Your Say

A great community can only be built with the assistance of our residents, businesses and rate payers. Let us know what you think we could do to improve the City!

Help us shape the Darebin you want to live in

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We are putting together our 2017-2021 Council Plan which will inform and guide how services are delivered and how resources are used in Darebin over the next four years.

We'd like you to tell us how you see Darebin in the future. Are there areas that need improving or do you have great ideas for innovative change in Darebin?

Decisions made by Council are based on the wants and needs of the community so it's important that you tell us what improvements, additions or changes you'd like to see in Darebin by 2021.

If you live, work, study or play in Darebin, please join us at one of the three upcoming community forums and help us shape our focus for the next four years. The forum details are listed below. Please register to attend for catering purposes.

The following themes will be discussed in addition to other feedback you may have:

  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • Business and Jobs
  • Transport and Traffic
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment and Public Areas
  • Diversity and Human Rights
  • Housing, Planning and Infrastructure
  • Customer Experience

Community Forums

Register Now to attend one of our Community Forums.

Monday 5 September from 2pm to 4pm at Northcote Town Hall - 180 High St, Northcote
Wednesday 7 September from 6pm to 8pm at Preston City  Hall- 284 Gower St, Preston
Saturday 10 September from 11am to 1pm at the Darebin North East Community Hub - 35 Copernicus Crescent, Bundoora

Want to cancel your registration? Click here

Online Conversation

In the coming weeks we will start an online conversation about the 2017-2021 Council Plan, if you'd like to be involved complete the Help Shape Darebin form to be notified when the online conversation opens.


Preston Community Safety Survey 2016

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We are undertaking a short survey about the Preston Central precinct, which includes the Council offices, Preston Library, High Street, Cramer and Gower Streets.

The Preston Community Safety Survey 2016 will help inform our ongoing efforts to improve amenity and community safety in this area. Please take five minutes to complete the survey and you can go in the running to win a $50 WISH card.

Batman Conversations

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In the spirit of reconciliation with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Council has resolved to assist the Traditional Owners of Darebin (the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation) to consult with the community on a joint project to rename some places in Darebin, commencing with Batman Park in Northcote and the Federal electorate of Batman.

The bank of the Merri Creek in Northcote, not far from where Batman Park is now located, is understood to be the place where the Batman Treaty was signed.

An important step towards reconciliation includes making a public commitment and taking action to fully recognise, value and accept Aboriginal histories, cultures and rights as part of our shared national identity

From July a group of Wurundjeri Elders will lead a series of conversations and activities in Batman Park to illuminate the many connections between the Aboriginal history and heritage of this local area.

The Wurundjeri Elders and Council recognise the importance and value of our community’s many shared connections to Batman Park and the surrounding area. We are interested to hear from all people who visit, use, work in, learn in, live near and enjoy Batman Park.

The suggested names are:

Be Be Jern
Be Be Jern was a Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people. He was also known as Bebejern or Jerum Jerum. He was one of eight Wurundjeri leaders present at the signing of the Batman Treaty in 1835. A Ngurungaeta is a tribal leader or head man. It is a Woi wurrung word. Woi wurrung is the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people. Be Be Jern is the person from whom all contemporary Wurundjeri families are descended.

Be Be Jern lived along the Yarra River stretching from Heidelberg to Mount Baw Baw. This family line continued through Be Be Jern’s daughter Annie Borate (Boorat) and her son Robert Wandin (Wandoon). Be Be Jern was the father of Barak, who was also known as William Barak. Be Be Jern died in 1836.

Billibellary was a Ngurungaeta of the Wurundjeri people and was present at the signing of the Batman Treaty in 1835. He was also known as Jika Jika, Jacky Jacky and Jaga Jaga. Billibellary was a leading song-maker. His family lived on the north bank of the Yarra River from Yarra Bend Park up to Merri Creek.

Billibellary was an astute and diplomatic leader. He negotiated with the colonial government to protect the Kulin clans from starvation brought on by the loss of lands and forced abandonment of their cultural practices and traditional way of life. Billebellary was the uncle of William Barak. Billibellary died in 1846 and was buried at the confluence of the Yarra River and Merri Creek.

Gumbri was a descendant of Be Be Jan and is blood line connected to Barak (great niece). She remains a much loved and respected Wurundjeri Elder. Gumbri means ‘white dove’ in Woi wurrung which is the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people.

Gumbri was also known as Jessie Hunter. She was the last girl born on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in Healesville. Gumbri had a great passion for Wurundjeri people and Country with a special interest in Wurundjeri bush foods and medicines.

Stay tuned for information on this project by joining the mailing list – email us at to receive regular updates.

To learn more about reconciliation visit Reconciliation Australia, for information on naming electoral boundaries see the Australian Electoral Commission, and for the John Batman and the Batman Treaty visit the State Library of Victoria

The Renaming Batman Park Survey asks what aspects of Batman Park are important to you and will be used for project evaluation by the Wurundjeri Council and Darebin Council.

Further Information

If you have any comments, questions about the project or some information to share, please contact us.

Mandy Bathgate
Coordinator Equity & Diversity 
Ph: 8470 8365

Renaming Batman Park Community Conversations

Darebin City Council and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council  (Wurundjeri Council), warmly invite you to join Aboriginal Elders in a series of community conversations to discuss the renaming of Batman Park.

The Darebin community is invited to listen to Aboriginal Elders explain the stories and meanings behind the names at the following meetings:

  • Batman Park - Saturday 16 July, 1pm-3pm
  • Northcote Town Hall (High St.) - Tuesday 26 July, 6pm-8pm
  • Batman Park - Sunday 21 August, 1pm-3pm
  • Northcote Plaza (Stall 4) - Sunday 28 August, 11am-1pm

 Everyone is welcome.

Have Your Say: Renaming Batman Park Survey.

Public Question Time

Members of the public can submit questions to Council at ordinary Council Meetings.

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Members of the public can submit questions to Council at ordinary Council Meetings.

A period of up to 30 minutes will be set aside at each Council Meeting to enable the Chairperson to read out, and respond to, questions submitted by the public in accordance with the following guidelines.

Questions from the public must be submitted prior to the commencement of Council meetings.  No questions will be accepted after 7.00 pm on the night of the meeting. This includes questions from members of the public who seek to directly ask their questions from the gallery, which must first be submitted to officers for review prior to the meeting.

Further, in accordance with section 54(5) of the Darebin Governance Local Law, a member of the gallery cannot ask more than two (2) questions.

The Mayor, in the first instance, will read questions and provide a response to those submitted online before taking questions from members in the gallery.  If a question cannot be answered at the meeting, a written response will be prepared and forwarded to the person raising the question.  Any question responded to verbally at the meeting, will not be responded to in writing.

Questions that:

  • Relate to items that are listed on the Agenda; or
  • Are of an operational nature; or
  • Relate to personnel matters, contractual matters or legal advice; or
  • Are aimed at embarrassing a councillor or a member of council staff or is political in nature

 will not be responded to.  


Questions can be submitted up until 4.00pm on the day of the Council Meeting

Questions may be lodged in person:

  • At the Preston Customer Service Centre by 5pm on the day of the Council meeting
  • With a Council Officer between 6.45pm and 7pm on the evening of the Council meeting at Council Chambers (including from people who wish to directly ask their question from the gallery.)

Or by printing the Public Question Time Form (PDF or Word) and delivering it to 274 Gower Street Preston Vic. 3072

Residents do not need to attend the meeting for a question to be answered. Council meetings can be viewed at the Watch Council and Planning Committee meetings page.

The Agenda for each meeting is available by 5pm on the Thursday before each meeting at Meeting Agendas and Minutes page. Copies are also available at Customer Service centres and libraries.