I made myself a promise to serve the City of Brimbank for 15 years when I was first elected to Council in 1997. I managed to stay on until 2009. I was a few years short of achieving my goal, so I returned in 2016. I’m very pleased to be here, still helping as best I can to make this city a wonderful place.
Now, my portfolio is ‘Liveable Brimbank’. This means my role includes being a knowledge champion for issues related to liveability – such as ensuring the urban environment supports a growing population while respecting neighbourhood character and heritage. At the moment, my top concerns are housing availability, affordability and employment.
Recently, I’ve enjoyed being able to attend many community events again, now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased. It has been good to attend citizenship ceremonies, see festivals such as Midsumma and Be Bold, and be part of campaign launches such as Fix the Calder.
Getting out in the community and meeting people is one of the things I enjoy about my role as councillor. It’s an honour to chat to residents about their experiences and concerns. I am conscious that there are areas of disadvantage in the Harvester Ward, and with the help of my fellow Councillors I am committed to finding ways to help people overcome those challenges.
I believe with more development and investment in Brimbank, we can truly become the capital of the west. Fortunately, we are seeing positive steps toward this future – with some major road and rail projects happening already, and the Melbourne Airport Rail slated to become part of the Sunshine route in the coming years.
We do have the potential to become a significant, well-connected hub, but we must also ensure that our community’s voice is heard every step of the way.
My favourite thing to do in Brimbank is assisting senior citizens’ groups and clubs during the week and helping kids get into sport.
I also enjoy the rich diversity of the Brimbank community. With people from over 166 different cultures, nationalities and backgrounds calling Brimbank home, our city is such a fascinating and unique place.
You can contact Cr Sam David JP at CrDavid@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0429 355 239.