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Darebin City Council trading hours from December 2018 to January 2019

Bin collection changes during the holiday season

For two weeks from 25 December, all residential bins will be collected one day later than the normal schedule. Bins will not be collected on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Normal bin collection schedule will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Customer Service Centres (Preston, Reservoir & Northcote)

Monday 24 December – all centres close at 1pm

Tuesday 25 December – closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December - closed (Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December – reopen 8:30am

Tuesday 1 January – closed (New Year's Day)

Darebin Libraries

Monday 24 December – all libraries close at 1pm

Tuesday 25 December – closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December – closed (Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December  - all libraries open 10am-5pm

Friday 28 December - all libraries open 10am-5pm

Saturday 29 December - all libraries open 10am-4pm

Sunday 30 December – Preston Library open 11am-5pm

Fairfield, Northcote & Reservoir Libraries closed

Monday 31 December – all libraries open 10am-5pm

Tuesday 1 January – closed (New Year's Day)

Wednesday 2 January – normal opening hours resume

 Northcote Town Hall

Monday 24 December – close at 1pm

Tuesday 25 December – closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December – closed (Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December  - closed

Thursday 27 December - closed

Friday 28 December - closed

Saturday 29 December - closed

Sunday 30 December - closed

Monday 31 December - closed

Tuesday 1 January - closed (New Year's Day)

Wednesday 2 January – reopen at 9am

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Closed from 22 December until 2 January. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre will reopen to the public at 10am on Thursday 3 January.

Reservoir Leisure Centre

Monday 24 December 5:30am-1:00pm

Tuesday 25 December - closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December 9:00am-6:00pm (Boxing Day)

Thursday 27 December 7:30am-8:30pm

Friday 28 December 7:30am-8:30pm

Saturday 29 December 7:30am-6:30pm

Sunday 30 December 8:00am-6:00pm

Monday 31 December 7:30am-6:00pm 

Tuesday 1 January 9:00am-6:00pm (New Year's Day)

Wednesday 2 January 7:30am-8:30pm

Thursday 3 January 7:30am-8:30pm

Friday 4 January 7:30am-8:30pm

Saturday 5 January 7:30am-6:30pm

Sunday 6 January 8:00am-6:00pm

Monday 7 January 5:30am-10:30pm

Operations Centre

Monday 24 December – close at 11am

Tuesday 25 December - closed (Christmas Day)

Wednesday 26 December - closed (Boxing Day)

Tuesday 1 January - closed (New Year's Day)

Your 2019 Recycling Calendar is now available online.

It includes helpful information about recycling and green waste recycling bin collection days, what you can recycle at home and other recycling options in Darebin. 

Download your East or West 2019 Recycling Calendar.

Printed calendars are also available from our Customer Service Centres, or you can call 8470 8888 to have one posted to you.

We’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic items. We are also encouraging everyone in the community, including our residents and businesses, to make a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics.

Council endorsed a new policy on 26 February 2018 to eliminate the single-use plastic products at festivals and events located at Council venues and properties. The policy, which applies to all council owned buildings and venues, aims to reduce the alarming damage single-use plastic products are causing. 

Single-use plastic products have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in freshwater and marine environments every year and this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces which are increasingly being found in food consumed by humans and animals.

We also need to work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics as recent overseas import bans on certain recycled products means that we need to address the waste in our own backyard.

The policy is committed to:

  • Eliminate single-use plastic bags
  • Eliminate single-use plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and take away food - containers
  • Eliminate bottled water, and provide alternative, free access to water
  • Avoid plastic packaging
  • Eliminate balloons at events
  • Reuse event materials where possible
  • Educate and guide event staff and audience on single-use plastic free practices
See Plastic Free Darebin for further details.

Free public WiFi is now available in our major shopping strips. Next time you’re out and about you will be able to browse social media, webpages, search for local businesses and read your emails.

Free Wi-Fi is now fully operational in the following shopping centres:

  • High Street, Preston
  • Station Street, Fairfield
  • Broadway, Reservoir
  • High Street, Northcote and Westgarth
  • Edwardes Street, Reservoir
  • Spring Street, Reservoir

For more detail on coverage areas please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How do I access the Free Wi-Fi service?

  • Turn on Wi-Fi
  • Select “Free Darebin Wi-Fi” (in Preston, Fairfield and Reservoir) or “Darebin Free Wi-Fi” (in Northcote and Westgarth) and connect
  • Click on your internet browser from your menu page and select “sign in to Wi-Fi” when prompted
  • Accept the terms and conditions
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi!


If you have problems accessing the service and need help, there are service technicians available, at or by calling:

  • Ph: 1300 765 543 for Preston, Reservoir, Fairfield
  • Ph: 1300 135 249 for Northcote and Westgarth

This free Wi-Fi service has been made available to you by Darebin City Council with the assistance of business owners and operators in the coverage areas and with the assistance of our industry partners Infrastructure Logic and Easyweb Digital.

Opportunities for Business

Businesses in Preston, Reservoir and Fairfield will be able to list and promote their businesses on a marketing portal (coming soon), this is already available in Northcote and Westgarth. 

If you would like to know how you can use the services to market your business products and services, please contact us.

Business Development

Ph: 8470 8344