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Brimbank Youth Services

A service provided by Brimbank City Council

The Team

The BYS team deliver outcomes (relating to the 2015 -19 Brimbank Youth Strategy, Brimbank Youth Services) comprised of the following teams: Youth Support / Young Communities / Administration


Damir Lendich
Coordinator Brimbank Youth Services

Damir oversees the overall delivery of youth services and actions as related to the 2010-14 Youth Policy and Action Plan. His role supports youth services Team Leaders as related to staff delivering actions as related to the current youth policy and action plan. His role also works closely with related youth stakeholders (within Council and externally) through varied partnerships as related to developing service delivery to young people which involves gap identification and addressing emerging issues.

Pronoun: He/Him

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Damir on
Ph: (03) 9249 4117 Mob: 0458 321 806
or email

Youth Support Team

Jo Baillon
Acting Team Leader Youth Support

Undertaking the Acting Team Leader Youth Support role (Contract until 22/12/2017).

Predominantly worked in the Western region of Melbourne for the past 20 years in the Local Government Sector in the Community Development and Family and Youth Services sectors.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Contact Jo on
Ph: (03) 9249 4582
or email:


Belinda Calello
Youth Counsellor

Belinda offers generalist counselling for young people aged 12-25 who live, work, or study in Brimbank. Young people can request help for several things. Some of the most common challenges include relationship problems, managing emotions and feeling stressed or sad. Belinda is always happy to have a chat about support programs for young people who are ‘unsure’ about counselling.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Contact Belinda on
Ph: (03) 9249-4253
Mob: 0428 111 270

or email:

Nicole Sotiriou
Youth Support & Engagement Officer

The Youth Support & Engagement Officer works within the Youth Support Team.  Their main role is to provide individual support to young people and to deliver health and wellbeing group work programs within schools.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Nicole on
Ph: (03) 9249 4110

Travis Walton
Youth Support & Engagement Officer

Travis’s role is to plan and deliver a range of supports for young people that enhance their health and wellbeing. This involves working directly with young people and schools in providing group health and wellbeing programs as well as individual support.

Pronoun: He/Him

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Travis on
Ph: (03) 9249 4123


Pinchy Breheny
Youth Worker

Pinchy is a Youth Programs Officer at BYS and mainly develops and delivers a range of programs for LGBTIQ young people including the social support group Queer Crafternoon which is a joint program with Headspace sunshine, where young people can come hangout, make friends and create some awesome craft.

Pronoun: They/Them

Young Communities

Marlise Harris
Team Leader Young Communities

Marlise loves working with Brimbank’s amazing young people to design and deliver opportunities to ensure ideas and voices are acknowledged and prioritized throughout the municipality. Her work is informed by a strong evidence base of research and consultation with Brimbank young people. She facilitates and administers the Youthlinks network, a dynamic and highly valued resource for Brimbank’s youth sector, and she supports the Young Communities team to explore a range of program delivery and advocacy pathways in areas such as Disability, Interfaith, Homelessness, Parenting, Education and Social Connections.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Monday to Thursday

Contact Marlise on
Ph: (03) 9249-4206
Mob: 0400 643 418

Or email:

Molly Jones
Youth Development Officer

Molly is a Youth Development Officer with the Young Communities team. She draws on a community development approach to working alongside young people in the Brimbank area to ensure they are respected as active and engaged citizens and that they have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate this.  She is always awed by the fresh, thoughtful and creative perspectives of young people as they work towards achieving better outcomes for their peers, their communities and their own futures. Molly will be working alongside the Youth Ambassadors to continue to strengthen their voices in decision-making processes, as well as with school students in Brimbank to create a space for their views on a range of community matters to be heard and developed.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Molly on
Ph: (03) 9249 4124
or email:

Danni Polidano
Youth Worker

Danni is a Youth Programs Officer in the Young Communities team and her role is to plan and deliver a range of youth-led programs and projects for young people in Brimbank. She is currently working on the Baby & Beyond young parents program and the Youth Ambassadors program.  She is passionate about working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and specialises in youth development and the arts.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Wednesday and Friday

Contact Danni on
Ph: (03) 9249 4308

or email:

Mariah Magri
Youth Worker

Mariah is a Youth Worker at BYS in the Young Communities Team who plans and delivers a range of programs and projects for young people. She works with us to roll out the school holiday show bag program and the What’s on in the West document, each holiday,  for young people who work, study or recreate in the Brimbank Municipality. She supports the AAA community and runs the AAA dance party out of the Visy Cares Hub. Mariah is passionate about the use of research and consultation to increase opportunities for young people, which then positively impacts the community.

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Contact Mariah on
Ph: (03) 9249 4419 
or email: 

Martha Metuisela
Youth Worker & Pasifika Youth Cultural Consultant

Martha is a Youth Worker who specialises in working with Pasifika young people and runs a number of culturally relevant community development programs with young people in Brimbank. She co-founded Westside Pasifika, a youth advisory group that  runs strengths based programs, forums, cultural competency training and events such as My Island Dream.

She is currently running two programs; Stir It Up in St Albans, and Lalanga in Deer Park.

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Contact Martha on
Ph: (03) 9249 4426
or email: 


Greg McCann
Brimbank L2P Program Officer

Greg coordinates the Brimbank L2P Learner Driver Mentor program, which is a joint partnership between TAC, VicRoads and Brimbank City Council. BYS have a dedicated group of Volunteer Mentors who provide their time and support to learner drivers accessing the program in order to achieve the mandatory 120 hours of supervised driving experience.

Pronoun: He/Him

Work days:  Monday to Thursday

Contact Greg on
Ph: (03) 9249-4214
Mob: 0418 312 710
or email:

Youth & Community Safety

Glenn Cook
Youth Safety & Programs Officer – Secretary of Police Citizen Youth Club – Street Surfer Bus

Glenn works within the youth services team to deliver safety projects and programs which address the needs of young people within the municipality. He also coordinates implements and evaluates the Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Street Surfer Bus programs/activities that are appropriate to the needs of young people through consultation with Victoria Police bus Advisory committee and related stakeholders.

Pronoun: He/Him

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Glenn on
Ph: (03) 9249 4168
Mob: 0409 843 848

or email


Julie Babiano
Service Support Admin/Facilities Officer

Julie is admin support for Brimbank Youth Services including overseeing finances, purchasing and providing support for services for young people. She oversees facility bookings management for new facility and providing support to users of Visy Cares Hub which encourages a range of educational and wellbeing programs that promote and support services for young people, community groups and services to participate in activities, contributing to a strong sense of belonging and pride in their community.

Pronoun: She/Her

Work days: Monday to Friday

Contact Julie on
Ph: (03) 9249-4116
or email: