Here’s 5 things to do in the Brimbank and Caroline Springs areas.

Discount for desexing

Brimbank pet owners have just three more days to get a discount for desexing their pets as part of National Desexing Month. Petvet in Sunshine and Village Vets in Delahey are offering discounts in July.

■ 9311 3766, 9307 2122 or

Book launch and mill tour

Cairnlea Community Hub and Friends of the Black Powder Mill will co-host the launch of an unusual children’s book, The Little Black Powder Mill on the Grasslands of Cairnlea, at 10am on September 8. Taking part will be author Clare Brennan, artist Meredith Thomas, who has illustrated more than 60 children’s books, and school groups. The book will be launched at the Cairnlea Community Hub, 59 Carmody Drive. At the same venue, from 9.15am to 10.30am on Tuesday, September 1, people can take a free tour of the mill, watch how it works and learn some local history.

■ 9249 4800 or email


Save native plants

Brimbank green thumbs can help their council reintroduce beautiful wildflowers to urban grasslands at Pioneer Park, Sydenham, this Saturday. From 10am to noon, you can be part of the team that saves native species including the endangered button wrinklewort and large-fruit groundsel from extinction. Meet at 21A Manchester Drive, Sydenham, for this free event.

■ 9249 4717 or email


Men’s Shed plans afoot

An information session on setting up a Men’s Shed in Keilor Downs will be held from 11am to 1pm, August 9, at Brimbank Bicycle Education Centre with a barbecue lunch at Club House Place, Keilor Downs, to follow. Hear about Rotary Club of Brimbank Central’s plans for the shed, which is a joint project with the Lions Club of Taylors Lakes.

■ 0412 388 823


Change the way you think

Get on the Highway to Success at a series of personal development workshops run by the Human Resource Centre at Caroline Springs library on July 25-26. Conducted by hypnotherapist/psychotherapist Bryan Perry, this will be an interactive process designed for people working through difficulties created by rigid behavioural habits. Learn skills in testing, challenging and breaking free of unhealthy ways of thinking and behaving, using a non-medical approach to treating such ailments as anxiety and depression. The workshops are also for people interested in personal growth and development.