Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 7 June 2016
• Message From Your Council - Dumped Rubbish Costs Us All
• Brimbank Business Breakfast
• Brimbank Votes
• Community Planting Day - Taylors Valley
• Brimbank Men’s Health Day 2016
Message From Your Council - Dumped Rubbish Costs Us All
Keeping our City clean is a shared responsibility – dumped rubbish is unsightly and costly – and we can all help to keep Brimbank clean and safe.
Council is constantly seeking ways to improve detection and enforcement.
You can do your part to keep Brimbank streets and neighbourhoods clean by reporting any incidences of illegal dumping to Council immediately on 9249 4000, through Council’s website, or through the MyBrimbank mobile phone app, so that Council can investigate.
Where possible and safe to do so, record any details that may be helpful, such as registration numbers or photographs of the dumped rubbish.
$500k Per Year Cleanup Costs
Council spends about $550,000 each year on the collection and disposal of dumped rubbish. This is money that could be better spent on community services.
Increased surveillance and the appointment last year of a dedicated litter enforcement officer to undertake investigations and prosecutions are some of the steps Council has taken. These are proving effective.
Council has a Rapid Response Unit to pick up dumped rubbish, undertake local clean ups and enforce the general local law in relation to dumping and littering.
Council also undertakes community education and provides a household Resource Recovery Centre drop-off facility at Keilor Park for the safe and lawful disposal of approved items at no charge.
Dumpers Will be Prosecuted
Dumpers need to know that they cannot dump their rubbish in any part of Brimbank and get away with it, as Council is taking strong action to put an end to the problem of dumped rubbish in Brimbank.
If a person is detected committing these offences they can be prosecuted through the Magistrates Court and face conviction and heavy fines.
Brimbank Business Breakfast
Local businesses are invited to book a ticket for the Brimbank Business Breakfast on Friday 17 June that will feature two well-known speakers covering topics of keen interest to local businesses.
One of Australia’s most sought after creative minds, Jason Clark from Minds at Work will share his insights into how best to create a culture of innovation and collaboration. As a leader in the field of leadership and innovation, Jason Clarke provides his expertise to some of Australia’s biggest companies and institutions, as well as several local government councils and business groups.
The breakfast will also feature the launch of the Sunshine Cluster Framework Plan Engagement Program, by Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) Chief Executive Officer Peter Seamer.
The program will engage businesses and investors in the Sunshine National Employment Cluster to gain feedback for the preparation of a Framework Plan that will guide future growth and development of this important area.
The Sunshine Cluster has and will continue to attract significant development and be a focus of healthcare services, research, education, transport business and retail services for Melbourne’s West. The MPA is developing the Framework Plan for the Sunshine Cluster in partnership with Brimbank City Council.
The Brimbank Business Breakfast is also a great opportunity to network with other local business people.
When: Friday 17 June, 7–9am
Where: Sunshine Golf Club, 475 Mt Derrimut Road, Derrimut
Register to attend this event at http://bit.ly/BusBreakfast17June
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.
Community Planting Day - Taylors Valley Saturday 11 June, 10am–12noon
Plant to improve the spectacular Taylors Valley. This site is accessed by foot so some fitness is required.
Children under 16 must be supervised by a responsible adult. No pets please.
Don’t forget to bring along your own gardening gloves and water bottle, and wear a pair of sturdy shoes, long trousers, long sleeve top and hat.
Where: 35A Paramatta Road, Keilor
Contact: Contact: 9249 4076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brimbank Men’s Health Day 2016 - Thursday 16 June, 10am-2pm
Brimbank Men’s Health Day creates opportunities to connect, share stories and establish connections to healthcare services.
The day’s program will include guest speaker David Parkin OAM, a former Aussie Rules footballer and premiership coach.
There will also be a range of information talks and stalls, men’s shed activities, DIY activities, quick and easy cooking demonstrations and an opportunity to undertake health and hearing checks and a health screen for type 2 diabetes.
Where: Westvale Community Centre, 45 Kings Road, St Albans
Contact: 9249 4665 or www.brimbank.vic.gov.au.