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!

As part of the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021, Council is considering introducing a dusk to dawn cat curfew to address cases of cats trespassing and nuisance, and to also limit the impact of cats on the environment and local wildlife.

Feedback on the proposal is open until 7 August.

For more information about how to get involved, please visit

Council is proposing a range of solutions to address road safety issues raised by residents as part of the Cheddar Local Area Place-Making Project (Cheddar LAPM) in Reservoir.

The Cheddar LAPM project commenced in 2018, following a number of road safety concerns raised by the community which were backed up through traffic and collision data. As part of Council's commitment to road safety and improving the road environment for local residents, pedestrians and cyclists, we’re now asking for the community’s input on the draft concept plans for the project area.

The proposal includes:

  • road safety treatments such as raised crossings and changes to turning arrangements at some intersections
  • some changes that would let bikes through but not cars

The study area is between Tunaley Parade, Broadway, Cheddar Road and Plenty Road.

To view the plans and register your feedback on the proposal, please visit

Feedback closes on 20 July 2020.

The new Local Government Act 2020 (the Act) marks the first comprehensive overhaul of this key piece of local government legislation in Victoria for over 30 years. A key element of the Act that is required to be adopted by Councils by 1 September 2020 is the Governance Rules. At its meeting on 29 June, Council endorsed for the Draft Governance Rules 2020 to be available for public consultation.

The new Act has a number of requirements across four stages. The first stage of the implementation of the Act introduces a series of Overarching Governance Principles and supporting principles addressing community engagement, public transparency, strategic planning, financial management and service performance.

In addition, Council also considered and endorsed the following draft governance policies and guidelines that are required by the Act, to be available for community feedback:

  • Draft Councillor Support and Expenses Policy
  • Draft Public Transparency Policy
  • Draft Audit & Risk Charter
  • Draft Instrument of Delegation – Council to the CEO, and
  • Draft Delegated Committees ( Planning Committee )

Council invites the community to view the Draft Governance Rules 2020 and governance policies and tell us what you think.

Please visit the Darebin Your Say page for more information.

Council adopted a new Waste and Recycling Strategy in June 2020.

Our Council vision is for a greener, bolder, more connected city. Reducing waste and maximising recycling outcomes is not only a vital part of the work we do but is also very important to our community.
In January and February 2020, Council consulted with the community for the development of the Waste and Recycling Strategy. This was stage one of a two stage consultation.

Stage one (complete):
During the consultation, the community were encouraged to share their views on the draft Strategy. Feedback on the draft Strategy focussed on improving services and issues with current services. Key themes included:

  • Increase the frequency of food and green waste collection to reduce smells and issues with pests
  • Introduce a separate glass recycling service
  • Concerns about dumped rubbish
  • Requests for more education

Following community feedback, the Waste and Recycling Strategy was finalised and endorsed by Council. The Strategy sets a three-year vision for Council which emphasises cutting emissions from waste, advocacy to State and Federal government and challenging traditional approaches to waste and recycling with innovative solutions.

Stage two:
There will be a second stage of consultation in 2020 and 2021 where we will seek feedback on possible changes to a range of services. These consultations may include options for:

  • Changing the collection frequency of kerbside food and green waste and garbage to maximise food waste recycling;
  • Services to multi-unit developments and businesses;
  • Improved hard waste services to maximise recycling outcomes; and
  • Equitable and sustainable charging for waste and recycling services.

We are planning now so that NARC meets the needs of the community in the future

Due to restrictions in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is closed to the public until further notice. While this measure may be here for some time, it is temporary – as the situation improves, the facility will reopen.

Until that time arrives, Council remains committed to planning for the future of this valued community asset. The redevelopment of NARC is an important project that will boost the local economy and provide many jobs for local people as well as ensure residents have access to a welcoming and innovative space to exercise and socialise. We are planning now so that NARC can meet the needs of the growing community for years to come.

Earlier this year, proposed concept designs were made available for community feedback. Thank you to all those in the community who provided feedback during the consultation.We are now collating the feedback received, which will be shared with the Design Team for consideration in the next phase of the project - the schematic design phase.

We look forward to sharing the key themes of the consultation findings and the next stage of designs with you later in 2020.
To follow this project, visit Your Say Darebin where you can subscribe to receive updates via email.



Project Background
In late 2017 through to early 2018 we listened to community feedback. Consultation with NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre contributed to a feasibility study.

Overall the feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.

The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia. 

Development of the concept designs took place between July 2019 and April 2020. Council was excited to share the proposed plans for the new NARC facility with the community and key stakeholders and seek feedback between April 15 - May 3 2020.



A new project is underway to relocate the Darebin Intercultural Centre.

Over the next few months, Council will work with a Community Reference Group which will provide advice on the future design and programming objectives of the relocated Centre.

In its new centrally located position within the Preston Civic buildings on the corner of High and Gower Streets, the Centre will be a visible expression of Council’s commitment to a more just society.

To stay up-to-date with the project visit, Your Say Darebin.

In 2018, the City of Darebin launched an exciting project to transform part of our local street network into more people-friendly places.

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. Darebin City Council is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.  

We are now inviting feedback on the draft proposals for the Preston Activity Link (West) and the Croxton West Place-Making Project. Whether you live locally or just pass through occasionally, we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

To find out more about the Preston Activity Link (West) and give your feedback, visit Your Say Darebin

To find out more about the Croxton West Place-Making Project and give your feedback, visit Your Say Darebin

Darebin City Council is once again looking for our Young Business Achiever of the Year, 2019-20.

If you know someone 25 years or younger who has achieved something outstanding or out of the ordinary in business over the last 12 months, we want to know about them.


Visit the Expression of Interest form and tell us why you think they should be our Young Business Achiever of the Year and they could be being presented to the business community of the North at the Northern Business Achievement Award breakfast on March 5, 2020 at the Mantra Bell City. 


Nominations are encouraged for those who are achieving as part of a team in a business or from young entrepreneurs and those engaged in running or managing their own businesses.


Any questions, please email



Creating a bushland sanctuary, a natural place of welcome, play and retreat in the heart of Reservoir West' is the community’s vision for Darebin’s newest park.

Over the past two years, Council has been working closely with a group of residents to create a vision and master plan for your new park.
The Reimagining Ruthven draft master plan outlines a vision to guide the transformation of the former Ruthven Primary School into a native park in Reservoir West, over the next 20- 30 years.
What's next?
The consultation period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to the Reimagining Ruthven draft master plan.
We are currently reviewing all comments received to help inform final changes to the master plan.
The final Reimagining Ruthven master plan will be presented back to Council for adoption in April 2020.
You can check out the draft master plan by visiting

Submissions now open - Council is proposing to increase the open space levy to ensure Darebin continues to be a great place to live.

We are proposing to change the planning scheme to enable Council to collect a higher open space levy from developers.

As the city grows, and housing density increases, an increased open space levy will help ensure our neighbourhoods have the green open space that the community needs.

The open space levy is a fee paid to Council by property owners who wish to subdivide land (some exemptions apply).

The proposal to increase the levy is a key action from Council’s new Breathing Space: The Darebin Open Space Strategy and the Council Plan 2017-2021.

We are now accepting submissions to  Planning Scheme Amendment C186dare, which proposes to increase the open space levy. Anyone can make a submission to the Amendment.

Submissions in response to the proposed increase can be made until 16 December 2019.

For more information and to find out details for upcoming community drop-in sessions, click on the link below.

Your Say Darebin

The Independent Panel has finalised the Age Friendly Darebin report

On 22 July 2019, Darebin City Council endorsed the Age Friendly Darebin final report and majority of its recommendations. This is a big step in Darebin’s Age Friendly journey.

This reinvestment of ‘aged services resources’ in ‘Age Friendly’ initiatives is a milestone for Darebin and the recommendations endorsed by Council provide unique opportunities to refocus how Darebin City Council will continue to build and invest in inclusive communities for all residents, regardless of age or ability.

Visit the Your Say Darebin webpage for more information and to read the full report.

Whether you’re a first time shopper or have been trading for generations, the Market is the beating heart of Preston. The market has served us for 49 years and will continue to feed our families, be a familiar meeting place for friends and play a central role in the lives of locals in Preston.

Darebin City Council has been listening to local community views on the future of the Preston Market site, and working to achieve the community vision which Council endorsed in 2018: “the Market is a vibrant and diverse place for the community to gather around food and celebrate culture”.

Council has endorsed important objectives and a list of key elements that are calling on the State Government and developer to commit to and have illustrated these in a document called The Heart of Preston. These objectives set out the key things that need to happen for a future Preston Market Precinct to be a place for everyone, and create a liveable, safe, sustainable precinct.

To find out more, view The Heart of Preston and register for updates please visit:

Your Say Darebin

On Tuesday 11 June, Darebin Council voted unanimously to withdraw its draft Parking Strategy which was released for community feedback in May.

Council strongly believes that community input is critical to good decision making and the decision not to proceed is a clear demonstration that this Council will always listen to our community.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone in our community who took the time to share their views.

For more information, visit:

Your Say Darebin

Council is upgrading Playspaces in Thornbury and Macleod as part of the Darebin Playspace Strategy 2010-2020 and Council's commitment to improving six playgrounds a year.

Thornbury and Macleod residents – share your thoughts on playspaces in your local area. This is part of the City of Darebin’s commitment to improve parks and reserves for the community to enjoy, and as identified in the Playspace Strategy (2010-20).

We are undertaking some concept design to understand how the playspace at The Village Common Springthorpe can be improved in the future.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

- Minor improvements to the existing playspace area.
- New accessible swings for all ages and all abilities.
- Inclusion of natural play materials.
- An increase in the number of canopy tree plantings.
- Outdoor green gym and exercise equipment

To find out more about the Springthorpe Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

Your Say Darebin

The playspace at Clyde Jones Reserve, located in Thornbury at the corner of Victoria Road and Clarendon Street, has also been earmarked for a design improvement this year.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

Improvement to or replacement of junior and senior play equipment.
New accessible swings and cubby for all ages and all abilities.
Addition of natural play zone and materials.
Replacement of vines for pergola and replenishing of garden beds.
Improvements to path network. 

To find out more about the Clyde Jones Reserve Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

Your Say Darebin

Central Preston is a vibrant area that is in the midst of change. In response, Council has initiated a community visioning process called Future Preston.


Hundreds of Darebin locals have had their say on the future of Central Preston this year, by taking part in our pop-up stands, survey and the Future Preston Summit.

We’ve collected all of this information and created the ‘Future Preston – Community Directions’ report, which will help guide Council’s development of a precinct plan for Central Preston.

To make sure this report reflects what you’ve told us, we invite you to read the report and share your feedback through our survey.

For more information and to complete the survey, please visit:

Your Say Darebin

We'd like to hear your views on whether Council-owned land at 52-60 Townhall Avenue, Preston should be offered on a long term lease for affordable housing.

We are committed to ensuring Darebin is an inclusive and affordable place to live, and are working to increase the supply of affordable housing in the municipality. The proposed use of this site for an affordable housing development presents an exciting opportunity for Council to take leadership and action in response to the housing crisis.

We haven't made a decision on whether the land will be leased and are seeking the community's views to help ensure we make the right decision.

Visit Affordable Housing Preston for more information and to have You Say about this proposal.

For more information ring Strategic Planning on (03) 8470 8768 or email

In the spirit of reconciliation with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, Council has resolved to consult with the community with support from the Traditional Owners of the land now known as Darebin (the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation) on renaming some places in Darebin, commencing with Batman Park in Northcote and the Federal electoral division of Batman.

Renaming Batman Park

Renaming Batman ParkWith support from Wurundjeri Elders from the Wurundjeri Tribal Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council ('Wurundjeri Council') we held four community consultations to illuminate the many connections between the Aboriginal heritage and history of this area, and to hear the community's feedback on the renaming.

Following extensive community consultation, Darebin City Council formally endorsed ‘Gumbri’ as the preferred name for Batman Park.

The name Gumbri has endorsement by The Wurundjeri Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corporation Wurundjeri Corporation.

Gumbri, also known as Jessie Hunter, was a much loved and respected Wurundjeri Elder. Her name means 'white dove' in Woi wurrung, the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people. She was the last girl born on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in Healesville and she had a great passion for Wurundjeri people and Country with a special interest in bush foods and medicines.

Overall, the community expressed:

  • A positive response to the potential renaming of Batman Park to recognise the traditional owners
  • A high level of respect for the experience and wisdom of Wurundjeri Elders
  • A desire for recognition of John Batman to be retained in some way within the park
  • Support for constitutional recognition, recognition of Traditional Owners, reconciliation, and a potential treaty
  • A high level of interest in accessing local places and spaces to learn more about the Aboriginal history, living culture, spirituality and heritage of Darebin
  • A desire to retain the visibility of Batman in some form within the Park, keeping all layers of history visible and ensuring continued and respectful acknowledgement of the past.

Outcome of Statutory Process for renaming Batman Park to Gumbri Park - Update as of 17 July 2018

The final process for name change was submission to the Office of Geographic Names as part of the statutory process set out under the Geographical Place Naming Act 1988.

Council has now received a formal response from the Office of Geographic Names.  While the Office of Geographic Names acknowledged both the Wurundjeri Council and the support of the community to recognise Jessie Hunter (Gumbri), the proposal was not approved under the naming rules for places in Victoria.  The Office have indicated they are supportive of Batman Park being renamed and recommended that Council seek to adopt an alternative name.  Council will now look at renaming options moving forward in consultation with the Wurundjeri Council. 

Does this mean that the name of Batman Park will definitely change?

Despite the recent outcomes of statutary rocess, Council is committed to renaming of the park and will continue to engage with the Traditional Owners and Darebin community in the planning, design and implementation of permanent signage for the main park entry. The process will consider feedback provided during the earlier community conversations.

The renaming is more than just a replacement of one name with another. In the spirit of reconciliation, Darebin City Council, Wurundjeri Council and the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee are committed to ensuring that the life and legacy of John Batman is still visible in the park alongside the multiple stories and histories of the park that enhance our city.

For the time being, Council has removed the Batman Park archway following recent damage to the sign. The sign has been removed to protect it from further damage, ensure the area surrounding the entrance is safe to pedestrians and to ensure its safekeeping for possible future use within the park once the proposed park renaming is approved.  

Renaming the Federal Electorate of Batman

The federal electorate of Batman was created in 1906, replacing the Division of Northern Melbourne. Batman is located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and stretches through three local government areas: Yarra, Darebin and Whittlesea (Yarra and Darebin make up the majority of the division).

It takes in Alphington, Clifton Hill, Fairfield, Kingsbury, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury, and parts of Bundoora, Coburg North, Macleod and Thomastown. It covers an area of approximately 66sq kilometres from Thomastown/Bundoora in the north to Clifton Hill in the south, with Merri Creek providing the vast majority of the western boundary, and the eastern boundary provided by Darebin Creek, parts of Macleod and Plenty Road in Bundoora.

Of the 37 federal electoral divisions in Victoria, nine are named in Aboriginal languages: Ballarat, Corangamite, Corio, Indi, Jaga Jaga, Kooyong, Mallee, Maribyrnong, and Wannon.

In November 2017 Darebin City Council, together with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council and Yarra City Council, lodged a joint submission calling for the renaming of the Federal Electorate of Batman to the federal electorate of Simon Wonga. 

Update as at 20 June 2018

The augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria has announced the outcome of its deliberations on the names and boundaries of the 38 federal electoral divisions in Victoria, see Redistribution Committee's Recommendations.  Following deliberation, written objections and comments as well as information presented at the inquiries in Winchelsea and Melbourne which Darebin Council attended, the Electoral Commission unanimously agreed to rename the Division of Batman to recognise William Cooper.  The names and boundaries of of the federal electoral divisions for Victoria will apply from Friday 13 July 2018.

We welcome the Electoral Commission’s decision to rename the federal electoral Division of Batman to Cooper.  This is a landmark decision, showing that at a national level, we are recognising our First Nations people.

Read our FAQ, Regarding Federal Electoral Division of Batman Renaming for questions about our position on the renaming.

William Cooper

William Cooper

Mr Cooper was a spokesman for Aboriginal people who, as secretary of the Australian Aborigines League presented a petition and led deputations to authorities, calling for direct representation in parliament, enfranchisement, land rights and federal control of Aboriginal affairs.

In 1938 Mr Cooper lodged a personal protest against the treatment of European Jews in Nazi Germany following Kristallnacht.

See the AEC website for details on the redistribution outcomes and for Electoral Redistribution Timeframes.

Darebin Council does not have the authority to change the name of the Batman electorate; the AEC has sole responsibility for this decision.

 Why did Council want to change the name of the electorate of Batman?

The renaming of the electorate of Batman reflects the spirit and intent of Council’s Aboriginal Action Plan and our commitment to reconciliation, building on work between Council and the Aboriginal communities connected to Darebin.

Our work in this area shows respect for Traditional Owners, acknowledges our shared history and recognises the land as vital to Aboriginal communities’ cultural, spiritual and physical identity.

Council's position on why the name of Batman should not be retained for the federal electorate.

Darebin Council will continue to explore opportunities to recognise Simon Wonga in recognition and out of respect to the Wurundjeri Elders who originally proposed that the electorate be named this respected leader.

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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

We have committed to creating a masterplan for Mayer Park and need the community's help to design it!


Significant community support and advocacy by local residents and users of the park combined with Council’s commitment to the Council Plan Darebin 2021 Goal 1.3 has resulted in Council endorsing an innovative community-led design approach to create a master plan for Mayer Park in Thornbury.

What is Council doing?

We have formed a Project Control Group made up of local community members to help design and develop the Mayer Park Master Plan. The group have named themselves the Mayer Park Community Group (MPCG) and is chaired by a Darebin Rucker Ward Councillor. The MPCG has been tasked with formulating the community engagement process to gather community feedback, as well as develop the master plan.

Draft Master Plan

Over the past 12 months, the MPCG have worked in collaboration with Council to develop the Draft Mayer Park Master Plan.

For more information on this project and regular updates, please visit


All Abilities Play Space Consultation

In parallel with the master plan development, planning and priority improvements are being implemented. This includes detailed design drawings for an all abilities play space.

You can see a concept plan for the all abilities play space and provide your feedback or share your thoughts at Your Say Darebin.

Consultation is open until Wednesday 8 May.

Question and Submission Time is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the Council at our fortnightly ordinary Council Meetings.

Members of the public can lodge questions for Council to answer or make a Comment or Submission prior to a specific item listed on the Agenda of an Ordinary Council meeting.


Members of the public can ask up to three (3) questions at an Ordinary Council meeting.

Questions submitted online will be responded to in the first instance. If you are not present at the meeting, the Chairperson will read the question and provide a response. The Chairperson may then take questions from members in the gallery.

Any question not answered at the meeting will be taken on notice and a written response will be provided to the person asking the question.

In accordance with the Darebin Governance Local Law, the Chairperson may disallow a question if it:

  • relates to a matter outside the duties, functions or powers of Council;
  • is defamatory, indecent, abusive, offensive, irrelevant, trivial or objectionable in language or substance;
  • may lead to a breach of Council’s statutory obligations;
  • relates to a Notice of Motion, Petition or item of urgent business;
  • deals with a subject matter already answered;
  • was not received by the deadline outlined in clause 72(1);
  • is aimed at embarrassing a Councillor or an Officer; or
  • deals with a matter that should be, or has been, considered as a confidential matter or relates to any matter in respect of which Council may close the Meeting to the public under section 89(2) of the Act. 

If you are unable to submit your question prior to the Ordinary Council meeting, the Chairperson may take questions from the floor.


Members of the public may make a comment or 2 minute submission on a matter listed on the Agenda prior to the item being debated.

A person who is unable to stay at the meeting until the Agenda item is heard, may make their comment or submission during Question Time.


Members of the public who wish to ask a question, or make a comment or submission to an agenda item, at an Ordinary Council meeting are encouraged to do so in one of the following ways:

  • Online via the Questions and Submissions form by 12 noon on the day of the Council meeting.
  • By email to Q& by 12 noon on the day of the Council meeting; or
  • In person at the Preston Customer Service Centre, 274 Gower Street, Preston; or
  • By mail to PO Box 91, Preston 3072; or
  • With a Council officer prior to the commencement of the Council meeting.

The lodgement of a question or registration to make a comment or submission should include the name, address and contact telephone number of the individual. This will allow Council officers to follow up your question or submission, if required.

Alternatively, a member of the public may attend on the day of the meeting to ask their question or make their submission to Council.

No member of the public can make a submission/comment to Notice of Motion presented at a Council Meeting.

Council meetings can be viewed at the Watch Council and Planning Committee meetings page.

The Agenda for each meeting is available for viewing on Council's website at the Meeting Agendas and Minutes page by 5pm, up to 6 days prior to the date of the meeting. Copies are also available at Customer Service centres and libraries.

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Join in the conversation about our projects and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities.

Your Say Darebin is our website dedicated to conversations about our projects and initiatives and provides you with an opportunity to have a say and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities and views.

Your Say Darebin also has an archive of past projects so you can see the results of previous conversations we've held with the Darebin community.

Visit and see what's happening.