Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 2 August 2016


• Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day

• Family Fun Day at New Sunshine Library

• Brimbank Votes

• Keilor Office Building Temporarily Closed

• Small Business Festival 2016


Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day

Council is delighted to have opened the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

You’re invited to celebrate the official opening with fun for the whole family, including live music and children’s activities, at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day on Sunday 14 August, from 10.30am–2pm.

You can also book in for a building tour, including your chance to take in unparalleled views of Brimbank and across Melbourne, and take home a photograph memento.

Council's Community Satisfaction Increases

The opening comes at a time when community satisfaction with our overall direction has increased, as shown in the 2016 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey conducted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Satisfaction with the Overall Council Direction has increased from 57 per cent in 2015 to 61 per cent in 2016.

It is a pleasure to see the community’s confidence grow as Brimbank City Council has worked hard to position the municipality as the dynamic centre of the West.

Brimbank Exceeds Against State Average

Brimbank City Council significantly exceeds the Melbourne metropolitan group average for Overall Council Direction (61 per cent to 55 per cent).

Brimbank also significantly exceeds the State-wide council averages on the core measures of

  • Overall Council Direction (61 per cent to 51 per cent);
  • Customer Service (73 per cent to 69 per cent); and
  • Advocacy (57 per cent to 53 per cent).

The survey measures the community’s level of satisfaction with Council’s performance on seven core measures and 23 service areas.

It also rates the importance of core measures and service areas from a community perspective and is based on 400 phone interviews.

These results provide useful feedback from the community and will be used to inform Council’s community planning processes and both short and long term objectives.

Council’s goal is to continue working towards a better Brimbank and to ensure community satisfaction continues to rise even higher.

Family Fun Day at New Sunshine Library

Saturday 6 August, 11am–2pm

Come along to a special Family Fun Day to celebrate the opening of the new Sunshine Library on Saturday 6 August from 11am–2pm.

There will be children’s activities, library tours, performances, prizes and much more. For more information visit Brimbank Libraries.

Where: The Sunshine Library is located at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, within the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre.


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

Keilor Office Building Temporarily Closed

The Keilor municipal office building has temporarily closed for redevelopment. You can still make enquiries and payments at Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine and Watergardens Customer Service Centre, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes.

The Post Office also accepts a range of Council payments as indicated on each invoice.

Council customer service staff will also be available to answer general enquiries and assist with online transactions at the Keilor Library, Kennedy Street, Keilor, Monday to Friday, 1-5pm. No payments can be made at this location.

You can also undertake a range of transactions and applications via


Small Business Festival 2016

Want to grow your business? This August, Brimbank will provide an exciting program of events as part of the Victorian Small Business Festival. The Festival is a Victorian Government Initiative coordinated by Small Business Victoria in collaboration with local government, industry groups, businesses and private sector organisations.

Session 1: Marketing for Growth

Tuesday 9 August, 6-9.30pm ($30)

A dynamic marketing strategy is the key to achieving your business growth objectives. With the latest information and insights from a small business marketing expert and a suite of best practice templates and resources, this workshop is designed to suit business at all stages.

You will learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy and how to expand your business opportunities.

Session 2: Develop your online Strategy Workshop

Tuesday 16 August, 6-9.30pm ($30)

Most small business owners know that they need a professional online presence if they want to be taken seriously, but this important job is often left undone.

Led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience, this workshop will simplify the digital world and help you develop a framework to strategically grow your business online. Learn about content development, social media, search engine optimisation, analytics and much more.

Session 3: Building your Business - Advantage Workshop

Wednesday 24 August, 6-9.30pm ($30)

Discover how your business systems can improve your customers’ experience, increase your staff’s morale and boost your bottom line. Good systems and processes lead to highquality, consistent experiences for customers, that boost confidence and trust in a business brand.

Staff are more productive and engaged when their responsibilities are clear and efficiencies gained have a direct impact on the bottom line. Learn how to streamline business systems, processes and procedures to get the most out of your time, money and people.

All sessions will be held at the Brimbank Civic and Community Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

To register go to or contact 9249 4413.