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!

Darebin Climate Emergency Plan

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Tell us what you think about our draft Climate Emergency Plan.

We have produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and we want to know if you think we are on the right track. Are these the right actions to respond to the Climate Emergency? How can you get involved?

Have a read of our draft Plan and summary document, then visit Your Say Darebin Climate Emergency Plan website to get involved in the conversation:

Consultation closes on 3 July 2017. Your feedback on the draft Plan will be considered for the final version of the Climate Emergency Plan.

Future of the Oakover Road Slip Lane

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We are seeking your feedback to help us decide on the future of the slip lane. Should we transform it into a permanent public open space or reopen it to traffic?

Delivering a safe and accessible public space on the corner of Oakover Road and High Street is a key project in the Junction Urban Master Plan (JUMP), which recognises that additional public spaces are needed for our growing community.

Council voted to keep the slip lane closed following the planned removal of the ‘pop-up park’ until further consultation could be undertaken regarding the future options for the site. This temporary installation allowed us to test future options for the space.

We want to hear from you!
We are seeking your feedback to help us decide on the future of the slip lane. Should we transform it into a permanent public open space or reopen it to traffic?

Your feedback will be reported to Council in September so a final decision can be made about the future of this site.

To assist you in understanding the project and what the space could be, we have prepared a concept design, a question and answer fact sheet, and a traffic statistics fact sheet.

Get involved in the consultation process
You can submit your comments to us online or in person:

Have your say online

Have your say in person
Attend one of our sessions to talk with Council staff:

Session One:
Date: Thursday 29 June 
Time: 6 - 8pm
Place: Northern Community Church of Christ  (81 High Street, Preston)

Session Two:
Date: Saturday 1 July
Time: 10am - 12.30 pm
Place: at the Oakover slip lane site.

The last day to get your feedback to us is Sunday 9 July.

Domestic Animal Management Plan

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Tell us how we can improve responsible pet ownership and management.

We are currently in the process of developing the Domestic Animal Management Plan for 2018-2022 and we would like to hear from you!

The new plan will provide the structure and direction for animal management services that will be delivered within the municipality over the next four years.

Some key themes that will be included in the Plan are:

  • Registration and identification of pets
  • De-sexing of pets
  • Pets in parks and recreational areas
  • Animal rescue and adoption
  • Animal nuisance and over-population
  • Impact that domestic animals can have on wildlife
  • Pet ownership education and community awareness

Get involved in the conversation:

Please submit your comments to us by 31 July 2017.

Further information

Proposed Sale of 2 Dole Avenue Reservoir

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Following the opening of the Keon Park Children’s Hub in 2014, we are now considering selling the former maternal child health centre and kindergarten located across the road at 2 Dole Avenue, Reservoir.

We would like to hear what you think about the proposed sale and have prepared a discussion paper that discusses the characteristics of the property, Council’s strategic decision for developing the Keon Park Children’s Hub, and potential impacts on the local area.

We encourage you to read the discussion paper, and then submit your thoughts to us in writing by 21 July 2017.

Lodge a formal written submission quoting reference fA44211.
You can send your response by email, post, or drop it off at our Preston Customer Service Centre:
Post: Property Manager, Darebin City Council, PO Box 91, Preston 3072
Drop it in: 274 Gower Street, Preston

Attend an information night:
Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Keon Park Children’s Hub (1-7 Dole Avenue, Reservoir)
RSVP: Call 8470 8549

Further information
Kelly Caruso
Senior Property Officer
Phone: 8470 8549

Batman Conversations

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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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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

Question and Submission Time

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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 participate in ordinary Council meetings in two ways;

  • Ask questions for Council to answer during Question Time, or
  • Make a Comment or Submission prior to a specific item listed on the Agenda.


Shortly after the commencement of each ordinary Council meeting, up to 30 minutes will be allocated to enable the Chairperson to read out, and respond to, questions from the public, submitted either online or in person.

In accordance with the Darebin Governance Local Law, individuals are unable to ask more than two questions at the same meeting.

The Mayor, in the first instance, will read questions and provide responses to those submitted online, before taking questions from members in the gallery. Any question responded to verbally at the meeting, will not be responded to in writing. If a question cannot be answered at the meeting, or a question is taken on notice, a written response will be prepared and forwarded to the person raising the question. 

Questions that:

  • Relate to items that are listed on the Agenda; 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.


Members of the public may request the opportunity to make a comment or submission on a specific matter listed on the Agenda for a Council Meeting, with up to 2 minutes being provided per person prior to an item being debated. An extension of time may only be granted by the Chair.

People wishing to make a comment or submission to an agenda item are encouraged to register online or in person prior to the commencement of the meeting.

A person who is not able to stay at the meeting until the agenda item is heard, may read their comment or submission during Question Time.


Council encourages the early lodgement of Questions to enable preparation of a considered response, and early registration if you wish to make a comment or submission. This may be done in the following ways:

Electronic Lodgement

In Person Lodgement

  • At the Preston Customer Service Centre by 3pm on the day of the Council meeting;
  • By printing completed Questions and Submissions Form and delivering it to 274 Gower Street Preston, 3072 by 3pm on the day of the meeting; or
  • With a Council Officer between 5.45pm and 6pm on the day of the meeting at Council Chambers.

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 and, in the case of a submission, the agenda item to which he or she wishes to speak to. This will allow Council officers to follow up your question, if required, and to inform the Chairperson of any registered person wishing to make a comment or submission in relation to specific agenda items.

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 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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