For me the essence of Brimbank is its people, its rich history and its heritage. Our diversity and the rich tapestry of all our collective stories and experiences from all corners of the world is Brimbank’s strength. We all bring something unique, something valuable and we all matter. In these tough times, it’s especially important to remember this and support each other.
Even before becoming a Councillor, volunteering has one of the ways I’ve enjoyed connecting with my community for the last 10 years. I started as a volunteer in local sports clubs, then in tree planting and becoming a Brimbank Council Alumni in completing the leadership Victoria mentoring program through Brimbank Council. I have also served on two business associations in Keilor and St Albans, having worked locally.
My favourite things to do in Brimbank includes going for hikes and walks through Taylors Creek, Brimbank Park and Organ Pipes. Having access to such magnificent heritage and green spaces is something I feel incredibly privileged and lucky to have nearby. This has been especially important during lockdown – walks in my local neighbourhood parks and reserves and exploring new spots have been an important part of my routine to stay active and healthy.
I also enjoy dining locally when possible and supporting local food and other businesses. As Victoria begins to open up for dining, traveling to a local business for a meal with some friends, perhaps to the CBD too, is something I’m looking forward to.
It is local food and other retail businesses that keep our local economy strong and resilient, so let’s support our local businesses whenever we can. Our City has such an amazing array of cuisines to offer local people and visitors. With 170 different cultures, living harmoniously – Brimbank really is the Heart of the West.
As a Brimbank Councillor, I am committed to helping help my community through its post-COVID-19 recovery and to help rebuild and strengthen my community’s resilience.
I’m committed to continuing to advocate for more funding for Brimbank needs, especially for mental health, family support, skills training and digital literacy.
I would like to see programs and services that help close the gap of disadvantage faced in our community. I want everyone to have access to opportunities to grow and thrive in Brimbank.
I’m always happy to hear from community members who would like to speak to me about ideas to make our city even better.
Cr Virginia Tachos
You can contact Cr Tachos on CrTachos@brimbank.vic.gov.au or 0428 915 671.