Councillor Profile - Cr Bruce Lancashire

Cr Bruce Lancashire

“Our 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.”

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Committees

  • Ballarat Rail-Line Action Committee (BRAC)
  • Calder Highway Improvement Committee
  • Metropolitan Local Governments Waste Management Forum
  • Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Melbourne Regional Landfill Community Reference Group
  • Waste Management Strategy Development Steering Committee 
  • Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee

What is your connection to Brimbank?

My family has a long association with Brimbank. Family history tells me that a relative was a President of the Keilor Roads Board.

My first town planning job was with the City of Keilor processing planning applications. In this job I received my first promotion to the position of Deputy Town Planner where I was mainly involved with strategic planning.

After working for the City of Keilor I moved to Mildura to work for several years before returning to Melbourne to live in Brimbank.

My three sons all grew up in Brimbank and educated at Overnewton Anglican Community College.

What do you think is the greatest strength of the Brimbank Community?

Our 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. In particular I find our young people are well educated, cosmopolitan and a credit to their generation. Our future is in good hands.

What are your greatest concerns for Brimbank?

Brimbank is a community where people are busy getting on with life and in many situations establishing themselves in a new country. Ensuring that Brimbank is recognised and has a strong voice in the wider metropolitan and Victorian community is very important

What made you decide to run for Council?

I ran for Council to give Taylor's Ward a voice in Brimbank and with other levels of government. Decisions were being made by various levels of government that were not in the interest of the residents of Taylors Ward and Brimbank. These include:

  • The recent sale of open space adjoining the Melton Highway near Watergardens Station.
  • The sale of several school sites in Brimbank.
  • The proposal to build a bridge over the Sunbury rail line rather than have a road underpass as has been provided elsewhere. A bridge will result in increasing noise to surrounding residents.
  • Need to upgrade the Calder Freeway from 80 to 100kph.
  • The proposal to add 10 more years of tolls to the Calder Freeway commuters to help pay for a freeway through Footscray.

In addition I considered that with qualifications in Town Planning, Civil Engineering and experience in Local Government, Management and Consulting I could make a valuable contribution to Brimbank and look after the interest of the residents of Taylor's Ward. 

What do you hope to achieve in your term as a Brimbank City Councillor?

I hope that in my term I will help to make the most of Brimbank’s assets to benefit its residents. These include:

  • The further residential and commercial development of our activity centres in Watergardens, St Albans and Sunshine is essential for their success and survival in a complicated and competitive retail market.
  • Provision of improved car parking at Watergardens Railway Station, Sunshine and St Albans and funded with the inclusion of residential and commercial components is essential to achieving smart development without adding to our debt level.
  • The development of the ABC radio tower site for residential purposes and other sites are essential in building our rate base to ensure we have the resources to meet the needs of our growing population.
  • Improve the provision of community facilities in Brimbank such as Sydenham Park.

What is your favourite thing to do in Brimbank?

Catch up with friends and family enjoying our fantastic parks, restaurants and entertainment facilities.