Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 23 August 2016
• Your Rates and Rate Capping Explained
• Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival
• Brimbank Votes
• Environment Events in Brimbank
• Keilor Office Building Temporarily Closed
Your Rates and Rate Capping Explained
In the coming days you'll receive your 2016/2017 rates notice. This year, Brimbank City Council like all Local Governments across Victoria, was required to work within the rate cap set by the Minister for Local Government.
For 2016/2017, the rate cap has been set at 2.5 per cent.
This means that the overall amount Council will collect from rates will not increase by more than 2.5 per cent.
There are however a number of factors that will influence the total rates payable by individual property owners.
What Does Rate Capping Mean?
While the rate cap is set at 2.5 per cent, some people’s rates will increase by less than the 2.5 per cent cap and others will pay more.
Independent valuers conduct revaluations on all properties across Victoria every two years. This process is a legal requirement and is overseen by the State Government Valuer General.
If the value of your property has increased by a greater percentage than others in Brimbank, you will pay more of the combined general rates total. If the value of your property has increased by a lessor percentage than others in Brimbank, you will pay a smaller percentage of the combined general rates total.
The 2016 valuation of your property is the value of your property as at 1 January 2016.
Growing Property Values in Brimbank
Property values in Brimbank have continued to grow since the last property revaluation was conducted in 2014. For example, residential property values in areas such as Sunshine have grown by an average of about 26 per cent.
Property values are determined based on land size, property attributes (including floor size, number of rooms, building materials etc.), location, recent sales data and records of renovations and building improvements.
Other Charges on Your Rates Notice
The rates notice also includes an Environmental Charge – this charge is exempt from the rate cap.
Council is also required to collect the Fire Services Property Levy on behalf of the State Government. Although it appears on your rates notice, the levy is not a Council charge and is not subject to the rate cap.
Rates instalment payments fall due on 30 September, 30 November, 28 February and 31 May.
Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival
Join Brimbank Libraries for 11 exciting days of workshops, author talks, interviews, storytelling, panel discussions and more during the 2016 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.
Twenty-four events will be held during the festival, from 1–11 September. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who love reading, writing or literature to meet, hear and see some outstanding writers, right here in Brimbank.
Author Tony Birch, whose novel Blood was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, will speak in conversation with journalist Paul Bateman at The Granary Café, in Devonshire Road, Sunshine on Tuesday 6 September, 6.30–8pm.
Maria Katsonis is the author of The Good Greek Girl, a memoir about her experience of mental illness and rebellion against a traditional Greek upbringing. Katsonis will speak at the St Albans Library, 71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans, on Thursday 8 September, 6.30–7.30pm.
Vietnamese singer-songwriter and editor of the TiVi Tuan-san newspaper Hong-Anh Nguyen will talk about his writing and perform songs in Vietnamese and English at St Albans Library on Friday 9 September, 2-3pm.
Author JM Green will be in conversation with Sisters in Crime co-convenor Jacqui Horwood, at Deer Park Library, 4 Neal Road, Deer Park, on Friday 2 September, 2–3pm. Green’s first novel Good Money was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript.
Other festival highlights include:
- Panel Discussion From the Outer in conversation with Sherryl Clark of Rotunda in the West
- Arnold Zable in Conversation with Melbourne Writers Festival
- Greg Fleet in Conversation with Roz Hammond
The 2016 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival is presented by Brimbank City Council, with support from Principal Sponsor: Victoria University, and Support Sponsors: Bolinda Audio, LN Vietnamese Books, Rotunda in the West, and Writers Victoria.
You can pick up a copy of the program at your local Brimbank library. There is no charge to attend, but bookings are essential for most events. For bookings, please visit Brimbank Libraries or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
Environment Events in Brimbank
Learn first-hand from sustainability experts, access resources and share knowledge and ideas. There is no charge.
For more events download the Environmental Events Calendar at our website.
Explore and Restore
Saturday 3 September, 10am-12noon
Get close and interactive with some of our local native animals and help restore the critically endangered native grasslands.
Where: Matthews Hill Grassland
41 Matthews Street, Sunshine
Organic Pest Control
Thursday 20 October, 1–3pm
Learn how to create a healthy garden including making natural pest sprays.
Where: St Albans Library
71A Alfrieda Street, St Albans
Bookings: 9249 4665 or email@example.com
Sunday 13 November, 1–3pm
Find out where your recyclable items go and what products they get turned into. Find out the latest information on what can and can’t be accepted in your recycling bin.
Where: Visy Cares Hub,
80B Harvester Road, Sunshine
Bookings: 9249 4665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keilor Office Building Temporarily Closed
The Keilor municipal office building has temporarily closed for redevelopment. You can still make enquiries and payments at Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine and Watergardens Customer Service Centre, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes.
The Post Office also accepts a range of Council payments as indicated on each invoice. Council customer service staff will also be available to answer general enquiries and assist with online transactions at the Keilor Library, Kennedy Street, Keilor, Monday to Friday, 1-5pm. No payments can be made at this location.