Get Involved

There are a number of projects and programs residents and business owners can be involved in.

Climate Emergency – together we can make a difference and stop irreversible damage.

We are already seeing more intense and frequent heatwaves, heavy rainfall and flooding, the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, extreme fire weather and more bushfires. These changes are the result of the build-up of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in our atmosphere. This is largely due to our heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels (petrol, gas and coal) for energy use – especially for electricity generation and transport. Our best hope of securing our future is to move into emergency mode to make the changes we need to make quickly.

You can get involved and help us get to zero emissions by 2030 through:

1. Writing a letter to your local MP (click here for a template), supporting Darebin Council’s call for the Victorian and Federal Governments to also declare a climate emergency and achieve zero emissions by 2030 through policy reform that:

  • Achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 and then quickly doubles renewable energy supply - to meet all Australia’s energy needs and foster new jobs and new industry.

  • Reforms planning laws and building standards to mandate that all new construction and major renovations and extensions on existing buildings deliver net zero emissions outcomes by 2023 including the removal of all mandated requirements to connect to gas.

  • Requires all products and packaging sold in Australia to be made from fully recycled materials by default.

  • Requires all roads and footpaths to be made with fully recycled materials.

  • Invests in the infrastructure to support the just transition to all electric cars, buses and trucks by 2025 and support local manufacturing of all types of road transport vehicles.

Federal Parliament
If you live in Darebin, send your letter to the Federal Member for Cooper, Ged Kearney, at this address


State Parliament

If you’re south of Bell Street, then your State MP is Kat Theophanous, in Northcote. Email her at

If you’re north of Bell Street and on the West side of Darebin Creek (eg Preston and Reservoir), your’re in Preston and your State MP is Robin Scott. Contact him here

If you’re east of the creek (Kingsbury or MacLeod) you’re in the Bundoora seat and your MP is Colin Brooks


Outside Darebin

If you live outside Darebin, enter your postcode on the AEC site to find your MP here and on the VEC site to find your State MP here.


2. Join a local group in taking action against climate change. If you need more information please email

We are working towards a racism-free Darebin where our community's diversity is valued, celebrated, respected, embraced and leveraged.

Darebin has a number of initiatives advancing this goal including provision of a Say NO to Racism Training Package encouraging bystanders to take action when they witness racism occur in the community.

The training package includes:

  • An overview of racism and its impacts of the community
  • Reasons why bystanders should take action
  • Practical tools and skills that enable and empower people to take  action
  • The link between collective action and creating a culture where racism is not tolerated

To register for the training package or to find out more information about the training, visit the Anti-Racism page.

Further information
Phone: 8470 8630