Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 13 December 2016


• Message from the Mayor

• Customer Service and Leisure Centre Opening Hours – Christmas Period

• Giving Tree Program - Help those in need this Christmas

• In2Tennis

• Survive the Heat - Stay Cool This Summer


Message from the Mayor 

Seven weeks ago, residents and ratepayers elected 11 new councillors to guide the future direction of Brimbank – the City’s first directly-elected Council in seven years.

At our first meeting in November, I was fortunate to win the support of my Council colleagues to serve a one-year term as Mayor. I feel very honoured to represent

my community on Council and I am humbled to have been elected to serve as Mayor.

Like many of you, I am a long-term resident of Brimbank. I have been proud to call our City my home for the past 30 years. I’ve raised my family here. I’ve worked here.

I’ve made many friends here. For me, Brimbank’s strength is our people.

Brimbank is unlike any other place in Melbourne. We are a unique mix of new and older Australians. Our City is a destination of choice for new migrants who hail from more than 100 different countries.

Almost half of us were born overseas.

Most speak a language other than English at home. Across our city, you will hear 150 different languages spoken. We celebrate 100 faiths and creeds.

The new Brimbank City Council is diverse like our City. There are seven women on Council – more women than any other council in Victoria. We are an energetic mix of youth and life experience committed to working together in the best interests of our community.

In 2017, our priorities will be developing the new Council Plan – a four-year blueprint to guide the future growth of our City – and our spending priorities for the 2017-18 Budget.

We want our community to help shape both pieces of work. To do so, we wish to connect with as many residents and ratepayers as possible over the coming months. We also invite you to connect with us – tell us your priorities and aspirations for the future.

In the meantime, on behalf of Council please have a great festive season with your families and friends, and may you have a happy, safe, healthy, and prosperous new year. To Brimbank’s Christian community, we say Merry Christmas.

Customer Service and Leisure Centre Opening Hours – Christmas/New Year's Period

Keilor (At Keilor Library, Kennedy Street)

  • Friday 23 December: 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday 24 - Tuesday 27 December: Closed
  • Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 December: 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday 31 December - Monday 2 January: Closed

Sunshine (301 Hampshire Road)

  • Friday 23 December: 8.45am-5pm
  • Saturday 24 - Tuesday 27 December: Closed
  • Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 December: 8.45am-5pm
  • Friday 30 December: 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday 31 December - Monday 2 January: Closed

Sydenham (1 Station Street, Watergradens)

  • Friday 23 December: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 24 December: 10am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 25 - Tuesday 27 December: Closed
  • Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 December: 10.30am-7pm
  • Friday 30 December: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 31 December: 10am - 12.30pm
  • Sunday 1- Monday 2 January: Closed

Sunshine and St Albans Leisure Centres

  • Friday 23 December: 6am-9pm
  • Saturday 24 December: 8am-1pm
  • Sunday 25 - Monday 26 December: Closed
  • Tuesday 27 December: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday 28 - Thursday 29 December: 6am-10pm
  • Friday 30 December: 6am-9pm
  • Saturday 31 December: 8am - 1pm
  • Sunday 1- January: 11am-5pm
  • Monday 2 January: 9am-5pm

See the Brimbank Libraries' opening hours

Giving Tree Program - Help Those In Need This Christmas

Brimbank City Council has initiated the Giving Tree program to help members of the community who might be struggling at this time of year.

As part of the Giving Tree program, Council will collect and distribute non-perishable items to the community, via local agencies, in the lead up to Christmas.

Mayor of Brimbank Cr John Hedditch encouraged community members to join Council staff in donating non-perishable items at selected Brimbank City Council locations (Community and Civic Centre, Brimbank Libraries and Neighbourhood Houses) between now and Friday 16 December.

Suggested items include

  • rice
  • dry beans and pulses
  • vegetable oil
  • peanut butter or other nut butters
  • rolled oats
  • canned fruit or vegetables
  • packet soups, canned tuna in water
  • tea or coffee
  • dish-washing liquid

“Council will work with local agencies to distribute donated items to community members in need,” Cr Hedditch said.


20-29 January

Brimbank City Council is teaming up with Tennis Victoria and ANZ to offer 10 days of no charge activities at tennis clubs across Brimbank in January.

The In2Tennis program offers fun tennis activities for all ages at 11 tennis clubs across Brimbank including introductory tennis, open days and drills.

No tennis experience required.

The program runs from 20 to 29 January during the 2017 Australian Open. Register by 14 January for a chance to win tickets to the Open.

Cost: No charge. For more information and to register, go to In2Tennis.

Survive the Heat - Stay Cool This Summer

Extreme heat can affect anyone and poses a serious health risk causing heat cramps, heat exhaustion and potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Ensure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer:

  • Never leave children, vulnerable adults or pets in a parked car
  • Check on neighbours and friends particularly the elderly, frail and sick
  • Stay hydrated – drink extra water even if you’re not thirsty and avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary or fizzy drinks which can dehydrate
  • Conserve energy – postpone strenuous activities like home improvements, gardening and sport
  • Eat little and often rather than large meals and opt for cold foods like salads and fruit which contain water
  • Stay indoors – draw the curtains to block the sun and switch on a fan or air conditioning or visit an air-conditioned library, shopping centre or cinema
  • Keep cool – place a damp towel on the back of your neck, splash cool water on your face and take cool showers
  • Be Sunsmart – if you must go outside, remember to Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), Slap on a hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.

View more tips online at our Heatwave Emergencies page.

For health advice 24 hours a day, telephone Nurse-On-Call on 1300 606024.

For life-threatening emergencies, telephone 000.