Get the Buzz - News and What's On - Tuesday 27 June 2017


• Annual Hard Waste Collection Coming to a Street Near You

• Calling Emerging Writers

• Brimbank Community Fund Grants Support Young People

• Ceremony and Craft to Mark NAIDOC Week

• Have Your Say - Community Consultations

• Announcements - The Wind in the Willows

Annual Hard Waste Collection Coming to a Street Near You 

The wait is over! The collection starts Monday 3 July and finishes on Friday 11 August. Get rid of your unwanted hard waste without going to the tip or hiring a skip bin.

Hard waste will be collected from different residential areas of Brimbank on different weeks throughout the collection period.

You'll get a brochure in your letterbox about two weeks before the collection in your area, telling you the specific collection week and details about the service.

The material for collection must be on the nature strip by 6am on the Monday of the collection week. Don't be put  anything out any earlier than the weekend before your scheduled collection.

A copy of the brochure and details of collection weeks are available on our Hard Rubbish page. If you're worried you haven't got the information brochure, contact Brimbank Customer Service on 9249 4000.


Calling Emerging Writers

Are you an emerging writer or performer who lives, works or studies in Brimbank, or feels connected to the area? Do you have a reading, writing or storytelling event you would like to present during the 2017 Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival?

The Brimbank Writers & Readers Festival is an annual event that encourages a love of reading and literature, celebrates creativity and diversity, and promotes lifelong learning in Brimbank. The ten day program of workshops, author talks, panel discussions, storytelling and more is offered at no charge to the community.

This year, the festival will take place from 9-18 November, and will include two local events:

  • A panel discussion for three authors or emerging writers to showcase their published work.
  • An open event, for individuals or community groups, which could include a workshop, spoken word performance, public reading, book launch or exhibition.

Visit Brimbank Libraries for entry details. Submissions close Thursday 13 July.


Brimbank Community Fund Grants Support Young People

The Brimbank Community Fund last night awarded grants totalling $9,000 to two local charity organisations working with vulnerable Brimbank youth. The two charities each received a $4,500 grant.

The Youth Junction Incorporated for the Better Outcomes Project - multi-sports program

The project provides an opportunity for people aged 16-25 years to improve their education, social skills, employment and wellbeing through sporting opportunities.

The Smith Family for the Stevensville Primary Community Hub – Bluearth Health

This early prevention project will focus on encouraging and supporting physical activity in playgroup and foundation aged children at Stevensville.

The Brimbank Community Fund operates as a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, and is led by an independent committee of volunteer local leaders.

Money donated to the fund stays in a secure trust fund and only the interest earned is distributed as grants to support local charities. This means every donation can help make a difference for years to come.

For more information visit Brimbank Community Fund.


Ceremony and Craft to Mark NAIDOC Week

Tuesday 4 July, 11am-12.30pm

Come to a flag raising and community celebration as part in NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 4 July. Brimbank’s annual NAIDOC Week celebration recognises the unique and important place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have in our community.

For the first time, the annual flag raising ceremony will take place outside the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre on Hampshire Road. Celebrations will include a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by a flag raising ceremony.

There will also be a no charge community barbecue, activities for kids and entertainment from Melbourne-based Aboriginal singer songwriter, Robert K Champion.

The theme of NAIDOC Week (2-9 July 2017) is ‘Our Languages Matter’.


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.



The Wind in the Willows, Saturday 8 July, at 10am and 1pm

Relive the enchanting children’s tale of the value of friendship these school holidays when The Wind in the Willows comes to the Bowery Theatre, St Albans.

Tickets: $10 or family tickets of four $25. Book now at Eventbrite.

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