Get to know your Councillors - Cr Kim Thien Truong
This month we speak to Harvester Ward Councillor, Kim Thien Truong.
Cr Truong is proud to call Brimbank home and has a history of volunteering in the local community and fundraising to support children in need.
You can contact Cr Truong on CrTruong@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0429 637 601.
“Brimbank is my home. It’s a unique and diverse community that brings together different cultures from all over the world.
“There’s no doubt our strength lies in our community’s diversity and ability to live harmoniously together.
“Having lived and worked in Brimbank for many years, and with my family and friends also living here, I feel very connected with the community and I’m passionate to make Brimbank a municipality where people want to live.
“With such diversity, I believe it’s important that we actively help people feel supported and welcome - to make a real contribution to Brimbank.
“As a Councillor, I’m motivated to speak on behalf of the community and raise awareness about important issues such as the environment, family violence, housing affordability, transport, productivity, sustainability and liveability.
“I love that Council works hard to protect the environment – we promote solar power and water savings, host many community tree planting days and have significant plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I am passionate about the environment and charity and have won the following awards for my work in improving the environment and helping disadvantaged people in both Australia and overseas:
- Pride of Australia Award (Local Hero)
- Save Water Award (Community Action)
- Save Water Award, Award for Excellence
- Victorian Multicultural Commission- Multi Cultural Award for Community Education
- United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria)
- World Environment Day Award (Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment)
- The Age Newspaper- Nominated in the top 100 Most influential People in Melbourne
- Victorian Multicultural Commission:- inducted into the Victorian Refugee Recognition Record
- Paul Harris Fellowship Award. This is the highest Rotary honour and was presented to me for my work in helping the poor and disadvantaged in Vietnam.
- Melbournian of the Year Award in the Environment Category
- Maribyrnong City Council Civic Awards - Emerging Community – Special Commendation - Australia Day 2010
- Women's Leadership Champion
- City of Brimbank, Citizen of the Year 2015
“I want a safe and sustainable future for Brimbank, and I’m proud to promote the protection and conservation of our natural resources including our parks, waterways and creeks, grasslands and outdoor areas that give the community such great spaces to enjoy.
“In my role as Councillor, I have recently been advocating for the introduction of a home composting program. This will help support our community in managing their food and garden organic waste at home.
“On an annual basis I am a site supervisor at the Clean Up Australia Day and try to get as many people involved as I can.
“Gardening is a healthy and popular activity, especially amongst our older residents. It’s important that we support and educate the community to get involved in ways that help the environment. A home composting program will benefit the environment, help reduce our waste management costs and minimise the volume of waste going to landfill.
“Together with our community I’m determined to do our bit to make it easier and more affordable for residents to compost and help the community to live and work in an environmentally sustainable manner.
“I have also been involved in charity and community work over the years. I’ve fundraised for the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Monash Children Hospital, Cancer Council Victoria and Relay for Life as well as established my own charity organisation called Kim’s Foundation of Hope Inc.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be supporting local residents through my role as a Brimbank Councillor. I try to be the voice of our community and work as a team with my fellow Councillors and the community to make Brimbank a great place to live.”