Monday, 21 October 2019
Fraser Electorate: We Are Brimbank Awards 2019
This weekend in my electorate of Fraser we recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of remarkable residents and community organisations through Brimbank City Council's community awards. Today I would like to recognise the winner of the Culture, Arts and Tourism Award, which recognises outstanding contributions to the rich cultural heritage, tourism and artistic fabric of my local community. The award was won by the Sunshine Short Film Festival. Now in its seventh year, it has added culturally to the area and growth created awareness of Melbourne's west on a global scale, attracting entries from overseas filmmakers. Often original content entered into this film festival goes on to win awards at other local and international film festivals, including the St Kilda, Sydney and Canada film festivals, to name just a few. The event encourages young people to embrace creative and positive pursuits, and the festival also has an important educational function in my electorate. This event is the culmination of nine months of work for the dedicated volunteers, who successfully promote strong positive messages about the vitality, diversity and cultural richness of Melbourne's west, also helping to dispel some misconceptions of the area. This wonderful event has also made the Millennium Man of the old Sunshine Harvester Works justifiably famous. I also congratulate the other winners of the awards.