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


• Council Cracks Down on Dumpings

• ​Disability Expo

• Outdoor Swimming Returns From 1 December

• Carols at the Castle

• Sunshine Leisure Centre - New Consultative Committee

• Training Providers Sought

Council Cracks Down on Dumping

Brimbank residents are urged to immediately report any instances of suspected illegal dumping as Council moves to crackdown on illegal dumping.

Mayor of Brimbank Cr John Hedditch said the City has “zero tolerance” for illegal dumping and will take action against offenders.

“Council spends about $550,000 each year on the collection and disposal of dumped rubbish and litter which is money that could be better spent on other services for the community,” said Cr Hedditch.

“Most dumping tends to be in industrial areas or on isolated vacant land. The recent incident in which contaminated waste from a Carlton pub was dumped in Cairnlea is particularly concerning because this happened in a residential area.

“Dumping of contaminated or potentially contaminated materials takes this problem to a whole new level, one for which we have zero tolerance.”

The Mayor warned anyone considering dumping waste illegally to think again. “An angry Brimbank community is saying enough is enough. Rogue operators are not welcome in Brimbank. Council won’t hesitate to take action against those who flout the law.”

At their first Ordinary Council Meeting on 22 November, the new Council endorsed a submission from Cairnlea residents advocating tougher penalties against illegal dumping including larger fines, seizure of assets and other sanctions.

“Council supports these ideas in principle and will advocate strongly to the Victorian Government that these powers be enacted,” said Cr Hedditch.

Council is assisting the State’s Environmental Protection Agency with its response to illegally-dumped asbestos in Cairnlea to ensure the site is cleaned up. “We expect to hear very soon that a clearance certificate has been issued which is final confirmation that the site has been appropriately cleaned up,” said Cr Hedditch.

“We will organise another community drop-in session soon to share an update. Council is also exploring legal options to seek penalties and prosecution against the rogue operator for this dangerous behaviour.”

Disability Expo

Thursday 1 December, 10am-2pm

Find out about services available for people with disability and their carers from 40 organisations at the Brimbank Disability Expo. The event kicks off with a question and answer session about the National Disability Insurance Scheme rolling out across Brimbank from late 2018 with:

  • Paul Dunn, National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Despina Havelas, Brimbank Citizen of the Year 2016 and parent advocate
  • Dawn Hill-Allan, Baptcare
  • Di McCarthy, Association of Children with a Disability.

Entry: All welcome. No charge.

Where: Victoria University Convention Centre Sunshine (Gate 1), 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine.

For further information about the Brimbank Disability Expo phone 9249 4451 or e-mail

Outdoor Swimming Returns From 1 December

Outdoor swimming returns to St Albans Leisure Centre from Thursday 1 December.

The Centre’s three outdoor pools - 50m Olympic-sized training pool and pools for learners and toddlers – are open throughout summer.

Outdoor swimming is also available at Sunshine Leisure Centre which has a 25 metre outdoor heated pool and splash zone for kids. For more information including entry prices, visit

When: Monday to Friday 6am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4.30pm (exc. public holidays).

Where: St Albans Leisure Centre, 90 Keilor Rd and Sunshine Leisure Centre, 5 Kennedy St.

Carols at the Castle  

Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Join us for a spectacular program of festive favourites and family fun at the magical Overnewton Castle in Keilor.

All money from ticket sales goes to the Brimbank Community Fund (BCF) – putting money directly back into the Brimbank community.

Every year the BCF awards grants to initiatives that improve the lives of our young people through education, employment and wellbeing.

An exciting line-up of talented Melbourne artists will sing Christmas favourites for audiences, led by musical director Tyson Legg and the Sunshine Community Brass Band.

Television actor, comedian and Sunshine local Jamie Robertson will return to MC after impressing audiences last year.

Star of the stage John O’Hara joins the cast fresh from touring his one-man show, ‘Dedications’. Delightful ladies of song, The Candy Topps, will perform tight harmonies with a dash of cheeky social commentary.

There’s plenty of entertainment for kids too. Seasoned children’s entertainers Carp Productions will bring their inclusive performance style to the stage – guaranteeing plenty of fun and laughs.

Fairies and Christmas elves will mingle with the audience, and guest of honour – Santa Claus – will join performers on stage.

Carols at the Castle is set in the beautiful gardens at Overnewton Castle in Keilor. Food and drink will be available to purchase, families are welcome to bring along a picnic and a low chair.

This is a family event. Children must be accompanied by an adult and closely supervised at all times.

When: Sunday 11 December 2016, 5–9pm

Where: Overnewton Castle, 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor

Tickets: $20 family of five; $8 singles; $5 concessions, now available via Eventbrite

Sunshine Leisure Centre - New Consultative Committee

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest for community members and industry experts to join a Sunshine Leisure Centre Community Consultative Committee.

The Committee will advise Council in its response to a community recommendation’s report regarding the operation of the Centre. The role of the Community Consultative Committee is to:

  • Assist the appointed Consultant in the development of the Business Case responding to the Sunshine Leisure Centre Community Recommendations Report.
  • Provide important background information from a community perspective on each of the Community Recommendations.
  • Represent community views on matters discussed at Community Consultative Committee meetings.
  • Provide advice on broader community consultation that may be required.
  • Provide relevant industry knowledge and expertise to inform the development of the Business Case.

The Committee will operate on a voluntary basis from December 2016 to March or April 2017 with its first meeting to be held on Wednesday 14 December at 6pm.

Interested parties are required to submit an application form. Members will be selected following an assessment against selection criteria outlined in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.

For information including selection criteria, community report and application forms, visit our Have Your Say page or telephone Council’s Manager of Leisure and Community Facilities on 9249 4990.

Applications close on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

Training Providers Sought 

Council invites Expressions of Interest from consultants and Registered Training Providers interested in providing business skills training and mentoring to the Brimbank community.

Council is seeking to appoint a panel of preferred training providers to deliver expanded training programs from 2017 as part of a partnership arrangement – preferred providers will deliver training at minimal or no charge to participants while Council will provide venues, catering and marketing of selected programs to the community.

For information including application forms and selection criteria, telephone Council’s Economic Development Unit on 9249 4630 or email

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Tuesday 20 December 2016, 5pm.