Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 26 April
• Budget update from your Council
• Final Year of Council Plan - A Year of Consolidation
• Brimbank Votes
• Rock up Netball – A different way to play!
• Neighbourhood House Fun
Budget Update from Your Council
Brimbank City Council has released itsproposed Budget for 2016/2017 which meets the State Government’s legislated cap of a 2.5 per cent rate rise. The financially responsible draft Budget focuses on delivering value and services to our community.
Council has worked hard to minimise the impact of the constraint on revenue raising while continuing to deliver quality projects and services for the Brimbank community.
From a total income of $200.3 million, there is a healthy capital works program of $57.3 million - including $4.8 million carried over from 2015/2016.
Key Budget highlights include:
- $5.57 million for the continuing upgrade of town centres
- $20.58 million on roads, footpaths, drainage upgrades , pedestrian facilities and links
- $5.1 million on community facilities and early learning facilities and $2.2 million earmarked for the Keilor Community Hub
- $2.73 million for parks, playgrounds and open space; which includes more than $1.2 million in park and playground upgrades and renewal with significant works scheduled at Delahey Reserve (stage 2 upgrade) and Delbridge Reserve in Sydenham
- $2.12 million on sports facilities including the $1.2 million Ardeer soccer pavilion
- $1.07 million on walking and cycling paths which includes the Taylors Creek recreational trail
- $740,000 investment in sustainability initiatives to reduce future costs
- $1.815 million to pay the final instalment for purchase of the former Sunvale primary school site for a park; and
- $800,000 for library books.
The Government’s legislated ‘cap’ on rates has required Council to find additional economies of $6.5 million in order to meet the 2.5 per cent target. It has been very difficult to find this amount as Council has had an ongoing program of implementing operational savings in past budgets.
Council will continue to seek further efficiencies with the aim of minimising impact to services as much as possible in future years.
Written submissions are due before 5pm on Tuesday 24 May.
Final Year of Council Plan - A Year of Consolidation
Brimbank City Council is on track to deliver the many improvements and efficiencies laid out in its ambitious four-year Council Plan.
At the Tuesday 19 April Council Meeting, the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 4) was endorsed for community consultation.
The Council Plan clearly articulates the areas of focus for the organisation over the next 12 months.
Year Four of the plan will see the consolidation on major projects and initiatives that have been implemented to help strengthen Brimbank’s position as the dynamic centre of the west.
The plan will provide the newly elected Council with a solid foundation to develop a new four year plan that continues to enhance the City’s built form and open spaces as well as service delivery.
This plan has guided a significant investment in the City’s assets including
- the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre construction,
- the redevelopment of the St Albans Community Centre (previously known as Errington Community Centre) and
- the extension of the Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium.
Council has also made lasting improvements to the public realm with the ongoing implementation of the Creating Better Parks Strategy, town centre improvements and thousands of tree plantings across the municipality.
You can make a written submission to Council before 5pm on Tuesday 24 May, please visit our Have Your Say page for details.
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.
Rock up Netball – A different way to play!
Enjoy netball? Come along to Rock up netball at Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 31 May.
Join in, get social and enjoy the experience. Not sure what to do with the kids? No problem – crèche is available for $4.40 per child, (for bookings phone Kim on 0429 174 009).
Where: Keilor Basketball and Netball Centre, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park
Contact: Phone 9321 2222 or visit www.rockupnetball.com.au.
Neighbourhood House Fun
Experience the fun of being part of a neighbourhood house or community centre by taking part in ‘taster’ classes that will be held at Brimbank Shopping Centre, Deer Park, on Wednesday 11 May.
The Neighbourhood House Community Expo gives those who live, work and play in Brimbank the chance to find out more about how neighbourhood houses can connect people to their communities and the many learning opportunities available at the centres.
Activities will include:
- mask making,
- a pop-up ESL 7 computer class,
- book giveaways,
- napkin art, C
- hinese brush painting,
- edible blooms and flower arranging.
The theme for Neighbourhood House Week 2016 is – Get to know your neighbour and get involved in your neighbourhood at your local neighbourhood house.
The event has been organised by the Brimbank Neighbourhood House Strategic Partnership, which includes:
Cairnlea Community Centre; Delahey Community Centre; Sydenham Neighbourhood House; West Sunshine Community Centre; Westvale Community Centre; CommUnity+, Derrimut Community Centre; Duke Street Community House; Good Shepherd Community House.
Brimbank Shopping Centre,
corner Neale and Station roads,
Wednesday 11 May, 10am-2pm