Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 20 September 2016


• Message from your Council

• Ephemeral Art

• Dawson Street Precinct Upgrade

• Detox Your Home

• In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority

Message from your Council

It’s just over one month until Brimbank City Council elections will be held by postal vote in October 2016.

Eligible Brimbank voters will be tasked with electing Councillors to the first elected Brimbank City Council following seven years of administration.

If you’re aged 18 or over (on 22 October 2016), are an Australian citizen and live or own a property in Brimbank, and you are enrolled to vote with the Victorian Electoral Commission, you can vote.

Enrolled voters will receive their ballot pack by post. All postal votes must be in the mail by 6pm on Friday 21 October 2016.

As Administrators, John Tanner (AM), Jane Nathan, and myself (John Watson), are excited about Brimbank’s future as the community prepares to take this important step – returning to elected Council representation.

For the past several years it has been our honour and privilege to serve as the Council for the wonderful Brimbank community and we are proud of all that Brimbank has achieved.

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

Last week we witnessed another milestone in the development of Brimbank’s identity as the dynamic centre of the west, with the unveiling of artist John Kelly’s 6 metre bronze sculpture, Man lifting cow, in Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

The artwork is another compelling reason for Melbournians to visit the ever transforming Sunshine Town Centre. We are delighted that this outstanding, iconic, public artwork has galvanised enthusiasm from all involved and we have already heard wonderful feedback from the local community about what it means for Sunshine.

We look forward to cheering from the sidelines as the proud community of Brimbank continues to flourish under the new Council. As this will be our last message before the Council elections next month, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the incoming elected Council well with its stewardship of the city in the future.

For more information about Council elections, visit

Ephemeral Art  

Two Saturdays, 1 and 8 October, 10am–2pm

Be inspired by nature. Join artist Dr Michael Shiell to learn about environmental art.

Create a temporary environmental sculpture along Kororoit Creek using natural textures, shapes and colour found in everyday places.

  • Week 1 will focus on discovery and creation. 
  • Week 2 will focus on revisiting and reflecting.

Numbers are limited and bookings essential.

Where: Albion Community House – an EcoLiving Centre, opposite 62 Selwyn Street, Albion

Bookings: Phone a Conservation Community Liaison Officer on 9249 4000 or email 

Dawson Street Precinct Upgrade

Council is continuing to improve the quality and pedestrian amenity of the streetscapesin the Sunshine Activity Centre with the upgrade of Dawson Street and associated car park.

The southern section of Dawson Street will be closed until the end of September 2016.

Pedestrian access along Dawson Street and across to the Sunshine Leisure Centre will remain open.

The closure is for construction works to upgrade Dawson Street, improve the car park, and enhance the safety, lighting, water-quality and attractiveness of the area.

Vehicle entry into Dawson Street from Devonshire Road will be closed until late September. During this time entry to Dawson Street will be via Service Street only.

A further 24 car spaces will be temporarily unavailable while works are completed, in addition to those closed since works commenced in June 20016.

An additional 40 off-street parking spaces have been made available on the northern section of George Street (behind Sunshine Plaza).

Visitors to the Sunshine Town Centre are encouraged to use alternative transport where possible. Those driving are encouraged to allow extra time to find available car spaces. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Detox Your Home 

Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm

Detox your Home is a safe, free and easy-touse service to dispose of common household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Do the right thing for your loved ones and your environment and Detox your Home.

Simply register online, then turn up on the day with your unwanted items.

The site address in Hoppers Crossing will be provided on registration.

To register, visit Detox Your Home.

In2Sport - Apply Now

In2Sport provides an opportunity for children living in Brimbank to participate actively in sport and recreation, regardless of financial circumstances.

Applicants are eligible for up to $200 financial assistance to contribute to club fees, provided children are aged between six and 18 years, live in Brimbank and whose family holds either a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card.

Applicants can receive up to 75 per cent of membership costs, with a maximum of $200 per child, per year. These fees will be passed on directly to the sports clubs through Brimbank City Council.

In2Sport Brimbank is supported by Cricket Victoria.

Applications close on Thursday 1 December. Hard copy applications forms can also be found at Brimbank customer service centres, libraries, neighbourhood houses, and at your local sports club.