Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 24 May 2016


• Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Nearing Completion

• National Reconciliation Week 2016 - Our History, Our Story, Our Future

• Brimbank Votes

• Urban Forest Strategy

• Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17

• VCAT Approval for Demolition of Historic Sunshine Building



Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Nearing Completion

The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, is proposed to open to the community on Monday 25 July 2016.

The building would be home to the new Sunshine Library and Customer Service Centre. Residents who have visited Sunshine over the past year and a half will have seen the building take shape and will soon be able to experience all it has to offer.

The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre will be a one-stop shop including:

  • A new Customer Service Centre for all Council-related enquiries and payments (including self-serve options)
  • The new Sunshine Library
  • Planning, building and environmental health services
  • Community meeting spaces, including space that will also serve as the Council Chamber
  • Exhibition space.

The new Sunshine Library stretches over two floors and includes a double-height reading room and children’s zone.

There will be areas for study, community IT training rooms, free Wi-Fi, a toy library, collections in English and 10 community languages and much more.

Phone, mailing and email addresses for Brimbank City Council will remain unchanged. A community opening is planned for 14 August 2016 with more information coming soon.

Plans for Old Council Offices
Council has taken another step towards ensuring the best future use and redevelopment of the current Sunshine Municipal Office Precinct.

In preparation for the sale of the site, work is commencing to rezone the land to a General Residential Zone and guide future development. VicTrack also owns land within the Precinct and has decided to sell its land too.

National Reconciliation Week 2016 - Our History, Our Story, Our Future

You’re invited to take part in our community’s reconciliation journey. Join us for a selection of upcoming events.

Sorry Walk along the Kororoit Creek Thursday 26 May 9.30–11.30am
Meet at the Albion Community House Eco- Living Centre, Selwyn Park, Selwyn Street, Albion at 9.30am, (morning tea provided.)

Faith, Hope and Reconciliation Forum - Monday 30 May, 10.30am–1.30pm
Hosted by the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network at Salvation Army Hall, 42 Devonshire Road, Sunshine.


Language Revival in Aboriginal Victoria workshops - Tuesday 31 May, 12:30–2pm and 6–7:30pm
Facilitated by Victorian Aboriginal Corporation of Languages .

  • At Visy Cares Hub
    80B Harvester Road
    Sunshine, from 12:30–2pm.
  • At St Albans Library
    71A Alfrieda Street
    St Albans, from 6–7:30pm.

Bookings essential:

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

Urban Forest Strategy

We've set our sights on increasing Brimbank's tree canopy coverage from 6.2 per cent to 30 per cent over the next 30 years, following the adoption of the Brimbank Urban Forest Strategy.

The Urban Forest Strategy will guide the future greening of Brimbank. Increasing Brimbank’s tree canopy coverage to 30 per cent by 2046 to mitigate impacts of heatwave is among the key actions outlined in the Urban Forest Strategy.

Improving Brimbank’s canopy cover will provide numerous physical and mental health benefits to the community.

Other key actions in the Strategy include:

  • Plant more trees to help reduce pollution
  • Protect existing trees through planning and enforcement
  • Decrease the amount of impervious surfaces to reduce urban heat island effects
  • Integrate grasslands with open space
  • Improve water quality through the use of Water Sensitive Urban Design and use of stormwater in greening parks
  • Encourage trees to be planted on private property
  • Create understanding and positive community attitudes towards the urban forest.

The Urban Forest Strategy expands on the Council-endorsed Greening the West initiative, by providing a strategic framework for improved liveability through urban greening.

The draft Urban Forest Strategy was released for community feedback in late 2015. Community feedback was generally positive and supportive of the intent and actions proposed.

Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17

The Brimbank Community Grants Program will open on Monday 23 May. The program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations to deliver services/activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Brimbank Community Grants categories include:

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

Applications that focus on these categories will be highly considered. Grant applications close at midnight on Sunday 17 July. Council will provide feedback to all applicants in September.

Council will run information and grant writing sessions throughout June. Bookings close three days before each session. Email or phone 9249 4307.

  • Thursday 2 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Thursday 9 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Friday 17 June, 6–8.30pm
    Sydenham Neighbourhood House (above the Sydenham Library)
    Sydenham Community Hub,
    Level 1, 1 Station Street,
    Watergardens Town Centre,
    Taylors Lakes
  • Thursday 23 June, 2.30–5pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,

Interpreters are available on request. For more information visit our Community Grants page. 


VCAT approval for demolition of historic Sunshine building

Council is disappointed its efforts to save the historic 1938 Sunshine Boys Hostel building have been in vain.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has approved demolition of the dwelling at 129-131 Durham Rd, Sunshine, and granted a permit for the development of new houses on the site.

The VCAT decision will allow the demolition of a historically significant McKay-era building in Sunshine.

It’s a disappointing decision for Brimbank because the City will lose forever a building of such significance. The building at 129-131 Durham Road, Sunshine has great cultural and heritage importance because of its connection with Headlie Taylor, who was a key figure in the early history of the area.

In August last year, Council refused to grant a planning permit application for demolition and the development of six double storey units at the site. However an appeal was lodged with VCAT against Council’s refusal.

Earlier this year, Council exhibited Amendment C130 to strengthen the existing heritage protection applying to the building, and include it as an individual listing under the heritage overlay.

Following a public exhibition process, a number of objecting submissions were received. Council had asked the Minister for Planning to appoint an independent panel to review unresolved submissions.

Unfortunately, the VCAT decision in favour of demolition has been granted before the amendment process could be finalised.

Heritage overlay protection is currently provided to more than 135 places and 8 heritage precincts in Brimbank that have been assessed as having local or greater significance.