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


• Bowery@Bowery – Upcoming Exhibition

• Grow Your Business Program

• Leisure Centre Classes

• Walking for Willpower

• Neighbour Day

Bowery@Bowery – Upcoming Exhibition 

Brimbank City Council recently opened a new community centre and performance space – the St Albans Community Centre (STACC) which also houses the exciting new Bowery Theatre.

The theatre is named after the late Leigh Bowery, a locally raised and educated artist who went on to be internationally recognised for his fashion and performance work during the 1980s and 90s.

Bowery is credited with influencing a generation of artists and designers. His legacy and influence is still strong today – with artists like Boy George and Lady Gaga acknowledging his strong influence on their work.

You can explore an intimate portrait of the late Leigh Bowery – one of the most influential artists of the 1980s and 90s – in a new Brimbank exhibition ‘Bowery@Bowery’.

Bowery@Bowery will be exhibited at the new $8.9 million St Albans Community Centre.

The exhibition has been collated with the generous support of Bowery’s family, including his sister Bronwyn Bowery-Ireland who has loaned many of the pieces for the exhibition.

Pieces provided include images of his costumes by famous UK photographer Fergus Greer, biographical information and a Lucian Freud lithograph for which Bowery modelled.

This exhibition demonstrates Brimbank City Council’s commitment to promoting innovative arts opportunities.

  • The Bowery Theatre @STACC
    Saturday 18 March to Saturday 10 June
    St Albans Community Centre
    Princess Street
    St Albans

Grow Your Business Program

Brimbank City Council is pleased to invite local businesses to apply for the Grow Your Business group training program.

The program provides businesses with practical tools on how to develop and implement business plans and strategies to enhance decision making, planning and growth.

Participants will learn how to implement positive change, optimise efficiencies and provide a platform for long-term, sustainable growth for their businesses.

The time involved to participate in the program is approximately 20 hours. This consists of three individual meetings conducted at the businesses premises, as well as two group workshops held at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in Sunshine.

Applications are now open and 10 Brimbank businesses will be selected to participate in the program, which starts early April.

For more information, including eligibility and costs, please visit

Leisure Centre Classes

Sunshine Leisure Centre will run 45-minute teen fitness classes every week. It is a fun, interactive and energetic workout designed for teens. This class includes a variety of exercises to keep active and healthy.

  • Sunshine Leisure Centre
    Every Tuesday 4.15pm
    $8.10 per class, or membership options available.

For more information, please contact Sunshine Leisure Centre on 9249 4615.

St Albans Leisure Centre is running three 45-minute Active Kids classes for eight to 12-year-olds during the school holidays.

The sessions welcome children of all abilities, incorporating movement to music, drills, circuits, ball skills and relays.

  • St Albans Leisure Centre
    April 7, 10 and 12, 1.15pm
    $5 per class or three kids for $12.50.

For more information, please contact St Albans Leisure Centre on 9249 4635 to make a booking.

Walking for Willpower 

Thursday 23 March, 10.30am

Blind Sports Victoria in partnership with Brimbank City Council and West Waters is delivering a walking program for the sight impaired.

The program is about pairing walkers with a trained volunteer who will assist them on regular walks and bring the natural environment to life.

It is anticipated that through this program friendships will be formed, social isolation will be reduced and health outcomes improved.

The program will commence with a tour followed by lunch and coffee to follow at the Brownstone Café.

  • Brimbank Park
    Thursday 23 March, 10.30am
    Keilor Park Drive
    Keilor East

For more information, please contact Miriam Bilander on 9822 8876 or

Neighbour Day

Sunday 26 March

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community; bringing together the people next door or across the street every last Sunday in March. Neighbour Day encourages healthy, safe and well connected neighbourhoods.

Brimbank City Council made 20 small grants up to the value of $250 available for residents to hold a neighbourhood event or celebration.

The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and do change communities. Social connection also makes us feel better asit helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.

Activities and events will run on Sunday 26 March throughout Brimbank and this year’s theme is ‘The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly’.

For more information, please see