We Are Brimbank Awards 2018

We Are Brimbank Awards: Celebrating the pride and potential of our city.

 

Winners Announced

Awards were presented at the We Are Brimbank Gala Dinner on Friday 5 October 2018. All ticket sales went to the Brimbank Community Fund.

Culture, Arts & Tourism Award: The Friends of the Black Powder Mill

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the rich cultural, heritage, tourism and artistic fabric of the Brimbank community.

The Black Powder Mill is of historical, social and scientific significance at the national level as the only surviving component of a gunpowder manufacturing facility on its original site in Australia.

The Friends of the Black Powder Mill were formed in 2001 in response to the issuing of a partial demolition permit of the mill, despite the Albion Factory, including the Black Powder Mill, being placed on the Register of the National Estate in 1998, and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) classifying the mill of national significance.

The Friends of the Black Powder Mill lobbied for the saving of the mill and advocated for its restoration. As a result of their efforts, the mill was added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2003 and they were awarded an $11,000 grant from Heritage Victoria, with further grants and donations received leading to the launch of the restored mill in 2005.

The passion and determination of The Friends of the Black Powder Mill resulted in the mill being restored; bringing back to life a fully operational mill for the local and wider community to experience and this is a significant part of Brimbank's heritage.

 

Environment & Sustainability Award: Friends of Kororoit Creek

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the protection, enhancement and awareness of Brimbank’s natural and urban environment.

The Friends of Kororoit Creek has been in existence for 25+ years and originally started with works focused on Buckingham Reserve in Sunshine West.

The group has consistently worked with Council, Melbourne Water and other organisations for the betterment of Kororoit Creek. The group also holds a variety of events and activities along Kororoit Creek and within the wider Sunshine area, including working bees – weeding, planting, rubbish removal – and clean-up activities, including Clean-Up Australia Day.

Friends of Kororoit Creek are a voice for the community, about and for, Kororoit Creek.

 

Employment & Enterprise Award: Mambourin Enterprises Ltd

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the prosperity of Brimbank.

Mambourin Enterprises exists to connect people with disability to every opportunity, and supports them to get what they want out of life. Mambourin Enterprises works with their vast networks to ensure that people with disability achieve exceptional outcomes.

Established in 1972 for children with an intellectual disability, Mambourin has since grown into a highly respected organisation that provides disability support to over 400 people across Day Programs, Supported Employment and Traineeships.

Mambourin Enterprises was the first provider of Supported Employment across the outer western suburbs of Melbourne and as we move towards the NDIS, Mambourin’s vision is of a community enriched by people with disabilities achieving their potential and independence.

 

Inclusive Brimbank Award: Brimbank Youth Ambassadors

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to promoting participation in community life and supporting proud, safe and healthy citizens.

Brimbank Youth Ambassadors work with young people aged between 12-25 years who live, work, study or recreate in Brimbank. They support young people to participate in education, health and wellbeing, recreation and employment activities, contributing to a strong sense of belonging and pride in their community.

Brimbank Youth Ambassadors won this award for a specific initiative that makes a positive difference to the community, the Westies Y-Link. This is a monthly e-newsletter designed, developed and maintained by Brimbank Youth Ambassadors, which contains news and information about the opportunities for young people in Brimbank, and the West more broadly. It also profiles local young people using their own voices, addressing both important matters and light-hearted ones.

 

Learning Excellence Award: CHASE (Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement)

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the ongoing education, learning and engagement of the Brimbank community.

Launched in 2013, CHASE is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation that works to improve health literacy through education, community volunteering and peer-to-peer mentoring for students experiencing disadvantage in Melbourne’s west.

The CHASE Program is a year-long program that complements the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) - Personal Development Skills; a hands-on option for students in Years 11 and 12 that provides practical work-related experience.

CHASE currently works with five different schools in Melbourne’s west, three of which lie within Brimbank. They currently partner with Copperfield College, St Albans Secondary College and Victoria University Secondary College.

In 2018, the CHASE Program is engaging with over 200 Year 11 students in Brimbank, with over 1,000 local students engaging with the program since 2013.

Nominations Closed

There's so much to be proud of in Brimbank. These awards celebrate the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of organisations and groups making a positive difference in Brimbank.

The Awards  recognise groups, businesses, not-for-profits or any other organisations for their contribution to our community across five categories.

Individual contributions aren't considered for the We Are Brimbank awards. We encourage you to submit an individual for an Australia Day Award 2019.

Categories

Culture, Arts and Tourism Award

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the rich cultural, heritage, tourism and artistic fabric of the Brimbank community.

We have over 40,000 years of aboriginal history and 166 nationalities represented in our municipality. Our rich industrial past is complemented by modern, vibrant food, culture and art scenes. This award celebrates the fantastic projects, events, groups or enterprises that showcase and develop our communities’ rich cultural fabric.

Environment and Sustainability Award

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the protection, enhancement and awareness of Brimbank’s natural and urban environment.

We’re surrounded by natural treasures and enjoy great open spaces and recreational facilities. This award celebrates groups, projects or activities that create a more environmentally sustainable city, or initiatives that encourage residents to contribute and take care of our environment for future generations.

Employment and Enterprise Award

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the prosperity of Brimbank.

We’re at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing region. So we're perfectly placed to lead Melbourne and Victoria's future growth. This award acknowledges the sole traders, businesses, social enterprises and organisations that find innovative ways to keep us contributing and prosperous.

Inclusive Brimbank Award

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to promoting participation in community life and supporting proud, safe and healthy citizens.

Our diversity has made us what we are today – a proud, dynamic, harmonious and welcoming community. This award celebrates groups, projects or activities that enhance the lives and wellbeing of residents, promote understanding or provide support and positive outcomes for the disadvantaged, at-risk or vulnerable in the community.

Learning Excellence Award

Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the ongoing education, learning and engagement of the Brimbank community.

We're a community that values lifelong learning and education for everybody. This award recognises the schools, sports clubs, businesses, groups and learning centres that deliver innovative, learning-rich environments and projects that boost our community’s knowledge, skills and wellbeing.

Nominations

Nominations closed 5pm Friday 31 August 2018.

Nominations were accepted for any group of people identified as:

  • Business or corporation (including sole traders)
  • Non-profit or non-government organisation
  • School or religious institution
  • Sports Club
  • Volunteer community group

Groups or partnerships that have worked on a specific project to deliver outcomes for the community were also eligible. For example a collaborative project with a start and end date. In this case, nominees should nominate the project and name the partners involved.

  • Nominated entities or projects must be based in, or carrying out the majority of their trade and/or services within the municipality of Brimbank.
  • Current serving Councillors or employees of the Brimbank City Council are ineligible.
  • Nominations can be made online or on the hardcopy. Photocopies of the official online form are acceptable.
  • All nomination information and materials submitted remain the property of Brimbank City Council.
  • We respect your privacy, read our privacy policy here.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of the decision.

Nominate your group and as many other local groups as you want. You will just need to supply details of a referee as someone that supports your nomination.

Judging

Brimbank Mayor, Councillor Margaret Giudice and five independent and experienced community leaders reviewed all applications.

For more information on the awards and dinner, contact us on 9249 4000.

 

Next review date: 
13 July 2018