Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 21 February 2017


• Detox your Home is coming to Brimbank

• What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

• Neighbour Day

• Golf Croquet World Championships

• Diabetes Expo

Detox your Home is coming to Brimbank

Saturday 18 March, 9am - 1pm

Keilor Park – site address provided upon registration

Detox your Home – a safe, no-charge and easy-to-use service to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment – is coming to Brimbank!

Why not take the opportunity to clean out your own shed, bathroom, kitchen, laundry and garage to get rid of unwanted, highly toxic chemical products?

Household chemicals can be dangerous – they can harm your family and your pets, add extra fuel to a house fire, release toxic fumes and damage the environment for future generations.

You can reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and bushfire hazards, as well as improve recycling rates, by dropping off unwanted chemicals at Brimbank’s Detox your Home mobile collection.

Register online and the items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

Paint, household batteries, compact fluorescent lamps and tubes are less toxic than household chemicals (but also a more common waste item) that can be disposed of throughout the year at a permanent drop-off site.

Make sure you tell your friends and family so they too can take advantage of the no-charge Detox your Home initiative.

Detox your Home is a free service for all Victorian Householders. It is administered by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with Brimbank City Council.

For more information including a full list of permanent drop-off sites and to register, please see Detox Your Home.

What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

From Tuesday 7 February to Tuesday 7 March, we're looking for ideas big and small, on how to keep improving the local area.

Your feedback will help Council decide its budget and plans for future projects and services.

You can attend one of the many in-person community consultation sessions, send feedback via post or go online to have your say. Let’s make our city even better!

For more information, including details about upcoming consultation sessions in St Albans, Deer Park, Derrimut, Keilor and Sunshine, please visit Have Your Say: What's Your Big Idea?.

Neighbour Day

Brimbank City Council is encouraging residents to get to know their neighbours by offering grants for activities that will bring people together for Neighbour Day on Sunday 26 March.

Mayor Cr John Hedditch said 20 grants of up to $250 each would be available to residents who organise a local activity that will help those living nearby connect with each other.

Council wants to create connected, supported and welcoming communities that are healthy and safe places for people to live, work and play.

More than 600 Brimbank residents connected last year through Neighbour Day in suburbs across Brimbank.

Anyone planning a fun activity to get people living in your neighbourhood together on Neighbour Day, whether it be a barbecue or a sports game in a local park, should consider applying for a grant to assist with running the activity.

Applications for Neighbour Day grants are now open and close on Tuesday 28 February.

For more information, please see Neighbour Day Grants.

Golf Croquet World Championships

25 February to 5 March

Victorian Croquet Centre, 65 Nobel Banks Dr, Cairnlea

Come along and see the game of croquet played at its absolute finest when the World Croquet Federation’s Golf Croquet World Championships come to Australia for the first time at the end of February.

Around 80 players from 14 countries will converge in Cairnlea for the 12th annual World Championships, which are held every two years in a nominated country and attract the best names in the sport.

A number of other Croquet clubs around Victoria will also host Championship rounds including Essendon, Williamstown, Belmont (Geelong) and Ballarat Alexandra.

Golf Croquet is like the ‘One Day Test’ of croquet – it’s is a much simpler and quicker version of the game than Association Croquet and gaining popularity with younger generations.

Croquet is growing in popularity with 89 clubs and more than 2800 members in Victoria alone – 265 clubs and 9000+ players nationally.

Spectators are welcome at all events and admission is free by registering at Croquet Victoria.

Diabetes Expo 

Saturday 25 February 9am onwards

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Diabetes Expo 2017 is a no charge, all-day event for anyone living with, or at risk of diabetes.

There will be concurrent presentations running across two plenary rooms on all areas of diabetes management including management, men and women’s health and diabetes, research, technology and nutrition.

Key note presentations will be delivered by Dr Andrew Rochford and Dr Susan Alberti AC. There will also be a live cooking demonstration area where you can learn healthy cooking tips from celebrity chef Gabriel Gaté.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit an exhibitor area which will include product samples, local health care services, new diabetes technologies and a range of organisations that can help you to live well with diabetes.

For more information, and to book, please visit Diabetes Victoria or call 1300 136 588