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!

Climate Action

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Council wants you to be part of the conversation about future climate change actions and targets in Darebin.

Darebin City Council is committed to taking serious action on climate change.  To do this, Council set a target to be carbon neutral by 2020, both as an organisation and as a community.

The Climate Action - What's Next project is the opportunity to update the community on Council's progress to date, and have a conversation about the best way forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Darebin.

Climate Action - What's Next will occure from 14 November to 11 December 2016.  During this time, Council invites the community to contribute to the conversation in a variety of ways including:

  • Visit the Climate Action - What's Next website and;
    • Contribute your ideas by filling out the online survey
    • Download a conversation tool kit so that you can spread the word about reducing emisions in Darebin
    • Find out more about climate change and emissions reduction in Darebin
  • Attend a pop-up event...
    • Saturday 26 November, 10am-1pm at Northland Bunnings
    • Tuesday 29 November, 7.30-9.00am, Reservoir Train Station
    • Tuesday 29 November, 9-10.30am, Reservoir Leisure Centre
    • Saturday 3 December, 9am-12pm, Preston Market




Edwardes Lake Park Masterplan

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We want to hear your ideas on how to improve Edwardes Lake Park!

We are creating a new masterplan to help guide future improvements at Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir. We'd like to hear your ideas and feedback about what is needed at the park to help us identify any issues that the Masterplan needs to consider.   

Edwardes Lake Park Public Discussion

Come and share your ideas with us at Edwardes Lake Park on:

Saturday 19 November 2016 
Playground area

If you can't attend this session please email your suggestions to  or contact Jennifer Loulie on 8470 8381 by Sunday 27 November 2016.

Expression of Interest for the Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who woud like to work with us on the development and implementation of a masterplan to improve Edwardes Lake Park. Membership of the Edwardes Lake Park Reference Group will reflect Darebin’s diverse community and will provide guidance on the development of a new masterplan for the park.

Members will be required to play an ambassadorship role to share knowledge and educate others about the key projects at the park. View the Terms of Reference and submit your application for consideration.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted by 27 November 2016 to or Public Realm PO BOX 91, Preston 3072. For further information regarding the reference group contact Jennifer, Urban Designer on 8470 8381.

Our Fairfield Village

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We are starting a conversation about the future of Fairfield Village, including how we can enhance public spaces, manage development and respond to transport pressures.

Fairfield Village is known and valued for its local village feel and unique neighbourhood atmosphere of cafes, shopping and places to meet. We want to hear your ideas about how to make it even better. More open spaces, accessibility and amenities? A new playground? Better transport and car parking?  Whatever you think Fairfield Village needs or could improve, Darebin Council wants to hear from you.

How to Have Your Say 

Workshops and other face to face activities have concluded but you can still have your say online. Visit the Your Say Darebin website to map out your ideas and complete a survey.

Further information:
Phone: 8470 8214

Help us shape the Darebin you want to live in – Council Plan Consultation

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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.

Tell us about the Darebin you want to see in the future. Are there areas that need improving or do you have great ideas for innovative change?

If you live, work, study or play in Darebin, join our online conversation and have your say!

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

  • A Healthy, Vibrant, and Diverse Community
  • A Growing, Prosperous and Liveable City
  • and how we can become A Leading Organisation

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.

Renaming Batman Park Community Conversations

In conjunction with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council (Wurundjeri Council) we held four community consultations to illustrate the many connections between the Aboriginal history and heritage of this area, and to hear the community's feedback on the renaming. Highlights of the consultations included;

  • Hundreds of residents attended the consultations in July and August to hear from Wurundjeri elders who led the discussions. They explained their support for the park’s renaming to reflect the area’s Wurundjeri history.
  • Three names were proposed: Be Be Jern, Billibellary and Gumbri.
  • Residents were given the opportunity to vote on the three names, to nominate their own names and to express their thoughts on the renaming of the Northcote park.
  • Initial findings show there is overwhelmingly support to rename Batman Park.
  • All the responses from the community consultations will be collated and the results will be reported to Darebin Council and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Cultural Heritage Council.
  • The final decision on the name lies with Darebin City Council.

Next Steps

A report with a recommendation on the renaming will be presented to Council in late-2016, and final decision will be made in early 2017.

For information on this project, join our mailing list by emailing 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

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

Public Question Time

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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.