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Happy holidays from Mayor Cr Kim Le Cerf, and all of us at the City of Darebin.

What a busy and productive 2017 we've had here in Darebin. Thank you to everybody for making 2017 a year of great energy and positive community spirit.

We hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

2017 - what a great year we've had, Happy holidays Darebin.

We wishing you a safe and happy festive season from the Darebin Councillors and staff. Information about our operating hours and services over the holiday season follows.

For your information here are the opening hours of Council facilities and services over the Christmas and New Year period. Please contact the facility or service directly or visit the website listed.

Council Services

Council Offices, Preston
Closed midday 22 December to 26 December, and 1 January
Visit or ring 8470 8888

Customer Service Centres
Northcote, Preston and Reservoir closed from midday 22 December to 26 December, and 1 January.
Opening hours between 27 to 29 December, are:
Preston - 8.30am to 5pm
Reservoir and Northcote - 10am to 5pm
Visit Customer Service or ring 8470 8888

Waste and recycling bin collections
Bins will not be collected on Christmas and New Year's Day but will be collected the next day. All collections that follow Christmas and New Year's Day will be a day later in those weeks
Ring 470 8888

Darebin Family Support Services
To make an enquiry and/or referral to the program call business hours (9am to 5pm)
Visit Families and Children or ring 8470 8920

Darebin Youth Services
Closed 23 December - 1 January
Visit or ring 8470 8355

Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
Closed from 11am 24 to 26 December, and 1 January.
Ring 9462 3455

Darebin Libraries

Closed from midday 22 December, 25 - 26 December, and 1 January and reduced hours 27 to 31 December
Friday 22 December 2017 All libraries close at 12midday
Saturday 23 December 2017 All libraries open 10am-4pm
Sunday 24 December 2017 Preston Library open 11am-4pm
Monday 25 December 2017 All libraries closed – public holiday
Tues 26 December 2017 All libraries closed – public holiday
Wed 27 December 2017 All libraries open 10am-5pm
Thurs 28 December 2017 All libraries open 10am-5pm
Friday 29 December 2017 All libraries open 10am-5pm
Saturday 30 December 2017 All libraries open 10am-4pm
Sunday 31 December 2017 Preston Library open 11am-4pm
Monday 1 January 2018 All libraries closed
Tuesday 2 January 2018 Normal opening hours resume
Visit or ring 1300 655 355

Venues and Entertainment

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Closed 23 December - 3 January
Visit or ring 9496 1060

Darebin Arts Centre
Closed 22 December - 1 January
Visit or ring 8470 8282

Northcote Town Hall
Closed from midday 22 December to 3 January.
Visit or ring 9481 9500

Community Facilities

Darebin Intercultural Centre
Closed 22 December 2017 and re-open Monday 15 January, 2018
Ring 9470 8440

Sport and Leisure

Bundoora Park Golf Course
Closed 25 December,
Visit or ring 9469 3880

Bundoora Park Visitor Centre and Bundoora Park Farm
Closed 3pm 24 December to
26 December, and 1 January
Visit or ring 8470 8170

Darebin Community Sports Stadium

Closed 23 December to
7 January, 2018.
Visit or ring 9471 4935

Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre
Closed from 6pm 24 and 25 December, reduced hours
26 December to 1 January
Visit or ring 9486 7200

Northcote Golf Course
Closed 25 December
Visit or ring 9484 6961

Reservoir Leisure Centre
Closed from 6pm 24 and 25 December, reduced hours
26 December to 1 January
Vsit or ring 9496 1050

This Christmas help find the 9 reindeer hidden across 9 Darebin shopping areas! #Darebinxmas - Snap, Share & Win!

Post your photo of a reindeer to #darebinxmas using Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to go in to the draw to win $1000 in local shopping vouchers.

Download the DarebinXmas Reindeer Map. View DarebinXmas Competition Terms and Conditions.

Merry Christmas!

Applications are now open for stallholders at the 2018 Darebin Community & Kite Festival. Applications close Friday 2 February 2018.

The Darebin Community & Kite Festival is an outdoor cultural and community celebration and perennial favourite. The 2018 Festival will be held in the picturesque Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 11am – 4pm. A fun, free and immersive event, Darebin Community & Kite Festival presents a range of activities for all ages including performances, workshops, community stalls, food and beverages, a pet expo and of course, kite flying! With plenty on offer for everyone, the 2018 Festival is not to be missed.

We encourages stallholder applications from Darebin-based not-for-profit organisations, social interest groups, advocacy groups, Government services, businesses and charities.

Selection will be made to ensure a cross-section of services and products, with preference given to;

  • local stallholders,
  • stalls offering participatory activities,
  • stalls whose offerings align with Council’s goals and values, and
  • stalls that have a clear commitment to environmental sustainability.

For further information and to submit an application visit the Darebin Arts website.

Our Pitch IT program was announced as the winner of an Economic Development Australia Award in the category of Digital Entrepreneurs.

Pitch IT is a competition where local university students, graduates, professionals, businesses and residents were invited to ‘pitch’ their IT start-up ideas to a panel of expert judges. Finalists went into a digital business accelerator program to continue developing their start-up. The program showcased how the tech industry, education providers, Darebin's business incubator the Melbourne Innovation Centre and local government can partner to provide up-and-coming entrepreneurs with the right business tools needed to launch in today's digital economy.

The winning pitch received $10,000 to help commercialise their idea. Preston resident Jessica Thomas won the grand prize for her website/app Dogshare which connects dog owners with services. The winner received widespread positive media coverage including Leader Newspaper, national Channel 7 Sunrise interview and a radio interview.

This program has been funded again in 2017/18 and will be launched in February 2018.

We are fully committed to supporting the 'Yes' campaign in the upcoming postal survey on Marriage Equality. On 21 August 2017, Council resolved to take a range of proactive actions to supporting the 'Yes' campaign.

These actions are reinforced by previous endorsements of marriage equality by Council in July 2015 and again in December 2016. Although Council believes marriage equality should be achieved via a free vote in the Federal Parliament, support is being provided to the 'Yes' campaign for the period of the national Marriage Law Postal Survey. Our support for marriage equality reflects our commitment to a community free from discrimination, with respect and dignity for all.

We have been flying the rainbow flag above Preston City Hall since 17 May 2017, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) .  The flag will remain flying until marriage equality is achieved in Australia.  It is a symbol of solidarity with and support for the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) community that live, work and study in Darebin.

We will continue to deliver support to the 'Yes' campaign over the coming months until the postal survey process in complete. Read the resolution in full.

What Role Does Council Have In This Issue?

It is a common misconception that Council’s role is to mend potholes and collect rubbish. In reality local government’s role is multi-faceted. The Victorian Local Government Act clearly mandates Councils to represent the interests of all its residents and rate payers and to provide leadership and guidance to the community. Councils are also mandated to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of communities through their Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan. 

In addition, both the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (2006) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act Vic (2010) place a ‘positive duty’ on Councils to be proactive and take steps to address and eliminate inequality, discrimination and human rights violations in the communities they represent.

This gives us a clear mandate to be working on the achievement of marriage equality. A significant proportion of our population identify as LGBTIQ.  Council supports the right of all people to be recognised as equal citizens and treated with respect and dignity.

Useful Resources

The marriage equality debate is having a major impact on the community. Below are some resources that contain tips and contact details for support networks that might help if you are struggling during this time:

The Australian Psychological Society has released tools for communicating about marriage equality that provides helpful tips for constructive ways to talk about marriage equality - one aimed at adults and one aimed at children:

We have produced a flyer and poster to send the message into the community that Darebin Council supports marriage equality. We encourage residents, schools, shops, local services, everyone to print and display these posters in front windows, waiting rooms, learning spaces, fridge doors – wherever support for marriage equality needs to be seen and heard.

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.

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.

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