Cr Bruce Lancashire
Get to know Cr Bruce Lancashire
What is your connection to Brimbank?
My family has a long association with Brimbank. 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 the Keilor Village area, before finally settling in Taylors Lakes.
My three sons all grew up in Brimbank and educated at Overnewton Anglican Community College. Family history tells me that a relative was a President of the Keilor Roads Board and is mentioned on a wooden plaque still located in the old City of Keilor offices.
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 Taylors 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.
- sale of several school sites in Brimbank.
- 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.
- 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 Taylors 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 to make the most of Brimbank’s assets to benefit its residents. These include:
- The development of our activity centre in Sunshine and extend the residential and commercial development of Watergardens and Keilor Downs shopping centres.
- Provision of improved car parking at Watergardens Railway Station similar to what has been done for Sunshine Railway Station.
- The development of the ABC radio tower site for residential purposes.
- Improve the provision of community facilities in Brimbank and in particular Taylors Ward.
What is your favourite thing to do in Brimbank?
Catch up with friends and family.