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


• Check your pool and spa safety barriers

• ​Say ‘NO’ to violence

• Art Studios Available

• Carols at the Castle

• Business Breakfast

• Australia Day Awards - Nominate Now

Check Your Pool and Spa Safety Barriers

Swimming pools can be great fun especially during the warmer weather. But your pool also comes with responsibilities and legal obligations.

As summer approaches, residents are asked to ensure pool and spa safety barriers are in working order. Safety barriers along with constant supervision help keep young children safe around pools and spas.

Safety barriers are legally required for pools and spas capable of holding water 300mm deep or more. If you are living in a property with a pool or spa, you are also required to take all reasonable steps to ensure safety barriers are properly maintained and operating effectively at all times.

Maintain your pool and spa safety barriers by ensuring:

  • all gates have self-closing and self-latching devices that operate effectively at all times
  • no tree branches, pool pumps, pot plants or other items that could be used to climb over the barrier are within a 900mm radius of the gate or fence
  • any fences (especially boundary timber paling fences) are in good repair and non-climbable
  • all gates are closed at all times except when entering or leaving the area.

New swimming pools are required to have four-sided pool fencing under the Building Code of Australia 2015 and the relevant Australian Standard. A building permit is required for any alterations including the installation of new safety barriers.

Individuals who fail to meet their pool  and spa responsibilities and obligations risk penalties of $7,500 or more.

Council building inspectors can visit your home to check your pool or spa safety barriers meet current standards (fees apply).

For information or to request a visit, telephone Council’s Building Services and Planning Compliance Department on 9249 4000 or visit

Say ‘NO’ to Violence

Wednesday 23 November, 6pm

Find out how you can help prevent violence against women in our community at the free “Stand Up, Speak Out – Say ‘NO’ to Violence” public forum. Hear from speakers:

  • Jeremy Meltzer – i-Change founder and anti-violence campaigner
  • Dr Cuong La – manager of the Working Together With Men project
  • Jenny Yates - author of The Vine Bleeds, a memoir on surviving domestic violence.

Talks start at 6.30pm followed by a question and answer session. Light refreshments from 6pm.

Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre (Level 6), 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

Cost: No charge

Tickets: Book online at Stand Up Speak Out Brimbank.

Art Studios Available

Local artists working in visual, literary, performing and media arts are invited to apply to lease low-cost studios at Deer Park and Sunshine Art Spaces.

The Deer Park studios – on the second floor of the Hunt Club Community Arts Centre on Ballarat Road - cost $27.10 per week.


The Sunshine studios - behind Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery on City Place - cost $21.65 per week.

For application forms and selection criteria, visit

For enquiries, telephone the Arts and Culture Unit on 9249 4600 or email

Applications close Friday 2 December 2016, 5pm.

Carols at the Castle  

Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Join us for a spectacular program of festive favourites and family fun at the magical Overnewton Castle in Keilor.

All money from ticket sales goes to the Brimbank Community Fund (BCF) – putting money directly back into the Brimbank community.

Every year the BCF awards grants to initiatives that improve the lives of our young people through education, employment and wellbeing.

An exciting line-up of talented Melbourne artists will sing Christmas favourites for audiences, led by musical director Tyson Legg and the Sunshine Community Brass Band.

Television actor, comedian and Sunshine local Jamie Robertson will return to MC after impressing audiences last year.

Star of the stage John O’Hara joins the cast fresh from touring his one-man show, ‘Dedications’. Delightful ladies of song, The Candy Topps, will perform tight harmonies with a dash of cheeky social commentary.

There’s plenty of entertainment for kids too. Seasoned children’s entertainers Carp Productions will bring their inclusive performance style to the stage – guaranteeing plenty of fun and laughs.

Fairies and Christmas elves will mingle with the audience, and guest of honour – Santa Claus – will join performers on stage.

Carols at the Castle is set in the beautiful gardens at Overnewton Castle in Keilor. Food and drink will be available to purchase, families are welcome to bring along a picnic and a low chair.

This is a family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult and closely supervised at all times.

When: Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Where: Overnewton Castle, 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor

Tickets: $20 family of five; $8 singles; $5 concessions, now available via Eventbrite

Business Breakfast

Friday 9 December, 7-9am 

Join us to hear first-hand from one of Australia’s preeminent philanthropists, Susan Alberti AC, as she shares her story on being a successful business operator, sporting administrator, philanthropist and more.

The Business Breakfast is being held in the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre and will be an opportunity to experience this landmark building and top floor view from Sunshine to Melbourne’s CBD. It also offers an opportunity to meet the newly elected Mayor of Brimbank City Council.

Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
Cost: $25
RSVP: Phone 9249 4413 before Wednesday 7 December

Australia Day Awards - Nominate Now

Nominations for Brimbank City Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open, with nominations being accepted until 25 November 2016.

Nominating someone for a Brimbank Australia Day Award is now easier than ever. For the first time, nominations can now be completed online.

Nominations are being accepted under nine award categories, and the criteria for each category is available on the nomination form:

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Young Citizen of the Year Award
  • Community Wellbeing Award
  • Environmental Achievement Award
  • Cultural Achievement Award
  • Educator of the Year Award
  • Essential Services Excellence Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Community Sport Achievement Award

This is an opportunity to publicly recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of people who make a positive difference within Brimbank.

Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year nominees must live in Brimbank.

Other categories are open to residents of Brimbank or individuals and groups who conduct their activities within Brimbank.

Nominations for Brimbank City Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards will remain open until 5pm on Friday 25 November 2016.

Go to the online nomination form and further information.

Nomination forms can also be downloaded and mailed in if preferable.

For more information please call the Civic Events and Engagement Coordinator on 9249 4000 or email