Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 31 May 2016


• Creating Better Parks - Give Us Your Feedback

• Brimbank Business Breakfast

• Brimbank Votes

• Community Planting Day - Sunshine West

• Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17



Creating Better Parks - Give Us Your Feedback

Council has updated the award-winning Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan and we’d like your feedback.

A draft update is available online now and includes recommendations on topics such as access to toilets, café opportunities, skate facilities, Aboriginal cultural values, and more. It’s open for public comment until Wednesday 15 June.

Creating Better Parks was adopted as a framework to transform Brimbank’s park network into one of Melbourne’s best. Since the Policy and Plan was first adopted eight years ago, Council has successfully upgraded 88 parks at a cost of more than $20million.

 The key issues addressed in the Draft Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan Update 2016 are:

  • Hierarchical Amendments – addressing classification of certain parks and playgrounds
  • Toilet Access – recommendations for new public facilities in selected locations
  • Café opportunities – proposal to trial a coffee van in the car park at a flagship park
  • Aboriginal cultural values – at appropriate park locations to reflect the Wurundjeri peoples' values and cultural connection to the landscape
  • Inclusion of skate facilities – a proposal to establish a flagship skate facility at Errington Reserve, plus the three other suburban skate facilities
  • Cycling infrastructure – inclusion of cycling infrastructure plus incorporation of Ardeer Green Activity Hub
  • Urban Forest Strategy – links to the newly adopted Urban Forest Strategy to increase shade provision via the planting of trees
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design – proposal to incorporate WSUD into car parks at parks and to look at how to intercept, harvest, and use stormwater.

For more information, visit

Brimbank Business Breakfast

Local businesses are invited to book a ticket for the Brimbank Business Breakfast on Friday 17 June that will feature two well-known speakers covering topics of keen interest to local businesses.

One of Australia’s most sought after creative minds, Jason Clark from Minds at Work will share his insights into how best to create a culture of innovation and collaboration. As a leader in the field of leadership and innovation, Jason Clarke provides his expertise to some of Australia’s biggest companies and institutions, as well as several local government councils and business groups.

The breakfast will also feature the launch of the Sunshine Cluster Framework Plan Engagement Program, by Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Seamer.

The program will engage businesses and investors in the Sunshine National Employment Cluster to gain feedback for the preparation of a Framework Plan that will guide future growth and development of this important area.

The Sunshine Cluster has and will continue to attract significant development and be a focus of healthcare services, research, education, transport business and retail services for Melbourne’s West. The MPA is developing the Framework Plan for the Sunshine Cluster in partnership with Brimbank City Council.

The Brimbank Business Breakfast is also a great opportunity to network with other local business people.

When: Friday 17 June, 7–9am
Where: Sunshine Golf Club, 475 Mt Derrimut Road, Derrimut
Cost: $25

Register to attend this event at

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 Commission 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

Community Planting Day - Sunshine West, Sunday 5 June, 10am-12noon

Celebrate World Environment Day by planting 500 trees and shrubs along Kororoit Creek. Get up close to some native wildlife with Animals of Oz, and meet some of the local environment volunteer groups.

Children under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult. No pets please.

Don’t forget to bring along your own gardening gloves and water bottle, and wear a pair of sturdy shoes, long trousers, long sleeve top and hat.

Buckingham Reserve
2 Buckingham Crescent,
Sunshine West

Contact: Conservation Community Liaison Officer, email or phone 9249 4717 or 0408 319 742.

Brimbank Community Grants 2016/17

The Brimbank Community Grants Program will open on Monday 23 May. The program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations to deliver services/activities that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Brimbank Community Grants categories include:

  • Leadership
  • Family Violence Prevention and Gender Equity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Healthy and Connected Communities and Environment.

Applications that focus on these categories will be highly considered. Grant applications close at midnight on Sunday 17 July. Council will provide feedback to all applicants in September.

Council will run information and grant writing sessions throughout June. Bookings close three days before each session. Email or phone 9249 4307.

  • Thursday 2 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Thursday 9 June, 6–8.30pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,
  • Friday 17 June, 6–8.30pm
    Sydenham Neighbourhood House (above the Sydenham Library)
    Sydenham Community Hub,
    Level 1, 1 Station Street,
    Watergardens Town Centre,
    Taylors Lakes
  • Thursday 23 June, 2.30–5pm
    Visy Cares Hub,
    80B Harvester Road,

Interpreters are available on request. For more information visit our Community Grants page.