Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 25 August


• Message From Your Council - Verona Drive Reserve and the Better Parks Policy

• Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

• Father's Day at Leisure Centres

• Adult Learners' Week

• Achieving Financial Success Seminar Series

• Poetry Slams in to Sydenham

• Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces


Message From Your Council

Have you visited Verona Drive Reserve in Taylors Lakes recently? It's one of 83 parks upgraded as part of Council’s successful Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan, at a cost of $20 million since 2008.

Council spent $440,000 installing new football posts, a flying fox, swings, water play elements, a sand pit, a tower with slides, musical play and natural play elements, and much more.

Verona Drive also received 1000 new trees as part of Brimbank’s 10,000 Trees Program.

In 2014-15 Council spent $1.3 million on Brimbank's playgrounds, parks and gardens . $1.2 million is allocated for playgrounds, parks and gardens this financial year.

Feedback Council has received from the community has been extremely positive, especially at the various park openings hosted since 2008 when the Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan was initiated. Families talk about which parks they visit across the municipality, which demonstrates that Council is supporting the next generation of children connecting to Brimbank's park network.

Parks Policy to be Updated with Your Help
The award-winning Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan established a framework for a major transformation of Brimbank’s park network. It's now set to be updated, following two stages of consultation.

The initial stage will seek community feedback on the impact and gaps associated with Council’s delivery of the policy and plan since 2008 to inform a preliminary update. The second stage will involve consultation with members of a community resource group seeking comments and feedback.

Find out more about parks and open space in Brimbank.


Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

Did you know there are more than 40 types of gum trees in Brimbank’s streets and public spaces?

We've launched Branch Out Brimbank – an initiative to encourage a love of trees across the municipality.

Branch Out Brimbank provides you the opportunity to learn more about trees and their importance to the community, as well as a program of tree related events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

We know there's an appreciation for trees out there in the community so Branch Out Brimbank is about taking the time to appreciate the many aesthetic, environmental, economic and health benefits trees provide our community.

Enter our #BranchOutBrimbank Instagram Competition
To celebrate the launch of Branch Out Brimbank residents are invited to enter a photograph of their favourite tree to win a $100 iTunes gift voucher and a copy of Australia’s Remarkable Trees, by writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker.

To enter, submit your photograph of your favourite Brimbank tree via Instagram with the hashtag #BranchOutBrimbank.

Photographs entered in the competition will be published on social media, on the Branch Out Brimbank website, and a selection will be displayed in Brimbank Customer Service Centres.

More details can be found at Branch Out Brimbank.

Details or tree-related events and activities can be emailed to


Father's Day at Brimbank Leisure Centres

On Father’s Day (Sunday 6 September) there'll be no charge for family swims at Brimbank Leisure Centres. So pack your bathers, a healthy family lunch, and enjoy an active family outing at the pool!

Children can practise their swimming skills and enjoy family water fun. Pools open from 8am on Sundays.


Adult Learners’ Week,  1–8 September

Brimbank Libraries will be all about online learning during Adult Learners’ Week. Come along to Deer Park Library on Tuesday 1 September for the Online Learning Expo or drop in to your local library to find out more about online learning opportunities throughout the week.

The Online Learning Expo has been tailored for adults, seniors and people with English as an additional language. Details at Brimbank Libraries.


Achieving Financial Success Seminar Series

Set your business up for financial success with this seminar series.

Seminar one: Keep Your Business on Track -Thursday 3 September, 6–8pm
Learn the benefits of using a financial system, including cloud based systems; an overview on bookkeeping basics and good control systems to provide accurate record keeping.

Seminar two: Pricing for Profit - Thursday 17 September, 6–8pm
Gain the knowledge and tools to understandwhy pricing is not just a “set and forget” activity in business; how to avoid the five most common mistakes when pricing and how to price products and services at the right level.

Seminar three: Keep the Cash Flowing - Wednesday 14 October, 6–8pm
Understand the key drivers of cash in business and how to improve cash flow with simple measures that can be immediately implemented.

Seminar four: Financial Health Check -Tuesday 27 October, 6–8pm
Learn to understand key financial statements; read the warning signs; and take a proactive approach to managing your business through difficult times.

Seminar five: Setting Financial Strategy - Wednesday 11 November, 6–8pm
Learn the difference between a budget and a forecast; the key elements to a good financial strategy and how develop an effective profit and loss budget and cash flow forecast.

Where: Keilor Municipal Offices
704B Old Calder Highway

Cost: Single sessions cost $20 or attend all five sessions for $80 and receive a complimentary mentoring session.

Bookings: phone Nicole Charman, 9249 4413 or email


Poetry Slams in to Sydenham 

Brimbank spoken word artists, poets, wordsmiths and rappers get your chops together for a chance to become Australia’s next slam poet.

The 11th annual Australian Poetry Slam is coming to Brimbank – with the fourth Victorian heat to be held at Sydenham Library on Saturday 29 August.

In the poetry slam heats, you're given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with your original spoken word, poetry, hip hop, monologues and storytelling.

The heat winner will receive a $100 cash prize, second and third place competitors will each receive $50 JB HI FI vouchers.

Heats are being held at local libraries and public spaces across the state, with two finalists from each heat to face off in the Victorian final at the State Library Victoria on Friday 11 September.

The Victorian winner and runner up will compete in the national final at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 11 October for the chance to become Australian Poetry Slam champion.

Australian Poetry Slam is presented by State Library Victoria and is co-created nationally by Word Travels, supported by state, territory and public libraries and festivals across the country.

More information at Australian Poetry Slam and Victorian heat and finals information.

Australian Poetry Slam
Victorian Heat 4
Saturday 29 August, 2pm (registrations 1.30pm)
Sydenham Library
1 Station Street
Taylors Lakes
Phone: 9249 4171


Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces

Wool and Water – Shane van den Akker, Wednesday 19 August–Sunday 13 September, 10am-4pm
This exhibition will turn the entire Sunshine Art Spaces gallery into a single large-scale art piece.

Using the techniques of mural painting and trompe l’oeil Shane’s work delves into the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as part of Brimbank City Council’s Writers and Readers Festival program of events.

Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery
2 City Place
9249 4600