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Contents
About this Annual Report
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01 Introduction
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Welcome to the Report of Operations 2018-2019
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Snapshot of Council
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Snapshot of service delivery
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Highlights of the year
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Challenges and opportunities
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Message from the Mayor
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Chief Executive Officer’s message
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Financial summary
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Description of operations
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Significant service achievements 2018-2019
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Strategies, policies and plans adopted
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Major changes
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Our Council
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About the Councillors
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02 Our people
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Executive Management Team at 30 June 2019
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Organisation structure at 30 June 2019
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Workforce profile
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Other staff matters
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03 Our performance
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Planning and Accountability Framework
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Council Plan Goals and Strategic Objectives
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Goal 1: An Inclusive Community
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Goal 2: A Liveable Community
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Goal 3: A Prosperous Community
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Goal 4: An Innovative and Responsive
‘Community First’ Council
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04 Governance and Management
and other information
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Governance and Management
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Governance and Management Checklist
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Statutory information
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Infrastructure and development contributions
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2019 Community Satisfaction Survey
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Advocacy, consultation and community engagement
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Volunteering in Brimbank
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05 Sustainability
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Sustainability
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Awards
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06 Performance Statement
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Description of municipality
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Sustainable Capacity Indicators for the year ended 30 June 2019 91
Service Performance Indicators for the year ended 30 June 2019 92
Financial Performance Indicators for the year ended 30 June 2019 96
Other Information
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Certification of the Performance Statement
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Independent Auditor’s Report
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07 Financial Report
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A Plain English Guide to the Annual Financial Report
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Certification of the Financial Statements
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Independent Auditor’s Report
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Financial statements
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Acronyms
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Index
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About this Annual Report
Brimbank City Council’s 2018-2019 Annual Report details
Council’s performance during that financial year and includes
a report against the objectives set out in Brimbank’s Council
Plan 2017-2021.
The Brimbank City Council Annual Report 2018-2019 aims
to fulfil Council’s statutory responsibilities under the
Local
Government Act 1989
and
Information Privacy Act 2000
.
To obtain a copy of this document, please contact Council’s
Customer Service Centre on
9249 4000
or view a copy
online at
brimbank.vic.gov.au

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Introduction
Welcome to the
Report of Operations
2018-2019
Council is transparent
and accountable
in reporting to the
community. The Report
of Operations 2018-
2019 explains in detail
Council’s operations and
performance during the
financial year.
Snapshot of Council
About Brimbank
Who we are
Brimbank is a vibrant, growing community in the
heart of Melbourne’s west. Diversity is central
to our identity – we are proudly multicultural,
embracing people from around the world and
weaving their stories into our own. Brimbank’s
estimated resident population of 208,714
in 2018 makes it the fifth most populous
municipality in Greater Melbourne.
Where we came from
The City of Brimbank was established in 1994,
uniting the former Keilor and Sunshine Councils.
It was named after Brimbank Park in Keilor,
which gained its name from the practice of
farmers driving livestock ‘around the brim of the
bank’ of the Maribyrnong River.
The land the municipality now occupies has
a human history that began with Aboriginal
traditional custodians, the Kulin Nation, more
than 40,000 years before European settlement.
The area was originally occupied by the Kurung
Jang-Balluk and Marin-Balluk clans of the native
Wurundjeri people.
The first European settlements were established
at Keilor in the late 1840s, Sunshine (then known
as Braybrook Junction) in the mid-1880s, and
St Albans in the late 1880s. Many suburbs grew
around the original settlements after World War
II to house the influx of migrants. More recently,
areas that were once industrial hubs have been
transformed into new residential suburbs that
are continuing to grow rapidly.
Our place
Brimbank spans an area between 11 and
23 kilometres west and north-west of
Melbourne’s CBD.
It is bound by the City of Hume in the north, the
Cities of Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley in the
east, the Cities of Hobsons Bay and Wyndham in
the south, and the City of Melton in the west.
Fifteen per cent of Brimbank’s total area is
classified as open space, including natural
treasures such as Organ Pipes National Park
and Mount Derrimut Grasslands, as well as
Green Gully Reserve, Brimbank Park and Iramoo
Wildflower Grassland Reserve.
Our strategic position at the heart of
Melbourne’s west has been cemented with
major infrastructure commitments that continue
to transform the region.
The Victorian and Commonwealth governments
have committed up to $5 billion each to deliver
the Melbourne Airport Rail. This will involve
construction of the Sunshine Super Hub and
will support the development of the Sunshine
National Employment and Innovation Cluster,
building upon its well established facilities
and services. Sunshine’s railway station was
completely rebuilt during the Regional Rail Link
project, while the removal of level crossings
in Furlong Road and Main Road has drastically
improved safety, amenity and access. The
Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital
in Sunshine was officially opened in May 2019
and offers world-class maternity and paediatric
services, honouring the legacy of Victoria’s first
female Premier.
Our suburbs are as diverse as our people – from
the hustle and bustle of Sunshine and St Albans
to historic Keilor, each has its own flavour and
personality.
Sunshine: A designated metropolitan activity
centre, Sunshine’s profile is rising due to its
proximity to the city and its mouth-watering
food scene. It includes a Victoria University
campus, the Brimbank Community and Civic
Centre and significant retail and commercial
activities. It is also close to the growing
Sunshine Hospital. Sunshine services suburbs
which include Albion, Sunshine North, Sunshine
West and part of Brooklyn.
St Albans: St Albans is a designated major
activity centre that includes a Victoria University
campus, the St Albans Community Centre and
Bowery Theatre, and a thriving restaurant and
retail precinct. St Albans services neighbouring
suburbs Albanvale, Kings Park and Kealba.
Deer Park: Servicing the nearby suburbs of
Ardeer, Derrimut and Cairnlea, Deer Park has
a rich array of restaurants and shops. Major
features of the area include the Hunt Club
Community and Arts Centre, Black Powder Mill
and Brimbank Central Shopping Centre.
Sydenham: A significant major activity centre
that will continue to grow and develop.
Sydenham services suburbs including
Sydenham, Calder Park, Taylors Lakes, Delahey
and parts of Hillside. Watergardens Town Centre
is the jewel in its crown, while Calder Park
Motorsport Complex is another landmark.
Keilor: Keilor is set among rolling hills and
national and state parks, including Organ Pipes
National Park, Brimbank Park and Green Gully
Reserve. It services suburbs including Keilor
North, Keilor Park and Keilor Downs as well as
parts of Keilor, Keilor East and Tullamarine.
Our people
Brimbank has a rich Indigenous history,
going back to when the Wurundjeri people
first inhabited the region, thriving in the
Maribyrnong Valley.
Brimbank is one of the most culturally diverse
municipalities in Australia, with almost half of
our residents born outside Australia.
Brimbank’s suburbs boomed after World War II,
when migrants from southern Europe flowed to
the area. More recently, newly arrived Asian and
African communities have developed alongside
the more established European communities.
More than half of our residents speak a
language other than English at home, with more
than 160 languages represented. The top 10
languages other than English are Vietnamese,
Maltese, Italian, Greek, Macedonian, Filipino,
Cantonese, Arabic, Punjabi and Croatian.
Brimbank is increasingly becoming a major
employment hub for Melbourne’s west.
Manufacturing is the key employer in Brimbank,
followed by retail, health care and social
assistance.
Brimbank is home to a range of established
businesses, including Aldi, ARC, Australia Post,
Boral, Bunnings, Caterpillar, FedEx, Ferguson
Plarre, Fisher and Paykel, Hunter Leisure, John
Deere, Lombards, Schweppes, Schiavello and
Sims Metal.
In more recent times companies such as
IBM, Metronode, Digital Realty, Rand Group,
Preshafruit, Sleepyhead, VicRoads and
Vistaprint have also chosen to settle in
Brimbank.

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Reconciliation and Indigenous
information
Council acknowledges the Kulin nation of people
as the traditional owners of the land and their
continuing spiritual connection to the land, and
renews its commitment to respect Indigenous
beliefs, values and customs.
It is estimated 440 Registered Aboriginal Places
exist in the Brimbank Local Government Area. The
oldest artefacts found in the City are over 30,000
years old.
On 26 February 2008, Council adopted the full
motion passed by the Federal Government on
13 February 2008 in saying sorry to the Stolen
Generations on behalf of the Australian Parliament
and people, and extended an apology to those
Stolen Generations on behalf of the people of
Brimbank.
Since July 2011, Council has flown both the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
alongside the Australian national flag every day
outside its Municipal Office.
Each year Brimbank City Council hosts a broad
range of activities during Reconciliation and
NAIDOC Week, such as Aboriginal cultural
heritage tours, Sorry Day events, Indigenous art
exhibitions, library story-telling sessions and
NAIDOC flag raisings.
Snapshot of Council (continued)
On 17 April 2012, Council endorsed a
Reconciliation Statement of Commitment and
officially signed the Statement on 29 May 2012,
committing it to learning from the past and
seeking new ways to build relationships with the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,
and to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan.
It was committed that the Reconciliation Action
Plan would be developed in consultation with
internal and external stakeholders including
Council staff, Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander residents and local Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander service providers and
community groups.
In May 2013, Council adopted its first
Reconciliation Action Plan that demonstrates its
commitment to reconciliation for all Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people with a second
Reconciliation Plan planned for adoption in
2019-2020.
In September 2016, a
Memorandum of
Understanding
(MOU) between Brimbank City
Council and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and
Compensation Cultural Heritage Council was
signed, marking an important step toward
reconciliation and reaffirming the genuine
connection, pride and belonging for our
Indigenous community.
Brimbank at a glance
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Area
123 square kilometres
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Population count
208,714
(estimated resident population, June 2018)
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Males
50.0%
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Females
50.0%
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Residents aged under 18 years 22.1%
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Residents aged between
18 and 59 years
58.9%
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Residents aged 60 years and over 19.0%
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Indigenous population
816
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Residents who speak a
non-English language at home 58.3%
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Median house price for 2018 $659,510
(June 2018)
Source of Data:
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population
and Housing 2016 (Usual residence). Compiled and
presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts -
http://www.id.com.au/brimbank
The median house price for 2018 was sourced from
Hometrack 2014-2018, Housing Valuation System.
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the
population experts - https://economy.id.com.au/
brimbank/housing-values
Vision, Principles, Goals,
Strategic Objectives and Values
Brimbank’s Council Plan 2017-2021 sets
out Council’s Vision, Principles, Goals and
Strategic Objectives and Values as follows:
Vision
Brimbank – vibrant, harmonious and welcoming,
a great place to live, work and grow.
Principles
The following principles underpin the core of
Council’s work and frame the decisions made
now and into the future.
Building community resilience
Building community resilience to survive,
adapt and grow during the fast paced
challenges of the 21st century will be
essential to help communities prepare for
change and whatever the future may hold.
Council will draw on the strengths of our
diverse communities and geographies, to
pursue our shared interests, embrace our
differences and be stronger together.
Community first
Serving the Brimbank community is why we
exist. Every decision we make and every dollar
we spend is with the aim of continually improving
the lives of the people who live in our city. In our
decision-making and delivery of Council business
we will place our community first.
Social justice
Council is committed to access, equity,
community participation and human rights for
all citizens. By working in partnerships with local
groups, community agencies and government
departments, Council aims to build upon our
existing community assets, strengths and
capabilities to achieve social change, fairness
and better outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
Sustainability
Council seeks to build a legacy which enables an
engaged and resilient community that supports
a sustainable environment containing rich social,
economic and environmental characteristics.
‘Sustainability’ means our actions meet current
needs without compromising the prospects of
future generations. In achieving this Council
will incorporate environmental considerations
alongside social and economic values in our
decision-making processes and support our
community to become sustainability stewards.
Goals and Strategic Objectives
• Goal: An inclusive community
- Our community members are safe,
healthy and well
- People have opportunities to
participate in community life
- Services and facilities are fit-for
purpose and well-run
- Our community belong and are proud of
where they live
• Goal: A liveable community
- Public and open spaces are safe, clean
and well-maintained
- People can get around easily on foot, by
bike, car or public transport
- Our community lives sustainably
- The natural environment supports
thriving biodiversity that is protected
and well connected
- The urban environment supports a
growing population in designated
areas while respecting neighbourhood
character and heritage where
appropriate
• Goal: A prosperous community
- People are able to access quality
education and lifelong learning
opportunities
- People are able to find and maintain
jobs that provide income security
- The local economy is strong and
provides opportunities for the
community to thrive
- Housing is of good quality, well located
and affordable
- Brimbank is a leading destination for
business, working, learning, recreation
and living
• Goal: An innovative & responsive
‘community first’ Council
- Council is fair, honest and transparent
- Council advocates and works in the
interests of our community
- Council manages our assets and
finances sustainably and responsibly
- Council staff are high performing and
community-focused
Values
At Brimbank all our roles impact and support the
diverse needs of our community. Our values and
behaviours demonstrate what is important to us:
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Leisure and Community Facilities
Council plans, develops and delivers a range of sport and recreation, health and fitness, and community meeting opportunities to encourage the
community to be physically active at sports grounds, leisure centres, major sports facilities and community halls for hire. Council also plans and implements
community infrastructure such as community hubs and sport and recreation facilities to strengthen local communities.
What we delivered
• Successful in receiving $344,826 funding
from Sports Australia to contribute to the
conversion of two en tout cas tennis courts
at Keilor Park Tennis to synthetic grass with
LED lighting
• 28 capital works projects to improve sports
facilities for community benefit valued at
$7 million
• 75 capital works community facility
improvement projects to 51 community
facilities for community benefit with a total
contribution of $1.77 million
• 596,288 visits across both Sunshine and St
Albans leisure centres
• Delivered six Sports Club Development
Network meetings and training sessions for
Brimbank sports clubs
• 138 sports clubs volunteers attended Council
delivered volunteer training sessions
• Successfully delivered the Female Football
Festival in partnership with Football Victoria
and Melbourne City FC
• Delivered In2Tennis to over 400 Brimbank
community members with support from
sponsor ANZ
• 2,159 Brimbank residents involved in the
Active Premiers Challenge
• Supported 13 Heart Foundation Walking
groups attended by more than 150
community members
• Supported the continued development of
the Community Soccer Hub providing a place
for newly emerging communities to come
together through soccer
• Continued to deliver Sons of the West and
Daughters of the West – a mental and physical
health program run in partnership with the
Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
• Coordinated White Ribbon events at three
Brimbank cricket clubs
• Partnered with Tennis Victoria to deliver
Melbourne Tennis Month
• Online community space bookings for Keilor
Meeting Place – Old Shire Hall, John McLeod
Pavilion and Arthur Beachley Pavilion made
available for residents and community
members
• 63,144 learn to swim visits across both
St Albans and Sunshine leisure centres
• 87,821 casual aquatic visits across both
leisure centres
• Managed 79 sports clubs using more than
130 sports facilities
• Supported sports clubs to provide more than
500 children and adults with ongoing sports
participation opportunities
• Adopted the Community Services and
Infrastructure Plan 2018-2038
• Finalist in Parks and Leisure Australia Vic/Tas
Awards for Sports Facility Development Plan
• Provided In2Sport program funding for 363
children to play sport at Brimbank Clubs. Of
the total approved – 32 per cent had never
registered at a Brimbank sports club before
• Adopted the Physical Activity Strategy
• Successful in receiving $5000 funding from
Football Federation Victoria for the In2Sport
Program
• Successful in receiving $65,000 for Sport
Australia to plan, deliver and evaluate
In2Active Brimbank program starting in
July 2019
• Successful in receiving $30,000 from
VicHealth to run co-design sessions with
South Sudanese and Pasifika communities
on how they’d like to see physical activity
run in their communities, and to develop a
project plan
• Successful in receiving $887,145 funding
from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV)
and $100,000 from AFL Vic to contribute
to female-friendly change room upgrades
at Lionheart, Keilor Park and John McLeod
reserves. SRV funding also contributed
to multipurpose sports court at Errington
Reserve and lighting upgrade at Churchill
Reserve
• Facilitated 379,660 visits to the Keilor
Basketball and Netball Stadium – increasing
visits by 66,000 visits compared to the
previous year
• The Keilor Basketball Netball Stadium held
the Go Grey in May raising more than $3000
for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation
• The Keilor Basketball Netball Stadium hosted
45 Big V basketball games in March-June
• 41,978 visits to the Keilor Public Golf Course
• 36 community facilities managed available for
regular, casual and function hire
• A total of 345,637 people visiting community
facilities
• 7,892 bookings across community facilities
halls for hire
• 655 casual bookings of community facilities
halls for hire
• 192 functions held in community facilities
halls for hire
• 81 regular group bookings of community
facilities halls for hire
• 23 minor work community facility
improvement projects for community benefit
• 3,627 members at Brimbank Leisure Centre
• Signed Joint User Agreement with Taylors
Lakes Secondary College to formally
have access to the use of their oval for
community/sport club use
Planning and building
Council is responsible for planning permit approvals, providing building permit services,
and conducting inspections of building works and fire safety audits.
Planning
• Online services on Council’s website
to apply for:
- a planning permit
- an amendment to a planning permit
- amendments to plans via secondary
consent
- plans subject to conditions
- extension of time to a planning permit
- planning advice
- copies of planning permits and/or
endorsed plans
- demolition request
- a Development Contributions Plan invoice
• 1,024 planning application decisions made
• 634 planning-related property information
requests received
• 246 subdivision applications received
• 33 VCAT appeals relating to planning
applications
• 461 investigations resulting from planning
compliance complaints
• 1,043 inspections resulting from planning
compliance complaints
• 20 Magistrates’ Court prosecutions for
planning compliance
• 3 VCAT enforcement order applications
• 79 Planning Infringement Notices issued
What we delivered
Building
• Online services on Council’s website
to apply for:
- a building permit or request a quote
- a report and consent
- copies of building documents
- Registering a Building Permit – Private
Surveyors
- Request to Vary or Extend the Time of a
Building Permit
- property information
• $593 million total value of new building
projects requiring building permits
• 268 report and consent requests received
and processed for buildings
• 304 mandatory building inspections
• 1,942 building-related property information
requests
• 257 requests for copies of plans received
• 516 building notices and orders served
• 42 inspections of illegal rooming houses
• 110 swimming pool barrier inspections
• 37 essential services maintenance
inspections
• 33 emergency after-hours call outs
• 503 investigations resulting from building
related complaints
• 250 illegal building works identified
• 63 matters referred to Council’s solicitors for
legal action
Children, youth
and family services
Council delivers a range of services
for families and young children, and
opportunities for young people to develop
skills and contribute to community life.
What we delivered
• Coordinated home-based child care with 136
equivalent full-time child care places and 830
monitoring visits to 43 active Family Day Care
Educators, contributing 244,601 hours of
care
• Conducted 2,675 Maternal and Child Health
first home visits
• Completed 22,599 key age stage visits, 3,334
additional appointments and 1,554 telephone
consultations
• Provided youth support and counselling
services to 130 young people
• Supported a diverse range of youth programs
such as Local Young Communities, Youth
Ambassadors, Young Researchers, Baby
Steps, Young Parents Playgroup, School
Holiday Show-bags, Universal Access Discos,
Youth Promotions Team, Youth Services
Review, Queer Crafter-noon, student
wellbeing days at Brimbank secondary
schools, L2P Program, Making Moves
Basketball Program, and Sunshine Children’s
Court Program attended by 1,144 young
people.
• Provided ongoing building and grounds
maintenance support at nine Council-owned
child care buildings and 30 preschools
• Processed 2,174 kindergarten applications
• Supported playgroups with Smalltalk
intervention in 16 groups including four
language specific groups – Vietnamese,
Burmese, Arabic and Dinka
• Supported playgroups conducted
320 home visits
• Ran two shopping centre playgroups
offering three sessions delivered by
cross cultural team
• Delivered two rounds of Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Playgroup
Leader training with 20 participants in total
• Supported 88 community playgroups
• Maintained buildings and grounds of
six playgroup sites

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Culture and community strengthening
Council offers a range of services to the community including arts and culture, events, and community centres.
• Installed and launched Sunvale Community
Park Indigenous public artwork as part of
Reconciliation Week activities
• Delivered public artwork at Melton Highway
overpass in partnership with Level Crossing
Removal Authority
• Presented ‘Intersect Out West’ showcase
and networking event where delegates from
the British Council’s Intersect Program and
representatives from Diversity Arts Australia
connected with local artists
• Supported two emerging dance artists at St
Albans Community Centre through the Room
To Move Residency
• Supported the creation of two new works
through the Be Bold Performance Residency
by Western Edge Youth Arts and Outer Urban
Projects
• Strengthened St Albans Community Centre’s
relationship with Brimbank’s Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander community
through delivery of the Koorie Homework
Club, partnerships with VACCA (Victorian
Aboriginal Child Care Agency) and First Nations
community groups, and support for the
Women’s Leadership through the Arts Program
• Delivered Toddler Tuesday, Brimbank
Multicultural Community Choir, drama
workshops, creative video courses and
dance classes
• Delivered four youth-led live music events
• Launched the weekly youth program, LAB,
to connect local youth programs at St Albans
Community Centre
• 378,786 annual visits and 19,246 hours
of programs across Council’s seven
neighbourhood houses
• Provided grants totalling $150,000 to five
independent neighbourhood houses to
support the delivery of community programs
and community development activities
• 18 key event weeks celebrated at
Brimbank neighbourhood houses including
Neighbourhood House Week
• Designed and developed new initiatives to
support and encourage African Australian
communities to access neighbourhood
houses and community centres including
a Neighbour Day event, and Aboriginal and
African Women’s Yarning Circle
What we delivered
• Coordinated 24 National Disability Insurance
Scheme (NDIS) presentations and information
sessions to 280 people
• Coordinated bimonthly meetings with
Brimbank Disability Network Group
• Delivered Carers Week event in partnership
with Carers Victoria
• Coordinated quarterly Brimbank Disability
Advisory Committee meetings
• Updated the Disability in Brimbank Guide
for service providers, agencies and National
Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) based in
Brimbank to support the implementation of
the NDIS
• Delivered four Sexual Lives Respectful
Relationship training sessions
• Held six Brimbank Active Seniors meetings
and six Brimbank Seniors Forums
• Celebrated a 10-year partnership with
Victoria Police delivering the Brimbank
Community Register
• Delivered the Volunteer Rewards and
Recognition event for 370 Brimbank
volunteers
• Hosted the International Day of People with
Disability event for 120 people
• Hosted 12 community forums as part of the
Victorian Seniors Festival
• Delivered the annual Brimbank Seniors Lunch
and Dance event for 580 seniors
• Coordinated and delivered the Brimbank
Disability Expo with over 60 exhibitors
• 35 events staged at the Bowery Theatre
• Nine commercial films screened at the
Bowery Theatre from April and June 2019
• 33 curated exhibitions presented across
seven gallery spaces; including a major re
hang of artwork at the Brimbank Community
and Civic Centre
• Supported 16 studio artists through the
Art Spaces Studio Program at six locations
• Supported seven artists through Activation
Partnership funding to activate spaces
across Brimbank
• Delivered four public murals across Brimbank
• Introduced new programs including drop-in
study sessions, Dinka computer class,
Women’s Shed Program and Kids Yoga at
neighbourhood houses
• Piloted a youth drop in program and youth
focused events at neighbourhood houses
• 121 volunteers supported the delivery of
programs at seven neighbourhood houses
• Hosted a Mayor and Councillors Iftar dinner
with 70 people of Muslim faith
• Hosted an International Women’s Day Forum
with 80 people
• Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
hosted the Victorian Interfaith Network
Conference at St Albans Community Centre
for 250 people
• Delivered Brimbank’s annual IDAHOBIT
rainbow flag raising event
• Coordinated a range of community events
including NAIDOC flag raising, Midsumma,
and National Reconciliation Week – Brimbank
Reconciliation Walk
• Coordinated the Brimbank Disability Network
Group, Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith
Network, Brimbank Active Seniors and
Brimbank Seniors Forums
• Coordinated four Brimbank Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action
Plan Consultative Committee meetings
• Delivered community leadership programs for
47 people
• Provided 46 community governance training
sessions to 1,145 participants
• Held two Brimbank Leadership Alumni
networking events with 115 people attending
• 51 children participated in the Dynamic Young
Citizens project
• Delivered four Living in Your Neighbourhood
Sessions to 80 people
• Funded 28 Neighbour Day events attracting
more than 1000 participants
• Delivered the Indigenous Community
Leadership program attended by 12 people
• Delivered the First Nation Women Art and
Leadership Program 2019
• Held the 2019 State and Federal Budget
Forum, with 50 participants
• Held five Meet Your Councillors sessions
Parks, open spaces and environment
Council is responsible for upgrading and maintaining local parks,
creek corridors, sports grounds, municipal reserves and street trees.
• Completed upgrade of Taylors Creek
shared user path from Kings Road to
Sunshine Avenue
• Extended Sydenham Rail Corridor shared
user path to Ruth Street bridge, St Albans
• Advocated for Biodiversity Sensitive Urban
Design principles for internal and external
works
• 46 conservation sites managed to improve
habitat for indigenous flora and fauna,
covering 370 hectares
• 13 ecological burns completed to reduce
biomass and increase vegetation quality,
covering 45 hectares
• 17,000 indigenous grasses, herbs, shrubs
and trees planted to restore habitat
• Installed structural habitat elements along
200m of Kororoit Creek, Sunshine West and
Deer Park such as rocks, logs, and habitat
hollows
• Engaged with more than 1000 community
members, including school students, to
promote the natural environment
• Continued with external partnership
programs, including the Maribyrnong Valley
Connection Project, resulting in enhanced
maintenance of natural assets in Brimbank
• Administered the Sustainable Land
Management Grant Scheme
• Continued to support ‘Friends of’ groups
and conservation volunteers to improve
Brimbank’s biodiversity and liveability
• Maintained 29 sports reserves comprising
63 playing fields
• Maintained 143 irrigation systems
• Maintained Keilor Public Golf Course
• Proactive inspection of high-risk trees
What we delivered
• Upgraded four local parks and four
neighbourhood parks
• Completed Stage 2 suburban park upgrade
and toilet upgrade at Green Gully Reserve,
Keilor Downs
• Completed Stage 2 suburban park upgrade at
Kurung Drive Reserve, Kings Park
• Completed suburban park upgrade at Davitt
Drive Reserve, Deer Park
• Completed new skate facility at Delahey
Recreational Reserve, Delahey
• Completed improvements to Selwyn Park as
part ongoing implementation of Selwyn Park
Master Plan
• Started Stage 3 flagship park upgrade at
The Lakes Reserve, Taylors Lakes
• Planted 5,690 trees along streets and
main roads
• Upgraded shared user path connection
from Apollo Road to Sunshine Avenue,
Taylors Lakes
• 6,598 tubestock planted in parks
• Planted 1000 semi-mature trees in parks
• Upgraded Foster Road shopping strip in
Keilor Park
• Completed upgrade of Princess Street,
St Albans
• Completed stage 2B and Stage 4 of
Hampshire Road Master Plan
• Completed Victoria Crescent and East
Esplanade, St Albans streetscape upgrades
• Developed urban design principles for
Sunshine Station Super Hub as part of the
Melbourne Airport Railway Link
• Completed shared user path along Harvester
Road, Sunshine
• Completed extension of Kororoit Creek shared
user path from Davitt Drive to Abercairn Court
Waste and recycling
Council provides a comprehensive waste
service to the community while striving
to manage waste sustainably.
What we delivered
• Weekly domestic waste and fortnightly
recycling collection for 69,869 households
and fortnightly green waste collection for
40,942 households
• Lifted 6,514,274 bins
• Collected 42,187 tonnes of waste
• Recycled 14,713 tonnes of waste
• Collected 11,156 tonnes of green waste
• Awarded contract for introduction of new
At Call Hard Waste Collection Service to
commence from 1 July 2019 – bookings
opened June 2019.
• Collected 40,371 kilograms of paint, 14,300
litres of motor oil and 1,200 kilograms of
household batteries at Council’s Resource
Recovery Centre at Stadium Drive, Keilor Park
• Accepted 246 kilograms of fluorescent
tubes, 623 car batteries, 53,495 kilograms of
e-waste and 1,973 kilograms of gas cylinders
at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre

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Snapshot of service delivery
Library services
Brimbank’s five libraries offer collections of books, magazines, DVDs, toys and other items, as well as
programs and information services at no charge. Collections are available in English and 19 community
languages. The Online Library provides access to downloadable e-books and audio books, access to
hundreds of online magazines, and newspapers in more than 60 languages. Library members can also
browse, reserve and renew their library items online. Brimbank’s Home Library Service operates for
people who are unable to visit the library. Library programs include weekly story times and computer
classes. All libraries offer study facilities, Wi-Fi, Internet and computer access and printing.
What we delivered
• 3,393 library programs delivered and
attended by 70,569 people:
- 1,733 children’s programs with 52,290
children attending
- 75 teen programs with 634 teens
attending
- 971 adult programs with 8,589 adults
attending
- 494 IT classes with 1,259 people attending
– these included classes in languages other
than English and those aimed at seniors
• 19 events were held as part of the Brimbank
Writers & Readers Festival
• 1,075 Home Library Service visits delivered
by 33 volunteers to 67 active Home Library
Service customers in their homes
• Java the ‘Reading Dog’ assisted children to
become confident readers at the Reading
Buddies program
• 707 children registered for the 1000 Books
Before School program – overall total of
registration 2,776. 29 children reached 1000
Books Before School with 73 children overall
completing the program
• 52,240 new physical items added to the
collection in English and 19 community
languages
• 235,155 physical items available to borrow
• 2,114,773 total library visits (1,312,884 visits
to library branches, equal to 91 visits per hour,
and 801,889 to the Online Library)
• 1,289,080 collection loans; of these, 908,551
physical items were borrowed and 380,529
electronic resources were utilised
• 188,561 catalogue searches completed
• 14,542 new library members registered –
total active library membership of 79,548
• 236,155 Internet bookings
• 112,527,166Mb of Wi-Fi usage
• Provided IT assistance 120,496 times
to the community
• 952,167 pages were printed
• 9,902 video game bookings
• 115,135 reference questions answered
Environmental health
Council has a responsibility to provide services
and information to the community in order to
protect the public from disease, provide safety
and ensure wellbeing.
What we delivered
• Conducted 1,814 food premise inspections
(including Streatrader compliance checks)
• Administered 4,006 vaccinations to infants
• Administered 5,728 vaccinations to school
aged children
Snapshot of service delivery (continued)
Roads, footpaths, drains
and building maintenance
Council is responsible for managing the city’s
local roads, footpaths and other assets.
What we delivered
• 1,230 kilometres of underground drain
pipes managed and maintained along
with 60 kilometres of table drains
• 43,415 storm water pits, 366 litter traps
and 48 gross pollutant traps maintained
and cleaned
• 4,000 drain pits inspected and cleaned
• 1,229 litter traps inspected and cleaned
• 920 kilometres of local roads inspected
and maintained, including 3.5 kilometres
of unsealed roads
• 1,490 kilometres of footpaths inspected
and maintained
• 80,000 street/road signs proactively
inspected and maintained and about
6000 signs physically maintained
• Approximately 31,000 kilometres of
residential and commercial kerb and
channel swept
• 1,823 tonnes collected through street
sweeping program
• 120,380 street litter bins emptied
• 2,319 tonnes of litter collected through the
street litter bin and manual litter collection
service
• 292 buildings maintained at 142 sites
• 219 playgrounds maintained, of which 157
are in open space and 62 in preschools,
child care and community centres
• 236,440 square metres of road pavement
resurfaced or rehabilitated
Ageing and inclusion
Council provides services for the community
under the Commonwealth Home Support
Programme (CHSP) for people over 65 years of
age and the Victorian Home and Community
Care Program for Young People (HACCPYP)
for people under 65 years of age. Council also
provides a range of community programs
including community transport, volunteer
support and support for seniors.
What we delivered
• 55,771 meals on wheels
• 32,624 hours of domestic assistance
• 10,240 hours of personal care
• 8,662 hours of respite care
• 3,909 hours of property maintenance
• 44,128 hours of social support services
• 7,179 hours of assessment and care
management
• 27,697 passenger trips on community
transport buses
• 1,987 clients received a service
City compliance
Council is responsible for providing education
and enforcement through relevant legislation,
local laws and Council policies, and maintains
a safe and healthy environment for the
community to enjoy.
What we delivered
• Continued use of litter enforcement cameras
across the municipality
• Implementation of a responsible pet
ownership community campaign to promote
animal desexing, microchipping and
registrations
• Introduction of the mobile cat desexing van
in partnership with The Lost Dogs’ Home
• 15,963 compliance service enquiries
attended to, including:
- 4,049 for parking
- 1,732 for local law
- 1,137 for litter
- 1,906 for abandoned/derelict vehicles
- 2,239 for condition of land
- 1,967 for cats
- 2,445 for dogs
- 488 for other animals
• 3,021 stray animals collected by Council
(864 dogs, 2,091 cats, 66 other animals)
• 12,207 pets registered (9,154 dogs and
3,053 cats)
• Five dog attack prosecutions and 460
infringements for animal-related matters
• 24,994 parking infringements and 619 local
law infringements issued
• 1,114 vacant properties inspected and 534
fire hazard reduction notices issued; of
these, 94 land owners were issued with
infringements and 83 properties had to be
cut by Council’s contractor
• 90 event/film permit applications processed:
- 64 event permits issued
- 15 film permits issued
- four busking permits issued
• 116 school crossings supervised every
school day
• 353 individual littering investigations
conducted
• 4,775 Disabled Parking Permits issued

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Our Goal:
An Inclusive Community
Strategic Objectives:
• Our community members are safe,
healthy and well
• People have opportunities to
participate in community life
Services and facilities are fit-for
purpose and well-run
• Our community belong and are
proud of where they live
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Highlights of the year
Highlights of the year
Our Goal:
A Liveable Community
Strategic Objectives:
• Public and open spaces are safe,
clean and well-maintained
• People can get around easily
on foot, by bike, car or by public
transport
• Our community lives sustainably
• The natural environment supports
thriving biodiversity that is
protected and well-connected
• The urban environment
supports a growing population in
designated areas while respecting
neighbourhood character and
heritage where appropriate
• Continuing to monitor the proposal for the
Ravenhall Tip and advocate on behalf of
our community to the EPA and the State
Government to ensure Landfill Operations Pty
Ltd meets the conditions of its licence.
• Implementing Year One of the Cultural
Heritage Strategy.
• Commencing implementation of the
Brimbank Planning Scheme and Municipal
Strategic Statement.
• Updating the Brimbank Activity Centre Strategy.
• Implementing the Environmentally
Sustainable Design (ESD) Framework on
Council facilities and investigating options
for applying ESD through Council Statutory
Planning responses.
• Preparing neighbourhood character and
design objectives for Brimbank residential
zones.
• Facilitating the development planning process
and urban renewal on strategic sites.
• Completing and commencing implementation
of a Comprehensive Development Plan for the
Sunshine Health, Education and Wellbeing
Precinct.
• Completing the Brimbank Heritage Strategy
and commencing implementation.
Future Initiatives 2019-2020
• Install mobile surveillance cameras to monitor
illegal dumping in public areas.
• Continue to implement proactive cleaning,
maintenance and amenity in St Albans and
Sunshine Town Centres and other Council
owned shopping strips.
• Create an attractive, integrated, accessible
open space network via the implementation
of the Creating Better Parks Open Space
and Playground Policy and Plan, including
upgrades at the following parks:
- Flagship Park:
- Stage 3 upgrade of the Lakes Reserve
Park in Taylors Lakes
- Neighbourhood Park upgrades at:
- Moorland Park, Cairnlea
- Jackman Crescent Reserve, Keilor
- Lionheart Reserve, Taylors Lakes
- Suburban Park upgrade at:
- Rose Hedge Reserve, Sydenham
• In partnership with the Western Alliance
for Greenhouse Action (WAGA), investigate
options for large-scale renewable energy.
• Support community participation by
‘Friends of’ and other community groups in
environmental days of significance (Clean Up
Australia Day, World Environment Day and
National Tree Day).
• Conduct street tree planting programs to
increase Brimbank’s tree canopy coverage as
per the Urban Forest Strategy (2016-2046).
• Complete and update the Brimbank Planning
Scheme Review and balance built and natural
environments, improve quality of life, and
create vibrant communities.
• Work in partnership to research and design
options that re-use plastic and glass waste
for construction of roads and footpaths.
Key Achievements
• Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of
CCTV installation in St Albans.
• Delivering the Light Up program in St Albans
and Sunshine town centres whilst reviewing
other opportunities and initiatives for safety
improvements to address the perceptions of
safety.
• Developing a Graffiti Management Strategy.
• Implementing the General Purposes Local
Law (No.2) including a permit system and
guidelines for busking.
• Continuing to implement mobile surveillance
cameras to monitor illegal dumping in public
areas.
• Continuing to implement proactive cleaning,
maintenance and amenity in St Albans and
Sunshine town centres and other Council
owned shopping strips.
• Constructing Stage 3 of The Lakes Reserve
Flagship Park in Taylors Lakes.
• Constructing a new skate facility at Delahey
Recreation Reserve, Delahey.
• Completing neighbourhood and suburban
park upgrades at:
- Ashton Avenue Reserve, St Albans
- Eurora/Koroit Place Reserve, Taylors Lakes
- Arthur Beachley Reserve, Sunshine West
- O’Connors Paddock, Cairnlea
- Green Gully Reserve – Stage 2, Keilor Downs
- Davitt Drive Reserve, Deer Park
• Commencing implementation of Stage 3 of
the Master Plan for Selwyn Park, Albion.
• Advocating to the State Government for
improved public transport services and
supporting infrastructure including the
provision of additional commuter parking
at train stations.
• Undertaking works to improve pedestrian and
vehicular access through the various road and
footpath programs in Council’s Capital Works
program.
• Undertaking a comprehensive condition
survey of Council roads, footpaths, shared
paths and bridges to ensure that they are
safe and appropriately funded in future years.
• Completing and commencing implementation
of the Brimbank Car Parking Management
Framework.
• Continuing to implement the Brimbank
Cycling and Walking Strategy actions,
including:
- Deer Park railway station
to Sunshine town centre
- Local cycle route connection program
- Kororoit Creek Recreational Trail, Kings Park
• Upgrading the Taylors Creek Recreation
Trail from Kings Road to Parmelia Drive,
Taylors Lakes.
• Implementing Road Rehabilitation Projects
and other traffic management initiatives as
part of Council’s 2018/2019 Capital Works
Budget.
• Implementing the Waste, Recycling and Litter
Strategy 2018-2028.
• Incorporating integrated water management
practices into Council’s planning and projects.
• Partnering with the Western Alliance for
Greenhouse Action (WAGA), to investigate
options for large-scale renewable energy.
• Implementing actions within the Climate
Change Adaptation Framework including
Integrated Heatwave Response Plans.
• Continuing to encourage and facilitate
community participation in environmental
activities by:
- Facilitating environmental campaigns
including Clean Up Australia Day, World
Environment Day and National Tree Day.
- Providing support to ‘Friends of’ groups
and other community groups to engage
in environmental initiatives.
• Continuing to implement street tree
planting programs as part of the Urban
Forest Strategy.
• Implementing actions identified through
2017/2018 review of:
- Biodiversity Strategy
- Greenhouse Reduction Strategy
- Sustainable Water Strategy.
• Implementing the Habitat Connectivity Plan
including the Maribyrnong River Research
Project.
• Continuing to actively manage conservation
assets through revegetation, pest plan/
animal control and ecological burns.
• Administering the Sustainable Land
Management Grant Scheme.
• Implementing the subsidised cat desexing
program to support residents and reduce the
impact on the environment.
• Facilitating the Maribyrnong Valley
Connection Project.
Future Initiatives 2019-2020
• Undertaking a feasibility study to determine
models for community-managed gardens and
community needs.
• Establishing partnerships in the planning
and delivery of needs-based activities and
programs that aim to support men’s health.
• Continuing to facilitate the Brimbank
Collective Action Committee to lead, initiate
and establish a collective impact project
aimed at closing health and social outcome
gaps for the Brimbank community over a
10-year period.
• Increasing opportunities for young people to
create positive change in their communities
and to have input into Council decision
making via the implementation of the Youth
Participation and Engagement Model.
• Supporting children to showcase civic pride
and community spirit via the implementation
of the Dynamic Young Citizens program.
• Completing upgrades to sports facilities
(including pavilions, lighting, change rooms
and sports surfaces) as determined by the
Sports Facility Development Plan 2018.
• Undertaking a feasibility study for the
redevelopment of the St Albans and Deer
Park libraries.
• Celebrating and promoting Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander arts and culture through
the commissioning of Indigenous art in
Council buildings.
• Developing the Brimbank Children’s
Strategy (2020-2024) to improve health,
wellbeing and educational outcomes for
children 0-8 years.
• Continuing to support female sport
participation including Brimbank Female
Football festival, change room upgrades and
the Daughters of the West program.
Key Achievements
• Implementing a range of actions from
multiple plans and strategies that aim to
continue to enhance health and wellbeing
outcomes of the Brimbank community,
including:
- Brimbank Physical Activity Strategy
- Year One actions
- Brimbank Culture Strategy
- Year One actions
- Brimbank Age Friendly City Plan
– Year One actions
- Brimbank Disability Action Plan
– Year Two actions
- Brimbank Settlement Action Plan
- Year One actions
- Brimbank Volunteer Strategy
– Year One actions
- Brimbank Festival and Events Strategy
- Year One actions
• Evaluation of the expanded breastfeeding
support service pilot program.
• Continued implementation of sports
facilities upgrades inclusive of female sport
participation.
• Development and implementation of the
Brimbank Fairness, Equality and Respect
Strategy.
• Delivery of a series of events and activities to
increase education and engagement about
community safety.
• Continued work with services working
towards improved access to alcohol and other
drug services.
• Development of the Brimbank Electronic
Gambling Policy.
• Ongoing implementation of the Brimbank
Social Justice Charter and support for the
special interest group.
• Development of the Inclusivity Framework,
designed to reduce health inequalities
amongst LGBTIQ young people.
• Increasing opportunities for civic engagement
for primary school-aged children through
the delivery of the Dynamic Young Citizens
Program and young people aged 12-25 years
via the Brimbank Youth Council.
• Continuing to provide a strong network of
equitable and accessible services, facilities
and open space.
• Completing stages of analysis and
consultation to explore the feasibility for
future youth centre facilities.
• Implementing a range of facility upgrades
identified in the Community Services and
Infrastructure Plan.
• Implementing the Festival and Events
Grants Program.
• Commencing the installation of the
2019/2020 Public Art Commission in
accordance with the 2018-2021 Public
Art Strategy.

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Highlights of the year (continued)
Our Goal:
A Prosperous Community
Strategic Objectives:
• People are able to access quality
education and lifelong learning
opportunities
People are able to find and
maintain jobs that provide income
security
• The local economy is strong and
provides opportunities for the
community to thrive
• Housing is of good quality, well
located and affordable
• Brimbank is a leading destination
for business, working, learning,
recreation and living
Key Achievements
• Implementing Year Two of the Strategic
Framework for Library Collections including
investigating new library formats in response
to changing community needs.
• Activating Brimbank Learning Futures at Visy
Cares Hub through partnership development
and community engagement.
• Developing a five-year Strategy and Action
Plan for Council-managed Neighbourhood
Houses.
• Supporting community learning through
innovation in library and neighbourhood
house programs, services and resources.
• Identifying and developing responses to key
issues in learning and education.
• Advocating to State and Federal governments
for improved education provision.
• Supporting the operation of iHarvest
Coworking Sunshine space.
• Implementing Year Two actions of the
Western Youth Employment Partnership
Action Plan.
• Implementing Year One actions of the
Youth Jobs Strategy in partnership with key
stakeholders.
• Completing and commencing implementation
of the Brimbank Industrial Land Use Strategy.
• Implementing Year Two Brimbank Economic
Development Strategy actions.
• Continuing to deliver the Economic
Development Gardening Program.
• Completing and commencing implementation
of the St Albans Town Centre Place
Management Business Plan.
• Completing and commencing implementation
the Sunshine Town Centre Strategic Business
Plan, and continuing the implementation of
the Sunshine Rising Program.
• Continuing to administer the current
Sunshine Marketing and Business
Development Special Rate scheme.
• Renewing the St Albans Marketing and
Business Development Special Rate scheme.
• Undertaking a municipal industry analysis to
identify industry gaps and opportunities to
inform future investment.
• Advocating to State Government for
increased supply of social and affordable
housing.
• Implementing the Experience Brimbank
Strategy.
• Continuing to undertake activities to attract
investment and facilitate development with
a focus on employment areas, including
the Sunshine National Employment and
Innovation Cluster.
Future Initiatives 2019-2020
• In collaboration with partners, increase
the provision of programs and services at
Brimbank Learning Futures that support
re-engagement with education, training and
employment.
• Work to transform Council’s neighbourhood
houses and community centres into sites of
belonging and learning for people from all
backgrounds and life stages
• Increase resources to plan, co-design and
deliver low cost and no cost activities at
Council-run neighbourhood houses that
support the strategic themes of belonging
and learning for all.
• Implement the Western Youth Employment
Partnership Action Plan including leveraging
local government procurement for better
youth employment outcomes.
• Continue to support the operation of iHarvest
Coworking Sunshine to provide a vibrant and
affordable co-working location for start-ups,
entrepreneurs, freelancers and business
through:
- Operation and promotion of iHarvest
- Business development and networking
program.
• Continue to undertake activities and facilitate
development to attract investment with
a focus on employment areas, including
the Sunshine National Employment and
Innovation Cluster.
• Work in partnership with a range of
stakeholders in the planning and
development stages of the State
Government’s implementation of the Western
Rail Plan (including the Melbourne Airport Rail
Link and the Sunshine Super Hub).
Our Goal:
An Innovative and Responsive
‘Community First’ Council
Strategic Objectives:
• Council is fair, honest and
transparent
• Council advocates and works in the
interests of our community
• Council manages its assets
and finances sustainably and
responsibly
Council staff are high-performing
and community-focused
Key Achievements
• Piloting and reviewing a system for
Councillor Portfolio Briefings.
• Conducting a bi-annual fraud awareness
program.
• Reporting on outcomes of annual Local
Government Community Satisfaction Survey.
• Implementing business transformation
projects with a focus on customer-centric
benefits and automated systems and
processes.
• Continuing to advocate to State and
Commonwealth governments to implement
the Brimbank Advocacy Plan, delivering
coordinated and systematic approaches to
advocacy.
• Commencing implementation of the Resilient
Brimbank Framework which identifies
our commitments and actions to help our
community adapt, survive and thrive –
whatever the future may bring.
• Providing information to the community
on the range of services, community
organisations and facilities available in
Brimbank.
• Enhancing the language services
program to improve access for people
from CALD backgrounds to information
and services of Council.
• Implementing ongoing marketing activities to
promote People, Pride and Places in Brimbank.
• Reviewing the Communications Strategy to
strengthen Council’s communication to the
community.
• Implementing the Brimbank Community
Engagement Toolkit.
• Reviewing and implementing the Annual
Budget and Long Term Financial Plan in
accordance with Legislative requirements.
• Finalising annual accounts by 30 September
each year.
• Continuing to offer staff learning and
development programs.
Future Initiatives 2019-2020
• Review legislative governance and reporting
in line with new
Local Government Act
requirements.
• Develop the Brimbank Innovation Framework
to prioritise implementation of a range of
Community First projects.
• Continue to implement a range of advocacy
initiatives identified and prioritised within the
Brimbank Advocacy Plan and Framework.
• Implement ongoing marketing activities to
the We are Brimbank campaign that promotes
People, Pride and Places in Brimbank.
• Implement Year One actions as directed by
the Brimbank People Strategy that aim to
attract, recruit and retain highly skilled and
experienced people to work for Council.

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Message from the Mayor
The year in review
Message from the Mayor
Brimbank is a municipality on the
move. Now more than ever, it is
important that as a Council we are
connected to and advocating for
our community’s needs, recognising
the challenges and pushing forward
with a progressive agenda for a
future that serves us all.
This is the second full financial year of
Brimbank’s democratically elected council and
with the help of the community, we have been
kicking goals in advocating for strong outcomes
for Brimbank that will make a difference for how
this municipality grows, and how our diverse
communities are supported in the future.
As a western region council, we have
continued to advocate to the Federal and
State governments to support initiatives
providing Brimbank with better transport,
job and investment, education and economic
opportunities.
While support for the landmark project Sunshine
Super Hub Project was announced in 2018,
it’s pleasing that a number of other related
opportunities have been progressing towards
our goal of a prosperous future for Brimbank.
Real highlights for me include:
• Adopting the Brimbank Community Vision
2040 in September 2018
• Adopting the Keilor Downs Urban Design
Framework for the precinct and progressing
plans for a world-class wellbeing hub in place
of the St Albans Leisure Centre
• Brimbank was the first council in Victoria to
advocate to be identified as a new Victorian
Priority Precinct in March 2019
• Brimbank signed an MOU with Melbourne
Airport in May 2019 which commits both
to working together for the betterment of
Brimbank through jobs and career pathways
• Council contributed to the Western Rail
Response Strategy in June 2019, further
advocating for our game changing project the
Sunshine Super Hub
• Gaining the commitment from the State
Government for the level crossing removals
on the Ballarat and Geelong lines
These strategies and agreements all help give
the region a helping hand to a more prosperous
future including better social and cultural
outcomes, economic and environmental
outcomes, amenity enhancement, and
education opportunities.
A number of Council projects and initiatives
have also made a tangible difference in our
community including a capital works program
worth $57.1 million and 28 capital works
projects worth $7 million to improve sports
facilities for community benefit. Council is
continuing to invest heavily in upgrading
female-friendly change rooms across the
municipality and this has included the Bon
Thomas Reserve upgrade and seven other
sporting facilities with female-friendly change
room upgrades.
Upgrades to Princess Street, and the $7.2 million
spent on open space projects including the
upgrade to Sunvale Community Park, Kurung
Drive Reserve and Ashton Avenue Reserve
through the award-winning Creating Better
Parks Policy and Plan, give real and tangible
outcomes to the community.
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.
During this period, Council was able to facilitate
community grants funding to 153 community
groups to the value of $600,000, providing
great local support.
Celebrating and showcasing real pride and
diversity in our communities, I was privileged
to attend community events like the We Are
Brimbank Awards, which were introduced for
the first time in 2018. Council also facilitated the
first phase of the ‘Welcome. We are Brimbank.’
campaign which proudly showcased our
wonderful community members and what this
city has to offer.
The Annual Report 2018-2019 brings life to
the work of Council officers, Councillors and
our community.
For their continuing good work in advocating
for their constituents, I would like to recognise
my fellow councillors, who have the same
passion for making Brimbank great that I do.
It is truly a privilege to serve alongside them.
I would also like to thank our Council officers
for the care and dedication they show to the
Brimbank community in carrying out a diverse
range of roles.
Brimbank has had a good year and has a great
future. We look forward to continuing the work
for Brimbank together with our community.
Cr Lucinda Congreve
Mayor, Brimbank City Council
Challenges and opportunities
Our population is evolving
Brimbank is a dynamic, bustling and growing
place at the heart of Melbourne’s booming
west. People living and working in Brimbank,
and our many visitors, are already experiencing
significant and positive change. The City’s
population is more than 200,000 and is
expected to grow by 9.2 per cent or 21,190 new
residents by 2038. The challenges of shifting
demographics, Government policy and service
model reforms, ensuring social equity and
access in a constrained fiscal environment, are
transforming the way in which services and
infrastructure are funded and delivered to meet
future needs. The following are examples of
the opportunities and challenges that Brimbank
faces now and into the future:
Transforming Brimbank
The $10 billion commitment towards
constructing the Melbourne Airport Rail Link
(MARL) via Sunshine provides a transformative
opportunity to unlock the limitless potential
of Melbourne’s West. Brimbank City Council is
excited about the new job, education, health
and fairness opportunities associated with
the Sunshine Super Hub, and major transport
projects associated with the Melbourne Airport
Rail Link, Western Rail Plan and Suburban Rail
Loop. This once-in-a-generation investment
provides the opportunity to help us address key
social challenges, by delivering fair outcomes
for locals.
St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub
The much-loved St Albans Leisure Centre (at
90 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs) is old, tired and
needs to be rebuilt. We can do much better by
investing to build a new world-class wellbeing
precinct that includes state-of-the-art aquatic
and leisure facilities, alongside health and
wellbeing services to be delivered by co-located
tenants under the same roof.
Waste Management
Brimbank City Council endeavours to deliver an
effective, cost-efficient kerbside recyclables
collection service for our community, however
changes to government recycling policy within
China has resulted in failure of the Australian
recycling market. This has resulted in closure
of Council’s contracted recyclables processing
facility (SKM) increasing processing costs for
Council. Brimbank City Council will continue to
work to resolve this throughout the 2019/2020
financial year.
Environmental Equity
Generational rubbish dumping, land clearing and
pollution for the benefit of broader Melbourne
has placed a continued environmental burden
and injustice on the West that must be
addressed.
Financial Management
Brimbank City Council continues to strive
for responsible financial management to
balance ways in which we meet the changing
expectations of the community with the
challenge of reduced rate capping and
uncertain levels of grant funding from other
levels of government.
Asset and Capital Works Programs
Brimbank City Council’s capital works program
is responsive to changing community needs,
ensuring effective planning for community
services and infrastructure delivery over the
next 20 years. The schedule of building and
maintaining our capital works program is
impacted by a funding and skill shortage as
a result of large-scale infrastructure projects
underway across Victoria.

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Underlying Surplus / (Deficit) $'000
19,607
4,077
26,528
13,787
12,557
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2018-19
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Working Capital Ratio (%)
145.44
220.11
235.00
200.66
161.79
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Financial summary
Chief Executive Officer’s message
On behalf of Brimbank City Council,
I’m pleased to introduce the
Council’s 2018-2019 Annual Report.
This past year has really set the
direction of a future Brimbank,
outlining what is important to our
communities and our partners.
Our challenge is always in balancing the
day-to-day operational needs and maintaining
the City’s infrastructure and services to the
highest standards, with planning for a future
that has as many challenges as opportunities.
We continue to strive for responsible financial
management to balance the ways in which we
meet changing community expectations with
the challenge of reduced rate capping. The
organisation’s financial position for 2018-2019
remains sound. Council achieved a $36.3 million
surplus in 2018-2019. This surplus compares
favourably to the budgeted surplus of $19.0
million. This simply means that Council can meet
its future commitments and support the needs
of the community.
Brimbank City Council is focused on supporting
the community in practical and tangible ways,
like making sure our capital works program is
innovative, future focused and responsive to
changing community needs, ensuring effective
planning for services and infrastructure over the
next 20 years.
Signalling a solid year, we also had $593 million
total value of new building projects come
through Council.
Another key highlight is the work Council has
been doing in making services accessible to our
community. In this period, Brimbank introduced
Brimbank Chat
to the website as well as new
online reporting tool
Report it
, an easy way to
talk to us online and tell us about things that
need to be fixed.
These services and activities are important to
Council’s everyday operation.
At the same time, Council is looking forward
and planning for what Brimbank will look like
in 2040.
The City’s population is already more than
200,000 and is expected to grow by 9.2 per
cent, or 21,190 new residents by 2038. We need
to be ready for this and take advantage of the
opportunities that benefit us.
We are excited about the new job, education,
health and fairness opportunities associated
with the Sunshine Super Hub, and major
transport projects with the Melbourne Airport
Rail Link, Western Rail Plan and Suburban Rail
Loop. This once-in-a-generation investment
provides us with the opportunity to address key
social challenges while delivering fair outcomes
for locals.
Statistics and numbers tell part of the story
of Brimbank’s success, but the real success of
these projects is down to the community and
the Council staff who run, facilitate or support
them.
Our Councillors and Mayor are passionate about
their communities and I thank them for working
alongside us tirelessly to represent community
views and make good decisions within the
important remit they have at the coalface of
government.
To the community members who support,
advocate, work and volunteer with Council-led
activities, thank you for your continued support
and enthusiasm for the work of this Council.
And finally to the Council staff who live and
work here and have a passion to make this
municipality better for all of us, thank you.
This past financial year has been both
challenging and rewarding and we are focused
on continuing to provide the best services for
our community into the next one.
Helen Morrissey
Chief Executive Officer
Financial summary
The 2018-2019 financial year
results reflect Council’s ongoing
commitment to financial and
infrastructure sustainability as
outlined in Council’s Long Term
Financial Plan.
Financial summary
Council’s financial position continues to remain
sound. Detailed information relating to Council’s
financial performance is included within
the Financial Statements and Performance
Statement sections of this Report.
Council manages over $2.4 billion in assets.
These comprise land, building and other
infrastructure assets such as roads, footpaths
and bike paths and drainage.
Operating position
Council achieved a surplus of $36.3 million in
2018-2019. This surplus compares favourably
to the budgeted surplus of $19.0 million. The
adjusted underlying surplus of Council, after
removing non-recurrent capital grants, cash
capital contributions and non-monetary capital
contributions, is $19.6 million. Sustaining an
adjusted underlying surplus is a critical financial
strategy that provides capacity to renew the
$2.4 billion of community assets under Council’s
control, and build new infrastructure to meet
the expectations of our growing community.
Liquidity
The working capital ratio, which assesses
Council’s ability to meet current commitments,
is calculated by measuring Council’s current
assets as a percentage of current liabilities.
Council’s result of 162 per cent is an indicator
of satisfactory financial position and is in line
with the expected target band of 100 per cent
to 400 per cent.

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40
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70
90
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87
68
57
76
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76
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Description of operations
Obligations
Council aims to ensure that it is able to maintain
its infrastructure assets at the expected levels,
while at the same time continuing to deliver the
services needed by the community.
At the end of the 2018-2019 year Council’s debt
ratio, which is measured by comparing interest
bearing loans and borrowings to rate revenue,
was 40 per cent, which was within the expected
target band of 20-60 per cent.
Council’s asset renewal ratio, which is measured
by comparing asset renewal expenditure to
depreciation, was 66 per cent, which is below
the expected target band of 90-110 per cent.
A number of road works projects had been
delayed during the year which has contributed
to the reduction of the renewal compared to
previous years.
Stability and efficiency
Council receives a wide range of revenues
including rates, user fees, fines, grants and
contributions. Despite this, Council’s rates
concentration, which compares rate revenue
to adjusted underlying revenue, was 73 per
cent for the 2018-2019 year, which is towards
the top end of the expected target band of
40-80 per cent. The average residential rate
per residential assessment was $1,658, which
compares favourably to similar Councils in the
outer metropolitan area.
Economic factors
Rate capping
The Victorian Government imposed a rate cap
on all Victorian councils of 2.25 per cent for the
2018-2019 year. Brimbank City Council did not
seek a variation to the cap.
State Government landfill levy
The State Government landfill levy increased by
1.6 per cent in 2018-2019.
Labour cost increases
Wage inflation rates for the 2018-2019 year
were as per Council Enterprise Bargaining
Agreement (EBA 8) of 2.15 per cent. The June
2019 Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate was 1.6
per cent.
Description of operations
Brimbank City Council provides a
range of services and programs that
reflect the needs and expectations
of the community.
The Annual Budget 2018-2019 focused on
delivering value to the community in a rate
capped environment.
It was designed as a financially responsible
budget that aimed at minimising the impact
of the constraint on revenue raising while
continuing to deliver quality projects and
services for the Brimbank community.
The budget attempted to strike a balance
between maintaining current levels of service,
reducing operational costs and reviewing the
way some programs are delivered.
Council’s operations are broad ranging and
include managing roads and infrastructure,
waste and environment services, public
facilities, the community’s wellbeing, and other
services and programs. Community take-up
of the services and programs shows the
importance of these Council functions.
The Council Plan 2017-2021 (adopted in August
2017) outlines Council’s Strategic Directions,
which are supported by a number of other
Council strategies, plans and policies. This
includes the Annual Budget 2018-2019, which
highlights project priorities and spending.
Council’s Strategic Objectives are monitored
by a set of service performance indicators and
measures. They offer a corporate framework
for the delivery of services, facilities, support
and advocacy, and for achieving the vision and
objectives outlined in the Brimbank Community
Plan. The Council Plan sets out Council’s key
strategic directions and actions for a four-year
period.
Council’s actions are guided by Victorian and
Australian legislation which supports good
governance and enables Council to responsibly
deliver a community first approach.
Major capital works
During 2018-2019 Council delivered a capital
works program of $57.1 million (including $11.7
million carried forward from 2017-2018). Major
capital work projects included the following:
Roads, footpaths and pedestrian facilities
and traffic management
Council continued to implement the Road
Management Plan through the delivery of a
$22.368 million road works and $2.0 million
traffic management program.
Key highlights included:
• Road pavement rehabilitation projects,
including forward design ($14.468 million)
• Road pavement asphalt overlay projects –
various locations ($3.924 million)
• Footpath rehabilitation program - various
locations ($3.135 million)
• Construction of road humps – various
locations ($488,700)
• Construction/modification of roundabouts –
various locations ($284,570)
• Traffic Signals - various locations ($277,040)
• Ingress/Egress treatments - various locations
($69,860)
• Pedestrian facilities and missing links -
various locations ($36,746)
Town centre works
Council commenced a range of works to improve
amenity, connectivity and ambience in town
centres. This included work on the following
projects, which will continue in 2019-2020:
• Errington Precinct Master Plan, St Albans:
Princess Street upgrade ($906,446)
• Sunshine Town Centre – Hampshire Road
upgrade ($2.078 million)
• St Albans Town Centre – public realm
improvement – St Albans Square ($103,166)
• St Albans Town Centre Car Park ($248,730)
• Medium sized activity centres – place
upgrades ($356,070)
Funding for the Brimbank Multi Deck Car Park
– Stage 2 development was held over to 2019-
2020, pending a Council resolution on a proposal
to defer construction.
Sports facilities
Council continued to invest in upgrades at
sporting facilities across the municipality in
order to improve health and wellbeing outcomes
across the community. Council completed a
range of projects, including the following:
• Keilor Park Sports Precinct Car Park Upgrade
($1.651 million)
• Arthur Beachley Reserve – Pavilion
development ($404,077)
• Sports surface/ground reconstruction
program – McKechnie Reserve Pitch 1
($984,952)
• Sports reserve lighting upgrade program –
Ralph Reserve & Ainsworth Reserve; Churchill
Reserve Pitch 3; Keilor Lodge Soccer Pitch 3;
Ardeer Reserve Soccer Pitch ($1.236 million)
• Keilor Park Sports Club – Change room
upgrade ($821,263)
• Keilor Park Softball Change rooms ($361,568)
Council also commenced work to upgrade the
Errington Precinct Master Plan, St. Albans –
Stage 3: New tennis courts ($1.0 million).
Parks, playground and open space upgrades
Council spent $7.2 million on open space
projects, including the ongoing implementation
of the award-winning Creating Better Parks –
Open Space and Playground Policy and Plan. The
Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan is ensuring
Council meets the needs of existing and
future communities by creating an attractive,
integrated, accessible and comprehensive open
space network for Brimbank.
Highlights included commencement of works at
the following parks, to continue in 2018-2019:
• The Lakes Reserve, Taylors Lakes
($2.11 million)
• H.V. McKay Gardens, Sunshine ($262,489)
Other highlights included completion of the
following park upgrades:
• Davitt Drive Reserve upgrade ($429,150)
• Sunvale Community Park, Sunshine
($440,712 in 2018/2019)
• New skate facility at Delahey Recreation
Reserve, Delahey ($296,912)
• Four playground upgrades ($454,971):
• Ashton Avenue Reserve, St Albans
• Eurora Court/Koroit Place, Taylors Lakes
• Arthur Beachley Reserve, Sunshine West
• O’Connors Paddock, Cairnlea.
Sustainability projects
Council seeks to build a legacy of sustainability,
which enables an engaged and resilient
community that supports a sustainable
environment containing rich social, economic
and environmental characteristics. Council
continued to invest in sustainability projects
and spent $913,000 including greenhouse
gas reduction programs and improving water
efficiencies. Greenhouse gas emissions
reduction program has commenced and will
continue in 2019-2020.
Bike paths and shared paths
Council completed a range of bike paths and
shared paths projects to connect Brimbank,
including the following:
• Harvester Road off-road cycle path, Sunshine
($1.330 million)
• Stradbroke Drive to Percy Street, St Albans
($127,777)
• Kororoit Creek Recreational Trail, Deer Park
($178,242)
Sydenham Rail Corridor Bicycle Track has
commenced and will continue in 2019-2020.
Community facilities
Council invested $3.199 million in
improvements to community facilities, such
as neighbourhood houses, to provide suitable
spaces for community activities. This included
improvements to kitchens, heating/cooling,
storage, flooring and playgrounds.
Drainage rehabilitation
Council spent $825,896 on drainage
rehabilitation, including underground drainage
upgrades, installing water quality devices and
minor improvement works.

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July 2018
• Council organised a special exhibition of
photographic works called ‘Honouring women
of the west’, featuring local Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander women, as part of
NAIDOC Week (8-15 July 2018).
• Brimbank celebrated National Tree Day, with
more than 2000 trees planted at Taylors
Valley, Keilor Downs. Residents rolled up
their sleeves and joined thousands of other
Australians to create a healthier environment.
• Council welcomed a LaunchVic
announcement of $100,000 funding for an
exciting program of business mentoring,
masterclasses, workshops and networking
for start-ups, entrepreneurs, freelancers
and small businesses at the new iHarvest
Coworking Sunshine space.
• Council approved a $1.5 million car park
upgrade at the Keilor Park Recreation Reserve
to create space for 381 parking bays, and new
walking paths and crossings to improve safety
at the busy sporting reserve.
• Council made Maternal and Child Health
(MCH) services even more accessible to the
community by introducing a new fast and
easy online appointment service.
• Council made progress towards reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning
to a low carbon city by adopting the Revised
Greenhouse Reduction Strategy 2013-2023
mid-term review.
• Council welcomed the Victorian Premier’s $5
billion commitment to make the Melbourne
Airport Rail Link a reality – with a route
through Sunshine set to strengthen the
entire west of Melbourne.
• Council made it easier for Brimbank residents
to install solar power and save money on their
electricity bills with two Council endorsed
initiatives – the Solar Savers program and
Positive Charge solar program.
• Brimbank launched the ‘Stop the Rubbish’
campaign to clamp down on illegal rubbish
dumping and clean up local streets.
August 2018
• Council celebrated National Science Week at
Sunshine Library, by putting on educational
events at the Science Discovery Dome.
• Council celebrated National Literacy and
Numeracy Week at Brimbank Libraries by
hosting a range of exciting activities.
• Council welcomed the State Government’s
extension of the pilot program of the Officer
for the Protection of the Local Environment,
which had been introduced as part of the
Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
reforms to provide more effective regulation
of environmental issues.
• Council invited the community to get active
with In2Sport, a community program that
helps young people across Brimbank join in
local sports.
• Council brought back the Garage Sale Trail
to Brimbank. The national initiative returned
to our community to help raise awareness
around reducing waste and recycling.
• Brimbank Council welcomed an
announcement by Minister for Sport, the Hon
John Eren MP, for $250,000 funding towards
the Floodlighting Upgrade Project at Churchill
Reserve in St Albans.
• Council welcomed an announcement pledge
by AFL Victoria of $100,000 towards
female-friendly change room upgrades at
Lionheart Reserve in Taylors Lakes, John
McLeod Reserve in Deer Park and Keilor Park
Recreation Reserve.
• Council welcomed an announcement by
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny
Mikakos MP, of an expansion of the State
wide Enhanced Maternal and Child Health
service, and the introduction of newly
revised program guidelines.
• Brimbank Council’s recent upgrade to
Dawson Street Sunshine won a Landscape
Architecture Award at the annual Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects Victorian
Chapter awards.
September 2018
• Students from several Brimbank schools
became teachers for a day at the University
Park Primary School ‘Waste Not…want not:
Let’s aim for zero waste’ event, which was part
of Kids Teaching Kids Week (3-7 September).
• Council put the spotlight on safety during
Community Safety Month with a series of
events focusing on personal and community
safety.
• Brimbank seniors were invited to celebrate
Brimbank Seniors Festival in style, with
excursions, dancing, workshops, a dress-up
catwalk and more.
• Council welcomed an announcement by
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence
Natalie Hutchins of funding for a new
approach to preventing family violence. The
new Brimbank Dads program will support new
fathers and those with children under five to
challenge rigid gender stereotypes and build
community awareness about the important
role that fathers play.
• Brimbank Council introduced a new online
reporting tool, Report It, making it easier for
the community to report an issue or request a
service. Report It allows residents to report an
issue or lodge a service request by submitting
details via Council’s website.
• Brimbank Council and the community
celebrated 100 park projects delivered across
Brimbank with the opening of the much
anticipated Sunvale Community Park.
• Council commenced upgrade works at
McKechnie Reserve in St Albans. The ground
renovation work started on the sportsground
at McKechnie Reserve, which once complete,
will be a game changer for sport at the
reserve.
October 2018
• Brimbank officially opened the new sports
change room facilities at Bon Thomas
Reserve, Deer Park, on 1 October, along
with Minister for Local Government, The
Honourable Marlene Kairouz MP.
• Council celebrated the 2018 Brimbank
Writers and Readers Festival by putting on a
10-day program of events.
• Council celebrated the inaugural Daughters
of the West, as almost 50 Brimbank women
successfully completed the 10-week
program.
• The Brimbank Community Fund awarded
grants of $11,500 to three local charity
organisations working with vulnerable
Brimbank youth.
• The winners of the inaugural 2018 We
Are Brimbank Awards were announced at
a special ceremony on 5 October at the
Bowery Theatre at STACC.
• Council launched a new business program at
the new iHarvest Coworking Sunshine, for
start-ups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and
businesses.
• A Brimbank #MeToo Forum shone a light
on violence against women and explored
related issues. It was a part of Council’s
commitment to promoting gender equality,
and preventing family violence and violence
against women and children.
• Brimbank Council installed an innovative new
water filtration system for Sunshine Leisure
Centre, to save energy and water and enable
an estimated $20,000 cost saving per year.
• Students from two Brimbank primary
schools unveiled projects showcasing their
civic pride and community spirit – with two
Family Fun Days in Albanvale and Sunshine.
The projects were part of Council’s Dynamic
Young Citizens of Brimbank program –
which supports students to identify local
issues and work with Council to complete
local projects that add value to their
neighbourhoods.
• Council awarded $600,000 in Brimbank
Community Grants to strengthen and
celebrate community, to 153 not-for-profit
community groups and organisations
for a diverse range of projects including
supporting youth, seniors, the arts, sports,
festivals and more.
• Council welcomed the Labor Party’s election
commitment for better rail services to
Brimbank, Melton and along the Ballarat
train line as outlined in its Western Rail Plan.
September 2018 (continued)
• Council adopted the first Youth Jobs Strategy
2018-2023, which created framework for
effectively considering and responding to
high youth unemployment rates in Brimbank
and will guide Council’s response.
• Council endorsed the Brimbank Youth
Council (BYC) as part of Council’s new
Youth Participation and Engagement
Model. A new Brimbank Youth Council will
give young people across the municipality
a stronger voice in decision-making.
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November 2018
• Council completed a $1.4 million sports
pavilion upgrade at the Arthur Beachley
Reserve, at Ardoyne Street, Sunshine West.
The new pavilion provides a modern home
for the Rugby Union Club that will meet their
needs going forward, as well as accommodate
women, juniors and people of all abilities in
the wider community.
• Brimbank Council won a 2018 Victorian Award
for Planning Excellence from the Planning
Institute of Australia for its ‘Plan Brimbank’
engagement process.
• Brimbank Council’s new user-friendly
online tool that helps calculate and pay
a Development Contributions payment
through a simple process, won an award at
the Planning Institute of Australia’s Victorian
Awards for Planning Excellence.
• Council welcomed Federal Government
backing for Melbourne Airport Rail Link with
a stop at Sunshine and commended all levels
of government for endorsing Sunshine as the
best option for all Victorians.
• Brimbank Council investigated options to
support households to manage their food
and garden organic waste at home, such as
backyard composting.
• Council asked residents to rethink how they
view disability with a set of messages to
be rolled out across train stations in the
west ahead of International Day of People
with Disability. This was a joint project with
Hobsons Bay Council, Maribyrnong Council
and Metro Trains.
• Brimbank festive cheer spelled ‘welcome’
for all. Students from seven local primary
schools decorated a 1.2 metre high letter
from the word ‘Welcome’ as part of the We
are Brimbank campaign, showcasing cultural
diversity and community pride.
• Brimbank brought back the Giving Tree
Program to the community again this year to
offer residents an opportunity to donate non
perishable goods to help locals who might be
struggling during the festive season.
December 2018
• Council officially opened iHarvest
Coworking Sunshine, Melbourne’s newest
Coworking space which offers a vibrant and
affordable coworking location for start
ups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and small
business.
• Brimbank Council pushed for solutions
to address the City’s serious youth
unemployment problem in a bid to turn
around disturbing rates of disadvantage.
A Notice of Motion was adopted at the
Ordinary Council Meeting on 11 December,
committing Council to write to the Minister
for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, the Hon Martin
Pakula MP, and the Minister for Training and
Skills and Minister for Higher Education, the
Hon Gayle Tierney MP, seeking meetings to
discuss this issue.
January 2019
• Council launched In2Tennis Family Day at
Hampshire Square in Sunshine, kicking off
Brimbank’s 2019 In2Tennis program.
• The winners of the 2019 Brimbank Australia
Day Awards were announced at the Brimbank
Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and
Community Breakfast on 26 January at the
Kevin Wheelahan Gardens in Sunshine. The
Brimbank Australia Day Awards recognise
the exceptional contribution, hard work and
determination of local individuals making a
positive difference within Brimbank.
February 2019
• Council started construction of two
new kindergarten rooms with space to
accommodate 66 children in Sunshine.
The rooms, which will form part of the larger
Alexandra Avenue Children’s Centre, will cost
$1.49 million to build. The project is being
jointly funded by Brimbank City Council
($940,080) and the Victorian Government
($500,000) through the Department of
Education and Training Children’s Facilities
Capital Funding program.
• Council held a ‘Pop-Up Drive Through
Recycling Day’ at JR Parsons Reserve in
Sunshine, where Brimbank residents could
safely and conveniently drop off their large
unwanted household items, for reuse or
recycling – all at no charge.
• Brimbank Council called on the Australian
Local Government Association (ALGA) to
lobby for Federal Government action on early
education, gambling harm and sustainability.
• Brimbank Council called for the State
Government to take a zero tolerance
approach to the illegal storage and dumping
of industrial and hazardous waste, which
is a significant problem across the west,
and poses a high risk to both human and
environmental health.
• Brimbank Council introduced new ways to
help households manage their food and
garden organic waste at home, including
household composting, through the
Brimbank Home Composting Program.
• Brimbank Council called for a shared effort
to make sure the Sunshine Super Hub – part
of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL)
and Western Rail Plan – delivers maximum
benefits to Brimbank and Melbourne’s west.
March 2019
• Brimbank Council threw its hat in the ring to
become the Victorian Home of Football – the
future home of the Matildas, submitting an
EOI to Football Victoria to be considered for
the development.
• A heads of agreement signed by Prime Minister
Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel
Andrews cemented Sunshine’s position as
the CBD of the west by locking in a Melbourne
Airport Rail Link (MARL) with a stop at Sunshine.
• Council awarded a tender for a $3.34 upgrade
of the Lakes Reserve Flagship Park in Taylors
Lakes that would deliver a new activities and
leisure area, improved playground, better views
and more space for picnics.
• Council introduced ‘Brimbank Chat’, the latest
and one of the easiest ways to contact Council’s
customer service team to ask a question or get
advice from Council about our services.
• Council approved the construction of a $4.3
million sports and community pavilion and new
tennis courts valued at about $1.9 million for
Errington Reserve, St Albans.
April 2019
• Brimbank Youth Services and Brimbank
Libraries teamed up to bring the fun of
Victorian Youth Week to Brimbank. Victorian
Youth Week was a week-long celebration of
young people aged 12 to 25, celebrating the
positive contributions young people make to
the community.
• Brimbank Council offered residents a new
home composting program, including
discounted composting equipment, to
recycle their food scraps at home instead
of sending it to landfill.
• Council introduced year-round outdoor
swimming to the list of offerings at Sunshine
Leisure Centre.
• Brimbank Council reaffirmed its
commitment to supporting migrants and
new arrivals to successfully settle in our
community, under the Brimbank Settlement
Action Plan 2019-2023.
• Council released the Draft Annual Budget
2019-2020 for consultation.
• As the nation prepared to head to the federal
elections in May, Brimbank Council announced
it wanted key commitments from the major
parties for projects that will have real benefits
for its community such as the Sunshine Super
Hub, replacement of the St Albans Leisure
Centre, and fixing the Calder Freeway.
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• Brimbank Council welcomed a $5 million
funding commitment from the Federal Labor
Opposition towards an Australian-first project
in Melbourne’s west – the development of a
St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub.
• Brimbank Council launched a bold new
makeover of Princess Street, St Albans,
featuring a spectacular lighting display and
colourful designs inspired by the late Leigh
Bowery.
• Brimbank Council welcomed a $1.5 million
commitment from the Federal Labor
Opposition to support safety and crime
prevention measures across our community.
• Brimbank celebrated diversity and joined
the festivities for the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan at the Iftar Community Dinner.
• Under a newly signed Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU), Brimbank City Council
and Melbourne Airport renewed their
commitment to work together on a range of
shared opportunities and community issues.
• The colourful letter ‘E’, created by Furlong
Park School for Deaf Children as part of the
WELCOME sign decorated by local schools,
was voted the community’s favourite.
• Council hailed the 2019 Victorian Budget a
success, as it will deliver significant gains for
Brimbank across infrastructure, education
and health care – responding to Council’s key
advocacy asks.
June 2019
• At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 June
2019, Council declared a state of climate
emergency and decided to prepare a Climate
Emergency Plan outlining how to best act on
the climate emergency.
• Brimbank celebrated National Tree Day on
2 June with a community planting day, in
which community members and the Friends
of the Maribyrnong planted 1,700 native
shrubs, grasses and wildflowers to improve
local grasslands at Sydenham Park.
• Brimbank Council adopted an Annual Budget
2019-2020, which allocated $71.6 million
to community infrastructure projects, and
under which the vast majority of residential
ratepayers – 72 per cent – will receive a
reduction in their rates for 2019-2020
financial year.
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Strategies, policies and plans adopted
Strategies, policies and plans adopted
Council adopted the following strategies, policies and plans in 2018-2019.
July 2018
Public Toilet Strategy 2018-2030
The strategy outlines plans to provide more
public toilets at key locations across Brimbank.
The strategy balanced the need for adequate
facilities with the significant costs associated
with installing and maintaining public toilets.
Greenhouse Reduction Strategy 2013-2023
The strategy was developed as part of Council’s
commitment to a significant reduction of
greenhouse emissions under the Brimbank
Sustainability Framework, and provides the
strategic direction, targets, and actions to
be delivered over 10 years. The strategy will
help Council reduce its corporate greenhouse
emissions by 50 per cent by 2023 and continue
support for community greenhouse reductions
and energy efficiency across the municipality.
August 2018
Community Engagement Policy 2018
The policy articulates Council’s commitment to
genuine and effective community engagement
to inform decision-making and is consistent
with the Victorian Auditor General’s Office Public
Participation Principles. The policy applies to
Council’s community engagement generally.
Brimbank Festivals and Events Policy and
Strategy 2018-2021
This defines Council’s role and ways it will support
a program of festivals and events. It articulates
the resource commitments Council will make
and how it will work with the local community to
ensure festivals and events are inclusive, best
practice, sustainable and flourishing.
Experience Brimbank Visitor Strategy
2018-2023
The strategy was a specific action of the
Brimbank Economic Development Strategy
2016-2020 and contributes to the goal of
growing industry and development in the local
visitor economy. The strategy will become
the central focus of Council efforts to improve
Brimbank’s image as a visitor destination.
Resilient Brimbank Framework 2018-2022
The Resilient Brimbank framework identifies
Brimbank Council’s commitments and actions to
help the community adapt, survive and thrive –
whatever the future may bring.
September 2018
The Brimbank Community Vision 2040
The Brimbank Community Vision 2040
describes the community’s vision and priorities
for the next 20 years under the themes of
People, Place and Prosperity. Each theme
contains strategic directions which the
community identified as priorities.
Brimbank Youth Jobs Strategy 2018-2023
The strategy responds to Brimbank’s high
youth unemployment rate. The strategy was
developed by local young people, for local
young people with Brimbank Council to achieve
the vision of supporting young people to build
career and work paths.
Sustainable Water Strategy 2013-2023
(2018 update)
The strategy establishes a strategic vision
of Brimbank becoming ‘a water sensitive City
with healthy waterways.’ The strategy is part
of Council’s vision for a water sensitive City
with healthy waterways, under the Brimbank
Sustainability Framework. The strategy outlines
Council’s commitment to capturing the social,
economic and environmental benefits of an
Integrated Water Cycle Management approach.
Brimbank Lifelong Learning Strategy 2018-
2023
The strategy seeks to achieve better learning
outcomes throughout Brimbank, to support
both individual success and community
strengthening.
October 2018
Brimbank Physical Activity Strategy 2018
Brimbank residents are amongst some of the
most vulnerable communities to a range of
health issues. The Brimbank Physical Activity
Strategy is Council’s commitment to support and
develop physical activity participation as part of
a broader health and wellbeing approach.
November 2018
Activity Centre Strategy 2018
The Brimbank Activity Centre Strategy promotes
the development of successful activity centres
for Brimbank’s community. It identifies ways to
support activity centres and their stakeholders,
ensuring planning for economic viability and
ongoing improvements into the future, and
provides an overarching policy and work
program for both smaller and larger centres.
Community Services and Infrastructure Plan
2018-2038
The plan sets out Council’s goals for providing
quality services and facilities in ways that can
serve the community now and into the future.
It helps shape the future needs of community
services and infrastructure across Brimbank.
Brimbank Social Justice Charter 2018
Council is committed to being a leader in the
area of social justice; and developed its first
Social Justice Charter in 2008. A review of
the 2012 Charter led to the adoption of the
Brimbank Social Justice Charter 2018. The
charter will continue to shape a culture of social
justice in the City of Brimbank.
Biodiversity Strategy 2012-2022 and
Revised Action Plan 2018
The Biodiversity Strategy was developed as
part of a commitment to protect, maintain and
enhance biodiversity within Brimbank and will
provide the direction to protect and increase the
diversity and sustainability of remnant vegetation
and fauna habitat across the municipality.

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Organisational realignment
In July 2018, Council introduced a new
organisational structure aimed at
ensuring the organisation continued
to remain well placed to respond to
the community’s needs in a changing
environment. The realigned structure
will help Council keep pace with the local
community and with what is happening
through the local government sector.
Council’s organisational structure can be
viewed in the Our People section.
Major changes
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GRASSLANDS
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TAYLORS
December 2018
Brimbank Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Strategy 2018-2023
The strategy aims to conserve and protect
Brimbank’s Aboriginal objects, places and
landscapes, both known and unrecorded. It
outlines issues related to identifying, protecting,
and managing Brimbank’s Aboriginal cultural
heritage and presents policies and actions
needed to address these issues.
Brimbank Heritage Strategy 2018-2023
The strategy will guide Council to conserve,
protect and maintain the heritage buildings, places
and objects, which resulted from Brimbank’s
agricultural, industrial and urban development
past, dating from the 1800s onwards.
Brimbank Community Vision Collaboration
2018-2021
The Brimbank Community Vision Collaboration
2018-2021 captures the initiatives Council will
deliver over the next three years. This will be
through partnerships to achieve the goals of the
Brimbank Community Vision 2040.
Keilor Downs Urban Design Framework 2018
The framework establishes an integrated
vision for future development of the Keilor
Downs Activity Centre. It will guide future
development of the Keilor Downs Activity
Centre to improve connections and create
a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly centre.
Cultural Strategy 2018-2022
Brimbank is a city where artists and the
community come together to boldly create a
connected, vibrant and creative community.
The Cultural Strategy 2018-2022 supports
arts and culture in Brimbank.
Industrial Land Strategy 2018-2023
The Industrial Land Strategy 2018-2030 sets
out Council’s vision for its industrial precincts.
It seeks to help investment and renewal by
establishing a clear planning policy framework.
Public Art Policy and Plan 2018-2022
Council has been commissioning public art in
a range of forms – permanent sculptural work
and murals the most common – since around
2006, when a commission as part of the
Commonwealth Games funding was undertaken.
The Public Art Policy and Plan 2018-2023 will
guide and inform the public art program for the
next five years.
February 2019
Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy
2019-2023
The strategy aims to promote gender equality
and respectful relationships, and prevent family
violence and violence against women.
April 2019
Brimbank Settlement Action Plan 2019-2023
The action plan aims to ensure the settlement
journey of migrants and new and settling
communities is sustainable, and optimises
opportunities for everyone. It reflects
community and service provider priorities,
challenges and partnership opportunities.
Go St Albans Action Plan 2019-2024
The action plan will guide the St Albans Town
Centre to achieve its full potential – including as
a food, art and culture capital for Melbourne’s
north-west.
May 2019
Electronic Gambling Policy 2019
The policy will guide Council’s work to reduce
gambling harm and continue the push for
regulatory reform. The policy sets out three
objectives to reduce gambling harm:
• Advocate to Federal and State governments
for a safer gambling environment and
stronger regulatory reforms to prevent and
reduce harm.
• Minimise the impact of electronic gambling
and promote alternatives that have positive
economic, social and health outcomes.
• Increase understanding of gambling-related
harms and act to reduce gambling-related
harm.
June 2019
Response Strategy to Western Rail Plan
including Melbourne Airport Rail Link and
Sunshine Super Hub – June 2019
Council’s Response Strategy sets out a program
of work to inform delivery of the Western
Rail Plan, which is set to set to be a game
changer for Melbourne’s west, resulting in
unprecedented investment and city shaping
improvements to public transport.
Sunshine Station Super Hub Urban Design
Principles
The Sunshine Station Super Hub Urban Design
Principles will guide Council’s advocacy and
inform discussions on the planning, design,
and delivery of the Sunshine Super Hub. The
principles set out the objectives Council will
advocate for, and are intended as an advocacy
tool, rather than a specific plan for the new
station.
To view these documents or other Council
plans, strategies, policies or guidelines,
visit
brimbank.vic.gov.au
The Brimbank City Council was
elected on 22 October 2016. The
Council was sworn in and took an
oath of office at a Special Council
Meeting on Tuesday 8 November
2016.
Brimbank City Council is comprised of 11
Councillors elected from a two-councillor
ward and three, three-councillor wards.
The 11 Councillors are the elected
representatives of all residents and ratepayers
across Brimbank. They have responsibility
for setting the strategic direction for the
municipality, policy development, identifying
service standards and monitoring performance
across the organisation. The Councillors are
listed overleaf.
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About the Councillors
Grasslands Ward
Cr Lucinda Congreve
Mayor
7 November 2018-30 June 2019
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Congreve is an active member of the
community. As a mother of two young children,
she is passionate about ensuring that Brimbank
offers the best possible services and support
to the families who reside here. This includes
a particular interest in early years programs,
support for new parents, sports and recreation
facilities and family-friendly spaces.
In addition to her commitment to families,
Cr Congreve also has background in financial
services which naturally leads to a desire to
ensure robust governance and appropriate
financial management.
Cr Congreve is a graduate of The Australian
Institute of Company Directors and holds a
Bachelor in Business from Griffith University
and a Graduate Certificate in Management
from the Australian Institute of Business.
Committees
• Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters
Committee
• LeadWest Ltd Board
• LeadWest Committee – Special Committee
• Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State
Council
• Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering
Committee
Portfolio
#Resilient Brimbank
E CrCongreve@brimbank.vic.gov.au
M 0428 887 195
@mayor_lucinda_congreve
facebook.com/CrLucindaCongreve/
Cr Duyen Anh Pham
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Pham was motivated to run for Council
because of her passion for the Brimbank
community.
She believes Brimbank’s greatest strength
is its multicultural diversity. Cr Pham enjoys
volunteering and wants to support local
residents and community groups. Her aims
include increasing multicultural events in
Brimbank, encouraging participation and
striving for greater community involvement
in decision-making.
Committees
• Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative
Committee
• Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee
• Errington Precinct Master Plan Community
Reference Group: Sport and Recreation
Projects
Portfolio
#Vibrant Brimbank
E CrPham@brimbank.vic.gov.au
M 0429 657 643
Harvester Ward
Cr Victoria Borg
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Borg is proud to have grown up in Brimbank,
having lived here since emigrating from Malta
in 1972. She is committed to building trust
between Council and the community and to
representing the people of Brimbank with
fairness and integrity. Cr Borg aims to increase
community involvement with Council, to support
mental health and educational services and
increased research into youth disengagement
and acculturation.
Committees
• Brimbank Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Reconciliation Action Plan Consultative
Committee
• Brimbank Disability Advisory Committee
• Brimbank Collective Action Committee
• Safety Roundtable
• Social Justice Coalition – Strategic
Implementation Group (SIG)
Portfolio
#Brimbank People
E CrBorg@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Cr Sam David JP
Deputy Mayor
7 November 2018-30 June 2019
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Previous terms: March 1997 to September 2009
Cr David is a long-time resident of Brimbank,
former Councillor and Mayor, and active
member of several community groups. He
believes Brimbank’s greatest strength is its rich
diversity. Cr David is concerned about housing
availability, affordability and employment; and
is committed to assisting senior citizens groups
and supporting young people to get involved
in sport.
Committees
• Ballarat Rail-Line Action Committee (BRAC)
• Brooklyn Community Representative Group
• Brooklyn Industrial Precinct Strategy
Committee
• Calder Highway Improvement Committee
• Sunshine Town Centre Partnership Group
Portfolio
#Connecting Brimbank
E CrDavid@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Cr John Hedditch
Mayor
1 July 2017-8 November 2017
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Hedditch believes Brimbank’s greatest
strengths are its people and the vibrant
community networks that make it such a
great place to live. As a resident of Sunshine
for more than 30 years, Cr Hedditch was
driven to run for Council by his desire to
help make the world a better place for
future generations. His aims are to foster a
Community First Council that is collaborative,
fair and in favour of a greener, more
sustainable approach to development.
Committees
• Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Brimbank Disability Advisory Committee
• Brooklyn Community Representative Group
• Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters
Committee
Portfolio
#Prosperous Brimbank
E CrHedditch@brimbank.vic.gov.au
M 0428 811 580
Cr Kim Thien Truong
Date elected: 22 October 2016
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. She believes Brimbank’s strengths lie in
the community’s diversity and ability of people
from different cultures to live harmoniously
together. Cr Truong is motivated to speak
on behalf of the community. She hopes to
raise awareness about important issues
such as the environment, family violence,
housing affordability, transport, productivity,
sustainability and liveability.
Committees
• Brooklyn Community Representative Group
• Brimbank Disability Advisory Committee
• Safety Roundtable
Portfolio
#Sustainable Brimbank
E CrTruong@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Horseshoe Bend Ward
Cr Virginia Tachos
Date elected: 22 October 2016
A proud history of working in the local
community and advocacy led Cr Tachos to
run for Council. She believes Brimbank is a
destination for many young families to start
their dreams and aspirations. Cr Tachos’
priorities include building strong, sustainable
communities, and listening to the needs of the
community and supporting harm minimisation
through strong advocacy for stricter gambling
controls. She hopes to achieve a focus on
people, improved services, and efficiencies, as
well as improving inclusion, reviewing planning
schemes, and promoting healthy outcomes for
the community.
Committees
• Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee
• Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters
• Errington Precinct Master Plan Community
Reference Group: Sport and Recreation
Projects
• LeadWest Ltd Board
• LeadWest Committee – Special Committee
• Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State
Council
• Social Justice Coalition – Strategic
Implementation Group (SIG)
• St Albans Town Centre Partnership Group
• Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering
Committee
Portfolio
#Resilient Brimbank (Advocacy)
E CrTachos@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Cr Daniel Allan
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Allan has lived in Kealba for 25 years. He
believes Brimbank’s greatest strength is the
community’s vibrancy and willingness to
come together. Cr Allan has been an active
volunteer and involved with community
events for many years. He was motivated to
run for Council by his passion to help make
Brimbank the best it can be. He is particularly
passionate about encouraging young people
to be more active in the community.
Committees
• Brimbank Community Fund Advisory
Committee
• Western Melbourne Tourism
• Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee
Portfolio
#Brimbank Proud
E CrAllan@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Taylors Ward
Cr Margaret Giudice
Mayor
1 July 2018-7 November 2018
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Previous terms: March 2000 to September 2009
Cr Giudice believes the fact that more than
160 different languages are spoken in Brimbank
and that the community lives harmoniously
within such cultural diversity, is an example
to the world. Cr Giudice was born in Brimbank
and has raised her family here, and maintains
strong connections. Her past experience as a
Councillor of Brimbank has given her a strong
understanding of community needs. She was
motivated to run for Council by her drive to help
people. Her aim is to pave the way for future
generations to enjoy living and working in
Brimbank, as much as she does.
Committees
• Audit and Risk Management Committee
• Brimbank Community Fund Advisory
Committee
• Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters
Committee
• Collective Action Committee
• Municipal Emergency Management Plan
Committee
• Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering
Committee
Portfolio
#Brimbank Innovation
E CrGiudice@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Cr Bruce Lancashire
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Lancashire believes Brimbank’s rich
cultural and linguistic diversity is not just
a significant social asset but an important
economic benefit in a world that is becoming
increasingly interconnected. He has been
a long-term resident of Brimbank, having
raised his three sons here, and has a strong
belief that Brimbank’s youth will ensure our
community’s future is in good hands. He is
determined to make the most of Brimbank’s
assets to benefit residents.
Committees
• Calder Highway Improvement Committee
• Heritage Advisory Committee
• Melbourne Regional Landfill Community
Reference Group
• Metropolitan Local Governments Waste
Management Forum
• Metropolitan Transport Forum
• Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering
Committee
Portfolio
#Liveable Brimbank
E CrLancashire@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Cr Georgina Papafotiou
Deputy Mayor
1 July 2017-8 November 2017
Date elected: 22 October 2016
Cr Papafotiou believes Brimbank is a
wonderful city in which to live, work,
study and invest. She believes Brimbank’s
strengths include embracing cultural
diversity – as well as the area’s proximity
to the Melbourne CBD, major roads and the
Melbourne Airport. As a resident of Taylors
Ward for more than 38 years, Cr Papafotiou
was motivated to run for Council by her
drive to make a difference in her community
and celebrate its successes. Her aim is to
build connections across Brimbank’s diverse
community and to encourage opportunities
for growth and a sustainable future.
Committees
• Brimbank Collective Action Committee
• Errington Precinct Master Plan Community
Reference Group: Sport and Recreation
Projects
• Municipal Emergency Management Plan
Committee
• Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering
Committee
Portfolio
#Healthy Brimbank
E CrPapafotiou@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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Kelvin Walsh
Director City Development
Kelvin is an experienced Director, who has
worked in fields including Planning, Urban
Design, Business Development and Place
Making in Australia and overseas. He has varied
experience in local and State government and
the private sector.
Kelvin commenced with Brimbank City
Council in May 2018 and his brief is to create
a great place where people want to live,
raise their families and participate in active
community life. Kelvin has a passion for the
west, particularly Brimbank and its exciting
transformation.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Planning),
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), Master of
Metropolis (Architecture and Urban Culture),
Executive Master of Public Administration.
Kath Brackett
Director Community Wellbeing
Kath is an experienced senior manager
who has worked in a variety of roles in
local government for the past 25 years.
Prior to this, Kath worked in the not-for
profit and peak NGO sectors. She is also an
experienced non-executive board director.
Kath has a strong commitment to social
justice and a passion for local democracy
and engaging local communities.
Bachelor of Social Work and a Certificate in
Human Resource Management, Masters of
Arts (Social Policy), Graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Helen Morrissey
CEO
With over 35 years’ experience in local
government Helen joined Brimbank in
November 2010 as Director Corporate and
Community Relations. Previously Helen was
the General Manager of Corporate Services
at Maribyrnong City Council. Helen has
worked in a variety of management roles
in both community services and corporate
areas at Darebin City Council.
Helen was appointed Chief Executive Officer
at Brimbank City Council on 20 December
2017.
Graduate Diploma in Social Science, Diploma
Human Service Research & Evaluation,
Certificate of Marketing Practice, Graduate of
the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Neil Whiteside
Director Infrastructure and City Services
Neil has worked in local government for over 20
years in various management roles.
In October 2015 Neil was appointed to
the position of Director Infrastructure and
Environment (now Infrastructure and City
Services). He previously held the position of
Director Community Wellbeing from June 2012,
and preceding that held the position of Group
Manager Operations at Council from January
2008. Prior to joining Brimbank, Neil held
several management positions at Whittlesea
City Council.
Bachelor of Education/Environmental Science,
Masters in Environmental Science, Williamson
Leadership Fellow. Neil is currently completing
a Masters of Public Policy and Management.
Shane Marr
Chief Financial Strategist
and Organisational Excellence
Shane has more than 25 years’ experience
in governance and finance roles in both local
government and the private sector.
Shane commenced with Brimbank City Council
in late 2014, and was appointed to the role of
Chief Financial Strategist and Organisational
Excellence in August 2018. The role covers the
responsibilities of Finance, Business Support,
– Projects and Innovation and People and
Performance.
Prior to joining Brimbank, Shane held the
position of General Manager Corporate
Services at Moorabool Shire Council.
Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma
in Accounting, CPA.
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Dan Hogan
Director Advocacy, Partnerships and Community
After starting his career in the private sector,
Dan has spent the last 12 years working
within Victorian local government in various
management roles, beginning with peak
representative body the Municipal Association
of Victoria, and most recently at neighbouring
Melton City Council.
Dan brings a marketing sensibility to Council,
looking to solve community challenges
through improved communication,
engagement and partnership.
Bachelor of Business, Marketing.

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Helen Morrissey
Director
City Development
Kelvin Walsh
Manager
City Compliance
John Petroro
Manager
City Strategy
Leanne Deans
Manager
City Planning
Kristen Gilbert
Manager
Environment
Matthew Aquilina
Manager
Building Services &
Environmental Health
Ashley Hansen
Director Community
Wellbeing
Kath Brackett
Manager
Community Care
John MacDonagh
Manager
Community Learning
and Participation
Christine McAllister
Manager
Leisure and
Community Facilities
Ashley Fleming
Community
Projects Manager
Rachel Deans
Change
Business Partner
Helen Lawless
Director
Infrastructure
and City Services
Neil Whiteside
Manager
Urban Design
Adrian Gray
Group Manager
Operations
Tom Razmovski
Manager
Facilities &
Major Projects
Trent Prince
Manager
Asset & Property
Services
Dominic Di Martino
Manager
Engineering
Services
Adrian Ashford
Chief Strategist
Financial &
Organisational
Excellence
Shane Marr
Manager
Business Support
Shane Buckley
Manager
Financial Services
Andrew Brae
Manager
Projects &
Innovation
Pallav Ahuja
Manager
People and
Performance
Yvette Fuller
DIrector Advocacy,
Partnerships &
Community
Daniel Hogan
Manager
Customer Service
Paul Tate
Manager
Communications
Tim Fullerton
Manager
Community Planning
& Advocacy
Lynley Dumble
Manager
Governance
Melanie Fleer
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Organisation structure at 30 June 2019
Workforce profile
As at 30 June 2019, Council employed 1,350 people (857 full-time equivalent), which is a slight decrease in
FTE from 2017-2018.
Overall workforce turnover increased to 12.59 per cent, a 3.56 percentage point increase on 2017-2018. Headcount stayed the same in comparison to 2018,
with full-time equivalent (FTE) figures decreasing by two persons overall. The average age of Council’s workforce is 46.29 years. Over 18.81 per cent of Council
employees are in the 61-plus age group, with these staff predominantly employed as School Crossing Supervisors and within Council’s Operations Centre.
Age groups
Age
group Female Male
Total
2018-2019
< 21
26 19
45
21 - 25
49 39
88
26 - 30
58 46
104
31 - 35
75 43
118
36 - 40
73 59
132
41 - 45
67 63
130
46 - 50 112 64
176
51 - 55
94 65
159
56 - 60
95 49
144
61>
118 136
254
Total
767 583
1,350
Brimbank total employment status
Status
2018- 2019
Casual
257
Full-Time
572
Part-Time
521
Total
1,350
Employees by division and employment status
Division
Status
Female
Male
Total
CEO & Councillors
Full-Time
2
0
2
Part-Time
0
0
0
Casual
0
0
0
Advocacy, Partnerships & Community
Full-Time
37
17
54
Part-Time
26
0
26
Casual
2
0
2
Infrastructure & City Services
Full-Time
21
243
264
Part-Time
11
3
14
Casual
0
0
0
City Development
Full-Time
43
36
79
Part-Time
67
67
134
Casual
10
15
25
Community Wellbeing
Full-Time
92
37
129
Part-Time
280
63
343
Casual
147
72
219
Financial & Organisation Excellence
Full-Time
23
30
53
Part-Time
5
0
5
Casual
1
0
1
Brimbank Total
767
583
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A summary of the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) Council staff by organisational structure, employment type and gender is set out below.
Division
Gender
Casual
Full-Time
Part-Time
Total
Advocacy, Partnerships & Community
Female
0
37
16
53
Male
0
17
0
17
CEO & Councillors
Female
0
2
0
2
Male
0
0
0
0
City Development
Female
2
44
21
67
Male
3
36
15
54
Community Wellbeing
Female
21
90
153
264
Male
10
37
24
71
Financial & Organisation Excellence
Female
0
23
4
27
Male
0
30
0
30
Infrastructure & City Services
Female
0
21
7
28
Male
0
243
2
245
Total
36
580
242
858
Note:
Casuals recorded as .14 of FTE. Council has 257 casuals that are contracted to five hours per week, which brings FTE for casuals down.
A summary of the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff categorised by employment classification (band) and gender is set out below.
Employment classification (Band)
Female FTE Male FTE
Total
Band 1
21
13
34
Band 2
25
101
126
Band 3
6
67
73
Band 4
72
16
88
Band 5
87
54
141
Band 6
74
42
116
Band 7
53
52
105
Band 8
19
31
50
Other
84
41
125
Total
441
417
858
Workforce profile (continued)
Other staff matters
Enterprise Agreement 8
An enterprise agreement is a formal document
that sets out employee pay and conditions
established by employers and employees in
an individual workplace – in this case,
Brimbank City Council.
Following negotiations between Council
management and employee representatives
for the eighth Enterprise Agreement, the
Agreement was approved by Fair Work Australia
on 25 March 2019 and expires 30 June 2021.
Preventing men’s violence
against women and children
Council implemented the Year 4 Action Plan of
the Council’s Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence
Against Women: Towards Gender Equity
2015-2019. The plan outlines a whole-of
Council approach to create a respectful, gender
equitable and violence-free organisation and
municipality.
Key achievements:
• Council endorsed a Position Statement
for the Prevention of all forms of Violence
against the Person. The statement outlines
Council’s commitment to prevent all forms
of violence against the person.
• Council consulted the community and
stakeholders to develop the Fairness,
Equality and Respect Strategy 2019-2023.
This Strategy outlines a whole-of-Council
approach to promote gender equality and
respectful relationships, and prevent family
violence and violence against women and
children. The strategy, which replaces the
Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence Against
Women; towards gender equity 2015-2019,
was adopted by Council in February 2019.
• Council’s new Enterprise Agreement 8
provides for:
a training course for managers to support
staff experiencing family violence
recruitment and training Equal Opportunity
(EO) Contact Officers to support staff
experiencing family violence
additional superannuation contribution
for women on unpaid maternity leave.
• Council launched a Domestic Violence
Intranet Page for staff.
• Council, in partnership with the Western
Integrated Family Violence Committee
(WIFVC), ran three training sessions on
identifying family violence for staff. 58 staff
members participated in the training.
• Council hosted an event to celebrate the
International Women’s Day. The event
included a panel discussion to explore our
shared responsibility to achieve a more
gender-balanced society. Approximately
80 people attended the event.
• Council organised a #MeTooForum for the
general public. The event included a Q&A
session with speakers who had diverse
expertise in prevention of violence against
women. Approximately 40 people attended
the forum.
• Council promoted the Preventing Violence
Together (PVT) 16 days Activist Challenge
internally and across the municipality.
Learning and development
Employee development is a key focus for
Council, with a suite of programs offered
across the organisation to meet behavioural,
technical and compliance obligations as well as
enhance the knowledge, skill, experience and
competency of employees.
Development is delivered formally, self-paced
or via Brimbank’s own e-learning tool bTrain.
Modules are made available to staff to learn
at their own pace and convenience. Modules
on bTrain include Equal Opportunity, Fraud
and Corruption Awareness, Code of Conduct,
Privacy and OH&S.
A total of 295 training sessions were
coordinated in 2018-2019 with a total of
3,962 participants attending the below listed
programs. In addition, 823 staff members
completed 1,951 online training modules. This
is an increase of over 17 per cent in training
attendance compared to last year.
Learning programs offered took into
consideration departmental, interpersonal and
organisational needs to help employees meet
Council’s objectives.
Some of the key programs included:
• Front Line Adaptive Communication –
Dealing with Aggressive Customers
• Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace
• Understanding Mental Health in the
Workplace
• Mental Health First Aid
• Dealing with intellectual disability and
the autism spectrum
• Child Safe
• Equal Opportunity
• Interview and Recruitment Skills
• PRINCE2 Project Management
• Leadership Essentials
• Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Windows 10
• Phishing Awareness
• Community First & Customer
Responsiveness Training
• Futurist Workshop
• Communicating with Others
• Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
• Corporate Induction
• Effective Time Management
• Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
• Emotional Intelligence
• Records Manager
• Business Writing Skills
• Diversity @ Work
• Team Management Profiling
• Conducting Annual Discussions

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Our
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Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
Council is always committed to a positive and
safe work culture and the 2018-2019 year
has seen further improvements. Particular
improvement has been made across several
areas which include the OHS Management
System (OHSMS), training, governance and
strategic planning.
The OHS strategic plan is now in its third year,
and Council will continue to achieve targets.
The strategic direction for OHS was organised
to deliver safe, precise and predictable
outcomes for our stakeholders and community.
Significant achievements have included:
• Revised quarterly and annual reporting
delivering accurate streamlined data.
• Exhaustive completion of the organisation’s
OHS Training Needs Analysis. This has served to
provide accurate training requirements, which
has included capturing all compliance training.
• Completion of risk registers.
• On-Site Audiometric testing for Operations
Group staff.
• Completion of the Manual Handling Risk
Assessments for the Community Wellbeing
Division.
• Expanding the Manual Handling Health
and Wellbeing program.
Other staff matters (continued)
Key performance indicators and workers’ compensation
Year
Lost time
injuries
WorkCover
claims
Days lost due to
workplace injury
2018-2019
12
18
713
2017-2018
8
13
574
2016-2017
13
14
1163
2015-2016
15
27
1443
2014-2015
21
34
986
2013-2014
24
37
973
2012-2013
18
30
1568
2011-2012
31
46
1346
2010-2011
21
34
1302
2009-2010
28
53
1481
2008-2009
25
36
1942
Days lost by division
City Development
18
Community Wellbeing
165
Infrastructure & City Services
530
Corporate & Community Relations
0
Total days lost
713
The total number of days lost is made up of the following:
• New claims in the reporting period 2018-2019
• Days lost to existing claims
Council continues to provide training and work closely with managers and supervisors to facilitate
immediate rehabilitation action and return to work programs for their staff. Our early intervention
initiatives of training, encouraging early reporting of injuries, physiotherapy consultancy and
treatment continue to be an effective way to identify injuries and issues and enable timely
intervention and resolution.

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Long-term
(10-20 years)
Medium-term
(4 years)
Short-term
(Annual)
Outcome
measures:
Community
indicators
Impact
measures:
Key Performance
Indicators
Output
measures:
Annual Report
(operations,
nancial &
performance
statements)
Community Vision 2040
Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plan
Long Term Financial Plan
Council Plan
Annual Action Plan
Annual Budget
Business Plans
An Inclusive
Community
A Liveable
Community
A Prosperous
Community
An Innovative
and Responsive
‘Community
First’ Council
Council Policies, Plans & Strategies
Municipal Strategic Statement, Sustainability Policy, Social Justice Charter
Reporting &
Measurement
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Council Plan Strategic Objectives
The
Local Government Act 1989
requires councils to prepare the
following planning and reporting
documents:
• A Council Plan within the six months
after each general election or by 30 June,
whichever is later
• A Strategic Resource Plan for a period of at least
four years and include this in the Council Plan
• A Budget for each financial year
• An Annual Report in respect of each
financial year.
Brimbank’s integrated planning
approach
Council has an integrated planning approach that
aligns our strategic, financial and operational
policies, plans and strategies with the
community’s aspirations. This ensures that all of
Council’s activity is generated towards putting the
‘community first’, both now and into the future.
The integrated planning approach is based on
the vision and goals identified in the Brimbank
Council Plan 2017-2021 and how these will be
achieved according to the timeframe: short-term
(annual), medium-term (4 years), and long-term
(10 to 20 years).
The integrated planning approach provides a basis
for reporting and measuring across all Council
activity on what has been achieved and progress
towards meeting the vision for Brimbank.
Brimbank Community Vision 2040
The Brimbank Community Vision 2040 (updated
2018) describes the community’s vision and
priorities for the next 20 years, centred around
three key themes: People, Place and Prosperity.
It establishes an ambitious and shared framework
for the community and partner organisations to
work towards.
These partners include:
• Community members
• Service providers
• Local organisations and groups
• State and Federal Government agencies
• Other Councils
The Community Vision will be reviewed in 2021
to ensure that it is continuously aligned with the
community’s aspirations.
Council Plan 2017-2021
The Council Plan is one of Brimbank’s primary
strategic documents. It is directly aligned to
the Community Vision and provides a four-year
medium-term outlook. The Council Plan
informs the development of Council’s
Annual Plan and Budget.
The Council Plan 2017-2021 was adopted
in August 2017, and sets out the agreed
objectives, activities and strategic indicators for
Council to achieve its strategic directions for: An
Inclusive Community, A Liveable Community, A
Prosperous Community, and An Innovative and
Responsive ‘Community First’ Council.
Planning and Accountability Framework
It is the 2018-2019 performance that is
reported in this Annual Report.
Annual Budget and Long Term
Financial Plan
The Long Term Financial Plan and Annual
Budget document the financial resources
required to achieve the goals and strategic
objectives in the Council Plan 2017-2021.
Strategic Resource Plan
Council has prepared a Strategic Resource
Plan (SRP) for the four years 2017/2018 -
2020/2021 as part of its ongoing financial
planning to assist in adopting a budget within
a longer-term framework. The SRP takes the
strategic objectives and strategies, as specified
in the Council Plan, and expresses them in
financial terms for the next four years.
The key objective, which underlines
the development of the SRP, is financial
sustainability in the medium to long-term, while
still achieving Council’s strategic objectives as
specified in the Council Plan.
Municipal Strategic Statement
The Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS)
provides a strategic vision for Brimbank’s future
by setting out objectives for prospective land
use and development in Brimbank.
Brimbank Sustainability Policy and
Framework
Brimbank Sustainability Policy and Framework
strategically addresses sustainability issues,
aiming to:
• Build a legacy enabling an engaged and
resilient community that supports a
sustainable environment containing rich social,
economic and environmental characteristics
• Show ‘Sustainability’ means our actions meet
current needs without compromising the
prospects of future generations
• Support our community to taking action
on the local impacts of resource depletion,
pollution and climate volatility.
Brimbank Social Justice Charter
Council is committed to being a leader in the area
of social justice and strives to deal with differences
in our community in a fair and just way. Working in
partnership with the community, service providers,
business and other levels of government, Council
aims to build a municipality where all residents,
workers and visitors can thrive both socially
and economically regardless of their personal
circumstances or where they were born.
The Brimbank Social Justice Charter (the Charter)
was first developed in 2008, and articulates
Council’s commitment to social justice and human
rights. The second revision of the Charter relevant,
and continues to grow and shape a culture of
social justice and human rights in Brimbank.
Community engagement and
consultation
Public participation in decisions that impact
people’s lives is critical to good governance and
community wellbeing. Council’s approach to
community engagement is to ensure community
members affected by a Council decision
are informed, and given the opportunity to
meaningfully participate in decision-making
processes. Community engagement is undertaken
by Council to inform policy, planning and delivery
of services and infrastructure, and advocating on
behalf of the community.
Council Plan Goals and Strategic Objectives
Council Plan
The Council Plan 2017-2021 identifies a
series of goals and strategic objectives that
describe what Council is aiming for in order
to achieve the vision for Brimbank.
Each strategic objective contains a number
of strategies that describe what Council
will do over the next four years in order to
achieve the goal.
Relevant Council policies and services are
identified in support of the goal, together
with indicators or measures of progress.
The following are the four goals:
Goal
Strategic Objective
01
An Inclusive
Community
• Our community members are safe, healthy and well
• People have opportunities to participate in community life
Services and facilities are fit-for-purpose and well-run
• Our community belong and are proud of where they live
02
A Liveable
Community
Public and open spaces are safe, clean and well-maintained
• People can get around easily on foot, by bike, car or public transport
• Our community lives sustainably
• The natural environment supports thriving biodiversity that is protected
and well connected
• The urban environment supports a growing population in designated areas
while respecting neighbourhood character and heritage where appropriate
03
A Prosperous
Community
• People are able to access quality education and lifelong learning opportunities
People are able to find and maintain jobs that provide income security
• The local economy is strong and provides opportunities for the community to thrive
Housing is of good quality, well located and affordable
• Brimbank is a leading destination for business, working, learning, recreation and living
04
An Innovative
and Responsive
‘Community First’
Council
• Council is fair, honest and transparent
• Council advocates and works in the interests of our community
Council manages its assets and finances sustainably and responsibly
Council staff are high performing and community-focused

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Performance
Council’s performance for the 2018-2019 year has been reported against each goal to demonstrate
how Council is performing in achieving the Council Plan 2017-2021.
Performance has been measured as follows:
• Results achieved in relation to the strategic indicators in the Council Plan
• Progress in relation to the major initiatives identified in the Budget
• Results against the prescribed service performance indicators and measures.
Major Initiatives
The following statement reviews the progress of Council in relation to major initiatives identified in the 2018-2019 Budget for the year.
Major Initiatives
Progress
Evaluate expanded breastfeeding support service pilot
program
The Breastfeeding Support Program, delivered by Council’s Maternal Child
Health Service, was evaluated in the 2018/2019 financial year resulting in
funding confirmed to further extend this program.
Implement rolling program to upgrade sports facilities to be inclusive of
female sport participation
Four sports facilities were upgraded to be inclusive of female sport
participation with the remaining three underway and expected to be
completed by December 2019.
Review and implement an updated Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence Against
Women, Towards Gender Equity
The Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy was adopted at
the February Ordinary Council Meeting – following this was
the development of the Year One Annual Implementation
Plan which saw a number of initiatives implemented in the
2018/2019 financial year to prevent violence against women.
Conduct safety forums in partnership with Victoria Police
Throughout 2018/2019 a series of events and activities were delivered
in consultation with the Safety Roundtable which aimed to increase
education and engagement about community safety.
Provide a strong network of equitable and accessible services, facilities
and open space
A range of capital works projects were completed in 2018/2019
and have further added to the strong network of equitable and
accessible facilities, services and open space.
01
An Inclusive
Community
01
An Inclusive
Community
• Our community members are safe, healthy and well
• People have opportunities to participate in community life
Services and facilities are fit-for-purpose and well-run
• Our community belong and are proud of where they live
Strategic indicators
The following statement reviews the performance of Council against the Council Plan including results achieved in relation to the strategic
indicators included in the Brimbank Council Plan.
Strategic indicator/measure
Result
Comments
Resident perception of performance in providing
recreational facilities
63
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 3 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 7 points lower than the state average, and
12 points lower than the Metro region.
Number of attendees at libraries and
neighbourhood houses to access services,
programs and activities
2,493,559
In 2018/2019 there were 1,312,884 physical visits to Brimbank’s five
libraries and 801,889 visits to the Online Library, a total of 2,114,773 visits.
In 2018/2019 there were 378,786 physical visits to Brimbank’s seven
neighbourhood house sites.
Council’s libraries and neighbourhood houses provide the community
with a diverse range of programs, facilities, services and resources that
support lifelong learning, promote social connectedness and increase
health and wellbeing.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
providing art centres and libraries
73
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 2 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 1 point lower than the state average, and 3
points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
delivering family support services
66
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change in the score from 2017/18, 1 point lower than the state average,
and 3 points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
delivering elderly support services
64
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change from the score in 2017/18, 4 points lower than the state
average, and 3 points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
delivering disadvantaged support services
61
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 2 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 1 point lower than the state average, and 2
points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
delivering community and cultural activities
67
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change from the score in 2017/18, 2 points lower than the state
average, and 3 points lower than the Metro region.
Number of attendees at arts and cultural
activities
14,000
Approximately 14,000 individuals attended a range of arts and cultural
activities that were delivered in Brimbank. Including 2,500 attended
Bowery Theatre, 2,000 for exhibition openings, approximately 4,500
visits gallery exhibitions, and 5,000 visits to Community Cultural
Development activities.
Number of applications for Neighbour Day
activities and number of people that participated
28 1,000+
A total of 28 applications for Neighbour Day were supported, with over
1,000 Brimbank residents participating in Neighbour Day initiatives.
Number of community grants supported (Healthy,
Equitable and Connected Communities)
61
A total of 61 grants were allocated to various community groups
and support offered to address priorities connected to creating an
inclusive community.

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Service/Description
Net Cost
Actual Budget
Favourable/
(Unfavourable) $’000
Leisure and Community Facilities
Leisure and Community Facilities
is comprised of Sport & Recreation, Community Facilities, Leisure & Community Facilities
Planning and Major Leisure Facilities including the Sunshine and St Albans leisure centres, the Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium
and Keilor Public Golf Course.
Sports and Recreation
develops and delivers sport and recreation projects, programs and events to meet the diverse needs of
the community. This includes the allocation of 49 sports pavilions, 79 playing fields, pitches, diamonds, bocce pitches and greens,
seven indoor courts and 64 outdoor tennis courts. The team supports clubs in capacity building, business planning and funding
applications, and takes regular bookings for the Keilor Park Synthetic Sports Fields and Synthetic Athletics Track.
Community Facilities
manages regular, casual and function bookings at Council’s 35 halls and meeting rooms. In addition they
support, guide and develop community groups such as Senior Citizens, Scouts and Girl Guides by managing venue tenancy
agreements. The four major leisure facilities in Brimbank are Keilor Basketball and Netball Stadium, the St Albans Leisure Centre, the
Sunshine Leisure Centre and the Keilor Public Golf Course. These centres provide a diverse and affordable range of health, fitness
and community activities and programs that offer the community opportunities to participate in physical activity and a safe place for
social interaction.
Leisure and Community Facilities Planning
undertake strategic work to determine the leisure and facility related needs of the
Brimbank community and the most appropriate way for Council to meet these needs now and in the future. This work informs
Council’s Capital Works Program and determines the priorities for funding based on evidence and demand.
3,062 3,609
546
Facilities & Major Projects
Facilities & Major Projects
are responsible for the delivery of Council’s Facilities Asset Management Plan and Major Projects
including the ongoing maintenance of Council’s Facilities and Buildings.
11,715 11,979
263
Building Services and Environmental Health
Building Services and Environmental Health
implements legislation through education, advice and enforcement to ensure a safe
and high standard of public health is maintained across the City. This includes enforcing the
Building Act 1993
,
Building Regulations
2018
,
Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
,
Food Act 1984
, and
Tobacco Act & Environment Protection Act
. It also issues and
inspects building permits and manages customer requests to ensure the safety of the built environment within Brimbank.
978 1,270
292
City Compliance
City Compliance
enforces local laws, which are important for residents and businesses to enjoy a safe, clean, well-functioning
living and working environment. Council provides community information and education around parking controls, fire mitigation,
litter control, event approvals, animal management and school crossing supervision. It will also prosecute individuals or businesses
where necessary.
1,279 2,333
1,054
Services
The following statement provides information in relation to the services funded in the 2018–2019 Budget and the persons or sections of the
community who are provided the service.
Service/Description
Net Cost
Actual Budget
Favourable/
(Unfavourable) $’000
Community Planning and Advocacy
Community Planning, and Advocacy
work towards enhancing community health and wellbeing. This includes Connected
Communities, Community & Council Planning, and Policy Advocacy & Research. The department is also responsible for positioning
Council on social and health policy, and in shaping Council’s strategic advocacy priorities. This includes lobbying federal and state
governments, and partnerships with key sectors at federal, state and regional level.
Connected Communities
facilitates Council’s community engagement, capacity building and social inclusion through establishing
governance and consultation structures, language services, Indigenous and cultural awareness programs, community leadership
programs such as the Community Governance Training Program and delivery of Council’s Annual Community Grant Program.
Community & Council Planning
ensures Council is delivering on its commitment to the community by developing, reporting and
monitoring the Community Vision, Council Plan and Corporate Reporting activities.
Policy Advocacy & Research
addresses key health and social issues in the community including social justice, safety, gambling,
men’s violence against women and children, and gender equity. This is achieved by developing policies, strategies, projects and
partnerships that improve health and wellbeing in the community, while undertaking important evaluation, research and data
analysis in order to meet requirements under the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.
4,818 4,970
152
Community Projects
Community Projects
build internal capacity through the implementation of service planning and project management frameworks,
and through the application of evidence that will improve service and project delivery across the Community Wellbeing Directorate,
resulting in better outcomes for the community.
375 384
9
Community Care
Community Care
provides a wide range of services that support older people, people living with a disability, families and youth.
Ageing & Inclusion
supports older people, and people with a disability, to maintain and enhance their physical, social and emotional
well-being by accessing in-home and community-based services provided by Council. Services such as domestic assistance, personal
and respite care, social support and planned activity groups, delivered meals, community transport and maintenance to help older
residents live a fulfilling life, independently.
Families & Early Years
provides a range of services for children and families in the community including Maternal and Child Health
Services, community and supported playgroups and kindergarten registration. Maternal and Child Health services are available at
eight locations, providing health and wellbeing information for parents and children aged from 0-5 years, and intensive support for
vulnerable families experiencing parenting difficulties.
Youth Services
offers a number of services to guide young people through their personal development and encourages them to
participate positively in community life through support, counselling and youth programs that strengthen and build resilience in
young people, and builds partnerships with other local services to support young people.
17,373 18,115
742
Performance (continued)
01
An Inclusive
Community
01
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Service Performance Indicators
The following statement provides the result of the prescribed service performance indicators and measures including explanation of
material variations.
Service indicator
2017 Result
2018 Result
2019 Result 2019 Commentary
Cost of indoor aquatic facilities
$4.11
$3.55
$3.32
Brimbank City Council continues to place a high emphasis on
delivering services in a cost-efficient manner, with this result
remaining within the range expected by Council. Find out more
about our aquatic centres at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/
leisure-parks-and-facilities
Utilisation of aquatic facilities
2.80
2.85
2.83
Brimbank City Council saw over 590,000 visits to both the
Sunshine and St Albans leisure centres throughout the
2018/2019 financial year. Find out more about our aquatic
centres at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/leisure-parks-and
facilities
Time taken to action
food complaints
1.34
1.36
1.13
Brimbank City Council places a strong emphasis on Food Safety
and Public Health. Reports of food complaints and related
requests continued to be promptly responded to with the
majority of complaints investigated on the day of receipt or the
following day to ensuring a high level of food safety monitoring
and customer satisfaction. This result remains within the
range expected by Council. Find out more about food safety at
https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/business/types-businesses/
food-premises-and-safety
Food safety assessments
100%
100%
101.07%
Brimbank City Council places a strong emphasis on ensuring all
premises receive a food safety assessment. Some businesses
received a second food safety assessment with new proprietors
following a transfer which has created a result above 100%.
This result remains within the range expected by Council. Find
out more about food safety at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.
au/business/types-businesses/food-premises-and-safety
Cost of food safety service
$248.56 $239.12
$253.93
Brimbank City Council seeks to deliver an effective and
cost-efficient food safety service for our community. This result
remains within the range expected by Council. Find out more
about food safety at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/business/
types-businesses/food-premises-and-safety
Critical and major non-compliance
outcome notifications
100%
100%
100%
Brimbank City Council continues to achieve a high result
demonstrating the urgency with which all critical and major
non-compliance notifications were followed up during the year.
This result remains within the range expected by Council. Find
out more about food safety at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.
au/business/types-businesses/food-premises-and-safety
Library collection usage
4.34
5.84
5.48
The Brimbank City Council library collection continues to be well
utilised by community members accessing both printed and digital
materials at our five library branches and via our home library
service. Find out more about Brimbank Libraries at https://www.
brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/
Standard of library collection
72.32% 58.63%
64.38%
Brimbank City Council's library collection continues to be reflective
of community needs and demands with over 60% of the
collection under five years of age. Find out more about Brimbank
Libraries at https://www.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/
Cost of library service
$5.64
$5.89
$5.72
Brimbank City Council has continued to work towards ensuring
the cost of the library service remains stable whilst responding
to increased usage in the area of both loans and visits. Find out
more about Brimbank Libraries at https://www.brimbanklibraries.
vic.gov.au/
Performance (continued)
Service indicator
2017 Result
2018 Result
2019 Result 2019 Commentary
Active library members
15.61%
12.55%
12.01%
Brimbank City Council notes that a variance has occurred as prior
to the 2017/2018 financial year all library users were counted
(based on door count figures), rather than the specific target of
members who borrow a physical item (as per Know Your Council
definition). This has now been rectified but unfortunately the
result is not reflective of contemporary library usage, noting that
Brimbank continues to see an increase in library members utilising
PCs, Wi-Fi and programs which are not reported in this service
indicator. A non-reported measure of library door count figures
sees a continued upwards trend highlighting increased usage of a
broader use of library services and resources that allow residents
to further their lifelong learning experiences. Find out more about
Brimbank Libraries at https://www.brimbanklibraries.vic.gov.au/
Participation in first
MCH home visit
109.31% 107.31%
99.55%
Brimbank City Council continues to maintain consistently high
participation rates in the Maternal and Child Health Service,
demonstrating the importance of first home visits for newborns
and families. Initial engagement by mothers with newborns
continues to be very high exceeding 99% over the past four
years. During the 2018/2019 financial year Council's Maternal and
Child Health nurses have seen 2,675 newborns from within the
municipality. More information about the Maternal Child Health
Service can be found at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/health
family-and-support/maternal-and-child-health
Infant enrolments in
the MCH service
100%
100%
100%
Brimbank City Council has continued to achieve 100% infant
enrolments in the Maternal Child Health Service, highlighting
100% client engagement over a three-year period. More
information about the Maternal Child Health Service can be found
at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/health-family-and-support/
maternal-and-child-health
Cost of the MCH service
$86.79
$80.53
$81.10
Brimbank City Council continues to deliver the Maternal Child
Health Service within the expected budget and requirements,
with this result remaining within range set by Council. Find out
more about the MCH Service at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/
health-family-and-support/maternal-and-child-health
Participation in the MCH service 69.82%
71.5%
70.49%
Brimbank City Council continues to achieve participation rates in the
Maternal and Child Health Service that remain within the expected
result range. Family participation in the Maternal and Child Health
Service can vary significantly between years, as every enrolled child
is not required to attend the service on an annual basis. Find out
more about the MCH Service at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/
health-family-and-support/maternal-and-child-health
Participation in the MCH service
by Aboriginal children
58.33%
62.11%
55.26%
Brimbank City Council continues to embed continuous
improvement initiatives to engage Indigenous families registered
in the Maternal Child Health Service, including the provision of
targeted engagement strategies. In the 2018/2019 financial year
63 out of the 114 registered Indigenous children participated in
the service. The 11% decrease in participation when compared
to the 2017/2018 financial year is impacted by a number of
families moving out of the municipality and State Government
data reporting systems remaining limited in being able to identify
families accessing the service in other municipalities. Find out
more about the MCH Service at https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/
health-family-and-support/maternal-and-child-health
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An Inclusive
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Public and open spaces are safe, clean and well-maintained
• People can get around easily on foot, by bike, car or public transport
• Our community lives sustainably
• The natural environment supports thriving biodiversity that is protected and well
connected
• The urban environment supports a growing population in designated areas while
respecting neighbourhood character and heritage where appropriate
Strategic indicators
The following statement reviews the performance of Council against the Council Plan including results achieved in relation
to the strategic indicators included in the Council Plan.
Strategic indicator/measure
Result
Comments
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in enforcement of local laws
60
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change in score from 2017/18, and 4 points lower than both the state
average and the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in managing the appearance of public areas
65
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 3 points
higher than the score in 2017/18, 7 points lower than the state
average, and 9 points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in managing the condition of local streets and
footpaths
58
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 3 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 1 point lower than the state average, and 7
points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance in
managing the condition of sealed local roads
63
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change from 2017/18, 7 points higher than the state average, and 6
points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of importance and Council’s
performance in traffic management
61
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change in score from 2017/18, 3 points higher than both the state
average and metro region.
Resident perception of importance and Council’s
performance in providing parking facilities
57
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 2 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 1 point higher than the state average, and 2
points higher than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s
performance in waste management
69
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 2 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 1 point higher than the state average, and 4
points lower than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in general town planning policy
59
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 1 point lower
than the score in 2017/18, 4 points higher than the state average, and
3 points higher than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in planning and building permits
58
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 4 points lower
than the score in 2017/18, 6 points higher than the state average, and
5 points higher than the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in planning for population growth
54
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result is 1 point higher
than the score in 2017/18, 2 points higher than both the state average
and the Metro region.
Resident perception of Council’s performance
in environmental sustainability
63
The 2018/2019 Community Satisfaction Survey result revealed no
change in score from 2017/18, 1 point higher than the state average,
and 1 point lower than the Metro region.
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
from Council operations
17,104 T CO2e Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 35% since 2011
Reduction in Council’s potable water use, increase
in alternative water use and improvement in
water quality entering waterways in Brimbank.
Potable Water
Consumption: 416.3 ML
Alternative water use:
38.2 ML
Potable water consumption increased by 7% compared to the 2017/18
result. This was caused by a range of factors including decreased
rainfall, new potable water connections and the Keilor Public Golf Course
Stormwater Harvesting System being taken offline for upgrades.
Alternative water use has decreased by 39% compared to the 2017/18
result. This was due to there being less rainfall in 2018/19 compared with
2017/2018 which affected the yield of Council’s stormwater harvesting
systems as well as the Keilor Public Golf Course Stormwater Harvesting
System being taken offline for upgrades.
Number of community grants supported (Our
Community Living Sustainably)
5
A total of five grants were supported that aimed to address the
priorities connected to creating a liveable community.
Major Initiatives
The following statement reviews the progress of Council in relation to major initiatives identified in the 2018–2019 Budget for the year.
Major Initiatives
Progress
Develop a Graffiti Management Strategy
The draft Graffiti Policy was completed in the 2018/2019 financial year
and was adopted by Council at the 16 July Ordinary Council Meeting.
Commence construction of Stage 3 of
The Lakes Reserve Flagship Park in Taylors Lakes
Works on the Taylors Lakes Flagship Park progressed as expected for the
2018/2019 financial year. This project will continue into the 2019/2020
financial year with completion anticipated in September 2019.
Construct new skate facility at Delahey Recreation Reserve,
Delahey
Skate facilities at the Delahey Recreational Reserve were completed, with
final landscape works scheduled in July 2019.
Complete Neighbourhood Park upgrades at:
• Ashton Avenue Reserve, St Albans
• Eurora/Koroit Place Reserve, Taylors Lakes
• Arthur Beachley Reserve, Sunshine West
• O’Connors Paddock, Cairnlea
All Neighbourhood Park upgrades were completed as scheduled in the
2018/2019 financial year.
Implement the Waste, Recycling and Litter Strategy
2018-2028
Work continued on the implementation of the Waste, Recycling and Litter
Strategy with 12 of 13 actions completed, and one action carried over to
next financial year.
Continued implementation of street tree planting programs
as part of the Urban Forest Strategy
Implementation of street tree planting programs as part of the Urban
Forest Strategy were completed.
Implement subsidised cat desexing program to support
residents and reduce the impact on the environment
The mobile desexing van continued to operate throughout this quarter
and saw an increase in the number of cats desexed in the 2018/2019
financial year.
Commence and complete implementation of a Comprehensive
Development Plan for the Sunshine Health, Education and
Wellbeing Precinct
Council continued to work with the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)
to progress the development of a comprehensive development plan,
comprehensive development zone, and other work in relation to a
potential development contribution plan and overlay for the Sunshine
Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct. The Victorian Planning
Authority is leading this project and continues to undertake strategic
justification work.
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Services
The following statement provides information in relation to the services funded in the 2018-2019 Budget and the persons or sections of the
community who are provided the service.
Service/Description
Net Cost
Actual Budget
Favourable/
(Unfavourable) $’000
Engineering Services
Engineering Services
ensures that Brimbank is a safe, liveable and attractive place to live and work. This is achieved through
planning, design, construction, maintenance and renewal/disposal of local roads, drainage systems and other vital infrastructure.
It coordinates the preparation of Council’s 10 year Capital Works Program and manages and reviews the annual Capital Works
Program reporting.
4,776 4,194
(583)
Environment
Environment
engages with Council and the community to work towards an environmentally sustainable city through the efficient
use of limited resources and through innovative design. We also engage with and encourage the community to value Brimbank’s
outstanding and unique natural areas.
This aim is achieved by providing leadership and education while providing direction and coordination in resource efficiency
measures including integrated water management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste minimisation and education,
community engagement in the conservation, management and restoration of Brimbank’ s natural areas including grasslands,
waterways and rocky escarpments and managing contaminated land.
2,290 2,353
63
Asset and Property Services
Asset and Property Services
is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating an enterprise system of policies,
strategies, plans, tools, information, analytics, procedures and operational practices to ensure that all infrastructure assets are
maintained, controlled and monitored across their entire life cycle, in accordance with laws and regulations, compliant to the
National Asset Management Framework (NAMAF), and achieve ‘best practice’ under the NAMAF.
553 572
19
Urban Design
Urban Design
provides a landscape, architectural and urban design service delivering public realm projects that create attractive,
safe, connected and sustainable urban places which support community wellbeing, social connectedness and fosters civic pride.
Project delivery includes park upgrades, streetscape upgrades, tree planting and shared user paths in addition to advocating for
good urban design outcomes for all major infrastructure projects and private developments.
3,306 2,906
(400)
Operations
Operations
oversees Fleet Services, Park Services, Roads and Cleansing, Waste Services, Pedestrian Facility Services and
Emergency Management.
Truck, plant and vehicle fleets are purchased responsibly and maintained through
Fleet Services
, which ensures they are compliant
with all legislative requirements.
Parks, sportsgrounds and the outdoor spaces surrounding Council-owned facilities are maintained by
Park Services
.
Road and drainage is managed by
Roads and Cleansing
in accordance with Council’s Road Asset Management Plan, and are
responsible for the overall cleanliness of Council land.
Waste Services
organises the community’s weekly kerbside waste collection and fortnightly recycling and green waste collections.
It also manages Council’s Resource Recovery Centre and delivers an At Call Hard Waste Collection Service to residents.
Pedestrian Facilities Services
program and implement Council’s annual footpath and concrete works rehabilitation program.
39,423 42,862
3,439
City Planning and Planning Compliance
City Planning
is responsible for administering the Brimbank Planning Scheme by providing advice and making determinations on
planning permit applications for land use, development and subdivisions, and responding to property information and demolition
requests. City Planning provides planning services to Council, the community and the development industry. This also includes
representing Council at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal on planning matters.
Planning Compliance
is responsible for enforcing planning regulations and permit conditions and responding to customer requests
relating to planning matters.
(2,978) (2,673)
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Service Performance Indicators
The following statement provides the result of the prescribed service performance indicators and measures including explanation of
material variations.
Service indicator
2017 Result
2018 Result
2019 Result 2019 Commentary
Time taken to action animal
management requests
1.32
1.57
1.32
Brimbank City Council places a strong emphasis on responsible
pet ownership and community safety. Reports of 'animals at
large' and related requests are promptly responded to. This result
remains within the range expected by Council. Find out more
about animal management at Brimbank https://www.brimbank.
vic.gov.au/pets-and-animals
Animals reclaimed
30.27% 22.64%
22.11%
Brimbank City Council has seen a marginal decrease in the number
of reclaimed animals in the 2018/2019 year, as Council continues to
report higher numbers of unregistered and un-microchipped cats.
This sees a lower than average result of reclaimed animals when
compared to other Councils. Find out more about animal management
at Brimbank https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/pets-and-animals
Cost of animal management
service
$112.22 $126.82
$124.62
Brimbank City Council places a high emphasis on delivering services
in a cost-efficient manner and has seen a marginal decrease in the
cost of the provision of a contracted 24 hour emergency service and
pound facilities for animals. Find out more about animal management
at Brimbank https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/pets-and-animals
Animal management prosecutions 8.00
5.00
24.00
Brimbank City Council investigates all infringements under the
Domestic Animals Act 1994
and, where supportive evidence
is available, actively prosecutes these matters. The result has
significantly increased from previous years as Brimbank has
previously reported specifically on dog attacks, rather than all
infringements under the Domestic Animals Act. Find out more
about animal management at Brimbank https://www.brimbank.
vic.gov.au/pets-and-animals
Sealed local road requests
49.70
68.89
51.70
Brimbank City Council continues to respond to all resident
requests for sealed local roads within the approved requirements
of the Road Management Plan. Council’s commitment to
investment in the road network over previous years has resulted
in a decreased number of requests in the 2018/2019 financial
year due to the road network being maintained to a high standard.
Sealed local roads maintained
to condition standards
83.38% 84.87%
87.75%
Council has continued to fund the renewal of its road network to
ensure the overall condition of the network does not deteriorate.
This result remains within the range expected by Council.
Cost of sealed local road
reconstruction
$87.24
$83.70
$100.17
Brimbank City Council undertakes all road reconstruction via
contracts, which are awarded following a competitive public
tender process. The costs associated with these contracts in the
2018/2019 financial year were higher than previous years due
to increasing contract rates, higher design standards and the
inclusion of improved stormwater water treatment measures
such as water sensitive urban design principles.
Cost of sealed local road resealing $25.08
$27.40
$25.31
Brimbank City Council undertakes all road resealing works via
contracts, which are awarded following a competitive public
tender process. The cost is indicative of continued competitive
market conditions in the road construction industry and continues
to remain lower than the result range.
Kerbside bin collection requests
194.34
169.66
129.24
The reduction in kerbside bin collection requests over the past four
years indicates service delivery improvements as Brimbank City Council
continues to endeavour to deliver an effective, cost-efficient bin
collection service for the community. The bin collection service includes
replacement of damaged bins, repair of broken bins and the collection
and disposal of missed bins from residential properties within the
municipality. Find out more about Waste Services at Brimbank https://
www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/rubbish-recycling-and-waste
Kerbside collection bins missed
11.92
10.64
10.53
Brimbank City Council continues to endeavour to deliver an
effective, cost-efficient bin collection service for the community and
has seen a marginal decrease in the numbers of kerbside collection
bins missed. Find out more about Waste Services at Brimbank
https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/rubbish-recycling-and-waste.
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Service indicator
2017 Result
2018 Result
2019 Result 2019 Commentary
Cost of kerbside garbage bin
collection service
$105.89 $115.25
$112.34
Brimbank City Council endeavours to deliver an effective,
cost-efficient kerbside garbage collection service for our
community with this result highlighting a marginal improvement
when compared to the 2017/2018 financial year. This result
continues to remain within the range expected by Council.
Find out more about Waste Services at Brimbank
https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/rubbish-recycling-and-waste
Cost of kerbside recyclables
collection service
$7.97
$23.98
$42.36
Brimbank City Council endeavours to deliver an effective,
cost-efficient kerbside recyclables collection service for our
community, however changes to government recycling policy
within China have resulted in failure of the Australian recycling
market. This has resulted in closure of Council's contract
recyclables processing facility (SKM) increasing processing
costs for Council. Brimbank City Council will continue to work
to resolve this throughout the 2019/2020 financial year.
Find out more about Waste Services at Brimbank
https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/rubbish-recycling-and-waste
Kerbside collection waste
diverted from landfill
40.08% 39.27%
38.01%
Brimbank City Council endeavours to deliver an effective,
cost-efficient kerbside recyclables collection service for our
community, however changes to government recycling policy
within China have resulted in failure of the Australian recycling
market. This has resulted in closure of Council's contract
recyclables processing facility (SKM) increasing processing costs
for Council. Brimbank City Council will continue to work to resolve
this throughout the 2019/2020 financial year. Find out more
about Waste Services at Brimbank https://www.brimbank.vic.gov.
au/rubbish-recycling-and-waste
Time taken to decide planning
applications
125.00
123.00
120.00
Brimbank City Council places an emphasis on working with
applicants and objectors to achieve good outcomes in planning
determinations, and so additional time may be taken in
negotiating land use and development issues. In November
2018, an Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Policy was
introduced into the Brimbank Planning Scheme which requires
the resolution of ESD matters prior to a permit being issued. This
has resulted in some applications taking longer to resolve than
would previously have been the case. Despite this, a reduction in
the median number of days has been achieved over the last year.
Planning applications
decided within 60 days
45.35% 52.82%
61.77%
Brimbank City Council places an emphasis on working with
applicants and objectors to achieve good outcomes in planning
determinations, and so additional time may be taken in
negotiating land use and development issues. An increase in
performance can be seen in the 2018/2019 financial year against
this indicator.
Cost of statutory planning service $3,399.42 $3,072.92
$2,808.12
Brimbank City Council has a strong commitment to providing
an efficient and cost-effective statutory planning service. An
8.6% reduction in cost per application has been achieved in the
2018/2019 financial year.
Council planning decisions upheld
at VCAT
61.54% 66.67%
52.63%
The number of decisions of applications upheld at VCAT remain in
favour of Brimbank City Council, highlighting the work that Council
does to support decisions in the best interest of the community.
The marginal decrease when compared to the 2017/2018 result
is due to cases that have involved the applicant amending their
plans prior to the final hearing. Some of these amended plans
would likely have received support from Council had they have
been tabled during the time that Council was considering the
application.
Expenses per head of municipal
population
$877.50 $918.98
$920.43
The result is within the range expected by Council.
Infrastructure per head of
municipal population
$8,007.72 $7,411.23
$7,714.16
The result is within the range expected by Council.
Own-source revenue per head
of municipal population
$848.30 $835.02
$879.81
The result is within the range expected by Council.
Recurrent grants per head
of municipal population
$163.78 $138.53
$132.07
The decrease in this indicator when compared to previous years
correlates with a decrease of $0.6 million in recurrent grants in
comparison to the 2017/2018 financial year.
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A Prosperous
Community
• People are able to access quality education and lifelong learning opportunities
People are able to find and maintain jobs that provide income security
• The local economy is strong and provides opportunities for the community to thrive
Housing is of good quality, well located and affordable