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 your new park and community space

Reservoir has a new park and community space!

Last year we purchased the old Ruthven Primary School site, as it fills an important gap in providing access to open space and early learning services for the community. This year we will create a master plan to guide the future development of the site, looking at open space and early learning uses, improving access to the site, and landscaping and environmental considerations.

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas to help shape the development of this new space, at our Family Fun Day!

When: Saturday 21 October 2017
Time: 10am-1.30pm
Where: Former Ruthven Primary School, 74-76 Glasgow Avenue

Council officers will be collecting your ideas on the day for how the new space should be developed.

If you are not able to attend this event, you can still share your ideas on our Your Say page.

Get your ideas in by Sunday 5 November 2017.

Interested in joining the Community Reference Group for this project?

A Community Reference Group will be established to help develop the masterplan and its implementation.

If you are interested in forming part of this group, please review the terms of reference, and send us an email or letter addressing the selection criteria.

Get your applications  into Council by Sunday 5 November, by emailing

Further Information
Please contact our Public Places team on 8470 8888 or email


We’re seeking your feedback on the River Red Gum playspace upgrade at Bundoora Park.

Council is upgrading the River Red Gum playspace at Bundoora Park and we want to hear from you about what improvements you would like to see at this playspace. As part of the upgrade we will be reviewing the existing play equipment to ensure it meets safety requirements of the Australian Standards.

The upgrade will include replacement of existing equipment that does not meet safety regulations and will provide the following possible improvements:

  • Upgrade play equipment and provide a range of play activities for all ages.
  • Natural play elements and themes that are relevant to the site.
  • New furniture, tree planting for shading and amenity as well as other soft landscaping.
  • Removal of outdated and non-compliant play equipment.

Where to find out more and have your say

  • Visit the River Red Gum playspace site to submit your feedback via our online survey.
  • Drop in to chat with council Landscape Architects on 29th October 2017 at the playspace, corner of River Red Gum Avenue and Fairway Drive, between 10am-12pm.
  • Email

Please provide your feedback by the 06 November 2017.

Australia's aged care system is changing, we'd like to hear your thoughts on these changes.

If you or a family member access aged care services, you will have noticed the process for applying has changed. Aged care services in Victoria are now administered by the Commonwealth Government and further changes are coming. This is why Darebin Council needs your feedback on how you want to live and spend your senior years, which will help us plan for your future.

Last year, Council signed the Age-friendly City Declaration and committed to creating a livable community for older residents.

You could be many years away from receiving aged care services or maybe you currently receive basic support services through Council at home. Perhaps there is an older person in your family or you support a frail relative. We all grow older and as we do our needs change.

Tell us - How do you want to grow older in Darebin?

Is health and wellness important for you? Maybe spending time with family and friends is key to your wellbeing? Do you see yourself joining a walking group and being physically active, fit into your senior years? Where do you need support now or what might be important for you in the future?

By taking part in our survey you will help us plan the future role of Council in the changing aged care environment and work towards becoming an Age-Friendly City.

How do I get involved?

Tell us How do you want to grow older in Darebin? or call Darebin Council Customer Service on 8470 8828 and request a printed copy.

If you would like to participate in this survey in your language or need support to fill in the survey, please call 8470 8470.

Have your say by Thursday 30 November 2017!

We've received your feedback on draft Built Form Guidelines and Heritage Recommendations for Fairfield Village.

Opportunities for feedback are now closed.

Many thanks to all members of the Fairfield Village community and beyond for taking the time to get involved. We are now reviewing your submissions to finalise the documents for Council adoption later this year. 

The Built Form Guidelines set clear requirements for multi-storey developments in the Fairfield Village activity centre.  Together with proposed heritage protections, the guidelines will ensure that future development will value and respect the history while building a future for the village. 

You can can still access all documents and information on the Our Fairfield Village project  page at Your Say Darebin.

The submission process for the Governance Local Law Review has now closed.

Following the completion of the statutory obligations including consideration of submissions, the final version of the Governance Local Law 2017 was presented at a Council Meeting on 18 September 2017 for consideration.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this review.

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

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.


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

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.

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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

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;
  • 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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