Get the Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 1 August 2017
• Meet Your Councillors – You’re Invited to Drop In
• Outdoor Dining Smoking Ban
• Council Crackdown on Littering
• Have Your Say - Community Consultations
Meet Your Councillors – You’re Invited to Drop In
Community members are invited to get to know Brimbank Councillors in a series of informal meet and greet sessions to be held across Brimbank over the coming months.
The sessions offer a chance for the community to get to know Councillors in a casual setting. The new Brimbank Council is passionate about Brimbank and its future. Councillors wish to engage extensively with the local community, as well as to deliver services and infrastructure that reflect our community’s values and hopes.
Council also has a critical role to advocate for a fair go for Brimbank. In order to do this, Council needs to be open and available to all members of the community, to ensure all voices are heard.
Since taking office in November last year, this Council has already established a strong record of community consultation, with community input through Council’s Big Ideas for Brimbank sessions playing a vital role in the development of the draft Council Plan 2017-2021.
This plan sets out Council’s vision for our community: Brimbank - vibrant, harmonious and welcoming, a great place to live, work and grow.
Sessions will be run on a drop in basis – there is no need to stay for the whole session and no need to book.
Sessions this month include:
Saturday 12 August, 11am–1pm
- Watergardens Town Centre (between City Chic and Therapy Zone), 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
Saturday 26 August, 10am–12noon
- Isabella Williams Reserve, corner of Opie Road and (151) Neale Road, Deer Park
Further drop in sessions are planned in St Albans, Sunshine, Keilor and Derrimut in October and November.
For more information visit Have Your Say.
Outdoor Dining Smoking Ban
Smoking will be banned from all outdoor dining areas across Victoria from 1 August 2017.
The new tobacco reforms about to be introduced by the Victorian Government will affect restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining.
The ban is also relevant to food fairs and within 10 metres of a food stall or vendor at an organised outdoor event, including community and street festivals.
The reforms also ban smoking in outdoor drinking areas if any part of that area is within four metres of an outdoor dining area, unless separated by a wall of at least 2.1 metres high.
Any businesses failing to comply with the new reforms face on-the-spot fines for the business owner and for any person smoking in the restricted area.
Brimbank City Council is working with local businesses and business associations to ensure business owners are aware of the changes and of their obligations to comply.
To find out more visit the tobacco reforms website or call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775.
Council Crackdown on Littering
Council won’t back down on its quest to tackle the problem of illegal rubbish dumping and will continue to look for ways to keep Brimbank clean and safe.
Part of Council’s crackdown and ongoing commitment to clean up Brimbank includes the establishment of a litter innovation project. This initiative is part-funded by Sustainability Victoria, to install monitoring infrastructure, litter enforcement activities and broaden community engagement and education on illegal rubbish dumping.
High-tech solar powered surveillance cameras are now operating 24/7 in known illegal rubbish dumping hotspots, fitted with motion detection, night vision and automatic number plate recognition capabilities. If the cameras detect human or vehicle activity, a loud siren rings and lights flash.
A little help from our friends
The project also includes installation of large stickers on 100 Council-owned storm water drains around Brimbank, in collaboration with community groups ‘Beautiful Brimbank’ and ‘Friends of Kororoit Creek’.
The artwork for the stickers was designed and installed by local artist, Jessica Gerger and captures messages about the impact of rubbish on drainage, waterways and local wildlife.
Improperly disposed materials can seriously affect stormwater – dumped materials can contaminate water run-off polluting local waterways, drains and eventually Port Phillip Bay.
To report suspected illegal dumping, use our online reporting tool at our website or telephone 9249 4000.
Have Your Say - Community Consultations
For more information, other upcoming sessions, and to give feedback, please visit our Have Your Say page.
Disability Advisory Committee
Council is seeking community members and service providers to join a new Disability Advisory Committee (DAC).
If you know and understand the needs and issues affecting people with a disability in our community – including their families and carers – and have experience, or an understanding of the role of an advisory committee, apply now.
Expressions of Interest are open until Wednesday 2 August. .
The new committee will help support the implementation, monitoring and review of Brimbank’s Disability Action Plan 2017-2020. Read the Disability Action Plan.
Ordinary Council Meeting
Ordinary Council Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month (except December). Meetings are open to the public and meeting agenda and minutes can be found at Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes.
Special Council Meeting, Tuesday 1 August, 6.30pm
The purpose of the Special Meeting of Council will be to consider the final draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and final draft Annual Budget 2017/2018 (including final draft Long Term Financial Plan 2017-2027 and final draft Rating Strategy 2017/2018). The meeting is open to the public and community members are welcome to attend.
Brimbank City Council is offering more and more online services. By registering an account you will create your own personal dashboard for easy pre-populated access to a range of services.
Whether it’s lodging a service request, paying your rates, paying your pet registration, or submitting a planning application you’ll get what you want done easier and faster on the Brimbank website. To register, please visit brimbank.vic.gov.au.