Latest News

Darebin Kite Festival Photo Competition

Read on +
Share your Darebin Community & Kite Festival photos on social media to win one of three $100 vouchers!


Share your Darebin Community & Kite Festival photos and WIN one of three $100 Darebin vouchers!

Share your photos on social media with #darebinkites to go into the running to win one of three $100 vouchers to spend at a Darebin business of your choice!

How to enter:

a. Access and log in to your personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account

b. Capture an image of your experience at the Darebin Community & Kite festival 2017, and post the image from your account

c. Ensure the post privacy setting is open to public (not set to private), Instagram entrants will need to make their profile public.

d. Use the hashtag #darebinkites in the same post


There are three $100 vouchers for a local Darebin business up for grabs!

Entries close 11:59pm (AEST) Sunday 2 April, 2017.

For full details, see terms and conditions

Are you an experienced Chairperson?

Read on +
We are seeking to appoint an independent, suitably experienced Chairperson to our Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee.

The main purpose of the committee is to make recommendations to Council on contractual matters relating to the Darebin CEO, including initial appointment, remuneration and ongoing performance management.

The appointment will be for a period of two years with the option of two one year term extensions by mutual consent. It is envisaged the Committee will meet a minimum of four times each year.

For full details, please read the expression of interest and Committee Charter documents below:

Expression of Interest - Independent Chairperson
CEO Employment Matters Committee Charter

To express your interest, contact:

Jacinta Stevens,
Civic Governance and Compliance
Phone: (03) 8470 8443

Darebin Pet Expo Competition

Read on +
Share a favourite photo of your pet with us and go into the draw to win one of three great pet hampers. Upload an image of your pet with your pet’s name with hashtag #darebinpetexpo


  • 1st Prize - Pet hamper worth $100
  • 2nd Prize - Pet hamper worth $75
  • 3rd Prize - Pet hamper worth $50

How to enter:

Post a picture of your pet on Facebook or Instagram with the #darebinpetexpo hashtag. Further details below.

1. Facebook -
Log into your Facebook account and upload an image of your pet. Check the privacy setting for the post is set to 'Public' and add the #darebinpetexpo hashtag to your post.

2. Instagram –
Login to your Instagram account and take a photo of your pet. Post the photo on Instagram with the hashtag #darebinpetexpo.

3. Twitter–
Login to your Twitter account and take a photo of your pet. Post the photo on Instagram with the hashtag #darebinpetexpo.


Remember to like us on Facebook  Instagram  or Twitter and visit the Darebin Pet Expo at the Community & Kite Festival on Sunday, 26 March 2017.

Entries commence 18 March 2017 and close 5pm, Friday 31 March 2017. All winners will be announced on Monday 3 April 2017.

Full details of entry are in the Competition Terms and Conditions.

Council Budget Consultation

Read on +
Are you interested in our community consultation about the Council budget?

Setting the budget is one of the most challenging things we do as a Council, and with your help and feedback we’ll work hard to get the balance right. Cazaly Ward residents are invited to attend the final of our Community Budget Consultations with Darebin Councillors;

When: Tuesday 28 March, 2017
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Council Chambers Level 1, 350 High Street Preston


Closure of Merri Creek Bridge at Walker Street

Read on +
The bridge over the Merri Creek between Walker Street and Rushall Train Station, will be temporarily closed due to bank reconstruction works.

These are essential safety works to manage the subsiding creek bank and involve the removal of road pavement and associated road drainage, excavation works, construction of retention systems, and reconstruction of road pavement and footpaths.

The works will begin in early February and are expected to take approximately 3 months. During the works there will be no through access from Walker Street to McLachlan Street. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Pedestrians and bike riders: Please take an alternative route via Koonda Lat Bridge or High Street Bridge. See Alternative Route Map for details.

Train users: Merri, Westgarth and Clifton Hill Train Stations are an easy walking distance.

Further Information
Project Manager
Phone: 8470 8888

M40 Water Main Renewal Project

Read on +
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.


Preston Market ticket machines back in action

Read on +
Pay and display ticket machines were reinstated by Preston Market this week.

On market days, the first two hours of parking is free with no ticket required. A ticket must be purchased and displayed to park for more than two hours, with a four hour limit.

On non-market days there is a four hour limit and a ticket must be purchased and displayed at all times.

Council will continue to enforce Market parking restrictions.

Messages to Myself

Read on +
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.

Latest News

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

Free Public WiFi

Read on +
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