As the newly elected Deputy Mayor of Brimbank, I cannot wait to give back to the community where I was born, bred and educated.
As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I have been lucky enough to call Brimbank my home for over 20 years. I was born in Sunshine Hospital and proudly attended schools in the local area, continuing my passion for giving back to the West by volunteering and working within the community my whole life.
My parents instilled in me an immense gratitude for being raised in an area that has such rich multicultural diversity. One of the most underrated strengths of the people of Brimbank is how friendly and welcoming they are, despite having a bit of a ‘rough, working-class’ reputation.
Being an active volunteer, I saw the role of councillor as a great opportunity to have a wider and more substantial impact on the community I am so lucky to call home.
I look forward to working alongside the other councillors to bring fresh perspectives to Brimbank and to create real and progressive change for this great municipality.
Over the next 12 months I’ll endeavour to be the change that I wanted to see on Council by ensuring that the views of our diverse community are heard – no matter your age, gender, social-economic status, or cultural background.
As we recover and adjust to the new ‘COVID-normal’, I am dedicated to giving a voice to issues that impact our most vulnerable and under-represented residents.
I believe it is important to address the issues of youth disengagement, unemployment and mental health if we are going to drive for better outcomes for the future generations of Brimbank.
With the community at the centre of my focus, I will advocate for stronger representation of our vulnerable CALD communities and how to best tackle the climate emergency. My vision for Brimbank is to transform it into a sustainable smart city – let’s make Brimbank the powerhouse of the West!
As the West was hit significantly harder than the rest of the state by COVID-19, my primary concern will be helping the community bounce back and identifying ways to revitalise the local economy.
I want to congratulate everyone on their amazing efforts this year on making it through such a challenging and unprecedented time. Brimbank should be so proud!
Since coming out of lockdown I have already enjoyed being able to support local businesses again and made the most of Brimbank’s lush green spaces and state-of-the-art facilities. One of my favourite ways to experience the authentic Brimbank is eating a bánh mì from the local deli and taking my dog to Brimbank Park.
Merry Christmas to everyone, I wish you all a safe and happy New Year.
You can contact Cr Nguyen on CrNguyen@brimbank.vic.gov.au or phone 0437 740 042.