Advocacy involves identifying and responding to issues that impact the wellbeing of our community. These include much needed infrastructure services and programs that address health, social justice, housing, travel, access, safety, sustainability and education. Darebin City Council is committed to addressing disadvantage in our community and to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

Our advocacy work is underpinned by Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006 (the Charter) and guided by the principles of equity and inclusion to support more equitable wealth distribution. Council is committed to upholding all of the rights, principles and values set out in the Charter.

Successful advocacy means that Darebin City Council’s community priorities are “on the radar” to influence Federal, State governments and other stakeholders in order to gain support, resources and funding to implement projects, programs and policies that benefit local communities.

Climate Emergency

It has been 3 years since Darebin Council’s historic climate emergency declaration and we are still calling for urgent State and Federal action on climate change. We have outlined five key demands relating to renewable energy, electric vehicles, construction and the use of recycled materials for roads, footpaths, products and packaging, to help Australia achieve zero emissions by 2030.

Current Advocacy Projects

The following projects are currently being actively pursued and deemed as a priority after consultation with the community during the development of the Council Plan 2013-2017.