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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!

Proposed changes to Governance Local Law

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We are currently in the process of reviewing our Governance Local Law 2013 and we would like to hear from you!

Council gives notice under Section 119(2) of the Local Government Act 1989 of its intention to revoke its existing Governance Local Law 2013 and replace it with new Governance Local Law 2017 (the Local Law).

Changes to the Local Law, highlight Council’s commitment to continue improving transparency and upholding good governance principles. The proposed amendments will focus on meeting procedures, with some necessary changes made to how Council involves the community in decision making. Other proposed amendments improve clarity and remove out of date requirements and terminology.

The consultation period is now open. You can read the draft Local Law or summary document on Your Say Darebin and ask questions in the Q&A section.

You may also refer to the attached Governance Local Law 2017 to review the proposed changes or visit the Darebin Civic Centre, 274 Gower Street Preston, or one of our Customer Service Centres to view a hard copy.

We invite interested parties and members of the community to submit comments on the proposed Local Law for the consideration of Council in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Submission can either be addressed to Jacinta Stevens, Director Civic Governance and Compliance and mailed to City of Darebin, PO Box 91, Preston 3072 or submitted on Your Say Darebin.

Submissions can be received up until the close of business on Wednesday 16 August 2017.

Any person lodging a written submission may request to be heard in support of their submission and shall be entitled to be heard in person or by a person acting on their behalf before a meeting of the Council's Hearing of Submissions Committee at a date and time to be fixed no earlier than 7 days after the submission closing date of 16 August 2017.

For further information on the Governance Local Law visit Local Laws page.

Future planning for John Cain Memorial Park

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Local residents and users of facilities at the John Cain Memorial Park are invited to provide feedback to help develop a master plan for the sports precinct.

Local residents and users of facilities at the John Cain Memorial Park are invited to provide feedback to help us develop a master plan for the sports precinct.

Situated on Clarendon Street, Thornbury, the John Cain Memorial Park is home to the Darebin International Sports Centre, which was opened in 2004 to provide facilities for lawn bowls and cycling competitions for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It is one of the most significant multi-sports precincts in Melbourne and currently serves as a state home for Cycling Victoria, Football Federation Victoria and Lawn Bowls Australia as well as Darebin’s only National Premier League club, the Northcote City Soccer Club.

A master plan will be developed to help guide future investment in the site over the next 10 to 20 years. We welcome community feedback about the facility and how we can improve and grow this important sporting hub. 

You can provide feedback at yoursaydarebin.com.au/JCMPSportsPark or email your feedback to leisure@darebin.vic.gov.au.

 

Darebin Climate Emergency Plan

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Council has received comprehensive feedback on the draft Climate Emergency Plan.

We have produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and have sought feedback to see if you think we are on the right track. 

The consultation period has now closed, but you can still read the draft Plan or summary document on Your Say Darebin and ask questions in the Q&A section.

We are reviewing and integrating your feedback as we prepare the final Climate Emergency Plan, which will be considered by Council in August. Council meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend.

 

Domestic Animal Management Plan

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Tell us how we can improve responsible pet ownership and management.

We are currently in the process of developing the Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2018-2022 and we would like to hear from you!

The new plan will provide the structure and direction for animal management services that will be delivered within the municipality over the next four years.

Some key themes that will be included in the Plan are:

  • Registration and identification of pets
  • De-sexing of pets
  • Pets in parks and recreational areas
  • Animal rescue and adoption
  • Animal nuisance and over-population
  • Impact that domestic animals can have on wildlife
  • Pet ownership education and community awareness

Get involved in the conversation:

Please submit your comments to us by 31 July 2017.

Further information
Email: damp@darebin.vic.gov.au

Proposed Sale of 2 Dole Avenue Reservoir

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Following the opening of the Keon Park Children’s Hub in 2014, we are now considering selling the former maternal child health centre and kindergarten located across the road at 2 Dole Avenue, Reservoir.

We would like to hear what you think about the proposed sale and have prepared a discussion paper that discusses the characteristics of the property, Council’s strategic decision for developing the Keon Park Children’s Hub, and potential impacts on the local area.

We encourage you to read the discussion paper, and then submit your thoughts to us in writing by 21 July 2017.

Lodge a formal written submission quoting reference fA44211.
You can send your response by email, post, or drop it off at our Preston Customer Service Centre:
Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au
Post: Property Manager, Darebin City Council, PO Box 91, Preston 3072
Drop it in: 274 Gower Street, Preston

Attend an information night:
Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Keon Park Children’s Hub (1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir)
RSVP: Call 8470 8549

Further information
Kelly Caruso
Senior Property Officer
Phone: 8470 8549

Batman Conversations

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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

With 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.  

A comprehensive engagement and consultation process occurred from early July to early September to gauge the interest and openness of the community to the name change.

Opportunities to ‘have your say’ were extensively promoted across the municipality, including:

  • Council’s website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter),
  • Darebin Community News,
  • Northcote and Preston Leader newspapers,
  • Koori Mail newspaper,
  • nearby train stations,
  • route 86 & 11 trams,
  • real estate boards in three sites including in Batman Park
  • 3KND radio.

We wish to thank everyone who took part in the consultation process and had their say on the renaming of Batman Park. 

The consultation

Hundreds of residents attended the four open community conversations in July and August to hear from four Wurundjeri Elders who spoke about the Park’s renaming to reflect the area’s Wurundjeri history and responded to questions from the audience.

Three new names were proposed by Council for consideration by the community.  These were Be Be Jern, Billibellary and Gumbri, all significant Elders in the Wurundjeri Tribe:

Be Be Jern is the person from whom all contemporary Wurundjeri families are descended. He was the father of William Barak and one of eight Wurundjeri leaders present at the signing of the Batman Treaty in 1835.    Be Be Jern was a Ngurungaeta, a tribal leader or head man. Ngurungaeta is a Woi wurrung word - the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people.

Billibellary was a Wurundjeri tribal leader present at the signing of the Batman treaty. He was a leading song-maker and an astute and diplomatic leader, negotiating with the colonial government to protect the Kulin clans from starvation brought on by the loss of lands and forced abandonment of their cultural practices and traditional way of life.

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

 

Some key findings from the consultation process

A total of 354 surveys were received from community members between mid- July and the start of September 2016.  The findings indicated that there is significant community support for the renaming of Batman Park. 

Of the survey responses received:

  • 290 (82%) of respondents lived in the Darebin municipality and just over half (54%) lived in proximity to Batman Park (Northcote, Thornbury and Alphington).
  • 292 of all respondents (83%) supported a name change, 47 (13%) wanted the name to remain Batman Park and 15 (4%) had no particular preference.
  • Of the respondents who were supportive of a name change, 180 (62%) preferred the name Gumbri.  A further 72 (25%) preferred the name Billibellary and 40 (13%) preferred the name Be Be Jern.
  • 8% of respondents identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.  Over half (55%) of respondents were aged between 25 and 44 years while 30% of respondents were aged 45+ years and 15% were aged between 16 and 24 years.
  • The great majority of residents strongly reaffirmed the value of Batman Park to them.  Nearly 90% chose to comment on what is significant to them about the Park, reflecting the very high value and esteem placed on the Park by many residents.

Next Steps in the renaming of Batman Park 

Findings from the community consultations have now been reported to Darebin Council and to the Wurundjeri Council.

The Wurundjeri Council has given its support to the name change and affirmed the name Gumbri. Darebin Council is now undertaking the statutory process of renaming Batman Park. 

A Place Naming Committee will be formed to guide the statutory process.  Residents living in a 500 metre radius from Batman Park will receive formal notification of the change in name and may provide final feedback on the proposed name Gumbri Park.

An update on time lines will be provided shortly.

 

Renaming the Federal electoral division of Batman

Darebin Council will formally request a change to the name of the Batman electorate during the redistribution process of the Australian Electoral Commission.

Darebin Council has the support and endorsement of the Wurundjeri Council in making a submission.  The Wurundjeri Council has proposed 'Simon Wonga' as the new name.

Simon Wonga was an important Aboriginal leader, who became a Ngurungaeta or 'head man' of the Wurundjeri people in the mid-19th century, at a time when their future was uncertain. With his father he met John Batman in 1835; as an adult helped his people face the loss of their traditional way of life, and achieved his vision for an Aboriginal settlement at Coranderrk near Healesville.  To learn more about Simon Wonga, see the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll .

The redistribution process will commence in December 2017 to consider electoral boundaries and names in the State of Victoria.

Council’s request will be in the form of a written submission.  Any interested citizen, community group, or organisation is also able to make a submission.

A local advocacy group Rename Batman has recently formed to encourage community support for a change to the name of the Batman electorate. For more information, email the Rename Batman group at renamebatman@gmail.com.

More information on the AEC’s redistribution process including how to make a submission can be found on the AEC website

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

Receive Updates by email

To receive regular updates on both of these projects, please join our email list by emailing a request to diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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

Question and Submission Time

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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.

QUESTIONS

Members of the public can ask up to two (2) 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:

  • is defamatory, indecent, abusive, offensive, irrelevant, trivial or objectionable in language or substance; or
  • deals with a subject matter already answered; or
  • is aimed at embarrassing a Councillor or an officer.

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

COMMENTS OR SUBMISSIONS

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.

HOW TO LODGE YOUR QUESTION OR REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT OR SUBMISSION

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 3pm on the day of the Council meeting. 
  • By email to Q&S@darebin.vic.gov.au by 3pm on the day of the Council meeting;
  • 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.

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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