Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 17 May 2016


• Brimbank Libraries – Trade Your Fines for Food

• National Reconciliation Week 2016 - Our History, Our Story, Our Future

• Brimbank Votes

• Sunvale Community Park – Last Days to Have Your Say!

• Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17



Brimbank Libraries – Trade Your Fines for Food

If you have overdue library items or unpaid library fines now is your chance to clear the slate with Brimbank libraries’ temporary amnesty and Food For Fines program.

Until Sunday 29 May 2016 overdue library items can be returned to Brimbank Libraries without incurring a fine.

The Amnesty of Library Fines means items returned in good condition through the library chutes or self-return stations during the amnesty will automatically have fines cleared off those items.

Brimbank libraries will also accept donations of non-perishable food in exchange for clearing existing library fines as part of the Food For Fines program.

All non-perishable food collected will be sent to Uniting Care Lentara where it will be redistributed to Brimbank families in need.

Donated food must be for human consumption and handed to a staff member at any Brimbank library along with your library card.

The Food For Fines program works as follows:

  • $5 or less in fines owed = 1 donated food item
  • $5.20 to $10 in fines owed = 2 donated food items
  • $10.20 to $20 in fines owed = 3 donated food items
  • $20.20 to $30 in fines owed = 4 donated food items
  • $30.20 or more in fines owed = 5 donated food items

Update your library membership before Sunday 29 May and go into the draw for a $50 voucher.

For more information please visit Brimbank Libraries or phone your library.

Please note the Amnesty on Library Fines and the Food for Fines programs do not apply to the return of damaged or incomplete items.

If you have lost library items or wish to return damaged library items please speak to library staff.

National Reconciliation Week 2016 - Our History, Our Story, Our Future

You’re invited to take part in our community’s reconciliation journey. Join us for a selection of upcoming events.

Sorry Walk along the Kororoit Creek Thursday 26 May 9.30–11.30am
Meet at the Albion Community House Eco- Living Centre, Selwyn Park, Selwyn Street, Albion at 9.30am, (morning tea provided.)

Faith, Hope and Reconciliation Forum - Monday 30 May, 10.30am–1.30pm
Hosted by the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network at Salvation Army Hall, 42 Devonshire Road, Sunshine.


Language Revival in Aboriginal Victoria workshops - Tuesday 31 May, 12:30–2pm and 6–7:30pm
Facilitated by Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages .

  • At Visy Cares Hub
    80B Harvester Road
    Sunshine, from 12:30–2pm.
  • At St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street
    St Albans, from 6–7:30pm.

Bookings essential:

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

Sunvale Community Park – Last Days to Have Your Say!

There's only a few days left to have your say on the Draft Sunvale Community Park Master Plan, now on public exhibition. Submit any feedback in writing by 19 May 2016.

The draft Master Plan proposes dedicated play spaces for kids of varying ages, including water play for younger kids and multi-purpose skate areas for teens.

It also proposes to keep the existing trees, plant large new shade trees, including Morton Bay Figs, and to plant an edible garden for use by all the community.

Other Features

  • A large green ‘kick a ball’ space for active play, passive recreation and outdoor cinema use.
  • A diagonal central pedestrian spine with solar lighting, aiding access through the park.
  • An indigenously-themed circuit path network featuring exercise stations integrated along the path, providing frontage and access to the adjacent residential development.
  • A picnic shelter with barbecue facilities.
  • Additional on-street parking to the east side of Neil Street, including one-way south bound traffic on Neil Street, to address safety concerns.
  • A kiosk referencing the school history of the site and including toilet facilities, and Water Sensitive Urban Design elements are included but are subject to future negotiations and external funding.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Urban Design Department and close on Thursday 19 May 2016. Comments can be lodged:

For further information contact Council’s Landscape Architect on 9249 4414 or

Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17

The Brimbank Community Grants Program will open on Monday 23 May. The program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations to deliver services/activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Brimbank Community Grants categories include:

  • Leadership
  • Family Violence Prevention and Gender Equity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Healthy and Connected Communities and Environment.

Applications that focus on these categories will be highly considered. Grant applications close at midnight on Sunday 17 July. Council will provide feedback to all applicants in September.

Council will run information and grant writing sessions throughout June. Bookings close three days before each session. Email or phone 9249 4307.

  • Thursday 2 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Thursday 9 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Friday 17 June, 6–8.30pm
    Sydenham Neighbourhood House (above the Sydenham Library)
    Sydenham Community Hub,
    Level 1, 1 Station Street,
    Watergardens Town Centre,
    Taylors Lakes
  • Thursday 23 June, 2.30–5pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,

Interpreters are available on request. For more information visit our Community Grants page.