Brimbank Buzz - Tuesday 28 July

News and What's On - Tuesday 28 July: Exhibitions, Small Business Festival Victoria 2015, Grant Writing for Creatives, Learning in Brimbank Course Guide

Message From Your Council - Sunshine Municipal Offices
With the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre due for completion next year, Council is focusing attention on the future use of the Sunshine Municipal Office site. Council wants the best future use of the site now that it will no longer be required as an office.

The site includes the Sunshine offices, the temporary library on McCracken Street, and the Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Council owns a portion of the building, leasing the remainder from VicTrack. Council will own the new Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, so the Sunshine office will be surplus to requirements.

Community Consultation
Council has announced its intention to sell the site in a partnership with co-owners VicTrack. Council will engage the community throughout each stage of the proposed sale and the work required to rezone the land.

Council plans to rezone the site as General Residential Zone, which is consistent with the neighbouring area and in line with the objectives of Brimbank's Home and Housed Housing Strategy. The site is currently zoned for local government purposes.

Promoting appropriate development supports the ongoing transformation of Sunshine and Council wants to make sure that the future use of the site achieves a great outcome for the community.

Council’s capital works program includes the redevelopment of the Alexandra Avenue Children’s Centre as a Children’s Hub including relocating the Maternal and Child Health Service.

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:

  • Starting Your Business Workshop Wednesday 5 August, 6–9.30pm ($30)
    Starting your own business can be daunting. Making the right moves early can set your new business on the road to success. This workshop covers feasibility studies, determining the best company structure, and preparing a business plan.
    Where: Keilor Municipal Offices, 704B Old Keilor Highway, Keilor.
  • Success Outside Home Office Walls: Mastering the Transition Wednesday 12 August, 9.30am ($30)
    This one day event is jam packed with workshops on grants, financing, and business planning. Hear about all things small business, expansion, and growth related. Take a tour of the Western BACE to see available resources and opportunities to generate ideas, collaborate, and leverage linkages in a state of the art space.
    Where: Western BACE, 222 Ferris Road, Melton South
  • 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


Opportunity for Artists - Effective Grant Writing for Creatives Seminar
Wednesday 5 August, 6–8.30pm
Artists wanting to learn more about the grant application process should sign up for the next INfuse Artist Network session – Effective Grant Writing for Creatives.

Creative consultant Debby Maziarz will facilitate the session, covering grant writing tips and alternative fundraising for the arts.

Ms Maziarz is a social entrepreneur, community facilitator, educator, fundraiser, and award winner with extensive experience in grant writing.

Hang around after the session for nibbles and networking. Ms Maziarz will be available to answer questions.

The INfuse Artist Network provides a platform for artists to share ideas, seek advice, and access professional development opportunities.

Bookings required: 9249 4631 or email

Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
775 Ballarat Road
Deer Park

Exhibitions at Hunt Club and Sunshine Art Spaces

Humans of Brimbank – Mehak Sheikh.
Opening Friday July 24 (6–7:30pm) until Friday 7 August, Thursday to Saturday, 10am–1pm.
The Humans of Brimbank project is a “photo voice” project that aims to create a photographic census of Brimbank. The show is a visual celebration of Brimbank's diverse community. Mehak hopes her work will connect people while eliminating negative stereotyping and helping to raise the profile of the west and its community.

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


Discover: Learning in Brimbank Course Guide
The latest edition of Discover: Learning in Brimbank has a full list of low cost and no charge, courses and programs available at Brimbank’s community centres, neighbourhood houses, libraries, leisure centres and the Hunt Club Community Arts Centre.

What sort of classes you ask?

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Computers
  • Cooking
  • Languages
  • Health and Fitness
  • Social Activities
  • Music and Dance
  • Jobs, Finance, and Business Skills
  • Sustainable Living

Download a copy of the course guide or get one at a customer service centre, your local community centre, neighbourhood house, Brimbank library, or leisure centre.