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Be a library lover!

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Join Darebin Libraries before 14 March and you could win a $200 voucher.

Sign up for your free library membership at any Darebin Libraries branch (Preston, Northcote, Reservoir or Fairfield) between 14 February and 14 March and you could WIN a $200 voucher to Estelle Bistro in Northcote.

Spread the word to family and friends. Sign up your children today and you could win this great prize. Conditions apply.

Become a Library Lover and you could win.

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Summer News and Events

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Keep up with what’s on across Darebin this summer.

Summer News and Events flyer cover Check out our Summer News and Events flyer for details on what's happening in Darebin over summer.

Highlights include details about our Get Active in Darebin program, Playgroup in the Park sessions and lots more.

Council Budget Consultation

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

We have a new online budget simulator, a tool that lets you have your say about allocating funds for next year’s budget. The simulator gives you a chance to see what it’s like to allocate funds and balance the Council budget. You can change the funding of different service areas and see what affect it has on the budget for other services. The simulator is easy to use and will help us develop a budget that meets your needs.

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.

To try it for yourself visit the Online Budget Simulator, or for more information about the budget visit the Annual Budget page.

We also have a Budget Survey that you can complete if you would like to provide your feedback quickly.

Submissions Close: Wednesday, 15 March 201

Community Consultations

Ward meetings have also been scheduled, the details are below;

Rucker Ward - Thursday 2 March, 6 to 8pm
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street Northcote

LaTrobe Ward - Tuesday 7 March, 2017, 6 to 8pm
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes Street Reservoir

Cazaly Ward - Tuesday 28 Match, 2017, 6 to 8pm
Council Chambers Level 1,350 High Street Preston


Closure of Merri Creek Bridge at Walker Street

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The bridge over the Merri Creek between Walker Street and Rushall Train Station, will be temporarily closed due to bank reconstruction works.

These are essential safety works to manage the subsiding creek bank and involve the removal of road pavement and associated road drainage, excavation works, construction of retention systems, and reconstruction of road pavement and footpaths.

The works will begin in early February and are expected to take approximately 3 months. During the works there will be no through access from Walker Street to McLachlan Street. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Pedestrians and bike riders: Please take an alternative route via Koonda Lat Bridge or High Street Bridge. See Alternative Route Map for details.

Train users: Merri, Westgarth and Clifton Hill Train Stations are an easy walking distance.

Further Information
Project Manager
Phone: 8470 8888

M40 Water Main Renewal Project

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Melbourne Water is renewing two sections of the M40 water main, from the Preston reservoirs to Merri Creek. Sections of St Georges Road and Robinson Road will be impacted by these works.

Construction started in November 2016 and is expected to take up to 12 months to complete, weather permitting. Two sections of this water main will be replaced:

  • From the Preston Reservoirs (High Street, Reservoir) along GE Robinson Park, and Robinson Road to Regent Street, Reservoir, including across High Street.
  • Within the centre-median along St Georges Road, from Oakover Road, Preston to Arthurton Road, Northcote.

Please be mindful of altered road and path conditions and travel safely through the construction zones, following the signs and directions of Melbourne Water traffic controllers. While there will be some disruptions to traffic, access to Regent Station, pedestrian access to tram stops along St Georges Road and a temporary shared path will be maintained during the works.

The St Georges Road bike path and surrounding vegetation will be restored by Melbourne Water once the pipeline work has been completed.

For more information and regular updates please visit the Melbourne Water website or phone 1800 754 077.

Preston Market ticket machines back in action

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Pay and display ticket machines were reinstated by Preston Market this week.

On market days, the first two hours of parking is free with no ticket required. A ticket must be purchased and displayed to park for more than two hours, with a four hour limit.

On non-market days there is a four hour limit and a ticket must be purchased and displayed at all times.

Council will continue to enforce Market parking restrictions.

Messages to Myself

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Be inspired by the wisdom of people of all ages through their postcard messages to their younger, older of present selves. Messages to Myself has been part of Council's Lifelong Learning for Wellbeing program, which affirmed and celebrated the idea that learning is a lifelong experience and part of our individual and collective journeys.

People shared things they wish they knew when they were younger, affirmations and things they have learnt and want to remember. Many Darebin people across six Council and community events participated - here are some of their messages to all of us.

Explore the Messages to Myself Booklet.

Latest News

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Keep up to date with the latest news and changes in the City.

Free Public WiFi

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Free public WiFi is now available in our major shopping strips. Next time you’re out and about you will be able to browse social media, webpages, search for local businesses and read your emails.

Free Wi-Fi is now fully operational in the following shopping centres:

  • High Street, Preston
  • Station Street, Fairfield
  • Broadway, Reservoir
  • High Street, Northcote and Westgarth
  • Edwardes Street, Reservoir
  • Spring Street, Reservoir

For more detail on coverage areas please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How do I access the Free Wi-Fi service?

  • Turn on Wi-Fi
  • Select “Free Darebin Wi-Fi” (in Preston, Fairfield and Reservoir) or “Darebin Free Wi-Fi” (in Northcote and Westgarth) and connect
  • Click on your internet browser from your menu page and select “sign in to Wi-Fi” when prompted
  • Accept the terms and conditions
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi!


If you have problems accessing the service and need help, there are service technicians available, at or by calling:

  • Ph: 1300 765 543 for Preston, Reservoir, Fairfield
  • Ph: 1300 135 249 for Northcote and Westgarth

This free Wi-Fi service has been made available to you by Darebin City Council with the assistance of business owners and operators in the coverage areas and with the assistance of our industry partners Infrastructure Logic and Easyweb Digital.

Opportunities for Business

Businesses in Preston, Reservoir and Fairfield will be able to list and promote their businesses on a marketing portal (coming soon), this is already available in Northcote and Westgarth. 

If you would like to know how you can use the services to market your business products and services, please contact us.

Business Development

Ph: 8470 8344