Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 29 March 2016


• Plan for Business Success

• Illuminations - final event of Light Up Sunshine

• Brimbank Votes

• Holiday Fun at the Library

• Community Governance Training


Plan for Business Success

Brimbank business owners are invited to register for a series of workshops designed to help you build skills for running a successful business. The workshops are part of Council’s commitment to support the development of local businesses.

Understanding Marketing - Tuesday 12 April, 6-8.30pm
Marketing is simply how well potential and existing customers know what your business does. So marketing is not just about getting new customers, it is a vital part of building and establishing your business brand.

Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

Keilor Municipal Offices, 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor. Cost: $20

Marketing for Growth - Wednesday 20 April, 6-9.30pm
Do you already know about marketing and now want to grow your business with new products, services or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your businessopportunities.This hands-on workshop will enable you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and focus your marketing strategy to grow your business.

Keilor Municipal Offices, 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor. Cost: $30.

Your Business in a Digital World - Wednesday 4 May, 6-8pm
Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Whether starting anew business or taking an existing business online, this short workshop will help you make informed decisions about the right online tools for your business.

Where: Keilor Municipal Offices, 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor. Cost: $20.

Places are limited. To register for your place or for further information, please contact the Economic Development Unit on 9249 4413 or email

Brimbank Business Counselling
Small business owners are also encouraged to take advantage of Brimbank Business Counselling.

Each 45 minute session is confidential and conducted by an experienced business facilitator at no charge, courtesy of the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) at Kangan Institute.

Sessions are held every third Thursday of the month from 9.30am at BEC@Kangan, 38 Buckley Street, Essendon, 3040.

Bookings essential: call BEC on 9094 3008

Illuminations - Wednesday 6 April, 6-9pm

Enjoy an evening showcasing fabulous performance and visual artists. Don’t miss the final event of the 2015/2016 Light Up Sunshine series of activations.

The event will feature theatre ensemble Born in a Taxi’s “For Heaven’s Sake”, performance artist and curator Michael Meneghetti’s “Scartato”, and artist Sean Diamond’s “Steel Spheres”.

Sunshine Bus Interchange
Dickson Street

Bookings: Please RSVP by Wednesday 30 March,

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 Commision 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

Holiday Fun at the Library - Wednesday 30 March to Friday 8 April 

Don’t get stuck for ideas these school holidays – be part of the action at your local library. With a range of activities planned at Deer Park, Keilor Village, St Albans, Sunshine and Sydenham libraries – you’re sure to find something fun to do.

From 30 March to 1 April, you can create a mixed media collage of yourself as a superhero. Or, from 4–8 April, you can decorate a calico library bag to take home. If games are more your thing, why not enter a PS4 Tournament or a Nintendo Wii Tournament to battle it out for a chance to win a $25 JB Hi Fi voucher?

Activities are happening at different libraries on different dates. Visit Brimbank Libraries for dates, times and locations.

Community Governance Training – Finance for Treasurers 101 

Brimbank based community groups are invited to attend Finance for Treasurers 101, a community group training session facilitated by Leisure Networks. This practical workshop will assist committee members of community groups and organisations to understand their financial management roles and obligations.

The session will focus on improving committee financial literacy, understanding the reports and documents required by the committee for good governance, developing systems to reduce financial risk, and understanding the taxation obligations of sports clubs.

Registrations close Monday 4 April. Book now at our Community Governance page or on 9249 4030.