Get the Buzz - News and What's On, Tuesday 25 July 2017
• Illegal Dumpers Fined
• Outdoor Dining Smoking Ban
• Council Hosts World’s Biggest Open Data Competitions
• Have Your Say - Community Consultations
Illegal Dumpers Fined
Residents are reminded to do the right thing when it comes to disposing of rubbish and to report dodgy dumpers to Council.
Two men have been fined a total of $1902 for illegally dumping four trailer loads of litter and household items on a Brimbank Council nature strip.
The men were fined earlier this month and made to pay the on-the-spot fines, plus other costs associated with cleaning up and disposing of the litter themselves.
The consequences for not acting responsibly are significant. Offenders can be served with an on-the-spot fine or face prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court.
Council has a zero tolerance approach to rubbish dumping and will take enforcement action against anyone who flouts the law.
Each year Council receives about 3500 reports of illegally dumped rubbish and littering, and last financial year Council spent about $700,000 cleaning up illegally dumped rubbish. In hotspot areas alone approximately $5000 is spent weekly.
Anyone who witnesses illegal rubbish dumping should report it to Council on 9249 4000 or via brimbank.vic.gov.au/report-issue with as much detail as possible.
Vehicle registration details are ideal. Any report of illegal rubbish dumping will be followed up by Council.
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 Hosts World’s Biggest Open Data Competition
Brimbank Council will host its first GovHack event – an open data competition and one of the world’s biggest hackathons on the weekend of Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July.
GovHack is a nationally held competition that brings creative people together to use open government data and develop projects, unique apps, websites and artistic displays.
Participants will have access to Council’s public data on parks and open spaces, playgrounds, public toilets, garbage collection zones and dog walking zones to create new and innovative solutions specific to Brimbank.
Brimbank Council will judge teams and allocate prizes to the value of $3,000 for participants who create the most innovative apps and programs using our data.
- Friday 28 July, 6–9pm
- Saturday 29 July, 9am–5pm
- Sunday 30 July, 9am–5pm
Where: Brimbank Community and Civic Centre, Level 6, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
For more information, visit GovHack or email Brimbank@Govhack.org or phone 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.