Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 5 April 2016


• National Youth Week

• Illuminations - final event of Light Up Sunshine

• Brimbank Votes

• Pet Registrations Due Sunday 10 April

• Plan for Business Success



National Youth Week, Friday 8 April to Sunday 17 April

Brimbank City Council is proud to support National Youth Week – a celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia – with a special event on Friday 8 April.

National Youth Week, from Friday 8 April to Sunday 17 April, is an opportunity for young people to express ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It’s also a chance to have some fun.

Last year more than 20,000 young people from across Victoria participated in National Youth Week activities.

This year in Brimbank, local acts Culture Queenz, Young Masters, The Movement, Westside Pasifika, and Ezy and Corina will feature in Brimbank’s National Youth Week and FreeZA event, Sole Movement.

Sole Movement is for young people aged 12 to 25. It’s been designed, developed and managed by more than 50 local young people as a platform to learn and share cultures through the arts.

Local young artists from migrant and refugee backgrounds will perform, provide music and dance workshops, share their stories and connect other young people to arts opportunities in their local area.

Sole Movement will include workshops on:

  • Poetry and song-writing with Babs and Motley
  • Traditional Pasifika art with Westside Pasifika
  • Afro and dancehall with Culture Queenz
  • Improvised story-telling with Piper from Playback Theatre
  • Using music to take action on race-based discrimination with Aki and Maz, Sisters and Brothers.

In a panel discussion, young artists will share their experiences within their chosen fields to support young people in developing knowledge around arts, employment pathways and entrepreneurialism.

Sole Movement is funded by cohealth Arts Generator, Montanasa Studios and the Victorian Government, with the support of Brimbank Youth Services – a service provided by Brimbank City Council.

FreeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people.

Sole Movement’ – National Youth Week and FreeZA, Friday 8 April 2016, 12–4pm

Montanasa Studios
74 Sydney Street

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

Pet Registrations Due Sunday 10 April

Remember that dog and cat registrations are due on Sunday 10 April.

By law, if your cats and dogs are over three months of age you must register them with us. Failing to register a dog or cat is a breach of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and could attract a fine.

All dogs and cats registered for the first time in Brimbank must be microchipped and desexed.

Having pets registered not only saves you from an expensive fine but is an effective way to have your pet returned if it goes missing.

Pet Registration Forms may be downloaded from our Register Your Pet page or picked up at one of our Customer Service Centres.

We promote responsible pet ownership by providing pet care information, animal registrations and access to public spaces for you and your dogs to enjoy off lead exercise and recreation.

However we require dogs to be leashed in all public open space areas within the municipality except for designated off leash areas.

For more information phone Council on 9249 4000.

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
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
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.

Keilor Municipal Offices
704B Old Calder Highway
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