Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On Tuesday 16 August 2016


• Your Rates and Rate Capping Explained

• Live Like a Local – An Airbnb Forum for Melbourne’s West

• Brimbank Votes

• Sustainable Living Series

• Successfully Raising Children in More than One Language

Your Rates and Rate Capping Explained

In the coming days you'll receive your 2016/2017 rates notice. This year, Brimbank City Council like all Local Governments across Victoria, was required to work within the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.

For 2016/2017, the rate cap has been set at 2.5 per cent.

This means that the overall amount Council will collect from rates will not increase by more than 2.5 per cent.

There are however a number of factors that will influence the total rates payable by individual property owners.

What Does Rate Capping Mean?

While the rate cap is set at 2.5 per cent, some people’s rates will increase by less than the 2.5 per cent cap and others will pay more.

Independent valuers conduct revaluations on all properties across Victoria every two years. This process is a legal requirement and is overseen by the State Government Valuer General.

If the value of your property has increased by a greater percentage than others in Brimbank, you will pay more of the combined general rates total. If the value of your property has increased by a lessor percentage than others in Brimbank, you will pay a smaller percentage of the combined general rates total.

The 2016 valuation of your property is the value of your property as at 1 January 2016.

Growing Property Values in Brimbank

Property values in Brimbank have continued to grow since the last property revaluation was conducted in 2014. For example, residential property values in areas such as Sunshine have grown by an average of about 26 per cent.

Property values are determined based on land size, property attributes (including floor size, number of rooms, building materials etc.), location, recent sales data and records of renovations and building improvements.

Other Charges on Your Rates Notice

The rates notice also includes an Environmental Charge – this charge is exempt from the rate cap.

Council is also required to collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the State Government. Although it appears on your rates notice, the levy is not a Council charge and is not subject to the rate cap.

Rates instalment payments fall due on 30 September, 30 November, 28 February and 31 May.

Live Like a Local – An Airbnb Forum for Melbourne’s West

Wednesday 31 August, 6–8pm

Airbnb is emerging is as a key element of our visitor economy and there is a rapidly growing network of Airbnb hosts across Melbourne’s west. The network offers excellent partnership opportunities for all types of tourism businesses.

Western Melbourne Tourism in collaboration with Airbnb is hosting a forum to enable you to learn more about Airbnb and meet hosts in the region.

Where: Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Cost: $25 per person, includes networking drinks and finger food.

Details: Richard Ponsford, Western Melbourne Tourism, 9317 5794 or

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 Commission 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

Sustainable Living Series

Get involved in Council’s Sustainable Living Series Program to learn first-hand from sustainability experts, access resources and share knowledge and ideas. There is no charge. Bookings essential: 9249 4665 or

Vertical Gardens - Saturday 27 August, 2–4pm

Learn how to grow your own food using a fun and space-saving vertical garden.

Delahey Community Centre, 80 Copperfields Drive, Delahey

Sustainable House Day Sunday 11 September, 11am–1pm

Learn from others and share your knowledge and experiences of creating an environmentally progressive home.

Albion Community House – an EcoLiving Centre, opposite 62 Selwyn Street, Albion

Green Cleaning - Saturday 17 September, 11am–1pm

Discover four simple steps and five safe ingredients for a clean and healthy home.

Sydenham Library, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes

Waterwise Kids - Tuesday 27 September, 11am–1pm

A fun workshop to help encourage children to find out how to save water in the home and in the garden.

Deer Park Library, 4 Neale Road, Deer Park

Home Grown Day - Sunday 9 October, 10am–3pm

Learn about productive garden design, soil management, fertiliser use, growing fruit and vegetables, seed propagation plus hands-on passata making. Lunch included.

West Sunshine Community Centre, 25 Kermeen Street, Sunshine West.


Successfully Raising Children in More than One Language

Thursday 25 August, 1.30–3pm

Why is it important to raise our children bilingually and how does it help with their future learning? Learn about the benefits and challenges with Professor John Hajek, University of Melbourne (Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-Cultural Communication).

A Vietnamese interpreter will be available, other language interpreters will be available on request. No Charge. Afternoon tea and children’s activities provided.

Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

Bookings: For more information, contact 0407 528 039.