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 shape Council’s Budget for 2019-20 and tell us what things are a priority for you!

The 2019/20 Proposed Budget for Darebin has been prepared in alignment with the Council Plan 2017-2021. It seeks to maintain and improve services and infrastructure as well as deliver projects and services that are valued by our community.

Some of the key highlights funded in the proposed budget include:

  1. Walking and Cycling: Safe travel projects and infrastructure to promote cycling and walking, and education for schools to increase the numbers of children and parents walking and cycling to school.
  2. Social Inclusion: A dedicated Aboriginal Maternal & Child Health Nurse, affordable housing program and implementing the recommendations of the Age Friendly Darebin review.
  3. Improving recreation facilities across the municipality: Including the multi-sports stadium, Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Reservoir Leisure Centre and upgrades to sports grounds and pavilions.
  4. Creative Industries: Growing the print and digital collection for library customers, creating a home for artists and cultural organisations at the Northcote Town Hall, and providing equipment for arts venues and community hubs.
  5. Level crossing removal opportunities: Engaging with the Level Crossing Removal Project, residents and traders in relation to the removal of the level crossing in Reservoir.
  6. Edwardes Lake Park Athletics Track: Design and construction, along with supporting infrastructure including a Changing Places public toilet facility.
  7. Road resurfacing program: This program uses recycled asphalt and addresses our commitment to responding to the climate emergency in a tangible way.

The community can provide feedback until Thursday 9 May 2019:

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Council is upgrading Playspaces in Thornbury and Macleod as part of the Darebin Playspace Strategy 2010-2020 and Council's commitment to improving six playgrounds a year.

Thornbury and Macleod residents – share your thoughts on playspaces in your local area. This is part of the City of Darebin’s commitment to improve parks and reserves for the community to enjoy, and as identified in the Playspace Strategy (2010-20).

We are undertaking some concept design to understand how the playspace at The Village Common Springthorpe can be improved in the future.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

- Minor improvements to the existing playspace area.
- New accessible swings for all ages and all abilities.
- Inclusion of natural play materials.
- An increase in the number of canopy tree plantings.
- Outdoor green gym and exercise equipment

To find out more about the Springthorpe Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

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The playspace at Clyde Jones Reserve, located in Thornbury at the corner of Victoria Road and Clarendon Street, has also been earmarked for a design improvement this year.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

Improvement to or replacement of junior and senior play equipment.
New accessible swings and cubby for all ages and all abilities.
Addition of natural play zone and materials.
Replacement of vines for pergola and replenishing of garden beds.
Improvements to path network. 

To find out more about the Clyde Jones Reserve Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

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Council is upgrading Playspaces in Thornbury and Macleod as part of the Darebin Playspace Strategy 2010-2020 and Council's commitment to improving six playgrounds a year.

Thornbury and Macleod residents – share your thoughts on playspaces in your local area. This is part of the City of Darebin’s commitment to improve parks and reserves for the community to enjoy, and as identified in the Playspace Strategy (2010-20).

We are undertaking some concept design to understand how the playspace at The Village Common Springthorpe can be improved in the future.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

- Minor improvements to the existing playspace area.
- New accessible swings for all ages and all abilities.
- Inclusion of natural play materials.
- An increase in the number of canopy tree plantings.
- Outdoor green gym and exercise equipment

To find out more about the Springthorpe Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

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The playspace at Clyde Jones Reserve, located in Thornbury at the corner of Victoria Road and Clarendon Street, has also been earmarked for a design improvement this year.

Some recommendations for the playspace improvements include:

Improvement to or replacement of junior and senior play equipment.
New accessible swings and cubby for all ages and all abilities.
Addition of natural play zone and materials.
Replacement of vines for pergola and replenishing of garden beds.
Improvements to path network. 

To find out more about the Clyde Jones Reserve Playspace Design project and give your feedback:

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Council is reviewing the current Graffiti Management Strategy 2014-2018 and we would like you to share your thoughts on how we should manage unwanted graffiti in the new Strategy.

How to get involved

  • Completing the survey
  • Attending the Darebin Community & Kite Festival 2019 and chatting to Council officers at the Darebin Youth Services stall
    Date: 24 March
    Time: 11am to 4pm
    Location: Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir
  •  Coming along to drop in sessions at All Nations Park in Northcote – details will be available soon!
  • Asking a question below

Provide your feedback by Sunday 24 March 2019.

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Darebin’s population is set to grow by 40 per cent in the next 20 years. We’re planning for our growing city by assessing how we use our streets for transport and parking now and into the future.

We need to take a strategic approach to parking in Darebin as we continue to address climate change and create a more sustainable, liveable city with a diversified mix of transport options. Our new Parking Strategy will be an ambitious change to Council’s current parking management strategy and support Darebin’s vision to be ‘A greener, bolder and more connected city.’

We are now undertaking engagement to understand what is important to our community and want to hear your views. Council is keen to understand how to balance competing demands in parking management and the measures required to provide the community with equitable choices between transport options.

From late November 2018 to mid-February 2019 we’ll be out in your neighbourhood listening to your ideas on how parking can be managed in the future and the transport choices for our community. To find out more and to tell us your ideas:

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Central Preston is a vibrant area that is in the midst of change. In response, Council has initiated a community visioning process called Future Preston.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hundreds of Darebin locals have had their say on the future of Central Preston this year, by taking part in our pop-up stands, survey and the Future Preston Summit.

We’ve collected all of this information and created the ‘Future Preston – Community Directions’ report, which will help guide Council’s development of a precinct plan for Central Preston.

To make sure this report reflects what you’ve told us, we invite you to read the report and share your feedback through our survey.

For more information and to complete the survey, please visit:

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We have developed a new model for the delivery of festivals and events in Darebin and we would love to hear your thoughts.

Council is changing the way we deliver festivals and events in Darebin.

Our Discussion Paper “Future of Festivals: The way forward” proposes a new model based around two festival ‘seasons’ per year. Each season will showcase different art-forms, ideas, locations and community connections. The new model is designed to enable art and creativity to flourish across the municipality.

 

We now want to share this proposed new model with you and are keen to hear your thoughts.


How to get involved:


Complete the survey on www.yoursaydarebin.com.au

Attend the Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2019 and talk to our roving surveyors

Date: Sunday 24 March

Time: 11am – 4pm

Please provide your comments by Wednesday 24 April.

 

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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.

For more information ring Strategic Planning on (03) 8470 8768 or email planningservices@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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.

Receive Updates

To receive regular updates on both of these projects, please join our mailing list by contacting us via email: 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

Good news about the Federal Government funding - aged care home support services

Darebin Council provides a range of home support services to older people. These services are substantially funded by the Federal Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Current funding arrangements were due to finish in 2020. Darebin Council had lobbied the Federal Government to extend these funding arrangements.
On 2 April 2019 the Federal Government announced that the funding would be extended until June 2022. 

In May 2018 Council commissioned a review of how to become an Age Friendly Darebin, to be conducted by an independent Panel. The review has looked broadly at new ways that Council could support older people. 
We are grateful to all the community members who provided their feedback to the review over the consultation period in October-December 2018. The Panel has reviewed all the community feedback and other information and prepared their draft report. The draft report is now available for community comment.

Visit our Age Friendly Darebin page for more information and to read the full Age Friendly Darebin Review Draft Report and the Summary Report

You can provide comments on the recommendations in the draft report by making a written submission to Council.

This can be done via:

Email - to AgeFriendly@Darebin.vic.gov.au

Letter - post to City of Darebin, Aged and Disability Department, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072

We can also provide support or arrange an interpreter to assist you with your submission. If support is required, please contact Council on 8470 8828 or to speak to someone in your language phone 8470 8470.

 

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:

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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

Inclusive Open Air Cinema Event

 Penders park open air cinema promotional image and details

Join us for a free and inclusive community evening at Penders Park, Thornbury
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)
Saturday 9 February, 2019
6pm for an 8:30pm screening.

Event Details

6pm - Community picnic - coffee and ice cream vans on site
Provide ideas for the all abilities playspace design
Free pre-screening accessible activities run by Westside Circus
7:30pm - Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Council
8:30pm - Screening of The Greatest Showman (PG)
Access
• This will be a relaxed screening
• Wheelchair accessible
• Auslan interpreted
• Audio description services
• Captioned screen content
• Audio described screen content
• Chill out space available
Getting There
The nearest tram stop is 41 Collins St/High St (Thornbury). This is not an accessible stop.
The nearest train station is Thornbury Railway Station. This is an accessible railway station.

For transport or access assistance please contact Ella Bucovaz
at Darebin City Council on 03 8470 8888 or at ella.bucovaz@darebin.vic.gov.au

This project is 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.

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; 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.

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

Alternatively, if you want to provide feedback on your experience using this website please let us know via the Website Survey.

Join in the conversation about our projects and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities.

Your Say Darebin is our website dedicated to conversations about our projects and initiatives and provides you with an opportunity to have a say and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities and views.

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.

Visit yoursaydarebin.com.au and see what's happening.