Creating and Age Friendly Darebin – Have your Say

Darebin Council is committed to being an Age Friendly City where older residents are active, valued and supported to live the way they choose.

Council are inviting your feedback and participation in the first stage of the community consultation for this review.

Have a look at the Discussion Paper and/or attend an Age Friendly Darebin Drop-in Session, with light lunch or afternoon tea and ask your questions about the Age Friendly Review and Discusson Paper (you can pick one up at the session) on Thursday, 18th October 2018 from 1-6pm in Preston, Shire Hall. All ages welcome.

Or after you have read the Discussion Paper, provide your feedback online.

More information at Have Your Say.

Take the Pledge – Recycle Right

Know what can and can’t go in your recycling bin and Take the Pledge to Recycle Right.

This Spring Darebin City Council invites all residents to make the commitment to recycling by taking the Pledge to Recycle Right at home.

Recycling Right means always putting the right items in the recycling bin, keeping the wrong items out (plastic bags, soft plastic, drinking glasses, polystyrene), and making sure all recycling goes in the bin loosely (no bags!).

By Recycling Right you’re helping save valuable resources from going to landfill, save energy and protecting our environment.

Read more about Rubbish, Recycling and Cleaning in Darebin.

Friends of Baucau Film Fund-Raiser ‘Ladies in Black’ Palace Westgarth Thursday September 27, 6-30pm

Funds raised will support Timor–Leste women’s empowerment initiatives in communities of Baucau, the second largest municipality in Timor-Leste which shares a friendship association with Yarra and Darebin Councils.

Book at to access further details and book your tickets – by Sunday Sept 23

Darebin Climate Energy Conference 11-12 September

A great opportunity to go to a topical, free, local conference.

The Darebin Climate Emergency Conference is on at the at Northcote Town Hall (September 11th and 12th). It will “bring together councils, other levels of government, business and organisation as well as our community to identify strategic and urgent action with appropriate scale and speed to deliver a safe climate”

Among other inspiring speakers is:

Jeremy Heimans, founder of GetUp! and author of ‘New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyper-connected World’, who will discuss digital activism and how to use a new model of power to build a climate emergency movement.

For more information, program and to register visit


BIG SINGLET – a pop up choir kind of thing

Highly recommended by Union St resident Meg:


you are cordially invited to the inaugural gathering of


stephen taberner’s


a pop up choir kind of thing


Brunswick Uniting Church 

214 Sydney Rd  $15/$10/$5


big singlet is based on an absurdly simple premise:

1. people gather (in some beautiful space somewhere)

2. they sing

2a. wherever possible, they voyage to a pub or resonant space to reprise one song in a real world human space

3. they go home


this is a new project for me, and I’ll be thinking my head off in terms of ways to subtly work with this format  and shorten the distance between the average person and various states of musico-social ecstacy. This is, I suppose, my life’s work. You may know me through the Spooky Men’s Chorale, Bigmouth or the Millenium Chorus. I’ve had 25 years leading singing weekends, choirs and large scale events all over the world. We’ll work with my own cocktail of funky originals, thinking person’s pop/rock, and mash ups of cool bits of songs, and use them as a portal into a world where open ears and a goodly collective pulse take us to a place where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts….or something like that.


the big singlet is open to all comers, especially those who are a little unsure as to whether they can sing, to kids ($5 for them) and students/young people ($10). negotiation is possible for the financially challenged.


think of it as a flash mob or pop up kind of thing, in which context I’ll ask you to forward this to choirs you are in, schools, and anyone else who may be interested. 


I’d love to get confirmation of your attendance by return email so I have a sense of size but please be assured that nobody will be turned away at the door.


it shall be glorious

amen, hallelujah


New Street Light?

Thanks to Union St resident Mia who has initiated a request to Darebin Council to install a street light for the laneway to the Station between No. 39 Union and Northern Support Services.

Mia saw people walking through there after dark, around 6pm, with their phone torches on.  Herself included.

Darebin Council have provided a Ref No: 311235 in case that anyone wants to find out the progress (Ph 8470 8888).

They say this is council land and there is certainly a case for a street light.

Thanks Mia.

PS. I have no idea what “Union Street Massive” is.  Would be interested to know.

Climate Emergency Conversation Workshops

Wednesday 30 May 2018, 5.00-9.00pm, Shire Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston


Friday 1 June 2018, 12.00-4.00pm, Function Room, 350 High Street, Preston

How should Council have conversations with the community about climate change which encourage and support residents and groups to take long-lasting and meaningful action?

Darebin Council is keen to build support for strong action on climate change in our local area.

Council has recently adopted a Climate Emergency Plan which highlights our commitment to taking urgent action to make our planet safe for ourselves, our children and future generations.  We want to work alongside our and other councils so that together we can influence those organisations which have the greatest power to take action to respond to the climate emergency.

To make sure that our communications messages and methods of engaging the community and others result in meaningful and long-lasting action, we need your help!  Please come along and help us work out what language and messaging is going to work best in conversations about the climate emergency.

We are asking our community to work with us on this because we know that so many of our community members will bring creative ideas, interesting insights and good thinking to the task, and it is this input which is really going to make sure that our communications and engagement work hits the mark!

Light refreshments will be served.

Book here for the session on Wednesday 30 May5.00-9.00pm.

Book here for the session on Friday 1 June12.00-4.00pm.

Save the Trees – St Georges Rd Boulevard

The survival of the remaining southern section of the established 25 year-old tree-lined boulevard from Arthurton Rd to Merri Pde is under threat.
There is no Melbourne Water project south of Arthurton Road, as a new central pipe was added in 1997, so there will be no disruption to the median strip from Melbourne Water. 
We have until February 25 to add feedback to the Council masterplan process.
Darebin Council has responsibility for decision-making with respect to the retention or not of the trees, and, if retained, maintenance. Subject to a council consultation process, the boulevard trees and understorey planting may be ripped up to create two paths.
We urge residents to tell council to save the existing boulevard trees and plants.
You can do this by:
1. Adding your comments on Your Say council page
(it’s called the Northern Pipe Trail Masterplan)
Comments close 25 February.
2. Signing our petition –
3. Emailing your local councillors:
Kim LeCerf
Susan Rennie
Steph Amir
Lina Messina
Julie Williams
Gaetano Greco
Susanne Newton
Tim Laurence
4. Tell your neighbours and friends. Many are not aware that these trees may be lost and may be keen to join the campaign.
Keep updated on what’s happening with the boulevard by liking and sharing on our Facebook page – Protect St Georges Rd Landscape Group

Local Accommodation Sought

My special great niece Zoe is looking for a local house or apartment : she moved over from Perth in November, is working full time in HR and comes highly recommended by us as she has been living with us and is extremely mature, responsible and all round delightful. One or two bedrooms preferred and ideally a cat-friendly place.


03 9481 0059

0400 656 368