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Heading to the Darebin Community & Kite Festival on Sunday 25 March? Share your pics on social media to win one of three $100 Darebin vouchers!

Entering is easy - share your photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #darebinkites. (Instagram users need make sure their account's privacy settings are set to "Public" or we won't be able to see your photo).

Competition closes Friday 6 April 2018.

You can also visit our free photo booth to capture memories of the day and enter it into the competition from there! We'll be in the Visual Stories section, near the Storytelling tent.

Take a look at the terms and conditions and enter today!

Local artists are invited to submit ideas for temporary public art pieces for two laneways in Reservoir Village!

Interested and want to know more?
Download the Artist Brief and the Reservoir Identity Study or email to request a copy of the artist brief.


Deadline for submissions
Sunday 25 March 2018

We’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic items. We are also encouraging everyone in the community, including our residents and businesses, to make a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics.

Council endorsed a new policy on 26 February 2018 to eliminate the single-use plastic products at festivals and events located at Council venues and properties. The policy, which applies to all council owned buildings and venues, aims to reduce the alarming damage single-use plastic products are causing. 

Single-use plastic products have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in freshwater and marine environments every year and this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces which are increasingly being found in food consumed by humans and animals.

We also need to work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics as recent overseas import bans on certain recycled products means that we need to address the waste in our own backyard.

The policy is committed to:

  • Eliminate single-use plastic bags
  • Eliminate single-use plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and take away food - containers
  • Eliminate bottled water, and provide alternative, free access to water
  • Avoid plastic packaging
  • Eliminate balloons at events
  • Reuse event materials where possible
  • Educate and guide event staff and audience on single-use plastic free practices
See Plastic Free Darebin for further details.

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Speakeasy contemporary performance program, packed with incredible artistic experiences reflecting our diverse cultures.

Program highlights include the return of Australia’s multi award-winning choreographer Stephanie Lake; five Next Wave Festival productions; La Boite’s critically acclaimed refugee battle, Prize Fighter; an innovative and unpredictable dinner party; and inspiring explorations of social issues from feminism, motherhood and mental health, to Indigenous story-telling, children’s entertainment and politically charged contemporary theatre.

Speakeasy 2018 Program

Expressions of interest are open for positions in the interim advisory board for the new Climate Emergency Darebin.

Council is establishing a new organisation called Climate Emergency Darebin (CED) to help the Council to implement the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan by:

  • Collaborating with Council on the climate emergency (both problems and solutions), including on how to engage all levels of government
  • Engaging with the community about the climate emergency and how a safe climate can be restored, including through knowledge sharing, capacity building, education and training
  • Mobilising and activating the community broadly and deeply around the climate emergency issue, and facilitating community contributions to action, including via volunteerism and donations
  • Researching and developing strategy and solutions relating to the climate emergency
  • Advising Council on the establishment of the legal structure of Climate Emergency Darebin (CED), anticipated to be a Company limited by guarantee, and on a sustainable funding model for CED, identifying sources of funding
  • Developing and/or trialling innovative programs and delivery mechanisms which can be scaled up to achieve significant change.

The advisory committee will consist of six community members, two Councillors and the Darebin Council CEO and will meet approximately monthly up to February 2019 to advise in establishing Climate Emergency Darebin and begin the work of the organisation.

Council is seeking a diverse range of people who live, work, study and/or volunteer in Darebin and who have capacity and experience relating to:

  • Big picture vision relating to the climate emergency challenge as a whole (as expressed in the overarching goals of the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan)
  • Fostering creativity and innovation
  • One or more of the following areas: social mobilisation, zero emissions, drawdown, resilience, climate emergency strategy, fund sourcing
  • board governance (or similar skills).

Further detail is available in the CED Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. To apply, please complete the online expression of interest form (preferred), or download the expression of interest form and email to

Applications close midday Tuesday 20 March 2018.

Further information:
Gavin Mountjoy
Phone: 8470 8535

Sally MacAdams
Phone: 8470 8208

The City of Darebin is seeking to build and diversify its program of creative and cultural offerings and is taking applications for its inaugural Triennial Event Partnership Program for Northcote Town Hall and the Darebin Arts Centre.

We are seeking applications from established businesses that are devoted to the following principles of the Darebin Arts Strategy:

  • Inclusive
  • Enterprising
  • Connected
  • Vibrant and visionary

Applications open: Monday, 16 February 2018

Applications close: Monday, 16 April 2018

Information on the application process, partnership arrangement and the evaluation criteria can be found in the Guidelines.

We strongly encourage applicants to familiarise themselves with the Creative Dare­bin Arts Strategy.

Applications are submitted online at Smarty Grants.

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 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