Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 22 March 2016


• Win/Win! New Unit to Save $60k Annually and Reduce Emissions

• Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

• Brimbank Votes

• Council Meetings Now Monthly

• Speed Date a Sustainability Exper


Win/Win! New Unit to Save $60k Annually and Reduce Emissions

A cleaner, greener, better approach to energy is expected to save Council's Sunshine Leisure Centre $60,000 per year and reduce greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent.

A $485,000 cogeneration unit has been installed at Sunshine Leisure Centre – our highest energy-using facility. Cogeneration uses natural gas to generate 50 per cent of the centre’s electricity on site, and re-uses heat that would otherwise be lost to heat the centre’s pools. This reduces Council’s reliance on buying electricity from the grid.

The unit was funded through a partnership between Brimbank City Council and the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Creating a Sustainable Brimbank
We're actively creating a more sustainable Brimbank. Thanks to our energy efficiency street light upgrades, emissions from street lights have been reduced by 2,659 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent of taking 380 cars off the road.

By June 2016 we'll have replaced more than 10,000 lights, saving you more than $500,000 per year in electricity costs.

Our Greenhouse Reduction Strategy aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2022/23, compared with 2011 emission levels.

Since May 2013 we've already reduced emissions by seven per cent. The cogeneration unit and street light upgrades are part of the $7 million “Powering Down” project, for which Council obtained $3.5 million in funding from the Australian Government, with the remainder funded by Council.

Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

Roll up, roll up, Circus Oz is coming to Brimbank to run an exciting range of workshops for adults, teens and kids aged six and up, at no charge, at RT Pollard Gardens, Sunshine in March and April.

Circus goers will take part in an icebreaker game, skills warm up and then get down to learning some fun, new skills.

Workshops will offer an introduction to circus skills such as:

  • juggling with balls, scarves, rings and other items
  • plate spinning
  • acro-balance and creating human pyramids
  • handstands
  • hula-hooping and more!

Circus Oz workshops are open to people of all levels of experience and ability.

Every participant needs to have a consent form signed either by themselves (over 18s) or by a legal parent or guardian (under 18s) before commencing the workshop.

The circus classes are a fun way to get active and are offered as part of the VicHealth funded project B-active@Pollard.

Workshop Sessions
Workshops will be held over two weeks:

  • Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm
  • Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm

RT Pollard Gardens is at the corner of Corio Street and Hampshire Road, in Sunshine.

For more information about B-active@Pollard and to download consent forms visit Be Active at Pollard.

Email enquiries/registration via This is an alcohol-free event.

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 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 people interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will be presented in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. The sessions will be delivered in two parts 'Should I be a candidate?' and 'How do I become a candidate?'

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

Council Meetings Now Monthly

Ordinary Council Meetings will now take place once each month, on the third Tuesday. Council meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Meetings start at 7pm and are held alternately at the Keilor Municipal Offices and the Sunshine Municipal Offices. From July, meetings will be held at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in Sunshine.

Ordinary Council Meetings were held twice a month, however, a recent review recommended meetings be held once a month.

Council meetings are advertised on our BCC website.

Speed Date a Sustainability Expert

For a date with a difference, come along to Brimbank’s ‘Speed date a sustainability expert’ event in St Albans on Saturday 30 April.

Get lucky with a host of hot tips from experts in solar power, edible gardens, affordable sustainable design and more.

Whether you rent, own or plan to build or renovate, there are many things you can do to improve your home and garden and save on bills.

Experts will also share practical advice on topics such as small-space gardens and improving energy efficiency in your existing home.

So how does it work?
Speed Date a Sustainability Expert to view our panel of experts then book your 20 minute, one-on-one ‘dates’ with your favourite experts.

Don’t forget to bring along your house and garden plans or your ideas on the day to get the most out of your date.

This is a no charge Brimbank City Council event, delivered in partnership with the Alternative Technology Association and supported by Victoria University.

Speed Date a Sustainability Expert, Saturday 30 April, 2-4pm
Building 9, Victoria University,
McKechnie Street,
St Albans

Places are limited! Book your date now!