Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 20 October 2015


• Brimbank Votes

• Brimbank Australia Day Awards 

• Carols at the Castle 2015

• Black Powder Mill Open Day

• Albion Community House – Advisory Group

• Movement Makers


Brimbank Votes

It’s just one year to go until the Brimbank City Council elections will be held on Saturday 22 October 2016.

It’s your Council and it will be your responsibility to elect Councillors for the first elected Brimbank Council after what will be a seven-year period 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 individuals interested in becoming a Councillor.

The sessions will be delivered in two parts (four hours each).

  • Part A – Should I be a Candidate?
    Potential candidates will be led through the essentials of local government and good governance. This session will tackle questions including:
    • What is local government?
    • What is the role of Councillor?
    • Is the role of Councillor for me?
  • Part B – How do I become a candidate?
    This session is designed to educate candidates or those looking to support candidates through the election process. Supported by the Victorian Electoral Commission, it will highlight the legal requirements of candidacy – and provide hands on, practical experience around campaigning. This session will tackle questions including:
    • What do I need to know to be a candidate?
    • What are the legal requirements I need to be aware of as a candidate?
    • What do my supporters need to know to assist me?

Sessions will take place in November 2015 and again in March 2016. For details of the November sessions, including dates, times and venues, visit or phone 9249 4000 to register for sessions.

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


Brimbank Australia Day Awards 

Each year, Council celebrates Australia Day by honouring local people and organisations that make a difference to our community.

Do you know an inspiring individual or a community group who deserve to be awarded for their outstanding contribution to Brimbank? If so, why not nominate them for a 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Award?

These awards celebrate our community heroes both great and modest.

The 2016 award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Environmental Achievement
  • Cultural Achievement
  • Essential Services Excellence
  • Educator of the Year

If you know an individual or organisation that makes Brimbank a better place to live, then nominate them for one of this year’s awards by completing a simple form available online. For more information visit our Australia Day on Brimbank Buzz page.

Winners will be recognised at a celebratory event in January 2016. Nominations close on 27 November 2015.


Carols at the Castle 2015, Sunday 20 December, 7–9pm 

Now in its third year, Carols at the Castle is an outdoor, family-friendly event set in the beautiful gardens of Overnewton Castle.

This year's impressive line-up of festive music features traditional carols, local performers and guest artists who will bring the magic of the season to youbank.

Tickets are available and selling fast! Get your tickets now!

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Road


Black Powder Mill Open Day - Saturday 24 October, 10am–2pm

See the Mill operating and enjoy refreshments with the Friends of the Black Powder Mill. Talks at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm.

The Friends of the Black Powder Mill will explain the milling process and the work which was conducted on the site of the former Albion Explosives Factory. This facility played an integral part in defence production during and after World War II.

Cost: Gold coin donation

Where: Corner of Parklea Avenue and Grassy Point Road, Cairnlea


Albion Community House – Advisory Group

Are you passionate about sustainable living and your local community?

You may be interested in becoming a Community Advisory Group member for the Albion Community House - an EcoLiving Centre at Selwyn Park.

Register and advise Council on suggested programs and opportunities to engage the wider Brimbank community and increase community use of the centre.

For more information or to receive an Expression of Interest application form, contact Council Community Planning and Engagement Officer on 9249 4899.

Expression of interest close on Friday 20 November.


Movement Makers

Movement Makers Youth Arts Forum will be held on Friday 20 November, 9.30am-4.30pm as part of the Big West Festival at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

The next generation of artists and arts workers will be able to share information at the forum.

Movement Makers is an initiative of Brimbank Youth Services and cohealth Arts Generator with Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Tickets are available at no charge for artists, students and concession card holders and covers lunch.

Costs apply to all other ticket sales. Ticket registrations are now live on Eventbrite.