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 Intercultural Centre Review

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We are keen for residents to have their say on the Darebin Intercultural Centre as part of our review to ensure the centre, and its work, meet the needs and expectations of our community.

Located at the former Preston Courthouse, the Centre was established in 2011 to provide a dedicated space for intercultural relations and community development. It's a reflection of our commitment to foster cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and connectedness between Darebin's diverse cultural groups.

The Centre hosts a number of events each month including cultural celebrations, workshops, film days, forums, and panel discussions. It also has meeting rooms available for hire for community groups - with conference style facilities including WIFI, data projectors and a community kitchen space.

One of the most important roles of the Centre is to support community harmony by providing opportunities for residents from all different backgrounds to meet up and participate in activities that strengthen their understanding and appreciation of each other's cultures.

We'd love to hear your feedback on the Intercultural Centre, so you're encouraged to complete the Intercultural Centre Survey or call 8470 8440 to have your say before 31 May.

The Darebin Intercultural Centre is located at 59a Roseberry Avenue, Preston. All are welcome.

Road Management Plan

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Take a look at, and have your say, on our Road Management Plan 2017!

We are reviewing our Road Management Plan. The review which is undertaken every four years, ensures the standards and priorities given to road inspections, maintenance and repair are efficient and appropriate for use by the community.

The Road Management Plan (RMP) outlines Council’s responsibilities to ensure that roads and footpath are safe, it includes;

  • the management system put in place by Council to inspect, maintain and repair the public roads for which it is responsible
  • a description of those assets on public roads for which Council is responsible
  • the standard, or target condition, at which those assets will be maintained by Council

You can view the draft Road Management Plan here.

To have your say on the draft plan you can do the following, by 26 May 2017:

1. Go to Your Say Darebin and ask any questions you might have to better understand the Road Management Plan.
Your questions will be directly responded to by Hannah from Council.
You can also contact Hannah by email: or call 8470 8743.

2. Submit formal written feedback as part of the submission process by;
Post: Attention: Leigh Goullet, PO Box 91, Preston 3072

Anyone who has made a written submission can also request that they be heard in support of their submission.

Health and Wellbeing Plan

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Every four years we develop a plan that sets out how we will help improve the health and wellbeing of Darebin residents.

Our Health and Wellbeing Plan captures many of the priority actions and programs identified by the community as being important to everyday health and wellbeing such as increasing opportunities for children to play, providing opportunities for lifelong learning, caring for the environment and much more.

We’d like to know what makes you happy in your neighbourhood or community. What do you think would improve the health, social and emotional wellbeing of the community?

Join the online forum at Your Say Darebin or call our Health Promotion Officer on 8470 8888.

We’ll be collecting feedback until Friday 30 April 2017.

Council Budget Consultation

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Are you interested in our community consultation about the Council budget?

Setting the budget is one of the most challenging things we do as a Council, and with your help and feedback we’ll work hard to get the balance right. Cazaly Ward residents are invited to attend the final of our Community Budget Consultations with Darebin Councillors;

When: Tuesday 28 March, 2017
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Council Chambers Level 1, 350 High Street Preston


Edwardes Lake Park Masterplan

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We are creating a new masterplan to help guide future improvements at Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir.

For a three week period in November, we collected many suggestions and ideas from the local community which will now be considered in preparing a draft Master Plan for the site scheduled for release in March 2017.

A Community Reference Group has also been selected to help shape the development of the draft Master Plan.

Please contact the Public Places unit on 8470 8381 or email for further information.

Our Fairfield Village

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We're talking about the future of Fairfield Village and how we can enhance public spaces, manage development and respond to transport pressures.

Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared their ideas for improving Fairfield Village through our many community engagement events from late October to December 2016.

Stage 1 of community consultation is now complete, and we are getting to work preparing the Fairfield Village Streetscape Masterplan and Fairfield Village Design Guidelines. The feedback from the community has provided an invaluable basis for these documents, and we will also be guided by the Community Reference Group.

Your next opportunity to get involved will be in mid-2017, when we release drafts of these documents.

Please keep an eye on the Your Say Darebin to keep in touch with any news and feel free to send through any further comments or questions to

Further information:
Phone: 8470 8214

Batman Conversations

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In the spirit of reconciliation with its 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 Tribe 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.  

Highlights of the consultations included:

  • Hundreds of residents attended the consultations in July and August to hear from Wurundjeri Elders who lead the discussions.  They discussed their support for the park’s renaming to reflect the area’s Wurundjeri history.
  • Three new names were proposed: Be Be Jern, Billibellary and Gumbri.
  • Residents had the opportunity to select their preferred name, suggest any other suitable name, and express their thoughts on the renaming of the park.
  • Initial findings indicate that there is significant community support for the renaming of Batman Park. 

Next Steps in the renaming of Batman Park 

  • All the responses from the community consultations will be collated and the results reported to Darebin Council and the Wurundjeri Council.
  • This will occur in the first part of 2017.   
  • The outcomes of the consultation will inform the next steps in progressing the renaming. 

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 will nominate a proposed new name for inclusion in the Darebin Council submission.
  • The redistribution process will commence in December 2017 to consider electoral boundaries and names in the State of Victoria.
  • Council’s request will be made 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.

Receive Updates by email

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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