6 Things to do this week

June is starting a little differently than we expected. And though the circuit-breaker restrictions have interrupted a few plans, there’s still plenty for you to do in Brimbank over the next few days.

1. Celebrate World Environment Day by with the North West Communities for Climate Action Online Conference

World Environment Day is celebrated each year on 5 June, and aims to educate everyone on important environmental issues.

In 2021, World Environment Day calls for urgent action to revive damaged ecosystems across the globe. 

To honour the occasion, Council is proud to present the North West Communities for Climate Action Online Conference in partnership with six other local councils.

Run over two days, this online event will feature a special key note address by Professor Bruce Pascoe, author of award-winning book Dark Emu, and Welcome to Country from Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Traditional Owner Uncle Dave Wandin.

The conference is open to all community members, with a special stream designed for a student groups.

For more information and to register, head here.

When: 4-5 June;9am-3:30pm
Where: Online
Cost: No charge

2. Teachers, learn to empower and educate your students to be environmentally conscious 

Teachers from Brimbank, Hume, Whittlesea, Moreland, Hobson's Bay, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong are invited to this special World Environment Day professional development session, to learn, share their skills, and network.

This special webinar will present cutting-edge climate change education resources to help teachers support climate action in schools. Resource links, case studies and activities will inspire you to set up or reinvigorate food waste recycling systems and implement teaching strategies.

This event is associated with the North West Communities for Climate Action Online Conference.

For more information and to register, head here.

When: 3 June, 3.45PM - 5.30PM
Where: Online
Cost: No Charge

3. Really make the most of your time outdoors

There’s nothing quite like a walk outside to clear the mind. Luckily, Brimbank has many great trails, ranging from well-established tracks to new pathways through recent developments, to keep your walking routine varied and fun.

No matter your age or abilities, whether you’re bringing a pram or wheelchair, or if you’re walking, jogging or cycling, there is a suitable track for everyone in Brimbank.

But while restrictions are in place, be sure to wear your mask, socially distance, and stay within 5km of your home.

For more information, a breakdown of all the trails in your area, and a list of all the trails and paths in Brimbank, head here.

When: All year
Where: Various locations across Brimbank
Cost: No charge

4. Book lovers, unite!

Join us to discuss your favourite reads in the new Brimbank Libraries After Hours Book Chat - from the comfort of your own home.

This Wednesday – and the first Wednesday evening of every month - you are invited to a Zoom chat with other booklovers. Share a cup of tea, talk about your favourite book, one you are currently reading, or get some recommendations for your next great read.

All you will need is an internet-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone. If you've never used Zoom before, don't worry! Call us on 9249 4640 and we can show you how. We promise it’s super easy.

To register and join in the fun, head here.

When: 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom. Register here to receive link
Cost: No Charge

5. Learn how to adapt to the ‘new normal’ of career and employment

The world is changing, and so are career and employment pathways, but that does not need to be daunting.

These three Zoom workshops - facilitated by Tanaz Byramji from Successful Resumes - are designed to educate participants in looking for and securing work in a post-pandemic world.

With more than 10 years’ experience in career development, Byramji will steer participants in the right direction to better their career.

You’ll learn how to navigate a job search both online and in-person, work effectively with recruiters, and network efficiently. You’ll also learn best practice for resume formatting and ensure it gets past the screening test.

The first workshop will take place this week, so it’s the perfect time to get involved.

For more information and bookings head here.

When: 3, 10 and 17 June 11.30AM - 12.30PM
Where: Online via Zoom. Register here to receive link
Cost: No charge

6. Skip the washing up and support your favourite local restaurants

No one was expecting these restrictions, especially not restaurants. Still rebuilding after a rocky 2020, it’s still super important to support these businesses. And as a plus, you get a delicious meal that you don’t have to cook or clean up!

Though you may not be able to dine in, hiding out in your lounge with a warm meal sounds pretty great in this cold weather we’ve been having.

Although we’re sure you’ve already got a few local gems in mind, if you need some inspiration, here’s what the internet suggests you check out in Sunshine, Keilor, Deer Park, St Albans and Taylors Lakes. Just be sure to stay within a 5km radius.

When: All the time, but especially this week!
Where: Various locations
Cost: Various