Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 8 March 2016


• Message from your Council - Cultural Diversity Week

• Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

• Brimbank Votes

• Help Build a Better Brimbank - Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee Call for New Members

• How Safe Do You Feel on a Bike in Brimbank?

• Brimbank Business Counselling


Celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March

You're invited to be part of Cultural Diversity Week and celebrate our diverse cultures, faiths and languages.

Celebrate all the cultures that make Brimbank so vibrant by taking part in events and activities at no cost from Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 March.

We're proud to be one of Melbourne’s most diverse areas. There are more than 160 different languages. Nearly 56 per cent speak a language other than English at home and 46 per cent of residents were born overseas.

Opening Event
The opening event - Let’s Celebrate! - will be a lively afternoon of dance and music at RT Pollard Gardens, corner of Corio Street and Hampshire Road, Sunshine, on Saturday 12 March from 1-4pm. Bring a picnic and join in the fun.

More to do!

  • Trentham Interfaith Exchange Friday 18 March. Meet at Sunshine Municipal Offices, 6-18 Alexandra Avenue, Sunshine, to travel to Trentham to take part in a spiritual walk. Bookings required on 9249 4814 or visit Interfaith Bus Tour.
  • Children’s activities including Playgroup Open Days, Multicultural Storytime at Brimbank libraries, and Movies in the Park at RT Pollard Gardens, Sunshine.
  • See a full list of events.

Some activities will run throughout the week, including the Polynesian cultural traditions, heritage and geography exhibition at Sydenham Neighbourhood House, Watergardens Town Centre, Taylors Lakes.

Circus Oz Shares the Joy of Circus

Roll up, roll up, Circus Oz is coming to Brimbank to run an exciting range of workshops for adults, teens and kids aged six and up, at no charge, at RT Pollard Gardens, Sunshine in March and April.

Circus goers will take part in an icebreaker game, skills warm up and then get down to learning some fun, new skills.

Workshops will offer an introduction to circus skills such as:

  • juggling with balls, scarves, rings and other items
  • plate spinning
  • acro-balance and creating human pyramids
  • handstands
  • hula-hooping and more!

Circus Oz workshops are open to people of all levels of experience and ability.

Every participant needs to have a consent form signed either by themselves (over 18s) or by a legal parent or guardian (under 18s) before commencing the workshop.

The circus classes are a fun way to get active and are offered as part of the VicHealth funded project B-active@Pollard.

Workshop Sessions
Workshops will be held over two weeks:

  • Tuesday 29 March to Friday 1 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm
  • Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April, sessions run 10-11.30am and 11.45am-1.15pm

RT Pollard Gardens is at the corner of Corio Street and Hampshire Road, in Sunshine.

For more information about B-active@Pollard and to download consent forms visit Be Active at Pollard.

Email enquiries/registration via This is an alcohol-free event.

Brimbank Votes

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.

To vote, you must be enrolled with the Victorian Electoral Commission. Visit the Victorian Electoral Commision or phone 131 832 to confirm your enrolment.

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.

Information Sessions For Interested Candidates
The Victorian Local Governance Association will conduct candidate information sessions on behalf of Brimbank City Council for people interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will be presented in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. The sessions will be delivered in two parts 'Should I be a candidate?' and 'How do I become a candidate?'

For more information about the elections and standing for Council, visit Brimbank Votes. 

Help Build a Better Brimbank - Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee Calling for New Members

Do you have strong links to the Brimbank community? Are you passionate about representing community views? The Brimbank Community Fund Advisory Committee is seeking three additional members with diverse skills and experience but a shared passion for the Brimbank community.

Women, Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders, and people aged under 25 are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Does this sound like you? Download an Expression of Interest pack (309KB) and apply now.

The pack contains more details about the skills and attributes that help to make a great committee member. But remember – we’re looking for diverse skills and experience, so you only need to address two of the selection criteria.

Expressions of interest close on Thursday 14 April. Interviews with prospective committee members will take place from 26-29 April with new members to be welcomed in May.

The committee is currently updating its Terms of Reference (50KB) and Charter (197KB), (currently in draft form) for potential committee members.

How Safe Do You Feel on a Bike in Brimbank?

We're working with the BikeSpot project to discover how safe you feel riding in Brimbank.

Visit Bikespot and leave a spot on the interactive map to share those areas where you’re concerned about riding or comment on spots left by others.

Brimbank Business Counselling - Thursday 17 March, 9.30am

Do you want more customers for your business? Whether you are starting out or are an established business looking for the next growth opportunity, Brimbank Business Counselling can help.

Each 45 minute session is confidential and conducted by an experienced business facilitator at no charge, courtesy of the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) at Kangan Institute.

Where: Sessions are held every third Thursday of the month, from 9.30am, at BEC@Kangan, 38 Buckley Street, Essendon.

Arrange an appointment through the Business Enterprise Centre on 9094 3008.