Brimbank Buzz - Tuesday 4 August

News and What's On - Tuesday 4 August: Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival, Sunshine Short Film Festival competition, Exhibitions, Small Business Festival Victoria 2015,

William McInnes headlines Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival
Highly acclaimed actor and one of Australia’s most popular writers, William McInnes, will headline the 2015 Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival.

An Evening with William McInnes will mark the official launch of the festival on Thursday 3 September.

The launch will be followed by 11 days of author talks, panel discussions, workshops, spoken word, conversations, trivia, storytelling and book launches hosted by an impressive list of authors, writers, poets and artists.

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.

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

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.

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 include the

  • 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.

Sunshine Short Film Festival Competition
Budding and accomplished film makers! Enter your original film in this year’s Sunshine Short Film Festival competition and compete for up to $5,000 in prizes .

This year's competition theme  is ‘Superhero’. Films must feature the maker’s own version of a Superhero – real or imagined – and be no longer than five minutes.

Sunshine Business Association (SBA) is inviting everyone to have fun, be creative, and tell their best ‘superhero’ story .

Registrations are now being accepted. You've got until 30 September to complete your film and submit your entry.

Judging is by popular vote. This year’s categories are:

  • Primary – for those films that feature primary school children involved in key creative roles in the production (prize $500)
  • Secondary – for films that feature secondary school children in key creative, production roles (three prizes: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place $1,000 and 1st place gets $2,000)
  • Open – for everybody else (prize $5,000)

Visit Sunshine Film Festival for further information, to register, and view the complete terms and conditions.

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:

  • 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

Employment Pathways for Young Asylum Seekers Workshops, 26–27 August, 12–4pm
Are you trying to find work in Australia? The Employment Pathways for Young Asylum Seekers (EPYAS) program, run by Brimbank City Council and Brotherhood of St Laurence, is providing a two-day employment workshop and support for young asylum seekers aged 18–30 years who live in Brimbank.

The workshop will offer valuable one-on-one support and assistance in identifying employment opportunities.

There is no charge. Lunch is provided. Bookings required.

Sunshine Visy Hub,
80B Harvester Road
Contact: 9249 4463 or email

Exhibitions at Hunt Club and Sunshine Art Spaces

Humans of Brimbank – Mehak Sheikh, 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