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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.

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

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

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.

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.