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Darebin Council is seeking applications to join the Board of Management of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and ensure effective management of the buildings and grounds as a cultural and heritage facility delivering excellent arts and heritage programming and support.

The Board is a Special Committee pursuant to Section 86 of the Local Government Act 1989 that meets four times a year. Board memberships are voluntary positions for a period of two years with the option to renew.

This is a rare opportunity to support Council’s delivery of arts, culture and heritage and to contribute to your community.

Applications should be submitted by email and close at 5pm on Sunday 9 September 2018.

For more information and to view the application documents please go to

If you have any questions about the role or the application process please don’t hesitate to contact Ella Hughes, Gallery Director, on 8470 8062 or by emailing

Look after your health at one of our immunisation sessions.

Vaccination remains our best defense against seasonal flu. 

The flu vaccine is FREE for;

  • all children aged between 6 months and less than 5 years old
  • all Aboriginal people aged 15 years and over
  • all pregnant women anytime during pregnancy
  • all adults aged 65 years and older
  • people aged 5 years and over who have a medical risk factor that increases their risk of complications from the flu

For everyone else in the community who would like to receive the vaccine, the cost is $20 (payments via Eftpos) when you attend a Council immunisation session. See Immunisation for the 2018 immunisation program or call 8470 8562 for session times.

Are You a Business Owner?

The Darebin Immunisation Service makes it easier for you to look after the health and wellbeing of your employees. Council can visit your work place providing an on-site service to administer the flu vaccine to your staff. Call Lynne Ryan, Leader Immunisation Service, 0419 765 230 or email for more information, or to secure your booking (fees apply).

We’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic items. We are also encouraging everyone in the community, including our residents and businesses, to make a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics.

Council endorsed a new policy on 26 February 2018 to eliminate the single-use plastic products at festivals and events located at Council venues and properties. The policy, which applies to all council owned buildings and venues, aims to reduce the alarming damage single-use plastic products are causing. 

Single-use plastic products have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in freshwater and marine environments every year and this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces which are increasingly being found in food consumed by humans and animals.

We also need to work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics as recent overseas import bans on certain recycled products means that we need to address the waste in our own backyard.

The policy is committed to:

  • Eliminate single-use plastic bags
  • Eliminate single-use plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and take away food - containers
  • Eliminate bottled water, and provide alternative, free access to water
  • Avoid plastic packaging
  • Eliminate balloons at events
  • Reuse event materials where possible
  • Educate and guide event staff and audience on single-use plastic free practices
See Plastic Free Darebin for further details.

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Speakeasy contemporary performance program, packed with incredible artistic experiences reflecting our diverse cultures.

Program highlights include the return of Australia’s multi award-winning choreographer Stephanie Lake; five Next Wave Festival productions; La Boite’s critically acclaimed refugee battle, Prize Fighter; an innovative and unpredictable dinner party; and inspiring explorations of social issues from feminism, motherhood and mental health, to Indigenous story-telling, children’s entertainment and politically charged contemporary theatre.

Speakeasy 2018 Program

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.

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