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


• Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

• Brimbank Public Art Bus Tour

• Brimbank Votes

• Calling Senior Learners

• Love Keilor Village? Pop in to a pop-up Session 

• Detox Your Home


Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo - Saturday 20 February, 10am-3pm.

There’s no better day out for the entire family than the Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo when it comes to learning new and exciting ways to look after yourself, your community and the environment.

The Expo includes a jam-packed schedule of events and a guest appearance by gardening expert Jane Edmanson from ABC Gardening Australia and 3AW. Ms Edmanson will provide advice to help you prepare the perfect compost while also sharing tips and tricks to keep soil healthy.

Learn about bees, discover how to graft and maintain your fruiting trees, and investigate how you can make your whole garden edible!

There are also sessions on the current trends in energy, gardening, food, cooking, lifestyle, transport, waste and water.

The Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo is at Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, St Albans.

This is a no charge event. Food and other items for sale on the day. The Sustainable Living Expo is a part of the Victorian Sustainable Living Festival.

To find out more call 9249 4665 or visit

Brimbank Public Art Bus Tour, Friday 4 March, 6-9pm

Visit Brimbank’s extensive array of public art including a sneak peek at ‘Man Lifting Cow’ by international artist John Kelly, which will become a Sunshine landmark!

Places are limited so book early. RSVP by 26 February by emailing

For more information about this and other Light Up Sunshine events, please visit Light Up Sunshine.

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.

Information Sessions For Interested Candidates
The Victorian Local Governance Association will conduct candidate information sessions on behalf of Brimbank City Council for people interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will be presented in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. The sessions will be delivered in two parts 'Should I be a candidate?' and 'How do I become a candidate?'

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

Calling Senior Learners

Youth Now have partnered with Brimbank Libraries to deliver online classes for older Victorians. Learn how to use smart-phones/tablets, Skype, Facebook and more.

Learning is flexible and individual, with volunteers to guide you – so you can learn at your own pace. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people in a friendly atmosphere.

Funded by the Australian Centre of Further Education, the classes are free of charge. Sessions run until the end of May at:

  • St Albans Library – Tuesdays, 9.30am– 12noon;
  • Deer Park – Wednesdays, 9.30am–12noon;
  • Sunshine Library – Thursdays, 9.30am–12noon and 12.30–3pm;
  • Sydenham Library – Fridays, 9.30am–12noon and 12.30–3pm.


Love Keilor Village? Pop in to a pop-up Session 

We're hosting two ‘pop up’ consultation sessions in February for you to have your say on the Keilor Village Draft Concept Plan.

Consultations will be held outside the Keilor Village Shopping Strip on:

  • Friday 19 February, 10am-1pm
  • Monday 22 February, 1-4pm

Have your say on the draft plan, which outlines future design upgrades planned for the Keilor Village Town Centre.

The Draft Concept Plan aspires to maintain and enhance the history and character of Keilor Village while creating an attractive and sustainable community to live in.

The draft plan outlines three priority areas -

  • the main shopping strip in the village,
  • bus bay upgrades and,
  • a new shared cycling path that runs along the southern side of the Old Calder Highway.

Key features include:

  • An upgrade of the main shopping strip with new paving, two large seating hubs, furniture and landscaping
  • A Water Sensitive Urban Design rain garden with a viewing deck
  • Traffic modifications with enhanced pedestrian crossings
  • Bus bay upgrades with better pedestrian connections
  • A shared cycling and walking trail along the length of Keilor Village
  • New feature tree planting.

Written submissions will be accepted until Monday 29 February. For more information or to view a copy of the Keilor Village Draft Concept Plan visit our Have Your Say page.

Detox Your Home – Keilor Park, Saturday 19 March, 9am–1pm

Detox your Home is a safe, no-charge and easy-to-use service that lets you get rid of your common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Register online to receive the address, then turn up on the day with your unwanted items.

To register, visit