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!

Draft Tourism Strategy Community Consultation

We invite you to take part in a community consultation program for the development of our first Tourism Strategy.

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Have your say!

Draft Tourism Strategy Community Consultation

We invite you to provide your feedback on Darebin's first Draft Tourism Strategy. As the key to this Strategy's long-term success is your support and feedback, we have prepared the following presentation to give you an insight into its development and proposed actions. Following the presentation, we encourage all members of our community to provide your feedback by completing a short survey. Information we receive from this survey will provide Darebin with valuable insight for the final Strategy. The survey closes June 10 2016.

Quick links:

Draft Tourism Strategy 2016-2021 Document.
Draft Tourism Strategy Survey

Proposed Budget for 2016-2017

Have Your Say, tell us what you think of the proposed budget for 2016/17.

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Proposed Budget 2016/17

The proposed 2016/17 budget outlines the financial resources Council needs to deliver more than 100 services it provides to the community. It also outlines proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects. As a whole, the budget strives to maintain a critical balance between costs, quality, and value to our ratepayers.

The proposed budget proposes a rate increase of 2.5 per cent, which is in line with the Victorian Government’s new Fair Go Rates System that has capped rates increases by Victorian councils to the forecast movement of 2.5 per cent in the Consumer Price Index. The 2016/17 Proposed Budget is on public exhibition until Friday 3 June 2016.

In this first year of rate capping, we are proud to present a budget that maintains our current service levels without the need to apply for an exemption to the rate cap. We have achieved this by working together to approach the budget with balance, fairness and operational efficiency in mind.

You can download a copy of the proposed budget or view a hard copy at;

  • Preston Customer Service Centre, 274 Gower Street, Preston
  • Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir
  • Northcote Customer Service Centre, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote
  • Northland Customer Service Centre, Murray Rd, Preston


Proposed Budget 2016/17 Highlights

Community, sport and recreational facilities

Darebin continues to expand the community facilities and services available to meet local needs.

  • Council’s new North Eastern Community Centre in Bundoora will become fully operational in 2016/17 and a new neighbourhood centre in East Preston will be commissioned in 2016/17 at a total cost of $0.87 million.
  • Construction will start on pavilions at Mott Reserve and Robinson Reserve with a combined value of around $2.00 million over two years.
  • We will commence a new major project to redevelop the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre. We have allocated $0.50 million to the preparation of construction documentation and $0.86 million for urgent maintenance works to keep the facility open until work commences on the new aquatic and leisure facility in 2018.
  • Darebin will continue preparations for a new $13.10 million sporting facility that will provide three indoor and four outdoor netball courts, increasing access to sport for women and girls. Council will be seeking funding assistance from the Federal and State Governments with the facility to be built by 2018.
  • Bundoora Park is a regional recreation and leisure facility that is wholly funded by Darebin City Council at an annual cost of around $1.30 million. Council will advocate to State Government for funding to manage this park, similar to other parks of regional significance in Melbourne. Regional parks are funded through a levy paid by the local community via their water bills. While Darebin residents contribute to this State Government levy through their water bills, Bundoora Park is currently completely funded through rates paid to Council. Council will advocate for a fairer funding arrangement for local residents.

Railway crossing removals and precinct planning

  • Darebin has been successful in lobbying the State Government to commit to removing railway crossings in Reservoir, Preston and Alphington between 2018 and 2022. Council is committing $0.08 million to undertake structure planning in these three locations to improve amenity and usage of the enormous public space that will be opened up by these works.
  • We will continue implementing the Reservoir Streetscape Masterplan within the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping centres with an allocation of $0.85 million.

Aged care, disability and children’s services

  • Council’s largest service is Aged Care and Disability Services; in fact Darebin is the largest local government provider of these services in Victoria. In 2016/17 we will be allocating $8.14 million to the delivery of these services, a 4.3% increase on the previous year.
  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will become fully operational in Darebin during 2016/17. As part of this change, we will see many of our clients with a disability who currently receive services from Council move onto the scheme. In 2016/17 Council will be allocating $0.20 million to help our eligible service recipients transfer to the NDIS service.
  • Council will spend $5.06 million (an increase of 2.2%) towards family and children‟s services.

Traffic and transport

The community has identified traffic management as the number one issue for Council in regular surveys.

  • In 2016/17 Council has allocated $2.84 million to improve traffic management and parking in Darebin.
  • Council is allocating $0.60 million for bicycle path improvements on St George‟s Road in conjunction with Melbourne Water.

City beautification and infrastructure

  • Council is allocating $0.88 million to plant 11,000 trees in the city towards our streetscape and urban forest strategy.
  • We will commence construction of a $1.30 million flood detention and water storage facility at John Cain Memorial Park that is being 50% funded by the State Government.

Economic development

  • Council continues to support development within the city through the provision of free Wi-Fi along key shopping strips in Reservoir, Preston and Northcote.
  • We will also support growth in the digital economy in 2016/17.

Affordable housing

  • In 2016/17, Council will further investigate the creation of new affordable housing above Council car parks at three locations within the City in conjunction with the State Government and not-for-profit organisations.

These are just some of the highlights in a well-rounded budget that covers the full spectrum of our service to the community.

Have your say

Submission can be emailed to or posted to;

Chief Financial Officer
City of Darebin
PO Box 91
Preston VIC 3072

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 3 June 2016.

Council will consider any written submissions on the proposed budget at a Special Committee Meeting on Thursday 9 June 2016 in the Council Chamber commencing at 7pm.

Information Sessions

Two information sessions about the proposed budget will be held;

  • Tuesday 17 May 2016  1pm | Darebin Civic Centre 350 High Street, Preston
  • Thursday 19 May 2016  6.30pm | Darebin Civic Centre 350 High Street, Preston

Further Information

Gavin Cator
Director Corporate Services
Ph: 8470 8125

State Government former school site rezonings

The Department of Education is proposing to rezone the former Ruthven Primary School site at 74-76 Glasgow Avenue Reservoir and former Lakeside Secondary College site at 31 Radford Road Reservoir.

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The rezoning proposals are being considered by the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee. Public submissions are now invited on both proposals until 5pm 27 May 2016.

Please note this is a State Government initiative and Council cannot accept submissions. For more information, including how to lodge a submission, go to  

High Street Streetscape Master Plan

High Street Thornbury is emerging as the new destination of Darebin and Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

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Help us shape High Street!

For many years, High Street Thornbury has been known as the place in-between Northcote and Preston. It is now emerging to be the new destination of Darebin and Melbourne’s northern suburbs. An influx of new businesses, creative industries and residents over the past few years have played a key role in revitalising this once dormant section of High Street.

This year we will be creating a Streetscape Master Plan to help guide public realm and safety improvements for this precinct. The Master Plan will focus on the High Street shopping strip, extending from Separation Street/Arthurton Street in the south, to Miller Street/Dundas Street in the north.

Late last year, we spoke with local residents and businesses about what improvements they would like to see occur along High Street. Have a read of the great ideas we have received and submit your own, visit our creative suburbs portal. These ideas are currently being used to inform a draft Streetscape Master Plan. 

We are working towards releasing a draft Master Plan in April 2016 for further community input.

Further Information
Ph: 8470 8381

Public Question Time

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

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All questions submitted to Council must be in writing and include the name, address and contact details of the person submitting the question.

Questions that relate to any item listed for consideration on the Agenda of a given night can not be responded to during public question time.


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

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

Council officers will be available to assist residents between 3pm and 5pm on the day of the Council meeting. Telephone Council Customer Service on 8470 8888 and staff will redirect your call to the appropriate department.

Questions will not be accepted after 7:00pm on the evening of the Council Meeting

It is anticipated that your question will be responded to verbally at the meeting, by the Chairperson. If a question has not/cannot be answered on the night a written response will be prepared and forwarded to the person asking the question.

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.