Get the Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 11 July 2017


• Brimbank Community and Civic Centre wins Victorian Architecture Award

• A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior

• Space to Create - EOIs for Brimbank Art Spaces

• Business Workshop: How to Avoid Staffing Sabotage with Creative Leadership

• Have Your Say - Community Consultations

• Announcements - Brimbank Community Grants

Brimbank Community and Civic Centre wins Victorian Architecture Award 

The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre at 301 Hampshire Road Sunshine has won an award at the prestigious Victorian Architecture Awards 2017 in the Public Architecture category.

The six-level Brimbank Community and Civic Centre (BCCC) offers the community a range of services including:

  • customer service enquiries and payments
  • planning, building and environmental health services
  • an upgraded and expanded Sunshine Library
  • Council Chambers
  • community meeting rooms
  • exhibition spaces.

The new Sunshine Customer Service Centre has general enquiry and specialist counter services. The customer service area offers self-service options, and comfortable waiting and consultation areas.

The new Sunshine Library is located over the first two floors of the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre. The Sunshine Library was also recently highly commended in the Australian Library Design Awards 2017. It features a large reading room, quiet study areas and booths, a gaming area and a Wi-Fi lounge. Library hours are 9.30am–8pm, Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm on Saturdays, and 1–5pm on Sundays.

The $52 million centre was completed in July 2016 and has been a popular community hub since. It was designed by Lyons, a well-regarded architectural services firm, which has a number of other standout buildings to its credit. The centre was built by Kane Constructions.

Sitting on the site of the former Sunshine Harvester Works, the BCCC acknowledges the important history of the area. The architectural design of the building draws on the saw-tooth industrial heritage of the site.

The building sets a benchmark for the quality of future public and private projects in Brimbank, and is a catalyst for future investment. 

The BCCC also sets a benchmark for sustainable development in Brimbank. It has been designed to five star Green Star – an international rating system for green building construction.

The Brimbank Community and Civic Centre will now compete in the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Canberra in November.


A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior

Friday 28 July, 7.30pm

A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior, premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival. This feature-length dance production is inspired by Demi Sorono’s personal tale of immigration from the Philippines to Australia. Sorono choreographs and stars in this solo show, touching upon themes of survival, abuse and depression.

The performance includes several original songs written by Sorono and composed by musical director MC Julez, as well as high impact animation by artist Sebastian Fowler.

WARNING: Strong content. Recommended for people aged 17+

Tickets: $38, or $26 concession, $20 for groups of six plus.

Where: Bowery Theatre at STACC, Princess Street, St Albans


Space to Create - EOIs for Brimbank Art Spaces

Artists in the west looking for a creative space in a supportive environment are encouraged to apply for studios managed by Brimbank City Council in Keilor and Sunshine.

The Keilor Art Space, located in Keilor Village, and the Sunshine Art Space, in the heart of Sunshine, have studio spaces available for one to two years. Costs are between $21 and $28 per week, including electricity.

Applications close on Friday 21 July at 5pm.

Email submissions to or mail to:

  • Art Spaces Officer
    St Albans Community Centre (STACC)
    Princess Street
    St Albans 3021

For details phone 9249 4600 or visit Brimbank Art Spaces.


Business Workshop: How to Avoid Staffing Sabotage with Creative Leadership

Wednesday 19 July, 6-8pm

Learn how to have different types of conversations to inspire your staff to a higher standard. Presenter Lisa Guglielmino is a Positive Communication Trainer and Performance Coach. This workshop will give you tools and strategies to:

  • recognise different behaviour types in your team
  • know the four essential communication keys
  • increase productivity by increased staff engagement
  • know the warning signs of staff sabotage.
  • Cost: $20
    Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
  • Visit the event page for further details


Have Your Say - Community Consultations

For more information, other upcoming sessions, and to give feedback, please visit our Have Your Say page.

Strategic Framework for Library Collections for 2017-2020.

The framework is part of Council’s five-year Library Strategy which was adopted early last year to prioritise service planning and delivery across Brimbank’s library service to meet changing community needs.

It provides a roadmap for collection development and guides Council’s investment in library collections. Provide feedback by Wednesday 19 July. For more information visit Have Your Say.

Draft Transport Disadvantage Policy

Many areas in Brimbank don't have close access to public transport routes, and there's increasing pressure to provide transport services to meet the community's needs. The draft Brimbank Transport Disadvantage Policy aims to:

  • Inform the development and delivery of affordable and accessible transport solutions.
  • Contribute to reducing the nature and extent of transport disadvantage in Brimbank and strengthen local cohesion.
  • Provide a platform with which to advocate for increased funding and resources to strengthen social cohesion and community wellbeing.

For more information visit Have Your Say online! Submit feedback by 5pm, Friday 21 July.

Draft Local Historical Societies Support Policy

A draft policy to formalise Council’s working relationship with local historical societies and friends groups is now on public exhibition. Feedback closes Wednesday 12 July.



Apply for a Community Grant

There’s still time! Apply for Council’s 2017 Community Grants Program. Applications close on Sunday 16 July.

The program provides one-off financial help to not-for-profit organisations that support and improve the community’s health and wellbeing, life-long learning.

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.

Online Services

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