Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 12 April 2016


• Funding for Bon Thomas Reserve

• Deer Park Youth Festival

• Brimbank Votes

• Decluttering Your Home Workshop

• Save Money on Your Power Bills



Brimbank Welcomes Funding for Bon Thomas Reserve

Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement to contribute $100,000 towards the construction of change rooms at Bon Thomas Reserve, Deer Park.

The funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund will assist Council to deliver the $560,000 project.

Council plans to fund the remainder of the project costs ($460,000) as part of its ongoing commitment of providing quality sports facilities.

This project has been identified as a high priority in Brimbank’s Sports Facility Development Plan.

Council will now be able to deliver this much-needed project that will include the construction of two change rooms, one umpire room, a first aid room, storage area and toilets.

More Use for the Brimbank Sporting Community
Bon Thomas Reserve is currently used by Deer Park Cricket Club and Sunshine Cricket Club for junior and senior competition on Saturdays, as well as casual bookings during summer and winter for social 20/20 cricket matches.

As well as benefiting local cricket, the construction of this facility will allow casual bookings for a wider range of activities such as junior and senior soccer, or even rugby.

Council will also be able to open the reserve up for school bookings.

Brimbank’s Sports Facility Development Plan works to facilitate the provision of adequate sports facilities for the improvement of the overall health and wellbeing of the Brimbank community.

Affordable access to sporting activities is vital to the Brimbank community.

The provision of facilities that can be accessed by public transport and activities that are low-cost will enable involvement for residents who otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in sporting activities.

The project will be delivered in partnership between Council, the Deer Park Cricket Club, Sunshine Cricket Club and Cricket Victoria with support from the Victorian Government.

Council funding is subject to the adoption of Brimbank’s 2016/2017 Annual Budget.

Deer Park Youth Festival, Thursday 14 April,
4 – 6pm

If you’re aged between 12 and 25, why not join in the Deer Park Youth Festival this Thursday?

Part of local National Youth Week celebrations, the festival  includes performances by young artists and groups who have connections with Deer Park.

There'll also be an ‘open mic’ session for young people. Anyone wanting to participate in the ‘open mic’ should register on the day.

Youth support services will also be available on the day.

Fifteen local young people have been involved in planning the Deer Park Youth Festival alongside Brimbank Youth Services.

Where: Deer Park Library
4 Neale Road
Deer Park

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.

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

Decluttering Your Home Workshop Tuesday 19 April, 1–3pm

Do you want to clear away the clutter in your home? Are you interested in reducing stress and your ecological footprint?

We're hosting a one-off workshop to share advice on ridding your life of clutter while also looking after the environment.

There is no charge but bookings are essential!

Sunshine Library, McCracken Street, Sunshine.
Bookings: 9249 4665

Save Money on Your Power Bills

You can save money on your power bills with the recent launch of a new independent online comparison tool Victorian Energy Compare.

The tool allows you to enter in details of a recent bill, your smart meter, and some information about your energy usage to find the best generally available offers in under 10 minutes.

Of those that have already used Victorian Energy Compare to compare offers, 90 per cent have found electricity offers that could save them money, with half of the users finding offers that could save them more than $700 per year across gas and electricity.

The average Victorian household spends about $2,800 on energy bills every year, which is about seven per cent of income for lower income households.

To compare, switch and save, please visit Victorian Energy Compare.

Victorian Energy Compare is the only independent comparison tool in the market that has every generally available electricity, gas and solar tariff and lets Victorians use their own energy usage to find the deal that can save them the most on their bill.