Success Stories

The following projects and programs have been completed or implemented thanks to successful advocacy by Council.

Preston Level Crossing Removals – announced May 2019

After many years of advocacy by Darebin City Council, the State Government announced that four level crossings in Preston – at Bell Street, Cramer Street, Oakover Road and Murray Road – will all be removed by 2021. Council’s successful advocacy also secured an elevated rail solution, which will open up an incredible amount of open space for residents and presents an exciting chance to develop new precincts and community infrastructure such as pedestrian connections and green open space.

Reservoir Community and Learning Centre – opened 2015. 

The Reservoir Community and Learning Centre provides a new community hub that combines the library, customer service, maternal and child health, the toy library, youth services and community meeting spaces. Council was successful in securing $3M from the Federal Government and $812K from the State Government to construct this $5 Million Centre. For more information on the Centre visit the Venues page.

Reservoir Community and Learning Centre CCTV

Funded as part of the Department of Justice Community Safety Infrastructure grants, Darebin Council now operates five Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in a small area in the public realm around the Reservoir Community and Learning Centre. The cameras are part of Councils’ broader work to reduce crime, increase perceptions of safety and create a safe, inclusive community. For more information contact Community Safety on 8470 8587.

Keon Park Children’s Hub – opened October 2014

The Keon Park Children’s Hub provides a much-needed modern, integrated centre in Darebin’s north with maternal and child health services, kindergarten rooms, multi-use family rooms and playgrounds.  Council has been very successful in gaining $1.5M in State Government funding for this $5 Million project.

Alphington Railway Station Heritage Trees – completed 2014

Council worked together with community members and VicTrack to advocate for the protection of heritage trees and vegetation in the area slated for development around the railway station.  The active advocacy and collaboration led to a recognition of the need to preserve these much-loved natural features of the local environment.

Darebin North East Community Hub – opened 2014

The Darebin North East Community Hub provides local services to residents in the Bundoora, Kingsbury and Macleod areas. Council advocated to the Federal Government to achieve $4.9 Million towards the $6.1 Million cost of the project and was also successful in gaining $1.2 Million in funding through the State Government’s ‘Places Victoria’ program.  The Hub combines maternal and child health and family support programs with community meeting rooms and a conference and reception facility.The Hub provides key services with a focus on family and children, including maternal and child health, family support, breastfeeding support, early years programs and a toy library. It also offers community spaces, an art gallery, meeting rooms and a conference space to enable students, community groups and local business people to learn and connect in a historic but modern setting.

Housed in a restored building that was formerly part of the Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, the Hub provides a focal point for the community to interact and access Council services – and for Council to foster partnerships with other organisations to provide local services within a neighbourhood setting. The location of the Hub, within reach of both established and developing communities, enables it to service a diverse community including those newly arrived to Darebin, international and regional students and new families.

Preventing Family Violence

Council is committed to preventing violence against women and delivers a range of initiatives with the community, across our organisations and with our partners in the northern region as part of our Preventing Violence Against Women Action Plan.

For further information please visit our family support page, and our preventing violence against women page.

You can also contact the Preventing Violence Against Women Officer on 8470 8522 or email: