Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 6 December 2016


• Giving Tree Program - Help those in need this Christmas

• Survive the Heat - Stay Cool This Summer

• Stand Up For Human Rights

• Carols at the Castle

• Sunshine Art Exhibition

• Training Providers Sought

Giving Tree Program - Help Those In Need This Christmas

Brimbank City Council has initiated the Giving Tree program to help members of the community who might be struggling at this time of year.

As part of the Giving Tree program, Council will collect and distribute non-perishable items to the community, via local agencies, in the lead up to Christmas.

Mayor of Brimbank Cr John Hedditch encouraged community members to join Council staff in donating non-perishable items at selected Brimbank City Council locations (Community and Civic Centre, Brimbank Libraries and Neighbourhood Houses) between now and Friday 16 December.

Suggested items include

  • rice
  • dry beans and pulses
  • vegetable oil
  • peanut butter or other nut butters
  • rolled oats
  • canned fruit or vegetables
  • packet soups, canned tuna in water
  • tea or coffee
  • dish-washing liquid

“Council will work with local agencies to distribute donated items to community members in need,” Cr Hedditch said.

Survive the Heat - Stay Cool This Summer

Extreme heat can affect anyone and poses a serious health risk causing heat cramps, heat exhaustion and potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Ensure you and your loved ones survive the heat this summer:

  • Never leave children, vulnerable adults or pets in a parked car
  • Check on neighbours and friends particularly the elderly, frail and sick
  • Stay hydrated – drink extra water even if you’re not thirsty and avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary or fizzy drinks which can dehydrate
  • Conserve energy – postpone strenuous activities like home improvements, gardening and sport
  • Eat little and often rather than large meals and opt for cold foods like salads and fruit which contain water
  • Stay indoors – draw the curtains to block the sun and switch on a fan or air conditioning or visit an air-conditioned library, shopping centre or cinema
  • Keep cool – place a damp towel on the back of your neck, splash cool water on your face and take cool showers
  • Be Sunsmart – if you must go outside, remember to Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), Slap on a hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglasses.

View more tips online at our Heatwave Emergencies page.

For health advice 24 hours a day, telephone Nurse-On-Call on 1300 606024.

For life-threatening emergencies, telephone 000.

Stand Up For Human Rights

Human Rights Day - 10 December 2016

Ahead of international Human Rights Day on 10 December, Brimbank City Council and the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition encourage you to ‘stand up for someone’s rights’ by participating in one of the following:

  • Weave a star to end violence
  • 16 Days Activist Challenge to support gender equality
  • VEOHRC Human Rights Oration (7 December 2016)
  • International Women’s Day (8 March 2017)
  • Cultural Diversity Week (18-26 March 2017)
  • International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May 2017)
  • Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June 2017)

For more information or to join the Brimbank Social Justice Coalition, email

Carols at the Castle  

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

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.

Sunshine Art Exhibition

Until 9 January

  • No charge.
  • 11am to 4pm Saturday to Tuesday.
  • Where: Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery, 2 City Place, Sunshine.

Check out photographs and portraits produced by local Sunshine residents at this exhibition which runs until 9 January. There is no charge for public entry. The exhibition is open from 11am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday and weekends until 9 January.

This exhibition focuses on photographs and portraits painted by local Sunshine residents during a series of art and English language workshops during 2016. The workshops were organised by the Sunshine Culture Club supported by Council.

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.

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

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