Get to know your Councillors - Cr Virginia Tachos
This month we speak to Horseshoe Bend Ward Councillor, Virginia Tachos. Cr Tachos believes Brimbank’s rich diversity and our community’s tolerance, empathy and resilience make it a destination for many young families and newcomers to start their dreams and aspirations. You can contact Cr Tachos on CrTachos@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0428 915 671.
I feel right at home in Brimbank. I live and work here and have a proud history working in the local community as a grassroots activist, and this has shaped my role as a Councillor today.
Brimbank has some wonderful strengths and our rich diversity characterises our community’s tolerance, empathy and resilience.
I care deeply about Brimbank and believe we have an exciting future. What’s important to me is building strong, sustainable communities, listening to the needs of residents and supporting harm minimisation through strong advocacy for stricter gambling controls.
I’m passionate about advocating for the community and my portfolio area as a Councillor is #Resilient Brimbank where I provide strong community support, implement efficiencies and ensure we have the services people need.
I’m keen to see better sporting infrastructure, retention of parks, disability rights, greater community investment, and more, across Brimbank.
One of the areas that excites me about Brimbank is its people. I like to listen to community members as it gives me a window into what the issues are, and what’s on peoples’ minds. And it highlights the importance of taking action, not just listening to the words.
I see my role as helping to facilitate change and being transparent, united and connected to the people we represent.
The health of our community is also a big challenge and we need to improve health outcomes and bring fitness and wellbeing opportunities to our community.
Speaking of our wonderful community, over the past few months it’s been a privilege for me to attend a number of events and activities. I was proud to be part of our launch last month of Council’s 2020 Transforming Brimbank Agenda, which outlines how we can leverage the major investments coming to Brimbank, to create jobs, education, health, environmental and fairness outcomes for generations to come.
I visited Sacred Heart St Albans, Multicultural Arts Victoria for the Common Ground Finale, Victoria University Polytechnic and Cisco for the Cybersecurity Training Centre Opening, the Women’s Health Week – Ladies Day at Keilor Public Golf Course, Brimbank Seniors Lunch and Dance, Opening of new bike tracks in Green Gully, and the State Government announcement of funding for the restoration of the historic Keilor Police Hut Restoration.
I also enjoy making a contribution by serving on a number of Council advisory committees including the Social Justice Coalition Strategic Implementation Group, Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee, Errington Precinct Master Plan Community Reference Group: Sport and Recreation Projects, Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee, and St Albans Town Centre Partnership Group.
I also represent Brimbank Council on the LeadWest Ltd Board, and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council.
As we head into the holiday period, I look forward to volunteering at the Sunshine Salvation Army Christmas Day Community Lunch in Brimbank. I do this every year as it’s a wonderful way to get involved and to share the spirit at this special time. I wish everyone a safe and happy festive season.