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!

Preston Market is one of the most-loved, iconic features of our city and we share our community’s deep interest in its long-term future.

A thriving Preston Market is vital for our community and we recently confirmed our commitment to preserving the long-term viability of the market.

We will continue to work with the Victorian Planning Authority on the second phase of the community engagement, which will run until mid-July. This phase includes seeking feedback on different options for the market site.

Visit Your Say Darebin - Preston Market for more information and your opportunity to send us your feedback.

What can we do to support a thriving creative culture in the City of Darebin?

Make Sure Art Matters – Join the Conversation

We are reviewing our arts strategy, "Creative Darebin: A plan for a thriving creative community 2014 - 2020" and we want to hear what you think are the most important issues in the arts in Darebin and what we can do to maintain a thriving creative culture here. Your thoughts will help shape the approach that we will take to support and deliver arts and cultural services, including updated priorities and actions, over the next three years.

We recently spoke to local resident Kate Hood, who will be appearing in Contest at the Northcote Town Hall this July/August, about the arts in Darebin. Kate spoke about the casting of a disabled actor in a key role in the show, and about how disabled people can play a range of characters, rather than only being sought out to play people with a disability. Share your ideas about the arts in Darebin, and you can go in the draw to win a double pass to see Contest.

Share your ideas with us on Your Say Darebin until 15 June 2018.

We are changing the planning scheme to protect local heritage and set requirements for appropriate development in Fairfield Village. Amendment C161 is now on public exhibition and open for submissions.

What is changing?

Amendment C161 proposes to introduce a Design and Development Overlay and Heritage Overlay controls into Fairfield Village to protect places of local heritage significance and set clear requirements for appropriate higher density development, including mandatory 4-5 storey height limits. These controls are based on Council's adopted Fairfield Village Built Form Guidelines and Fairfield Village Heritage Assessment policy documents which the community helped shape.

View Amendment C161 exhibition documents and information

Visit the Our Fairfield Village project page at to download all Amendment documents and get more information.


People affected by Amendment C161 can lodge a formal written submission via:

Submissions close on Monday 18 June 2018.


Our proposed 2018/19 budget has been completed and we would love to hear what you think about it.

The proposed budget outlines the financial resources we need to deliver the 100 services that we provide to the community. It also outlines proposed funding allocations for our capital works program and operating projects.

To view the proposed budget and to find out the number of ways to have your say, visit Your Say Darebin.

We need your help to shape the vision for a new suburb in Preston East (Northland Urban Renewal Precinct).

Bordered by Albert and Bell streets, Northland Shopping Centre and the Darebin Creek, the area will be reshaped to house more than half of Darebin’s forecast population growth, transforming large industrial sites to walkable, sustainable neighbourhoods with diverse employment options, new homes, and vibrant cultural activity.

To find out the number of ways to have your say, visit Your Say Darebin.

Have your say by Thursday, 31 May 2018.

In the spirit of reconciliation with our 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

Renaming Batman ParkWith support from Wurundjeri Elders from the Wurundjeri Tribal 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.

Following extensive community consultation, Darebin City Council has formally endorsed ‘Gumbri’ as the preferred name for Batman Park. The new name needs to be now endorsed by the State Government.

The name Gumbri; has endorsement by The Wurundjeri Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Aboriginal Corporation Wurundjeri Corporation.

Gumbri, also known as Jessie Hunter, was a much loved and respected Wurundjeri Elder. Her name means 'white dove' in Woi wurrung, the traditional language of the Wurundjeri people. She was the last girl born on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in Healesville and she had a great passion for Wurundjeri people and Country with a special interest in bush foods and medicines.

Overall, the community expressed:

  • A positive response to the potential renaming of Batman Park to recognise the traditional owners

  • A high level of respect for the experience and wisdom of Wurundjeri Elders

  • A desire for recognition of John Batman to be retained in some way within the park

  • Support for constitutional recognition, recognition of Traditional Owners, reconciliation, and a potential treaty

  • A high level of interest in accessing local places and spaces to learn more about the Aboriginal history, living culture, spirituality and heritage of Darebin

  • A desire to retain the visibility of Batman in some form within the Park, keeping all layers of history visible and ensuring continued and respectful acknowledgement of the past.

Where to from here?

Council has lodged an application for the recommended name with the registrar Office of Geographic Names as required under law. The final name change is subject to outcomes of the statutory process set out under the Geographical Place Naming Act 1988.

How long will the process take?

It is anticipated that the naming process including formal gazetting under the Geographical Names Act will be completed in early 2018. The status of Council’s submission can be viewed on the Office of Geographic Names website.

Does this mean that the name of Batman Park will definitely change?

The renaming is more than just a replacement of one name with another. In the spirit of reconciliation, Darebin City Council, Wurundjeri Council and the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee are committed to ensuring that the life and legacy of John Batman is still visible in the park alongside the multiple stories and histories of the park that enhance our city.

If Gumbri is approved by the Registrar of Geographic Names, the new name must be erected with 30 days of the name being gazetted and registered.

Council will then engage with the Traditional Owners and Darebin community in the planning, design and implementation of permanent signage for the main park entry. The process will consider feedback provided during the earlier community conversations.

Council Officers, with the support of Wurundjeri Elders and the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee, will be charged to plan, design and implement this legacy project. This will involve a further and deeper engagement to create opportunities for the wider community in the planning and co-design of the park. An artist will be commissioned to work with community on various aspects of the park such as permanent signage and the many rich histories of the park.

Update as at Tuesday 6 February 2018

Council has removed the Batman Park archway following recent damage to the sign. The sign has been removed to protect it from further damage, ensure the area surrounding the entrance is safe to pedestrians and to ensure its safekeeping for possible future use within the park once the proposed park renaming is approved.  


Renaming the Federal Electorate of Batman

The federal electorate of Batman was created in 1906, replacing the Division of Northern Melbourne. Batman is located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and stretches through three local government areas: Yarra, Darebin and Whittlesea (Yarra and Darebin make up the majority of the division).

It takes in Alphington, Clifton Hill, Fairfield, Kingsbury, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury, and parts of Bundoora, Coburg North, Macleod and Thomastown. It covers an area of approximately 66sq kilometres from Thomastown/Bundoora in the north to Clifton Hill in the south, with Merri Creek providing the vast majority of the western boundary, and the eastern boundary provided by Darebin Creek, parts of Macleod and Plenty Road in Bundoora.

Of the 37 federal electoral divisions in Victoria, nine are named in Aboriginal languages: Ballarat, Corangamite, Corio, Indi, Jaga Jaga, Kooyong, Mallee, Maribyrnong, and Wannon.

In November 2017 Darebin City Council, together with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council and Yarra City Council lodged a joint submission calling for the renaming of the Federal Electorate of Batman to the federal electorate of Simon Wonga.

Redistribution update as at 10 April 2018

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has just announced the Redistribution Committee's Recommendations.

At this stage, the proposal (a joint submission from Darebin Council with Yarra and Wurundjeri Council) to change the name of the federal electoral division from Batman to Simon Wonga has not been accepted (see recommendations, particularly pages 39 and 100).

The Committee do not give specific reasons for this, simply “propos[ing] that the Batman name be retained”.

Darebin Council is disappointed in this interim recommendation that fails to capture how renaming the electorate of Batman is part of the long journey towards reconciliation. We are consulting with co-submitters Yarra Council and Wurundjeri Council on the next steps.

 The process is now continuing and there is an opportunity to provide feedback to the Redistribution Committee’s recommendations.

Council's position on why the name of Batman should not be retained for the federal electorate.

Further details on the redistribution process are available. Anyone can object and objections must be lodged by close of business on Friday, 4 May 2018.

Provisional timeframes

  • Out of the 7 redistribution steps undertaken by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) we are now at Step 4.
  • People were asked to make comments to the suggestions (submissions) received by the commission by the 17 November 2017.
  • Comments on these suggestions closed on 1 December 2017.
  • In total, the AEC received 67 suggestions and 58 comments for all electoral divisions.
  • For the electorate of Batman there were 20 suggestions (submissions) and 10 comments on suggestions.

See the AEC website for the Electoral Redistribution Timeframes.

In summary the next steps are:

 Step 4

  • April 2018: A report on the proposed redistribution release and objections to this report called
  • May 2018: Objections available for viewing

 Step 5

  • May 2018: Comments of objections called
  • May 2018: Comments on Objections available for viewing

 Step 6

  • June/July 2018: Augmented Electoral Commission announces electoral divisions
  • June/July 2018:  Further objection period announced (if required)

 Step 7

  •  13 July 2018: AEC announces redistribution, tables it in Parliament and report is publicly available.

See the AEC website for details on the redistribution process and how to make a submission. 

Darebin Council does not have the authority to change the name of the Batman electorate; the AEC has sole responsibility for this decision.

We will continue to update this page with details about the submission period.

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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

We are reviewing our Open Space Strategy to ensure it aligns with the Council Plan and reflects our community’s future needs and the future of our municipality.

Open spaces include parks, sporting reserves, bushland, streetscapes, nature strips and conservation areas. 

You can stay up-to-date with the project at Have Your Say or call Alison on 8470 8516 if you have any questions.

We have launched an exciting project to transform parts of our local street network into people-friendly places.

As our city continues to grow, the role and function of our local streets is changing. With your help, the Streets for People project will look to improve the use and function of our local streets - seeking to resolve existing issues, make them more people-friendly, safe and accessible, and providing better opportunities for walking and cycling.
The focus of the study extends from Northcote to Thornbury and specifically includes Ethel Street, Stott Street, Herbert Street and Park Street, as well as the wider precinct. This corridor accommodates high levels of local walking and cycling activity by a range of people of all ages and abilities moving between homes, train stations, local business and schools; as well as road traffic and car parking. 
The first of our on-line surveys has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far, we’ve had a fantastic response! In the coming months we will be holding a community design day / workshop, investigating potential trials of landscaping and transport treatments, and inviting further community comments and feedback as the project progresses.

You can stay up to date with project news and further ways to be involved by visiting: Your Say Darebin

We have committed to creating a masterplan for Mayer Park and need the community's help to design it!

Significant community support and advocacy by local residents and users of the park combined with Council’s commitment to the Council Plan Darebin 2021 Goal 1.3 has resulted in Council endorsing an innovative community-led design approach to create a masterplan for Mayer Park in Thornbury.

What is Council doing?
We are forming a Project Control Group (PCG) to help design and develop the Mayer Park Masterplan. The PCG will be chaired by a Rucker Ward Councillor and through consensus will manage the delivery of the masterplan. 

Once the PCG is established, it will be tasked with formulating the community engagement process to gather community feedback, as well as develop the masterplan.

How do I get involved?
This project will be regularly updated over on Your Say Darebin.

Re-thinking safety, access and landscaping along the shared path - from Merri Parade to Reservoir Station

With the recent completion of the Melbourne Water M40 upgrades, we are preparing a master plan to improve safety, accessibility and landscaping along the trail. The master plan will provide recommendations for the 7km trail commencing at Merri Parade and extending north to Reservoir Station.

You can stay up to date with this project by visiting Your Say Darebin.

One of Council's goals is to increase safe and sustainable transport opportunities across our municipality and we are currently drafting a new Safe Travel Strategy.

Everyone in Darebin uses our paths and roads at some point, whether that is to walk somewhere, ride a bicycle, scoot, skate, roll or rollerskate, or drive.

Darebin's Safe Travel Strategy 2018-2028 is being developed to assist people of all ages to be free to travel on road and path networks safely and with confidence. The Strategy responds to the increase in walking and other low-impact modes of travel in Darebin.

Feedback on the draft Strategy now closed.

Feedback on the draft Strategy has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far. Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys responses and feedback we’ve received from the community and key stakeholders, and developing the final Safe Travel Strategy and first 5-year Action Plan.

Stay tuned for further updates via


Walking plays a key role in Darebin’s transport system, and in order to appropriately plan for future population growth and activity in our city we are currently drafting a Walking Strategy.

Walking is embedded into many daily elements of our lives. Not only do we need to ensure that our walking environments are safe, convenient, pleasant and accessible, we also need to encourage everyone to walk more often so that we can all share in the positive outcomes for our community.

Darebin's Walking Strategy 2018-2028 is being developed to assist and encourage everyone in our community to walk easily, safely and with confidence. The Strategy responds to the increase in walking and other low-impact modes of travel in Darebin.

Feedback on the draft Strategy now closed.

Feedback on the draft Strategy has now closed - thank you to all for your contributions thus far. Over the coming weeks we will be collating the large number of surveys responses and feedback we’ve received from the community and key stakeholders, and developing the final Walking Strategy and first 5-year Action Plan.

Stay tuned for further updates via

Designing Pender's Park

Pender's Park Project Control Group

The project control group (PCG) has been meeting and is working on developing a vision statement incorporating the themes that came out of community feedback from the drop in session in December last year. The vision statement will guide the development of key ideas to shape the staged approach to the redevelopment of the park.

The key ideas include enhancing safety, improving accessibility, improving facilities, developing an all age’s universally accessible play space and improving landscaping.

How do I get involved?
This project will be regularly updated over on Your Say Darebin.

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 lodge questions for Council to answer or make a Comment or Submission prior to a specific item listed on the Agenda of an Ordinary Council meeting.


Members of the public can ask up to two (2) questions at an Ordinary Council meeting.

Questions submitted online will be responded to in the first instance. If you are not present at the meeting, the Chairperson will read the question and provide a response. The Chairperson may then take questions from members in the gallery.

Any question not answered at the meeting will be taken on notice and a written response will be provided to the person asking the question.

In accordance with the Darebin Governance Local Law, the Chairperson may disallow a question if it:

  • is defamatory, indecent, abusive, offensive, irrelevant, trivial or objectionable in language or substance; or
  • deals with a subject matter already answered; or
  • is aimed at embarrassing a Councillor or an officer.

If you are unable to submit your question prior to the Ordinary Council meeting, the Chairperson may take questions from the floor.


Members of the public may make a comment or 2 minute submission on a matter listed on the Agenda prior to the item being debated.

A person who is unable to stay at the meeting until the Agenda item is heard, may make their comment or submission during Question Time.


Members of the public who wish to ask a question, or make a comment or submission to an agenda item, at an Ordinary Council meeting are encouraged to do so in one of the following ways:

  • Online via the Questions and Submissions form by 3pm on the day of the Council meeting.
  • By email to Q& by 3pm on the day of the Council meeting; or
  • In person at the Preston Customer Service Centre, 274 Gower Street, Preston; or
  • By mail to PO Box 91, Preston 3072; or
  • With a Council officer prior to the commencement of the Council meeting.

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. This will allow Council officers to follow up your question or submission, if required.

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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Your Say Darebin is our website dedicated to conversations about our projects and initiatives and provides you with an opportunity to have a say and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities and views.

Your Say Darebin also has an archive of past projects so you can see the results of previous conversations we've held with the Darebin community.

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