Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 8 September 2015


• Message From Your Council - Errington Community Centre

• Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

• What's Happening at our Libraries? Stereo Stories; Drawing the Library; Storytime in the Park

• Update on Dawson Street Improvements

• Talking Tales of Equal Opportunity

• Program for Women of African Background

• Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces


Message From Your Council - Errington Community Centre 

Construction is underway on the Errington Community Centre, with the funding partners coming together recently to turn the first sod on this important project.

The $8.9 million redevelopment has been made possible through a $2.5 million contribution from the St Albans Community Centre Co-Operative Ltd and a $500,000 Community Support Fund grant from the Victorian Government.

While some of the previous building was retained, this will essentially be a new, modern, purpose-built facility that will better serve the groups who rely on the centre for their community-based programs.

Temporary portables currently provide ongoing community spaces, ensuring regular users of the old centre could continue to meet and participate in community activities.

Works include

  • a second storey above the existing building;
  • the reconfiguration and improvement of existing halls, meeting and activity spaces, as well as support amenities such as kitchens and toilets;
  • a new 200-seat flexible performing arts space with associated support spaces;
  • additional meeting rooms;
  • rehearsal room;
  • a dance space;
  • art and craft studio;
  • a consultation room;
  • office support space and education/training spaces.

The project also includes a civic entry plaza, landscape and site improvements to integrate the newly refurbished  and expanded facility within a wider, cohesive Errington Precinct.


Branch Out Brimbank - Love a Tree, Win a Prize!

Do you have a favourite tree? Photograph your favourite Brimbank tree and you could win a $100 iTunes gift voucher and a copy of Australia’s Remarkable Trees, by writer Richard Allen and photographer Kimbal Baker.

To enter, submit your photograph via Instagram with the hashtag #BranchOutBrimbank

Photographs will be published in social media, on the Branch Out Brimbank website, and a selection will be displayed in Brimbank Customer Service Centres

Branch Out Brimbank is an initiative to encourage a love of trees across the municipality. Details or tree-related events and activities can be emailed to


What's Happening at our Libraries?

Stereo Stories, Saturday 12 September, 2–3pm
Stereo Stories is a compelling combination of personal stories and popular songs, featuring writers and musicians on stage together. Stories of pathos, humour and love will be read with doses of jazz, soul, pop and rock.

Where: Sunshine Library, McCracken Street, Sunshine

Book Launch - Drawing the Library, Saturday 12 September, 12noon–1pm
Join artist Debbie Harman Qadri as she launches Drawing the Library, a collection of pictures and writings based on observations of the Sunshine Library. Written on recycled reservation slips, receipts and other pieces of library scrap paper, the artwork in the book presents a poetic snapshot of the library.

Where: Sunshine Library, McCracken Street, Sunshine

Storytime in the Park, Sunday 13 September, 1–2pm
Come on an outdoor storytime adventure amongst the trees of Lagoon Reserve! Storyteller Teena Harnett will captivate children of all ages. In case of wet weather, session will be held at Keilor Village Library.

No bookings required.

Where: Cliff Harvey Lagoon Reserve, Old Calder Highway, Keilor

These are events are part of the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.


Update on Dawson Street Improvements

The Dawson Street Precinct will soon undergo a major transformation providing additional parking, improving safety and amenity, and stimulating activity.

Council invites you to find out more about these proposed changes at a consultation session on Wednesday 16 September.

  • The first session will be held outside the Sunshine Leisure Centre from 9–11am.
  • The second session will take place near the corner of Service Street and Hampshire Road, from 12noon–2pm.

Planned works include a multilevel car park, pedestrian paths, new lighting, a new landscaped public open space and water sensitive design treatments.


Talking Tales of Equal Opportunity, Monday 26 Otcober

Are you part of a community group leading the way to ensure and increase participation of women in key committee roles? Does your group embrace and encourage participation of people of all abilities?

If your answer is yes, we invite you to share your success stories about equal opportunity practices at the Community Governance Show Case event on Monday 26 October.

The session will provide other community groups with an opportunity to reflect on their processes, ask questions and get to know other community groups active in the Brimbank area.

Three groups will be offered the opportunity to participate in the event. Successful community groups will be offered a meeting with the Community Development Officer in preparation for the event.

Applications close on Friday 11 September.

For an application form phone 9249 4418 or visit our Community Governance page.


Program for Women of African Background 

If you're a woman of African background and live, study or work locally, you can apply to join Brimbank City Council’s Connecting in the Community program. If selected, you'll be inspired, learn skills, build confidence connecting with the community, and be encouraged to share your story and plan for your future.

You'll also learn how to get involved in community activities and about opportunities to influence decision making. There's no charge – the program is fully subsidised with all expenses covered.

There'll be seven weekly sessions on Thursday evenings, 6–8.30pm, from 8 October–19 November at Community Studio 1, Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine.

You'll have to attend every week. Applications close Friday 25 September, 5pm.

Contact: Elizabeth Lewis on 9249 4039 or email


Exhibition at Sunshine Art Spaces

Wool and Water – Shane van den Akker, Wednesday 19 August–Sunday 13 September, 10am-4pm
This exhibition will turn the entire Sunshine Art Spaces gallery into a single large-scale art piece.

Using the techniques of mural painting and trompe l’oeil Shane’s work delves into the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as part of Brimbank City Council’s Writers and Readers Festival program of events.

Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery
2 City Place
9249 4600