Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 6 October 2015


• Message From Your Council - Brimbank Votes

• B-active at Pollard

• Carols at the Castle 2015

• Brimbank Animal Expo

• Brimbank Ride2Work Day

• Creating Better Parks - Have Your Say: Last Chance!

• Westside Talent Quest - Rize Up!

• Movement Makers


Message from Your Council - Brimbank Votes

There’s a lot happening in Brimbank in October, including fun activities and the opportunity to take part in important consultations.

This month also marks one year until the Brimbank Council elections will be held in October 2016.

It’s your Council and it will be your responsibility to elect Councillors for the first elected Brimbank Council after what will be a seven-year period of administration.

The election in October 2016 will be conducted by postal voting. Please ensure you are enrolled with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

If you want to stand for Council, information is available on the Brimbank City Council website.

Visit for more information on the Brimbank City Council October 2016 elections.



B-active@Pollard kicks off nine months of activities this Wednesday 30 September, 1-3pm at RT Pollard Gardens, Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

When you attend you'll also be invited to nominate activities you'd like to see held at the gardens over the coming months.

All the activities available at RT Pollard Gardens will be family friendly and offered at no charge. To find out what's taking place each month visit Be-active@Pollard.

So get involved, socialise, improve your fitness and make the most of a lovely park that's located in the heart of Sunshine.

Support of B-active@Pollard is part of VicHealth’s long-term plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives. This is in light of research that shows less than a third of Australians are not getting enough physical activity to benefit their health.


Activities Running Throughout October
Every Thursday in October 2015

  • 9.15-10am – Get into Cardio Tennis suitable for adults of all skill levels. Register now!
  • 10.30-11.30am – Tai Chi suitable for adults of all skill levels
  • 11.30am – Picnic in the park for all the family

Every Friday in October 2015, 4–7pm

  • Street Basketball and Street Football next to RT Pollard Gardens open to young people aged 12–25 years old.

The initiative is run by Brimbank City Council with a number of partners including Victoria Police.


Carols at the Castle 2015, Sunday 20 December, 7–9pm 

Now in its third year, Carols at the Castle is an outdoor, family-friendly event set in the beautiful gardens of Overnewton Castle.

This year's impressive line-up of festive music features traditional carols, local performers and guest artists who will bring the magic of the season to youbank.

Tickets are available and selling fast! Get your tickets now!

Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Road


Brimbank Animal Expo - Saturday 10 October

If you love animals, don’t miss the 2015 Brimbank Animal Expo on Saturday 10 October at Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Rd, St Albans from 10am-2pm.

The Animal Expo is popular with pet owners and animal lovers because offers many affordable ways to be a responsible pet owner and is a great place to get handy tips on caring for your pets, all at no charge.

The expo is a fun, family-friendly event featuring stalls and demonstrations from animal organisations and local vets. There's a packed program of informative talks and interactive demonstrations for responsible pet ownership.

Reduced Cost Microchipping and Free Rego!
Veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions about pet health and provide microchipping at discounted rates ($25), while Council will register de-sexed and microchipped pets at no charge.

Responsible pet ownership requires all domestic cats and dogs to be de-sexed and registered with Council. Registration and microchipping makes it easier for a lost animal to be returned to their owner.

More Fun
Other expo highlights will include demonstrations by Disc Dogs and Howling Huskies from Yappy Hour TV , and much more.

A jumping castle and lots of pet themed activities at no charge will complete a great program for the whole family including its four-legged members. However, all dogs must be on leads and cats in carriers.

The 2015 Brimbank Animal Expo is presented by Brimbank City Council and proudly supported by Major Sponsor

Brimbank Vet Clinic and Support Sponsors, Love ‘Em; Bunnings; Pet, Horse and Farm; Ray White; and Secureakat.


Brimbank Ride2Work Day, Wednesday 14 October, 7.30-9am

Start your day in a healthier way, bring your bike and the family to this no charge community celebration of all things cycling.

Join us for free community brekkie including sausage sizzle and delicious healthy options. No charge activities on the day include bike tune ups courtesy of Ray’s Bicycles and massages courtesy of Total Wellbeing Massage and Naturopathy.

This event will also mark the official opening of the Sunshine Trail shared user path.

Where: Tom O’Brien Reserve,
Matthews Street, Sunshine


Creating Better Parks - Have Your Say: Last Chance!

There’s still time to have your say on Brimbank City Council’s update of its award winning Creating Better Parks – Open Space and Playground Policy and Plan.

Complete our online survey and tell us your thoughts on the impact and gaps associated with our delivery of Creating Better Parks.

If you complete the survey you'll go into the draw to win an iPad (after completing your contact details at the end of the survey).

The survey will remain open until 5pm on Friday 9 October 2015.

The survey will help us find out

  • how park upgrades have impacted your neighbourhood;
  • which parks you're visiting, and how often;
  • what you enjoy about the parks; and
  • what new things you'd like in Brimbank's parks.

Award Winning Policy
Creating Better Parks won an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Planning Award in 2008. Ardeer Community Park and Alice’s Playspace at Errington Reserve, St Albans have also won awards from the AILA and Parks and Leisure Association respectively.


Westside Talent Quest - Saturday 17 October, 2-5.30pm

If you've got talent to burn, use it to win cash prizes at Rize Up in Brimbank!

We're looking for young people to register for the Westside Talent Quest, which is part of Rize Up in Brimbank at Pollard Gardens in Sunshine on Saturday 17 October.

The Westside Talent Contest give you the chance to show what you've got - dance or music of any style.

Cash Prizes
Three high-calibre judges will be entrusted with the difficult task of choosing the recipients of cash prizes for the best crew ($300), best male ($150) and best female ($150).


Movement Makers

Movement Makers Youth Arts Forum will be held on Friday 20 November, 9.30am-4.30pm as part of the Big West Festival at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

The next generation of artists and arts workers will be able to share information at the forum.

Movement Makers is an initiative of Brimbank Youth Services and cohealth Arts Generator with Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Tickets are available at no charge for artists, students and concession card holders and covers lunch.

Costs apply to all other ticket sales. Ticket registrations are now live on Eventbrite.