Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 10 November 2015


• Pool and Safety Barriers

• Have Your Say: Draft Urban Forest Strategy

• Brimbank Votes

• Brimbank Australia Day Awards 

• Carols at the Castle 2015

• Sunshine Outdoor Pool Open

• Setting Financial Strategy Seminar


Pool and Spa Safety This Summer

Ensure the safety of your family and friends, especially young children around water with proper safety barriers.

It's a legal requirement that all swimming pools and spas capable of holding water more than 300mm deep must have suitable safety barriers.

If you occupy a property with a swimming pool or spa you must make sure the safety barriers are maintained and operating effectively at all times.

Compliant barriers around a pool or spa and constant supervision, especially with regards to children under the age of five years, are two important safety measures that can help keep young children safe around pools and spas.

Gates and Fence Safety

  • All gates must have self-closing and self-latching devices that operate effectively at all times.
  • No tree branches, pool pumps, pot plants or other items which can be used to climb over the barrier within a 900mm radius of the gate or fence.
  • Fences (especially boundary timber paling fences) must be in good repair and non-climbable.
  • Gates should be closed at all times, except when entering or leaving the area.

New swimming pools in Victoria require four-sided pool fencing as stated in the Building Code of Australia 2015 and the relevant Australian Standard.

Alterations and/or new barriers for a swimming pool or spa require a building permit.

If you don't comply with the requirements you may get fines over $7500.

Request an Inspection
You can request an inspection from Council building inspectors to ensure your pool or spa barriers are up to current standards and compliant (fees apply). Contact Council’s Building Services and Planning Compliance Department on 9249 4000 for more information.


Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2015 – 2045

Brimbank City Council has set a target to increase the City’s tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years.

The target is set in the Draft Urban Forest Strategy 2015 – 2045. The strategy focuses on planting and protecting trees to improve canopy coverage across Brimbank.

You can provide feedback via our online survey until Saturday 12 December.

Council needs to increase the City’s canopy cover by planting trees on streets, in urban parks, along waterways and encouraging planting in private open space.

The ultimate aim is to deliver positive health and social outcomes for the community, and reduce the impacts of heat, pollution and noise. An additional benefit will also be a better environment for wildlife.

The draft strategy proposes to:

  • increase canopy cover to 30 per cent to reduce urban heat island effects;
  • maximise the capture and long term storage of carbon dioxide (carbon sequestration) by having more trees;
  • protect existing trees through planning and enforcement;
  • minimise the amount of impervious surfaces (like asphalt and concrete) to reduce urban heat island effects;
  • integrate grasslands with open space;
  • improve water quality through the use of water sensitive urban design;
  • encourage planting trees on private property, and
  • create understanding and positive community attitudes towards the Brimbank Urban Forest.

The Draft Urban Forest Strategy expands on the Council-endorsed Greening the West initiative.


Brimbank Votes

There less than a year to go until the Brimbank City Council elections will be held on Saturday 22 October 2016.

It will be your responsibility to elect Councillors for the first elected Brimbank Council after a seven-year period 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 individuals interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will take place in November 16 and 20. For details of the sessions, including times and venues, visit Brimbank Votes or phone 9249 4000 to register for sessions.

The session will be presented again in March 2016.

The sessions will be delivered in two parts (four hours each).

  • Part A – Should I be a candidate?
  • Part B – How do I become a candidate?

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


Brimbank Australia Day Awards 

Each year, Council celebrates Australia Day by honouring local people and organisations that make a difference to our community.

If you know an inspiring individual or a community group who deserve to be awarded for their outstanding contribution to Brimbank, nominate them for a 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Award!

These awards celebrate our community heroes both great and modest.

The 2016 award categories are:

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

Nominating is easy! Just complete a simple form available online. For more information visit our Australia Day on Brimbank Buzz page.

Winners will be recognised at a celebratory event in January 2016. Nominations close on 27 November 2015.


Carols at the Castle 2015, Sunday 20 December, 7–9pm 

Carols at the Castle is a much-anticipated outdoor, family-friendly event set in the beautiful gardens of Overnewton Castle.

This year's impressive line-up of festive music features traditional carols, local performers and guest artists who will bring the magic of the season to youbank.

Tickets are available and selling fast! Get your tickets now!

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Road


Sunshine – Time to Splash Outdoors

The Sunshine Leisure Centre outdoor pool is now open for summer! Visiting a pool is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day – but don’t forget about water safety.

  • Children under 5 need to be within arm’s reach of a parent or guardian over the age of 16.
  • Children under 10 need to be actively supervised by a parent or guardian over the age of 16.

Sunshine Leisure Centre

  • Monday–Friday: 6am–7pm,
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am–4:30pm


Setting Financial Strategy Seminar, Wednesday 11 November, 6–8pm

Do you know how to align your finances to your overall strategic business objective? Budgets and forecasts are integral to the success of a business.

This seminar explains the difference between a budget and a forecast; the key elements to a good financial strategy; and how to develop an effective profit and loss budget and cash flow forecast that can effectively assist businesses to evaluate and monitor the strategic objectives of the business.

Cost: $20

Where: 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor

Bookings: or phone 9249 4413