Brimbank Buzz - Tuesday 11 August

News and What's On - Tuesday 11 August: Branch Out Brimbank, Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, Pop Up Library, Art Exhibitions, Small Business Festival Victoria 2015,


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

We've launched Branch Out Brimbank – an initiative to encourage a love of trees across the municipality.

Branch Out Brimbank provides you the opportunity to learn more about trees and their importance to the community, as well as a program of tree related events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

We know there's an appreciation for trees out there in the community so Branch Out Brimbank is about taking the time to appreciate the many aesthetic, environmental, economic and health benefits trees provide our community.

Enter our #BranchOutBrimbank Instagram Competition
To celebrate the launch of Branch Out Brimbank residents are invited to enter a photograph of their favourite tree to 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 of your favourite Brimbank tree via Instagram with the hashtag #BranchOutBrimbank.

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

More details can be found at Branch Out Brimbank.

Other Programs
We also want to draw attention to the various greening programs and initiatives happening throughout Brimbank and the western region, including Greening the West, the 1 Million Trees Project and Brimbank’s commitment to planting 150,000 trees as part of this great planting project.

Residents, community groups, schools and businesses are also invited to share information about how they are planting, supporting or promoting trees in the community which will be included on the Branch Out Brimbank website.

Details or tree-related events and activities can be emailed to


Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival continues to encourage a love of writing and literature, celebrate diversity and creativity, and promote lifelong learning in Brimbank.

Highlights include author talks, conversations and panel discussions – such as Coming of Age, where authors of a collection of fascinating, funny and touching stories on growing up as young Muslims in Australia discuss the theme of dual identities. Taking place at Sydenham Library on Saturday 5 September from 2–3pm, the event will feature Demet Divaroren, Tasneem Chopra and Irfan Yusuf along with host Kate Larsen, Director of Writers Victoria.

There is no charge to attend events, however many events require bookings.

William McInnes Headlines
Highly acclaimed actor and one of Australia’s most popular writers, William McInnes, will headline the festival. An Evening with William McInnes will mark the official launch of the festival on Thursday 3 September.

Cate Kennedy - Poetry Tour of Delahey
On Tuesday 8 September, from 9.30am, acclaimed poet Cate Kennedy will walk audiences through the streets of Delahey which are named after famous poets. Cate will perform readings throughout the walk.

Featured Exhibitions

  • Comic Club Exhibition, at Sydenham Neighbourhood House, Taylors Lakes; and
  • Wool and Water, celebrating Lewis Carroll’s classic book Through the Looking Glass, at Sunshine Art Spaces.

There’s also plenty to interest younger readers and writers, including story time at Lagoon Reserve and a Kids Writing Workshop with Michael Panckridge at Deer Park Library on Thursday 10 September, 4–5pm.

For details about these and more events, download a full copy of the 2015 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival program at Brimbank Libraries.


Calling Brimbank Businesses - Small Business Festival Victoria 2015

Brimbank City Council is proud to be part of Small Business Festival Victoria 2015, which offers more than 350 free or low cost events, information, and support for small business operators across Victoria, during August.

Council encourages small business operators to take advantage of the many opportunities at the festival, including these workshops happening in the West:

  • Business Networking Seminar Wednesday 19 August, 6–8pm ($30)
    Approximately 87% of business is generated by networking, so you need to do it well. This seminar provgives ides you with the tools you need for effective relationship building and business development.
  • Where: Keilor Municipal Offices, 704B Old Keilor Highway, Keilor

To register for any of these events go to Brimbank Businessfest 2015 or email


Pop up Library Pops in to Town

Visit a pop-up library to join the library, borrow selected items, talk to library staff and find out about library programs.

  • Thursday 13 August, 12noon–1pm, at Sunshine Marketplace, Hampshire Rd
  • Friday 21 August, 12noon–1pm, at Sunshine Street Market, Hampshire Rd

Sunshine Library continues to offer a full range of services at its temporary location at 12 McCracken Street, Sunshine, where it will remain whilst the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre is constructed on Hampshire Road.

Sunshine Library offers no charge Internet and Wi Fi and programs for all ages, including storytime sessions at 10.30am, Monday to Saturday. Contact: 9249 4640


Exhibitions at Hunt Club and 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

Dinky Die – Silvia Tomarchio, Friday 24 July–Saturday 22 August
This photographic exhibition focuses on the notion of chance and fate. The images depict random moments intime and space where fate and chance may intervene like a simple role of the dice.

Part of my journey – Benjamin Alvarado, Friday 24 July–Saturday 22 August
Ben’s paintings are an interpretation of his life’s journey in Melbourne. His work draws on his background and blends his current experience of western Melbourne landscapes to become abstract interpretations of place.

Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
775 Ballarat Road
Deer Park
9249 4600