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 – 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

Edwardes Lake Park Masterplan

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We are creating a new masterplan to help guide future improvements at Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir.

For a three week period in November, we collected many suggestions and ideas from the local community which will now be considered in preparing a draft Master Plan for the site scheduled for release in March 2017.

A Community Reference Group has also been selected to help shape the development of the draft Master Plan.

Please contact the Public Places unit on 8470 8381 or email for further information.

Our Fairfield Village

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We're talking about the future of Fairfield Village and how we can enhance public spaces, manage development and respond to transport pressures.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared their ideas for improving Fairfield Village through our many community engagement events from late October to December 2016.

Stage 1 of community consultation is now complete, and we are getting to work preparing the Fairfield Village Streetscape Masterplan and Fairfield Village Design Guidelines. The feedback from the community has provided an invaluable basis for these documents, and we will also be guided by the Community Reference Group.

Your next opportunity to get involved will be in mid-2017, when we release drafts of these documents.

Please keep an eye on the Your Say Darebin to keep in touch with any news and feel free to send through any further comments or questions to

Further information:
Phone: 8470 8214

Batman Conversations

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In the spirit of reconciliation with its 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 Tribe 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.  

Highlights of the consultations included:

  • Hundreds of residents attended the consultations in July and August to hear from Wurundjeri Elders who lead the discussions.  They discussed their support for the park’s renaming to reflect the area’s Wurundjeri history.
  • Three new names were proposed: Be Be Jern, Billibellary and Gumbri.
  • Residents had the opportunity to select their preferred name, suggest any other suitable name, and express their thoughts on the renaming of the park.
  • Initial findings indicate that there is significant community support for the renaming of Batman Park.

Next Steps in the renaming of Batman Park 

  • All the responses from the community consultations will be collated and the results reported to Darebin Council and the Wurundjeri Council.
  • This will occur in the first part of 2017.   
  • The outcomes of the consultation will inform the next steps in progressing the renaming. 

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 will nominate a proposed new name for inclusion in the Darebin Council submission.
  • The redistribution process will likely commence in February 2017 to consider electoral boundaries and names in the State of Victoria.
  • Council’s request will be made 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
  • 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

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.

Contact Us

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For general enquiries please use our Contact Us form to have you say.

If you want to have a say about our servies or provide feedback on something else that concerns you, please use our Contact Us form.