a Brimbank Australia Day Award is now easier than ever. For the first time, nominations can now be completed online.

Nominations are being accepted under nine award categories, and the criteria for each category is available on the nomination form:

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award
  • Community Wellbeing Award
  • Environmental Achievement Award
  • Cultural Achievement Award
  • Educator of the Year Award
  • Essential Services Excellence Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Community Sport Achievement Award

This is an opportunity to publicly recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of people who make a positive difference within Brimbank.

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year nominees must live in Brimbank.

Other categories are open to residents of Brimbank or individuals and groups who conduct their activities within Brimbank.

Nominations for Brimbank City Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards will remain open until 5pm on Friday 25 November 2016.

Go to the online nomination form and further information.

Nomination forms can also be downloaded and mailed in if preferable.

For more information please call the Civic Events and Engagement Coordinator on 9249 4000 or email

Calling Local Artists – Apply now for exhibition space

The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre and Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery invites emerging and established artists, curators, arts and community organisations to apply for exhibition space as part of the 2017 program. Artists working in any media and discipline are encouraged to apply.

Applications are invited for three different gallery spaces - two at the Hunt Club in Deer Park and the third at Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery in City Place, Sunshine.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 6 November 2016. Contact: the Art Spaces Officer on 9249 4600 or

Carols at the Castle  

Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Join us for a spectacular program of festive favourites and family fun at the magical Overnewton Castle in Keilor.

All money from ticket sales goes to the Brimbank Community Fund (BCF) – putting money directly back into the Brimbank community.

Every year the BCF awards grants to initiatives that improve the lives of our young people through education, employment and wellbeing.

An exciting line-up of talented Melbourne artists will sing Christmas favourites for audiences, led by musical director Tyson Legg and the Sunshine Community Brass Band.

Television actor, comedian and Sunshine local Jamie Robertson will return to MC after impressing audiences last year.

Star of the stage John O’Hara joins the cast fresh from touring his one-man show, ‘Dedications’. Delightful ladies of song, The Candy Topps, will perform tight harmonies with a dash of cheeky social commentary.

There’s plenty of entertainment for kids too. Seasoned children’s entertainers Carp Productions will bring their inclusive performance style to the stage – guaranteeing plenty of fun and laughs.

Fairies and Christmas elves will mingle with the audience, and guest of honour – Santa Claus – will join performers on stage.

Carols at the Castle is set in the beautiful gardens at Overnewton Castle in Keilor. Food and drink will be available to purchase, families are welcome to bring along a picnic and a low chair.

This is a family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult and closely supervised at all times.

When: Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Where: Overnewton Castle, 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor

Tickets: $20 family of five; $8 singles; $5 concessions, now available via Eventbrite

Business Breakfast

Friday 9 December, 7-9am 

Join us to hear first-hand from one of Australia’s preeminent philanthropists, Susan Alberti AC, as she shares her story on being a successful business operator, sporting administrator, philanthropist and more.

The Business Breakfast is being held in the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre and will be an opportunity to experience this landmark building and top floor view from Sunshine to Melbourne’s CBD. It also offers an opportunity to meet the newly elected Mayor of Brimbank City Council.

Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Cost: $25
RSVP: Phone 9249 4413 before Wednesday 7 December