Get to know your Councillors - Cr Bruce Lancashire
This month we speak to Taylors Ward Councillor Cr Bruce Lancashire. Cr Lancashire is proud of Brimbank’s rich cultural diversity. Creating better facilities and a more liveable Brimbank are some of his key passions. You can contact him on CrLancashire@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0429 637 689.
I’m extremely proud to be representing and serving our Brimbank community, and I’m doing all I can to make Brimbank a more liveable place for everyone.
As a Councillor, I serve on the Liveable Portfolio, which means my especial interests are Urban Amenity, Recreation, Local Laws, Urban Design, and Facilities.
Improving urban amenity and facilities for our community is very important - this is how we provide the places our community needs to be healthy and happy.
I’m pleased to say we’ve put some big ticks on the board recently, in terms of improving sporting infrastructure for our community.
Council is continuing to invest heavily in upgrading female friendly change rooms across the municipality. Recent upgrades include two significant female friendly change room upgrades at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve to accommodate more girls and women playing sport.
And there are also more works underway to support girls and women to play sport. These upgrades are good news for the future of local sports and female sports participation.
Another recent highlight I am very excited about, is that Sydenham Park has been flagged as a potential future site for the Home of the Matildas.
Earlier this year we threw our hat in the ring to become the Victorian Home of Football. It’s heartening Football Victoria has shortlisted Brimbank as a potential partner.
This could be an amazing development and Council is committed to submitting its best offer.
As a proud member of the Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee, I think a fantastic use of the Sydenham Park site would be for it to become the home of the Matildas.
There’s no doubt a facility of this significance would bring several benefits to Brimbank. For instance more job opportunities, economic development, and coaching and development programs – and also increased tourism opportunities.
The work we’ve done around the needs of the Brimbank community in terms of sports infrastructure and opportunities has shown that Brimbank has a number of local sports facility needs.
Community access and promoting local women’s and girls’ sport is a really important piece of that puzzle, and a new home for the Matildas could be a perfect fit. Watch out for more updates on this topic.
Council is also making great progress in creating high quality parks, playgrounds and open spaces, with 10 park upgrades ticked off this year, and more in the pipeline, including a $3.34 million dollar transformation of the Lakes Reserve in Taylors Lakes.
Since the Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan was adopted in 2008, Council has invested $32 million upgrading and creating 105 parks across Brimbank. And you can be sure these great works will continue. Visit Council’s website to find out more about parks near you.
I look forward to continue to meet and share ideas with our community. Your views are always important to me. You’ll find me at the Keilor Community Hub on the third Wednesday of the month, feel free to drop in at the ‘How can we help you’ session I host with my fellow ward councillor. Or give me a call or email if you want to discuss anything Brimbank-related.
Cr Bruce Lancashire