Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 31 January 2017


• 2017 Brimbank Australia Day Awards

• What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

• St Albans Level Crossing Removals

• Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

• Brimbank Cinespace

2017 Brimbank Australia Day Awards

The winners of the 2017 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony on Monday 23 January. The event was attended by award winners and nominees, their families and friends.

Awards were presented in eight categories and celebrated the achievements and contributions made by outstanding members of the Brimbank community.

  • Citizen of the Year: John Puli
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Selina Tsang
  • Community Wellbeing Awards: Bharat (Barry) Palta
  • Environmental Achievement Award: Hayden O’Doherty
  • Cultural Achievement Award: Thuy Dang
  • Educator of the Year: Tim Blunt
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Vella
  • Essential Services Excellence: Greg Hitch
  • Community Sport Achievement: Henry McFerran

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr John Hedditch congratulated all nominees, finalists and recipients.

“Council is pleased to be able to publicly recognise and celebrate people who are making an outstanding contribution to the community. The recipients of these awards are true ‘unsung heroes’ of the community and leaders we can all admire.

“It is always very difficult to choose from so many outstanding nominees whose work is done solely for the benefit of others and the community.” Cr Hedditch said.

In addition, the winners were also invited to participate in a second celebratory event at the Brimbank’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony which took place at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens.

The celebrations saw a no charge community barbeque breakfast, entertainment from the Sunshine Community Brass band, roving performers and onstage performances prior to the Citizenship Ceremony where 220 conferees became Australian Citizens.

For more information, please see

What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

From Tuesday 7 February to Tuesday 7 March, we're looking for ideas big and small, on how to keep improving the local area.

Your feedback will help Council decide its budget and plans for future projects and services.

You can attend one of the many in-person community consultation sessions, send feedback via post or go online to have your say. Let’s make our city even better!

For more information, including details about upcoming consultation sessions in St Albans, Deer Park, Derrimut, Keilor and Sunshine, please visit Have Your Say: What's Your Big Idea?.

St Albans Level Crossing Removals

The level crossings on Main Road and Furlong Road have been removed and works are continuing to complete the new St Albans and Ginifer stations.

Careful planning and scheduling will maintain road access and train services through much of the construction program, however some road, rail and station closures will be necessary to undertake works safely.

The Victorian Government allocated $2.4 billion in its 2015-16 budget to remove at least 20 level crossings by 2018. These sites form the basis of a long-term strategic plan being developed to remove all 50 level crossings by 2022.

Over the next eight years the Level Crossing Removal Authority will oversee the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne.

Construction has already started on several other sites, and planning and early consultation is underway for the delivery of the entire project.

To view all planned works and travel disruptions in the near future or to sign up for project updates, please see the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

Saturday 18 February, 10am-3pm

Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, St Albans

Network Ten Presenter, Barry Du Bois will emcee the event, together with over 60 community stalls and demonstrations. Children’s activities include face painting, a jumping castle and recycled arts and crafts.

There will be a range of workshops and activities, including:

  • Backyard chickens and bee keeping
  • Jam-making demonstration
  • A fresh produce swap
  • The ‘biggest’ and ‘best’ homegrown vegetable competitions
  • Fruit tree care and grafting
  • Bike tune ups
  • Clothes swap
  • Local garden clubs; and much more!

This is a no charge event. Food and other items will be for sale on the day.

Brimbank Cinespace 

The Brimbank Cinespace project is now open to people from Brimbank’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities, to apply for participation in a six-month film and theatre project.

The part-time program is an exciting opportunity and requires a basic commitment to attend workshops one night a week from February onwards to produce films and stories, and there is no charge to participate.

The stories will launch at a community event in August.

  • Wednesday 1 February
  • 6pm onwards
  • Duke Street Community House, 27 Duke Street, Sunshine

For more information, please see Brimbank Cinespace or call 0430 026 575.