Brimbank Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 9 August 2016


• Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day

• Art Exhibition – Topias II

• Brimbank Votes

• Keilor Office Building Temporarily Closed

• Small Business Festival 2016

Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day

You’re invited to celebrate the official opening with fun for the whole family, including live music and children’s activities, at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Open Day on Sunday 14 August, from 10.30am–2pm.

You can also book in for a building tour, including your chance to take in unparalleled views of Brimbank and across Melbourne, and take home a photograph memento.

This building is an important community asset and Council wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to explore and become familiar with the space, especially the new state of the art library and community meeting spaces.

Activities on the day will include live music, an official opening ceremony at 11am, children’s activities, building tours, top floor ‘new horizons’ experience, barbecue and refreshments.

Council was thrilled to finally open the doors at 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine on 25 July and looks forward to having the wider community come along for this very special community celebration.

A highlight of the day will be the opportunity to visit level six for a top floor view over Brimbank, stretching over Melbourne’s west to the City.

You can also see the wonderfully restored Harvester machine suspended from the ceiling in the entry to Customer Service. This is a great feature and helps memorialise the amazing history of Sunshine.

Council will run guided building tours throughout the day culminating in the ‘New Horizons’ experience. You can even take home a special photo memento.

Please note building tour spaces are limited.

Sunshine Library will open early from 11am for the open day, and the customer service centre will also open.

Art Exhibition – Topias II

Until Sunday 28 August

Georgie Mattingley’s exhibition Topias II, takes a look at the different kinds of spaces around Brimbank, including the industrial, the suburban, the commercial and the hidden. She documents these spaces by creating hand-tinted black and white photographs, so the works appear nostalgic and historic, yet contemporary in their subject-matter.

The exhibition brings together the spaces people yearn for and others that are avoided, highlighting a need for beauty, cleanliness, progress and industry.

Where: Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery, 2 City Place, Sunshine. Open Saturday–Monday, 11am–3pm.


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 Commission 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.

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

Community and Arts Advisors Wanted

Council invites expressions of interest from people with strong community connections and industry experience in the Arts sector, to join ‘The St Albans Community Centre and Bowery Theatre Community Consultative Committee’.

The committee will provide advice and feedback regarding programs and activities offered through the Centre.

For Expression of Interest form, terms of reference and Frequently Asked Questions visit our Arts and Culture page or phone 9249 4000.

Email expressions of interest to by Friday 12 August 2016. Or mail PO Box 70, Sunshine VIC 3020, Attn: Hillary Hastings.


Small Business Festival 2016

Want to grow your business? Brimbank is providing an exciting program of events as part of the Victorian Small Business Festival. The Festival is a Victorian Government Initiative coordinated by Small Business Victoria in collaboration with local government, industry groups, businesses and private sector organisations.

Develop Your Online Strategy Workshop

Tuesday 16 August, 6-9.30pm ($30)

Most small business owners know that they need a professional online presence if they want to be taken seriously, but this important job is often left undone.

Led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience, this workshop will simplify the digital world and help you develop a framework to strategically grow your business online. Learn about content development, social media, search engine optimisation, analytics and much more.

Building Your Business - Advantage Workshop

Wednesday 24 August, 6-9.30pm ($30)

Discover how your business systems can improve your customers’ experience, increase your staff’s morale and boost your bottom line. Good systems and processes lead to highquality, consistent experiences for customers, that boost confidence and trust in a business brand.

Staff are more productive and engaged when their responsibilities are clear and efficiencies gained have a direct impact on the bottom line. Learn how to streamline business systems, processes and procedures to get the most out of your time, money and people.

All sessions will be held at the Brimbank Civic and Community Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine.

To register go to or contact 9249 4413.