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!

We are currently reviewing our ‘Get Active in Darebin’ program and we need your feedback.

Get Active in Darebin is a free exercise and low cost social sport program offered by Council that aims to increase levels of physical activity within our community.

All exercise classes are free of charge and sport options at reduced fees. All activities cater for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels and are facilitated by qualified instructors and coaches.

If you have been to one of our classes please let us know what you thought. If you haven’t, please let us know what we could do to make it more your style.

The survey will only take a few minutes, it is designed to be user friendly as the majority of responses are just tick a box. There is also the opportunity to provide additional written feedback if you wish.  

Survey can be found here: Get Active in Darebin

We have incentives on offer for 4 lucky people who take part in the survey

  • 12 month membership @ Reservoir Leisure Centre
  • 3 month membership @ Reservoir Leisure Centre
  • Family Ground pass to the Australian Open
  • Family Pass to the Big Bash Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Winners will be drawn at random.

Survey closes Friday 22 December, 2017.

We are redeveloping the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and would like to hear your feedback and opinions to help shape its future.

The Council Plan for 2017-2021 identifies the need to "redevelop the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre into a $50M state of the art aquatic centre".

Our first step is to engage with the community to understand the extent of redevelopment that is required. To do this we need to understand how you are currently using Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) and if you don't use NARC, we would like to know why. Understanding what is and isn't currently working will help us determine the most appropriate redevelopment options to meet your needs and that of the Darebin Community.

To have Your Say visit the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre Feasibility Study.

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.

Renaming the Federal Electorate of Batman

The Division of Batman

The federal electorate or Division 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. 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.

The cities of Yarra and Darebin make up the vast majority of the Federal Division of Batman.

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.

More information

Any interested citizen, community group, or organisation can make a submission. It must be a written submission in the form of letter, an email, or petition. A submission may be any length. If the submission is longer than a few pages, it is useful to include a summary at the front. All submissions must include the name of the electorate (Batman).

Community groups or a group of individuals intending to make a submission on the same topic may choose to use a petition attached to one submission to the Redistribution Committee.

To help with the processing of petitions, your document should show how many people have signed the petition, and it should be provided as an unprotected word or excel table in order to streamline the redaction of names and addresses.

Submissions can be sent to:

  • Email: FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au
  • In person: Redistribution Committee for Victoria, Australian Electoral Commission, Level 1, Urban Workshop, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
  • Mail: Redistribution Committee for Victoria, Australian Electoral Commission, GPO Box 768, Melbourne VIC 3001
  • Fax: 02 6293 7664

Suggestions, submission and petitions must be received by the committee by 6pm AEDT Friday 17 November. The AEC will make all suggestions received available for public inspection from Monday 20 November. The public will then have until 6pm AEDT on Friday 1 December 2017 to lodge written comments on suggestions.

A local advocacy group "Rename Batman" has formed to encourage community support for a change to the name of the Batman electorate. For more information, email the Rename Batman group at renamebatman@gmail.com.

More information on the AEC’s redistribution process including how to make a submission can be found on the AEC website.

Darebin Council will update the public about the submission period on Council’s website www.darebin.vic.gov.au/batmanconversations.

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

Receive Updates

To receive regular updates on both of these projects, please join our email list by emailing a request to diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au.

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
Email: diversity@darebin.vic.gov.au

Join in the conversation about our projects and help us make decisions that reflect your priorities.

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

Visit www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/ and see what's happening.

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.

QUESTIONS

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.

COMMENTS OR SUBMISSIONS

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.

HOW TO LODGE YOUR QUESTION OR REGISTER TO MAKE A COMMENT OR SUBMISSION

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&S@darebin.vic.gov.au by 3pm on the day of the Council meeting;
  • 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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