Brimbank Buzz News and What's On, Tuesday 26 January 2016


• Message From Your Council - Australia Day Awards

• Brimbank Cup 2016

• Be a Brimbank Harmony Ambassador

• Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo

• Brimbank Votes

• Lion Dancing for Lunar New Year in Brimbank

• Neighbour Day Grants – Get to Know Your Neighbours 


Message From Your Council - Australia Day Awards

The winners of the 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony last week attended by award winners and nominees, their families and friends.

Awards were presented in eight categories and celebrated the achievements and contributions made by outstanding members of the Brimbank community.

  • Citizen of the Year: Despina Havelas
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Nyakeer Akoul
  • Community Wellbeing Awards: The Sunshine Hospital Visitor Guide Team
  • Environmental Achievement Award: Linda Roberts
  • Cultural Achievement Award: Debbie Qadri
  • Educator of the Year: Beatriz Castillo
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Dash
  • Essential Services Excellence: Margaret Wood and Malcolm Peacock, Red Cross.

Council is pleased to be able to publicly recognise and celebrate those people who are making an outstanding contribution to the community. These awards are an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate the unsung heroes who, through their outstanding efforts, help strengthen the Brimbank community.

This year’s winners have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are true role models whom we can all admire.

Brimbank Australia Day Awards are held annually and nominations will open later this year for the 2017 Awards.

Let's Celebrate!
Brimbank’s Australia Day celebrations take place at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens on Tuesday 26 January, from 8am-12noon. The Citizenship Ceremony is at 10am. 220 conferees are to become Australian Citizens.

Brimbank Cup 2016 - Support Your Local Club or Community Team  

  • Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February, 9am-5pm.

The 2016 Brimbank Cup is a fantastic opportunity to watch some great community soccer and have a fun time out.

More than 30 teams representing local soccer clubs and community groups will compete for the Brimbank Cup trophy.

Event highlights will include:

  • an exhibition match between Victoria Police and Youth Junction Inc.
  • soccer activities for young people
  • family and kids’ activities.

Keilor Wolves Soccer Club
Green Gully Reserve
Keilor Downs


Be a Brimbank Harmony Ambassador

Brimbank Harmony Ambassadors are now being recruited to deliver a community education program – "Harmony in our Neighbourhood".

Ambassadors will play a key role in building the capacity of our community; and actively contribute to connecting with new and emerging communities in Brimbank.

Ambassadors will receive training to build skills in cross cultural communication and understanding of local government.

People from recently arrived communities are encouraged to apply.

For an application form and position description please email or call the Diversity and Inclusion Planning Officer on 9249 4496. Applications close Friday 5 February.


Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo - Saturday 20 February, 10am-3pm.

There’s so much to do and learn at the Brimbank Sustainable Living Expo this February – from gardening, to backyard bee keeping, swapping clothes and much more.

Garden expert Jane Edmanson from ABC Gardening Australia and 3AW will share composting tips and tricks for healthy soil.

There will also be competitions, children’s activities and much more.

Where: Westvale Community Centre,

45 Kings Road, St Albans

Cost: This is a no charge event, food and other items for sale on the day

Contact: 9249 4665.


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 Commision 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.

Information Sessions For Interested Candidates
The Victorian Local Governance Association will conduct candidate information sessions on behalf of Brimbank City Council for people interested in becoming a Councillor.

Sessions will be presented in March 2016. Check our Brimbank Votes page for dates. The sessions will be delivered in two parts 'Should I be a candidate?' and 'How do I become a candidate?'

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

Lion Dancing for Lunar New Year in Brimbank

Every year, local Vietnamese and Chinese businesses commission lion dancing with firecrackers at their premises to promote good Chi and prosperity for the new year.

It's an important tradition but can pose a hazard to pedestrians, general public and nearby cars without adequate risk management in place.

Council works with a number of lion dance associations to ensure that public safety and litter management are maintained at all times. Lion dance associations who meet Council’s requirements are issued an event permit.

Council will be monitoring lion dancing in Brimbank during the 2016 Chinese New Year. Lion dance associations without a Brimbank City Council event permit will not be permitted to perform and could incur a heavy fine.

We wish you a prosperous 2016 – Year of the Monkey!

For information about event permits, visit our Permits page.



Neighbour Day Grants – Get to Know Your Neighbours

Get to know your neighbours through a Neighbour Day grant. They're for activities that will bring people together for Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March.

There are 20 grants of up to $250 available for residents who organise a local activity that will help those living nearby connect with each other.

A key objective of Council is community wellbeing. Neighbour Day can help achieve this by connecting people and creating safer, healthier and welcoming local areas.

More than 685 Brimbank residents took part last year.

Anyone planning a fun activity - a barbecue or a sports game in a local park - should apply for a grant to help.

Grant applications will need to show

  • how the activity will connect and encourage neighbourhood participation at a local level and
  • how they plan to spend the money.

Grants can’t be used to purchase some items such as alcohol.

An information sheet that explains the simple application process and provides examples and ideas for activities is available by contacting 9249 4899 or by visiting Neighbour Day Grants.