Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 21 June 2016


• Cow Sculpture Inspires Art Initiatives

• Calling Young Musicians – Register for FReeZA Push Start

• Brimbank Votes

• Become a Youth Ambassador

• Brimbank Community Grants



Cow Sculpture Inspires Art Initiatives

Brimbank City Council and partners invite the community to get involved in an exciting series of arts initiatives that celebrate the approaching installation of the iconic artwork Man lifting cow.

The installation of the bronze sculpture by internationally recognised artist John Kelly in Sunshine this September, is a landmark arts project for Brimbank and the Western Region.

Residents across Brimbank can take part in the excitement being generated by the Man lifting cow project by participating in three community arts initiatives.

These arts initiatives have been made possible through the further generous support of one of Man lifting cow’s principal partners, Sunshine Marketplace. Alongside hosting art workshops and the 1000 Cows exhibition, Sunshine Marketplace has pledged prize money for schools and students.

The project’s list of corporate, philanthropic, local business and arts partners and supporters is testament to council’s commitment to a collaborative approach and the wider enthusiasm for this iconic sculpture.

Council’s three principal partners are Sotheby’s Australia, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Sunshine Marketplace.

The project’s major supporter is The Sun Foundation and the project supporters are Sunshine Business Association, Kane Construction, Bonacci, Lyons Architects and Big West Festival and the Victorian Government.

Arts Initiatives

1000 Cows Project
Help build a herd of a thousand papier-mâché cows to welcome Man lifting cow. The papier-mâché cows will go on display at Sunshine Marketplace. Milk cartons for the project are donated by Visy.

Primary schools in Brimbank are invited to participate in the project, and art workshops will be held at Sunshine Marketplace from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July.

Art Prize
VCE arts students in Brimbank are invited to submit in one of four categories: painting, sculpture,  printmaking and drawing to win prizes. The competition opens Monday 11 July and closes Friday 12 August.

John Kelly Exhibition and Education Program
Artworks by John Kelly, on loan by Australian Galleries, will be exhibited at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in September.

Calling Young Musicians – Register for FReeZA Push Start

Young musicians in Brimbank have until Thursday 30 June to register for the FReeZA Push Start competition.

The FReeZA Push Start Competition is for young musicians who live, work or socialize in Brimbank. The competition provides an opportunity for young musicians to perform, develop their talent and gain local recognition amongst peers and professionals in the field.

The 2016 Brimbank FReeZA Push Start Competition has been designed, planned and implemented by the Brimbank Youth Events Committee, working in collaboration with Brimbank Youth Services and The Push (FReeZA).

FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people.

The 2016 Brimbank FReeZA Push Start competition will be held on Saturday 23 July 2016 at Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine.

To register call Brimbank Youth Services on 9249 4110, email or Facebook message ‘Brimbank Youth Services’.


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


Become a Youth Ambassador

Brimbank City Council is looking for young emerging leaders aged 15 to 25 to be part of an innovative program to ensure young people’s voices are heard on decisions affecting them in Brimbank.

The Youth Ambassador program aims to give young people a voice in local decisionmaking and support emerging leaders.

Youth Ambassadors will be instrumental in collecting the views and opinions of young people to influence decision-making and enable social change.

With training in leadership and public speaking led by Foundation for Young Australians and Brimbank Youth Services, Youth Ambassadors will learn:

  • The secrets of successful public speaking
  • Group facilitation
  • Skills to express a point of view
  • How to inspire and motivate individuals and groups

Participants will also gain skills in communication, problem-solving, using creative digital media, job-readiness, and developing and organising community events.

A 12 month commitment with monthly meetings is required. There are 15 places available in the program.

Register interest online or contact Team Leader Youth and Community Development on 9249 4130.

Applications close Monday 30 June.


Brimbank Community Grants 

Brimbank City Council is proud to strengthen local groups and increase community connections through the $330,000 Brimbank Community Grants Program 2016/17 (subject to the adoption of the 2016/17 budget).

The program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations that deliver services or undertake activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing.

For 2016/2017, applications will be accepted under the categories of:

  • Community Leadership;
  • Healthy and Connected
  • Communities and Environment;
  • Gender Equity and Family Violence Prevention; and
  • Lifelong Learning.

For details visit or phone 9249 4036.