Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 13 September 2016
• Message from your Council - Elections Update
• Ephemeral Art
• Brimbank Votes
• Detox Your Home
• In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority
Message from your Council - Elections Update
It’s just over one month until Brimbank City Council elections will be held by postal vote in October 2016.
Eligible Brimbank voters will be tasked with electing Councillors to the first elected Brimbank City Council following seven years of administration.
If you’re aged 18 or over (on 22 October 2016), are an Australian citizen and live or own a property in Brimbank, and you are enrolled to vote with the Victorian Electoral Commission, you can vote.
Enrolled voters will receive their ballot pack by post. All postal votes must be in the mail by 6pm on Friday 21 October 2016.
As Administrators, John Tanner (AM), Jane Nathan, and myself (John Watson), are excited about Brimbank’s future as the community prepares to take this important step – returning to elected Council representation.
For the past several years it has been our honour and privilege to serve as the Council for the wonderful Brimbank community and we are proud of all that Brimbank has achieved.
As an economic centre, Brimbank makes a significant contribution to the regional and state economy, and operates as an important economic hub, with the largest number of businesses, the greatest output and the most jobs of its neighbouring municipalities.
Last week we witnessed another milestone in the development of Brimbank’s identity as the dynamic centre of the west, with the unveiling of artist John Kelly’s 6 metre bronze sculpture, Man lifting cow, in Hampshire Road, Sunshine.
The artwork is another compelling reason for Melbournians to visit the ever transforming Sunshine Town Centre.
We are delighted that this outstanding, iconic, public artwork has galvanised enthusiasm from all involved and we have already heard wonderful feedback from the local community about what it means for Sunshine.
We look forward to cheering from the sidelines as the proud community of Brimbank continues to flourish under the new Council.
As this will be our last message before the Council elections next month, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the incoming elected Council well with its stewardship of the city in the future.
For more information about Council elections, visit www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/mycouncil.
Two Saturdays, 1 and 8 October, 10am–2pm
Be inspired by nature. Join artist Dr Michael Shiell to learn about environmental art.
Create a temporary environmental sculpture along Kororoit Creek using natural textures, shapes and colour found in everyday places.
- Week 1 will focus on discovery and creation.
- Week 2 will focus on revisiting and reflecting.
Numbers are limited and bookings essential.
Where: Albion Community House – an EcoLiving Centre, opposite 62 Selwyn Street, Albion
Bookings: Phone a Conservation Community Liaison Officer on 9249 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Detox Your Home
Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm
Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-touse service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.
Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment and Detox your Home.
Simply register online, then turn up on the day with your unwanted items.
The site address in Hoppers Crossing will be provided on registration.
To register, visit Detox Your Home.
In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority
Brimbank City Council encourages first time applicants to put their hands up for the In2Sport Brimbank membership subsidy program.
First time applicants will be given priority for the first two weeks after applications open on Thursday 1 September for participation in the upcoming summer season and year round sports.
In2Sport provides an opportunity for children living in Brimbank to participate actively in sport and recreation, regardless of financial circumstances.
Applicants are eligible for up to $200 financial assistance to contribute to club fees, provided children are aged between six and 18 years, live in Brimbank and whose family holds either a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card.
Applicants can receive up to 75 per cent of membership costs, with a maximum of $200 per child, per year. These fees will be passed on directly to the sports clubs through Brimbank City Council.
In2Sport Brimbank is supported by Cricket Victoria.
Applications close on Thursday 1 December. First time applicants are encouraged to apply before Thursday 15 September, but can apply at any time within the designated application period.
Hard copy applications forms can also be found at Brimbank customer service centres, libraries, neighbourhood houses, and at your local sports club.