Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 7 February 2017


• Grants to Get to Know Your Neighbours

• What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

• Special Meeting of Council

• Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

• Sunshine Food Fever

Grants to Get to Know Your Neighbours

Council is encouraging residents to get to know their neighbours by offering grants for activities that will bring people together for Neighbour Day on Sunday 26 March.

Twenty grants of up to $250 each are available to residents who organise a local activity that will help those living nearby connect with each other.

Council wants to create connected, supported and welcoming communities that are healthy and safe places for people to live, work and play.

Community wellbeing is one of Council’s key objectives, and Neighbour Day can help achieve this by bringing people together and helping to build community.

More than 600 Brimbank residents embraced the initiative last year, connecting through Neighbour Day 2016 in suburbs across Brimbank.

Anyone planning a fun activity to get people together on Neighbour Day, whether it be a barbecue or a sports game in a local park, should consider applying for a grant to assist with running the activity.

To be successful, grant applications need to show how the activity will connect people and encourage neighbourhood participation at a local level.

Applications must also detail how the money will be spent. Grants cannot be used to purchase some items, such as alcohol.

Applications for Neighbour Day grants are now open and close on Tuesday 28 February.

For more information, please see Brimbank Neighbour Day Grants or call Council on 9249 4000.

What’s Your Big Idea for Brimbank?

From Tuesday 7 February to Tuesday 7 March, we're looking for ideas big and small, on how to keep improving the local area.

Your feedback will help Council decide its budget and plans for future projects and services.

You can attend one of the many in-person community consultation sessions, send feedback via post or go online to have your say. Let’s make our city even better!

For more information, including details about upcoming consultation sessions in St Albans, Deer Park, Derrimut, Keilor and Sunshine, please visit Have Your Say: What's Your Big Idea?.

Special Meeting of Council

A Special Meeting of Council is to be held on Tuesday 14 February in the Council Chamber. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the Councillor Code of Conduct in accordance with section 76C of the Local Government Act 1989.

This is the only business to be considered at this meeting. The meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to attend.

  • Tuesday 14 February 5.45pm onwards
    Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
    301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine

Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

Saturday 18 February, 10am-3pm

Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, St Albans

Network Ten Presenter, Barry Du Bois will emcee the event, together with over 60 community stalls and demonstrations. Children’s activities include face painting, a jumping castle and recycled arts and crafts.

There will be a range of workshops and activities, including:

  • Backyard chickens and bee keeping
  • Jam-making demonstration
  • A fresh produce swap
  • The ‘biggest’ and ‘best’ homegrown vegetable competitions
  • Fruit tree care and grafting
  • Bike tune ups
  • Clothes swap
  • Local garden clubs; and much more!

This is a no charge event. Food and other items will be for sale on the day.

Sunshine Food Fever

The ultimate four-course Sunshine progressive dinner, Sunshine Food Fever takes you on a food journey that celebrates Sunshine as one of the most culturally – and gastronomically – diverse places in Australia.

  • Friday 31 March to Thursday 6 April
    Start at Ka Pies, Hampshire Road, Sunshine

For more information, please see Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.