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


• Brimbank Community Fund grants support local youth

• Get involved - Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee

• Brimbank Votes

• Getting to know the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre

• Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy Update


Liss Gabb and Nyakeer Akoul from Cohealth Arts Generator and Jacinda Richards from L2R.Brimbank Community Fund grants support local youth

The Brimbank Community Fund has awarded grants totalling $10,000 to two local charity organisations working with vulnerable Brimbank youth.

The Fund is a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, guided by a committee of local leaders, including representation by Council.

Established in 2009, the Brimbank Community Fund is the only source of grants dedicated solely to the people of Brimbank.

The Be a Brother – CoHealth Arts Generator received a $5,000 grant for its innovative social marketing campaign supporting young African Australian men in Melbourne’s west to drink less alcohol.

The L2R Panda Squad received a $5,000 grant for its free weekly hip hop dance program for culturally and linguistically diverse, newly arrived and at-risk children aged 6-12 years from Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The Brimbank Community Fund is guided by a committee of dedicated community members and chaired by Brimbank Administrator John Tanner (AM).

The Committee has also welcomed five new members from the Brimbank community: 

  • Kay Christopher
  • Barry Harvey (AM)
  • Priya Serrao
  • Bruce White
  • Julia White.

Individuals and businesses that support the fund help create an investment in Brimbank’s future. Money donated to the fund stays in the fund forever and the annual interest accrued is used to support local charities working with some of Brimbank’s most vulnerable residents.

Find out more.



Get involved - Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee

Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? Are you non-Aboriginal with a commitment to Reconciliation? Do you live, work or study in Brimbank?

Brimbank City Council invites expressions of interest from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal people to join a Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee.

The aim of the Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative Committee is to provide Council with advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, undertake the review of Council’s current Reconciliation Action Plan (2013–2017) and oversee the ongoing implementation of Council’s future Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Refreshments will be provided and child care can be provided upon request.

Download an Expression of Interest form and terms of reference. 

Contact: Team Leader Diversity and Inclusion on 9249 4458 if you would like to discuss your application or require assistance with the form.

Expressions of interest close Friday 29 July and should be emailed to or posted to PO Box 70, Sunshine VIC 3020.

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

Getting to know the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre

Did you know the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine will have meeting spaces available for hire after hours?

All meeting spaces come equipped with a Smart TV and no charge WiFi.

There are costs involved with booking a room. Council charges reasonable and competitive rates,including separate charges for non-commercial/non-profit groups and senior citizens.

Meeting rooms will be available for hire after hours from Monday 1 August 2016.

For more information or to enquire about a booking call 9249 4537.

Read more about the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre.

Arts initiatives celebrate Man lifting cow coming soon to Sunshine

Brimbank City Council and partners invite the community to get involved in an exciting series of arts initiatives that celebrate the approaching installation of the iconic artwork Man lifting cow.

The installation of the bronze sculpture by internationally recognised artist John Kelly in Sunshine this September is a landmark arts project for Brimbank and the Western Region.

These arts initiatives have been made possible through the further generous support of one of Man lifting cow’s principal partners, Sunshine Marketplace.

Exciting arts initiatives:

1000 Cows project – Help build a herd of a thousand papier-mâché cows to welcome Man lifting cow. The papier-mâché cows will go on display at Sunshine Marketplace. Milk cartons for the project are donated by Visy.

Primary schools in Brimbank are invited to participate in the project, and art workshops will be held at Sunshine Marketplace from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July.

Art prize – VCE arts students in Brimbank are invited to submit in one of four categories to win prizes:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • drawing.

The competition opens Monday 11 July and closes Friday 12 August.

John Kelly Exhibition and Education Program – Artworks by John Kelly, on loan by Australian Galleries, will be exhibited at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in September.

Find out more.