Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 19 April 2016


• Have Your Say - Economic Development Strategy

• Discover Learning! Head Online to Find Classes Near You

• Brimbank Votes

• Rock up Netball –A different way to play!

• Pass IT On – Volunteers Needed



Have Your Say - Economic Development Strategy

A strategy to cement Brimbank as the economic hub of Melbourne’s West is now open for you to comment.

The draft Economic Development Strategy 2016-2020 will play a vital role in positioning Brimbank for further growth and development.

This draft strategy recognises and builds on years of Council'ssustained economic development work, and is demonstrated by the range of public and private investment made in recent years.

Brimbank makes a significant economic contribution to the regional and state economy, and already operates as an important economic hub, with the largest number of businesses, the greatest output and the most jobs of its neighbouring municipalities.

The draft Economic Development Strategy provides the basis for us to identify a range of actions to make Brimbank a thriving economic hub in Melbourne’s West.

Over the next five years, Council will focus on achieving this vision. Council will increase opportunities for business activity and investment; facilitate participation in employment and education; build the competitiveness and resilience of the Brimbank economy; and support the ongoing economic wellbeing of the community.

A detailed Action Plan to implement the draft Strategy will be developed after consultation with the community.

Council seeks feedback from business associations, education and employment stakeholders, and regional economic development organisations.

The draft Strategy can be viewed at our Have Your Say page. Council invites written feedback about the draft Strategy by close of business 29 May.

Written submissions can be addressed to Manager City Strategy, Economic Development Unit and lodged:

For further information contact Council’s Economic Development Unit on 9249 4630 or


Discover Learning! Head Online to Find Classes Near You

Looking to learn something new in Term 2? Check out Council’s quarterly Discover Learning in Brimbank publication online to discover low cost and no charge classes, courses and programs offered in Brimbank.

Discover everything from arts, crafts, computers and technology, cooking, family activities, health and fitness, music, and dance. The guide also includes language and tutoring sessions, social activities and games, and sustainable living workshops.

With more than 300 listings, you’re sure to find something to inspire you. You can browse by venue or category to find out what is happening in your community. Courses and activities are held in community centres, libraries, recreation and leisure centres throughout Brimbank.

Courses are offered around Brimbank, including at:

  • Hunt Club Community Arts Centre in Deer Park
  • Cairnlea Community Hub
  • Delahey Community Centre;
  • Good Shepherd House in St Albans
  • Sydenham Neighbourhood House in Taylors Lakes
  • West Sunshine Community Centre
  • Westvale Community Centre in St Albans
  • Brimbank Libraries in Deer Park, Keilor, St Albans, Sunshine and Taylors Lakes
  • Keilor Basketball Netball Stadium
  • St Albans and Sunshine leisure centres.

This website complements the Discover Learning in Brimbank printed guides which are available from libraries, customer service centres and leisure centres throughout Brimbank.

You can view Discover Learning online or follow the links on the Brimbank Libraries website.


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.

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

Rock up Netball – A different way to play!

Enjoy netball? Come along to Rock up netball at Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 31 May.

Join in, get social and enjoy the experience. Not sure what to do with the kids? No problem – crèche is available for $4.40 per child, (for bookings phone Kim on 0429 174 009).

Where: Keilor Basketball and Netball Centre, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park

Contact: Phone 9321 2222 or visit


Pass IT On – Volunteers Needed

Are you great with digital media and willing to share your knowledge? If you’re aged up to 30 years and able to volunteer your time to teach older people, we’d love to hear from you.

Pass IT on is a free digital literacy program for older residents to learn how to use smartphones, tablets, the internet, Skype, Facebook, and social media.

Participants learn at their own pace, guided by volunteers, in a flexible, friendly environment. Sessions run at:

  • St Albans Library, Tuesdays, 9.30am–12noon
  • Deer Park, Wednesdays, 9.30am–12noon
  • Keilor Library, Wednesdays, 1.30–3.30pm
  • Sunshine Library, Thursdays, 9.30am–12noon and 12.30–3pm
  • Sydenham Library, Fridays, 9.30am–12noon and 12.30–3pm

The sessions are ongoing until early June. To volunteer, please call Youth Now on 8311 5800.