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.

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

Increasing the provision of netball courts in Darebin

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We are seeking your feedback on the development of outdoor netball courts across Darebin.

We are getting ready to deliver on the Andrew's Labour Government election promise to build 64 "competition compliant" netball courts across the inner-Melbourne local government areas of Melbourne, Yarra, Moreland and Darebin.

As part of this funding commitment, Council plans to deliver new courts and upgrade existing facilities at the following sites in 2016-2017;

All courts will be constructed with high quality plexi-pave surfaces and fitted with sports lighting and appropriate fencing. Courts can also be line marked to ensure they are multi-purpose and are able to accommodate other sports, such as tennis. It is anticipated that courts at the three sites above will be operational by the end of mid-2017.

We would like to hear feedback from you about the plans and designs for construction of these courts! We encourage you to come along to one of the following consultation sessions to share your views about the plans and talk to our project officers

  • Monday 12 September at J.E. Moore Park Reservoir, 6-7pm
  • Tuesday 13 September at Northcote High School, 6-7pm
  • Thursday 15 September at J.C. Donath Reserve Reservoir, 6-7pm

Alternatively, you can email feedback to leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au.

The consultation period for the netball courts will close on Tuesday 20 September, so we look forward to hearing from you by this date.

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.

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 diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au 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
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au

Public Question Time

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Members of the public can submit questions to Council at ordinary Council Meetings.
Public Question Time has been suspended at all council meetings during the election period. The opportunity to ask questions of council during Public Question Time will return shortly after the local government elections on 22 October 2016.