Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 15 December 2015


• Message From Your Council  - Building a Better Brimbank

• Holiday Period Changes to Waste, Recycling and Green Waste Collection 

• Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres' Christmas Hours

• Netball Competition

• Brimbank Votes

• Lost Animals



Building a Better Brimbank

Council is delighted with the announcement that the Victorian Government will fast track the removal of the Melton Highway level crossing in Sydenham.

The crossing's removal will lessen congestion and facilitate growth of the Watergardens Town Centre.

This removal, with Main Road and Furlong Road, St Albans, (currently underway), formed Council’s top three level crossing removal priorities.

The realisation of these projects will mean safer, less congested road systems for the community.

A Building Year in Brimbank 
2015 saw the completion of several major projects, including:

  • Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium's $6.5 million three court extension;
  • Hampshire Road's $1.18 million upgrade between Devonshire Road and Dickson Street, Sunshine;
  • the $4.8 million, 6.4km Sunshine Trail shared user path; and 
  • Jones and Bunting Roads' $2.6 million sealing and landscaping in Brooklyn.

On the Up - More to Come
Additional exciting developments continue in 2016 including

  • Brimbank Community and Civic Centre ($52 million);
  • redevelopment of St Albans Community Centre ($7 million);
  • multi-deck car park in George Street, Sunshine ($10 million).

Man Lifting Cow Sculpture Receives $10k More Support
Work is also underway on John Kelly’s fantastic and (to be) iconic Man lifting cow sculpture. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP recently approved a $10,000 grant towards the sculpture, describing it as an “important public artwork”.

Thanking You!
Council would like to thank everyone who has helped to realise these significant achievements as we continue to work together to create a truly dynamic centre for Melbourne’s west.

Council would also like to wish all members of the Brimbank community a happy and safe festive season.

Holiday Period Changes to Waste, Recycling and Green Waste Collection 

Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Friday. If your collection is normally on a Friday, it will take place on Saturday 26 December 2015 (instead of Friday 25 December) and Saturday 2 January 2016 (instead of Friday 1 January).

Collections on other days will not be affected.

Waste, recycling and green waste services will return to normal the week beginning Monday 4 January 2016.

New Waste and Recycling Calendars will be distributed early in the New Year.

If you have any questions regarding waste and recycling collection please contact Customer Service on 9249 4000.

Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres' Christmas Hours

Community Centres
Cairnlea Community Hub, Delahey Community Centre, Sydenham Neighbourhood House, West Sunshine Community Centre, and Westvale Community Centre will close on Thursday 24 December at 12 noon. These centres will re-open on Monday 11 January, from 9am (except Cairnlea which will re-open on Wednesday 13 January).

Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre will close at 12 noon on Thursday 24 December and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2016.

During January the centre will operate 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am–12 noon, Saturdays. The centre will be closed on Monday 26 January for Australia Day.


Netball Competition

St Albans Caroline Springs Netball Association will run a new junior netball competition from February 2016 on Saturday mornings, at the Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park. Registrations close 20 December.

Cost: Team registration, $80 per team, plus weekly court fees of $45 per team.

Details: Jan 0409 259 402 or email



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 be presented again in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. 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

Lost Animals

For lost animals after hours and on public holidays, please call the North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home, 9329 2755. If you find an animal, you can take it to your nearest vet to be scanned for a microchip.

Some animals may need medication and holding on to them can be dangerous for their health.