Get to know your Councillors - Cr Virginia Tachos
This month we speak to Horseshoe Bend Ward Councillor, Virginia Tachos. Cr Tachos believes our community’s tolerance, empathy and resilience is among its many strengths.
You can contact Cr Tachos on CrTachos@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0428 915 671.
“There’s no doubt that our greatest strength as a community is our tolerance, empathy and resilience. Having lived and worked in Brimbank for many years, I am a passionate advocate for the community.
“I am proud of my history of working as a grassroots activist campaigning for better sporting infrastructure, retention of parks, disability rights and greater investment across our community.
“What matters to me is building strong, sustainable communities and listening to the needs of the community. It’s important to promote inclusion not just in words but also by providing real opportunities, reviewing planning schemes, and focusing on promoting healthy outcomes for our community.
“I love that in Brimbank people are so community minded, we are a passionate bunch and we stand up for what we believe in. It’s this passion and untapped potential in our community that inspires me to be transparent, united and connected to our people.
“Our community has a rich diversity and is a destination for many young families starting their dreams and aspirations. People from many walks of life bring their stories, dreams and goals and together we can build sustainable and strong communities.
“Balancing our growth with support services and infrastructure and improving the health outcomes of our people is critical. We need to bring health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities for our community to lead more active and physical lifestyles.
“We know that people living in the west are facing some of the toughest health challenges across the state. I want to encourage and motivate whole communities to be more active.
“Our leisure centres are important in promoting physical activity and with almost 580,000 visitors a year - they’re popular amongst our community.
“As a Councillor, I want to see the replacement of the tired but loved St Albans Leisure Centre with a vibrant, welcoming multi-generational health and wellbeing hub. This will make real improvements to the health and lives of our community.
“Our community needs this – and I want State and Federal governments to help us deliver this innovative Australia-first project for Brimbank.
“Join me by adding your name to the hundreds of supporters by signing the online pledge at areyouin.brimbank.vic.gov.au
“In my role as Councillor, I recently celebrated International Day of People with Disability and helped raise awareness about the issues, and some of the stereotypes, which people with disability can face. Supporting the Duke Street Community House Pathways to Participation project, is another way we can support people with disability to find and undertake volunteer and work experience roles in our community.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be supporting local residents through my role as a Brimbank Councillor, and I look forward to helping make Brimbank even more liveable for the community.”