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!

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.

Submissions must be received by 5.00pm, Thursday 26 July 2018.

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

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Mandy Bathgate
Coordinator Equity & Diversity
Ph: 8470 8365

Preston Market is one of the most-loved, iconic features of our city and we share our community’s deep interest in its long-term future.

A thriving Preston Market is vital for our community and we recently confirmed our commitment to preserving the long-term viability of the market.

We will continue to work with the Victorian Planning Authority on the second phase of the community engagement, which will run until mid-July. This phase includes seeking feedback on different options for the market site.

For more information and an opportunity to send us your feedback visit:

Your Say Darebin

We are reviewing our arts strategy, “Creative Darebin: A plan for a thriving creative community 2014 – 2020”.

Thank you for sharing your ideas about what you think are the most important issues in the arts in Darebin and what we can do to maintain a thriving creative culture here.

Based on feedback received so far, we are preparing a discussion paper that will guide the second stage of work on the arts strategy review, which will take place from July – December 2018. The outcome will be a renewed set of themes and priorities that will guide our work for the next three years.

We need your help to shape the vision for a new suburb in Preston East (Northland Urban Renewal Precinct).

Bordered by Albert and Bell streets, Northland Shopping Centre and the Darebin Creek, the area will be reshaped to house more than half of Darebin’s forecast population growth, transforming large industrial sites to walkable, sustainable neighbourhoods with diverse employment options, new homes, and vibrant cultural activity.

To find out the number of ways to have your say, visit:

Your Say Darebin

Have your say by Thursday, 31 May 2018.

We are reviewing our Open Space Strategy to ensure it aligns with the Council Plan and reflects our community’s future needs and the future of our municipality.

Open spaces include parks, sporting reserves, bushland, streetscapes, nature strips and conservation areas. 

You can stay up-to-date with the project at Have Your Say or call Alison on 8470 8516 if you have any questions.

The City of Darebin is launching 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. The City of Darebin is committed to working with our community to help define what our streets will look and feel like in the future.

The focus of this study is the Ethel Street / Stott Street / Herbert Street / Park Street corridor in Northcote and Thornbury. The corridor is affected by non-local traffic ('rat-running'), and accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations, local business and schools. These various transport considerations must be balanced with the need to provide safe and attractive streets for the local community to not only use, but also enjoy and be proud of.

The Streets for People project is fundamentally about improving the experience of local streets for the people who use them. As such, understanding needs, values and aspirations of the local community is critical. The approach to the project was to ask the local community to tell us what they value and what they think should change in their neighbourhood.

Based on the outcomes of the community engagement process so far, we have now prepared a draft strategy and concept plans. If you live, work, play, travel through or use the corridor in any way we’d love to collect your thoughts, and invite you to review the draft strategy and provide your feedback before 8 July 2018.

You can view the draft strategy and concept plans, complete an online survey and have your say on the project by visitingYour Say Darebin.

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 masterplan for Mayer Park in Thornbury.

What is Council doing?
We are forming a Project Control Group (PCG) to help design and develop the Mayer Park Masterplan. The PCG will be chaired by a Rucker Ward Councillor and through consensus will manage the delivery of the masterplan. 

Once the PCG is established, it will be tasked with formulating the community engagement process to gather community feedback, as well as develop the masterplan.

How do I get involved?
This project will be regularly updated online at:

Your Say Darebin

Re-thinking safety, access and landscaping along the shared path - from Merri Parade to Reservoir Station

With the recent completion of the Melbourne Water M40 upgrades, we are preparing a master plan to improve safety, accessibility and landscaping along the trail. The master plan will provide recommendations for the 7km trail commencing at Merri Parade and extending north to Reservoir Station.

You can stay up to date with this project by visiting Your Say Darebin.

One of Council's goals is to increase safe and sustainable transport opportunities across our municipality and we are currently drafting a new Safe Travel Strategy.

Everyone in Darebin uses our paths and roads at some point, whether that is to walk somewhere, ride a bicycle, scoot, skate, roll or rollerskate, or drive.

Darebin's Safe Travel Strategy 2018-2028 is being developed to assist people of all ages to be free to travel on road and path networks safely and with confidence. The Strategy responds to the increase in walking and other low-impact modes of travel in Darebin.

Feedback on the draft Strategy now closed.

Feedback on the draft Strategy has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far. Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys responses and feedback we’ve received from the community and key stakeholders, and developing the final Safe Travel Strategy and first 5-year Action Plan.

Stay tuned for further updates via


Walking plays a key role in Darebin’s transport system, and in order to appropriately plan for future population growth and activity in our city we are currently drafting a Walking Strategy.

Walking is embedded into many daily elements of our lives. Not only do we need to ensure that our walking environments are safe, convenient, pleasant and accessible, we also need to encourage everyone to walk more often so that we can all share in the positive outcomes for our community.

Darebin's Walking Strategy 2018-2028 is being developed to assist and encourage everyone in our community to walk easily, safely and with confidence. The Strategy responds to the increase in walking and other low-impact modes of travel in Darebin.

Feedback on the draft Strategy now closed.

Feedback on the draft Strategy has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far. Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys responses and feedback we’ve received from the community and key stakeholders, and developing the final Walking Strategy and first 5-year Action Plan.

Stay tuned for further updates via

Our Vision for Pender's Park.

The Project Control Group has developed the vision and design principles to guide the development of the park and are keen to get your feedback. A drop in session with free coffee and entertainment for the kids will be held in the park on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 10am – 12noon.

Pender’s Park Vision Statement
Pender’s Park is a significant gathering place for our diverse and changing community. As a major neighbourhood park, it’s a place for play, celebrating, active and passive recreation and connecting with nature.

How do I get involved?
This project will be regularly updated online at Your Say Darebin

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 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.


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 3pm on the day of the Council meeting.
  • By email to Q& by 3pm 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.

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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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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.

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