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Cycling Strategy Review: Darebin

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 23rd, 2011

Image: Looking Glass via flickr CC

With over 80km of shared pathways and 50km of on-road cycle lanes, cycling is an attractive alternative to driving in Darebin. It is a healthy, fun and quick way to get around.  The Darebin Cycling Strategy is being reviewed and Council is seeking community input.

You can provide feedback on Darebin’s on and off-road cycling facilities; upgrades and improvement needs; and how Council can better promote and support cycling in Darebin.  The new Strategy will reflect the changing context of cycling as transport, the popularity of cycling for leisure and transport and the large gains made since that Strategy’s inception and the adoption and implementation of the Darebin Transport Strategy 2007-2027 (DTS).

The new Action Plan will provide an ambitious, yet achievable set of priorities for delivery of infrastructure and programs within Darebin.

The survey closes on 27 March 2011 – check the website for more details.

Growing Food for your Home: Darebin Workshop

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 27th, 2010

19 October , 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Expert presenter, Wendy Mather from The Food Farm will present a demonstration workshop on composting, worm farming and growing vegetables for big and small gardens (including apartments without yards).

When: Tuesday 19 October from 7–9pm
Where: Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston (Melway 18 G12)
Cost: Free – A light supper is provided

RSVP and advise of any support needs/requirements, to Veronica Rustica by Monday 18 October on 8470-8392 or email

Local Food Forum + Open Space Session

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 22nd, 2010

23 October , 2010
10:30 amto4:00 pm

Food for Thought with guest speaker Kirsten Larsen from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL)

You are invited to attend a forum on local food in Preston!  The first half of the day is a forum to set the scene for local food in Preston. Our guest speakers will tell us about what climate change and the end of cheap oil means for food, how people in Darebin are faring with food security, and what the City of Darebin, and community groups, are doing about these issues.  Over lunch you can meet some of the groups in our area who are involved in exciting food-related projects before participating in an ‘Open Space’ session to explore the question: how will Preston feed itself over the next twenty years?

Please RSVP by the 9th of October – the website has registration details.

Saturday 23 October, Preston Shire Hall 10:30-4:00

Cycle Confidently this Spring: Training

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 18th, 2010

Seeking Keen green volunteers for Community Centre makeover

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on March 6th, 2009

Please find a message below from Darebin’s Sustainability News. It discusses how Darebin Council is seeking assistants to convert the Jika Jika Community Centre into an EcoLiving demonstration centre. This sounds like a great idea – mixing social with environmental interests and reinvigorating community ownership of local centres. Why doesn’t this happen in each Council? If you’d like to comment on this idea please do so below this post.

Free training in home energy and water conservation is on offer in 2009 to volunteers who help turn Jika Jika Community Centre in Northcote into an EcoLiving demonstration centre.  Jika Jika is looking  for local community volunteers to help plan the green makeover of the Centre. No special skills are required, just interest and enthusiasm.  Training for the volunteers will be provided by experts from Moreland Energy Foundation. The free training course starts in early 2009. People interested in volunteering can register now.

To register your interest in volunteering or for more information contact:
Jika Jika Community Centre
Corner Plant and Union Sts, Northcote
T  9482 5100

Funding for a Community Project Anyone?

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on March 4th, 2008

2008 Community Grants Open for not-for-profit community groups in Darebin. Find information from the press release below.

Funding is available for activities and programs that focus on social justice, health, sport and recreation, environment, education and arts and culture. Groups can also apply for assistance with the costs of hiring Council venues.

Darebin Mayor, Councillor Peter Stephenson, said, “We value our community organisations and look forward to supporting groups in the coming year. The funds are used by community organisations to resource projects and programs that respond to the broad needs and interests of Darebin residents,” said Cr Stephenson. “This brings benefits to people in many ways across Darebin.”

Information sessions for applicants will be held on 6 and 20 March.

Application kits with general information, guidelines, selection criteria and application forms are available from the Community Grants webpage or from all Darebin Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Individual assistance is available to applicants and groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and applications are accepted in any language.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 11 April, 2008.

For more information about the Community Grants Scheme, call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504.

Thursday 6 March, 10.30am to noon
Council Chamber, Darebin Civic Centre, 350 High Street, Preston

Thursday 20 March, 7pm to 8.30pm
Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston