Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 6 September 2016
• Brimbank Seniors Festival
• Sunshine Lantern Festival
• Brimbank Votes
• VEC Candidate Information Session
• In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority
Brimbank Seniors Festival
Brimbank senior citizens are invited to join in a variety of activities, in celebration of the 2016 Brimbank Seniors Festival, from Monday 3 – Friday 7 October.
Brimbank Seniors Tea Dance Luncheon - Monday 3 October, 11.30am-3pm
Enjoy lunch and entertainment from Daryl McKenzie Band, featuring past members of the Victoria Police Showband and Code One at Lakeside Banquet and Convention Centre. There is no charge for this event.
Bus trip to Cuckoo Restaurant Olinda - Friday 7 October, departing 10am
Tickets are $38 per person. Bookings are essential for both events as places are limited.
Tickets for both events must be collected in person on Wednesday 14 September, 9.30-11am at
- Sunshine Meeting Place, corner Wilkinson Road and Islington Street, Sunshine or
- Sydenham Library Customer Service, 1 Station Street, Taylors Lakes.
Limit of two tickets per person on presentation of Seniors Card and proof of Brimbank residency.
For more information about Seniors Festival Events, please visit www.brimbank.vic.gov.au
Sunshine Lantern Festival
Sunday 11 September, 10am–8pm
The Sunshine Lantern Festival will light up Hampshire Road with music, performers, lion and dragon dancing, a twilight lantern parade and fireworks.
This free community event will take place in the busy Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road, Sunshine, from 10am to 8pm.
It will be a full day of family fun, entertainment, rides, street performers, music, and food of many nations. The lantern parade will celebrate the full moon before the event finishes with a spectacular firework.
Other activities will include children’s rides, jumping castles, market stalls, street food, face-painting, lantern making, and a display of muscle and custom cars from Route66 Car and Bike Club.
Local, multicultural, live entertainment will feature on a performance stage in front of Sunshine Plaza.
This year Hampshire Road will be closed to all traffic between Devonshire Road and Hertford Road during the festival.
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is the largest lantern festival in Victoria. Last year nearly 30,000 people came to enjoy the vibrant multicultural festivities and support the local businesses of Sunshine.
Lantern festivals are a popular traditional event celebrated in Vietnam and many other South- East Asian communities. Here in Sunshine it brings our culturally diverse community together in a safe and fun environment while supporting our local businesses.
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association and supported by Brimbank City Council.
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.
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.
VEC Candidate Information Session
Monday 12 September, 7pm
The Victorian Electoral Commission will hold a candidate information session for people interested in becoming a candidate.
The session will be held at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.
Candidate Information Kits containing nomination forms and other election information will be available at this session.
For more information, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission.
In2Sport - New Applicants Given Priority
Brimbank City Council encourages first time applicants to put their hands up for the In2Sport Brimbank membership subsidy program.
First time applicants will be given priority for the first two weeks after applications open on Thursday 1 September for participation in the upcoming summer season and year round sports.
In2Sport provides an opportunity for children living in Brimbank to participate actively in sport and recreation, regardless of financial circumstances.
Applicants are eligible for up to $200 financial assistance to contribute to club fees, provided children are aged between six and 18 years, live in Brimbank and whose family holds either a Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card.
Applicants can receive up to 75 per cent of membership costs, with a maximum of $200 per child, per year. These fees will be passed on directly to the sports clubs through Brimbank City Council.
In2Sport Brimbank is supported by Cricket Victoria.
Applications close on Thursday 1 December. First time applicants are encouraged to apply before Thursday 15 September, but can apply at any time within the designated application period.
Hard copy applications forms can also be found at Brimbank customer service centres, libraries, neighbourhood houses, and at your local sports club.