As the new Mayor of Brimbank, I look forward to leading Council for the next 12 months and continuing the work that enhances Brimbank’s standing as a vibrant and inclusive community.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent the best municipality in Victoria. It is an absolute privilege – and I look forward to working with Council and with our community to make Brimbank a better place for all.
I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and what I’ll be working to achieve for Brimbank.
When I migrated to Australia in the 90s, Brimbank became my home and I have raised my family here, and started a business.
As Mayor of Brimbank I want to continue the special legacy of inclusion that is embodied in our City.
I am focusing on the important tasks we have before us, of improving and enhancing our City to ensure the best possible quality of life for our community, and of supporting and advocating for Brimbank through the process of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
As we adjust to COVID-normal, the health and safety of our community and staff is Council’s top priority – reopening safely is in everyone’s interest.
I have welcomed the eased coronavirus restrictions that now allows local businesses and all of us to safely return to their favourite local shops, restaurants, and attractions.
I know living through lockdown has been incredibly challenging. But for me, and I’m sure for many of you too, I think it’s also led us to really cherish the things that make Brimbank a fantastic place to live, work and play.
A key focus for Council is supporting our businesses through the recovery process. Recently we launched another campaign to support local business – this is our ‘We Are Brimbank and We are Open for Business’ campaign that’s running on our socials and the cinema.
We hope this campaign encourages our community to support their local businesses and spend locally, whether it is for food, home, and entertainment or Christmas gifts in the holiday season.
As a local business owner, I understand that the coming months will be critical for businesses working to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, and I encourage everyone to think, shop, buy – and dine – local.
Local businesses – both big and small – are a huge part of our community. When we support them, we’re also supporting local employment opportunities, business suppliers and the local economy as a whole, so we can recover together.
Christmas is just round the corner, and you’ll find Santa is visiting Brimbank early this year, so keep an eye out for him! And also, I’m pleased to say our Giving Tree program is back, so you can help those in need by donating non-perishable food items to local charities that are participating in our program. Please check our website for more details.
Merry Christmas to everyone, I wish you a safe and happy festive season.
You can contact Mayor Rasic on CrRasic@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0437 861296.