- Published on 21 March 2013
Brimbank Council announced last week that Sunshine is to become the "Capital" of Brimbank. It intends to build new council offices and a civic centre incorporating the Sunshine Library in Hampshire road Sunshine. Abandoning a regional model of service delivery enabling resident's convenient access to council service centres in Sydenham, Keilor and Sunshine, council now cites "the high cost to council of travel and lost productivity due to officers in a number of locations" as reason enough to move to a centralised model.
Sunshine Residents and Ratepayers Association agree if we are to move to a centralised system, Sunshine is the correct location for Council offices.
But we can't help but ask the question - is it not too soon to spend millions on new council offices?
- Published on 17 February 2013
Far from bemoaning the injustice of not being able to vote in the most recent council elections, Brimbank residents should thank their lucky stars they dodged another election bullet.
Who would wish for any of our recently-forced-into-retirement Brimbank councillors to rise from their sloth and wreak more havoc on our community?
Memories of the scathing Victorian Ombudsman's report are still too clear. Bill Scales AO, the Monitor, was dispatched to Brimbank to baby sit a mix of old and newly-elected councillors in 2010 in the aftermath of the Ombudsman's report. Bill had this recommendation to make to the government:
- Published on 10 August 2012
Community woes keep rolling on down the line - from Footscray to Deer Park western suburb residents are subjected to the worst effects of the Regional Rail Link Project.
Once again residents are forced to rally to defend their neighbourhood amenity and we can add another resident group that has taken up the gauntlet against the autocratic Regional Rail Link Authority. FIX THE LINK – Residents Rail Action Group representing residents from Albion to Deer Park add their concerns to those already raised by other groups such as Fair-go for Footscray Rail Residents, Friends of the McKay Gardens, Bettering Brimbank, Albion 3020 and SunRRA.
Previously highlighted concerns by these groups of noise, local road congestion and accessibility, acquisition of heritage listed parkland and pedestrian accessibility to city centres will be exacerbated by the planned increase in the number of trains per hour.
Failure by our current state government to address these issues and those raised by FIX THE LINK preserve community perceptions that the west always gets less.
- Published on 15 October 2012
A letter written to Linda Pongracic, President of the SDHS has been leaked to SunRRA. The letter questions the historical Society’s fitness to represent Sunshine’s heritage interests.
The author of the letter lambasts the Society’s public spokesperson Mr. Alan Dash and cites his submission made on behalf of the Society to Heritage Victoria in relation to the Regional Rail Link Authority’s application for numerous failings and defects.
- Published on 17 September 2012
Congratulations on your new appointment as Brimbank CEO. The Sunshine Residents and Ratepayers Association is looking forward to a change of the guard, something we have been calling for, for some years.
Brimbank Council continues to have serious cultural problems - a hang over from the toxic "bad old days". We don't have to tell you that over the last twelve months, Brimbank Council has attracted among the highest number of complaints to Ombudsman Victoria.
According to the Star newspaper on August 23 the most common complaint was about council’s deficient action (72 complaints), while 18 complaints were about deficient decisions and seven complaints were about deficient advice, with 10 raising the issue of compensation and damage resulting from the harmful actions of Brimbank Council.
The bells should be ringing Mr Jaboor, and we residents need you to hit the ground running.