This month we speak to Taylors Ward Councillor Cr Bruce Lancashire. Cr Lancashire is proud of Brimbank’s rich cultural diversity and creating better facilities to benefit all residents. You can contact him on CrLancashire@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0429 637 689.
“I have long been associated with Brimbank, having lived and raised my three sons here. I’m passionate about our community and have a strong belief that Brimbank’s youth will ensure our community’s future is in good hands.
“Brimbank is a community where people are busy getting on with life and in many ways establishing themselves in a new country. We are fortunate to have a diverse and welcoming community that embraces people from all over the world. I look forward to continuing to make Brimbank an even more welcoming and supportive place for everyone.
“Our growing community is really important to me, and I want to ensure that Brimbank is recognised and has a strong voice in the wider metropolitan and Victorian community.
“We know that suburbs west of Melbourne are experiencing unprecedented population growth and it’s important that we advocate to get travel in and around our municipality improved.
“I’m privileged to be a member of the Ballarat Rail-Line Action Committee, through which Brimbank Council is working alongside five other councils from the west, to call on the State Government to upgrade dated rail infrastructure. The electrification of the Ballarat line will address the urgent and long-term needs of thousands of commuters travelling between Melbourne’s CBD all the way through to Ballarat/Ararat.
“As a Councillor, I also want to see better sporting facilities and especially more opportunities for women to participate in sport.
“I love how passionate our community is about sports and how sporting clubs help connect communities and encourage friendships for life.
“People living in the west are facing some of the toughest health challenges across the state.
“We know that playing sport and getting active brings health and wellbeing to our lives. It’s great that we are investing significantly towards improving sporting infrastructure needs in our community.
“Council has committed $12.18 million in sporting facility upgrades and enhancements – an unprecedented investment in the health and wellbeing of our community. The newly adopted Sports Facility Development Plan 2018 will also see improvements to sporting and recreation facilities for our City over the next 10 years.
“We are especially excited about our plans to create a world-class health and wellbeing hub, here in the heart of the west, to replace the St Albans Leisure Centre.
“Supporting projects like this can make real improvements to the social and health outcomes in our community. Join me by adding your name to the growing list of supporters by signing the community pledge wall the next time you visit St Albans Leisure Centre, or show your support online at areyouin.brimbank.vic.gov.au.
“At Council, we continue to meet the open space needs of the Brimbank community by creating attractive and accessible parks and playgrounds.
“Making the most of Brimbank’s surrounding natural environments is also very important to me. Places like Sydenham Park are a wonderful natural asset with significant flora and fauna populations and sites of cultural heritage.
“As a proud member of the Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee, I am pleased to say we are considering unlimited possibilities for a range of active and passive recreation in this amazing space. This is an opportunity to create a truly remarkable open space for generations to enjoy.
“As a Councillor, it’s an absolute privilege to be involved in these significant programs, and I look forward to helping make Brimbank even more liveable for the community.”
Cr Bruce Lancashire