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Council Meeting Review

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The Council Meeting Preview/Review highlights items of importance to be discussion at our Ordinary Council meetings.

Council Meeting Review

All agenda items considered by Councillors were supported at the Council Meeting on Monday 17 July.

The minutes from the meeting will be published on the Council Meetings page by 2pm on Friday.


Item 6.2 – Changes to the local law governing Council meetings were endorsed. They reflect Council’s commitment to improve transparency and governance and are also intended to encourage greater community involvement to improve decision making. The changes will be gazetted in local media and the community will be invited to comment.

Item 6.3 – Council officers have been authorised to start the statutory process to rename Batman Park, ‘Gumbri Park’.

Item 6.4 – Council resolved to advocate to both the Australian and Victorian Government and La Trobe University to help preserve Strathallan Golf Course as green open space.

Item 6.6 – The draft masterplan was endorsed. The community will now be invited to provide feedback on the draft masterplan for John Cain Memorial Park.

Item 6.8 – A long-term strategy aimed at building an organisational foundation to increase employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s was endorsed. The Darebin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2027 builds on collaborative partnerships that support equity, health and wellbeing.

Lifelong Learning Strategy Reference Group

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We are currently seeking community, learning and education industry and stakeholder representatives for the Lifelong Learning Strategy Reference Group.

If you have knowledge of and a commitment to lifelong learning in all its forms and want to make a positive and constructive contribution to the development of the lifelong learning strategy, we'd like to hear from you.

The Reference Group will provide advice, feedback, support and guidance to Council on the development of the Lifelong Learning Strategy 2017–2021.

There are up to 15 positions available for community members, agency and learning organisation representatives who live, work, study or provide lifelong learning in Darebin. Appointments to the Reference Group will be for the duration of the planning and development stages of the Strategy, expected to be until 30 June 2018.

We encourage applications from those who can represent and engage with the diverse sectors of the Darebin community in terms of gender, age, sexuality, cultural and linguistic background, employment status, education, and industry.

The Reference Group will meet a minimum of 4 times for up to 2 hours duration. Meetings will be held at various Council facilities or other locations within the City of Darebin as appropriate.

Please refer to the Terms of Reference for more information before submitting an Expression of Interest.

For further information, please contact Melanie McCarten on 8470 8234 or

Expressions of Interest close 5pm, Friday 21 July 2017.

Register for the Melbourne North Jobs Fair

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Darebin businesses - register to become an exhibitor or to promote vacancies at this regional jobs fair likely to attract 4000 job seekers in one day.

The Melbourne’s North Jobs Fair is an initiative of the Department of Employment in partnership with the Victorian State Government, Toyota and the Northern regions Councils, including Darebin Council.

This one day event is likely to attract over 4000 job seekers from the region, and will be open to all members of the community who are looking for work.

Employers have the opportunity to be an exhibitor on the day, promote their current job vacancies and meet genuine job seekers face to face. If you can't attend there is also the option of advertising your vacancies on a jobs board at the event.

Date:  Thursday 3 August
Time: 1 - 7pm
Location: University Hill Conference Centre (30 Graduate Road, Bundoora).

To register as a job advertiser or exhibitor, please complete the registration form.

Expressions of interest close 14 July.

Further information
Phone: 8470 8602

Nominations for Young Business Achiever Awards

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Nominate a local young person under 25 years who has made a significant contribution to their company for the Northern Business Achievement Awards Young Business Achiever Awards.

Criteria for Young Achiever Nomination:

- must be 25 years or younger

- must have been with the organisation for more than 12 months

- demonstrated outstanding achievement in their particular field

- has clear career aspirations

- has an outstanding attitude to their work and fellow employees

- has made a significant contribution to their company


The Young Achiever must be available to attend and present at the NBAA Business Breakfast on Thursday, 7 September 2017.


Please complete the online Nomination Form by 4pm, Friday 28 July 2017.

Latest News

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Keep up to date with the latest news and changes in the City.

M40 Water Main Renewal Project

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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.

For more information on what we are doing to plan for the future of this corridor visit Advocacy in Darebin / Key Projects.


Messages to Myself

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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

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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