Transition Darebin food swaps cancelled until further notice

We are cancelling our 4 food swaps until further notice.  Unfortunately, given the spread of COVID-19 and the need to encourage self-isolation, we can’t safely run these events in public.  Thank you for your understanding. We encourage you to use social media or other avenues to swap food in your locality by doing porch/nature strip/front gate pickups. In Gellibrand Crescent … Read More

Vote for Sustain’s Food Justice Farm

Want to see fresh, local and sustainable food available to everyone no matter their circumstances? Help make it happen by voting for Melbourne Food Hub x Sustain’s Food Justice Drive – creating an urban farm and training program for disadvantaged youth to grow good food for those in need. Voting is open from July  6th to the 26th and we need … Read More

Queensland Fruit Fly webinar for nursery staff

Nursery staff are invited to join horticultural entomologist Andrew Jessup, for this online webinar presenting best practice options, so you can support your customers to manage and prevent Queensland Fruit Fly in their gardens. Join Andrew to learn about: best practice options for traps, baits and nets, including brand suggestions. practical recommendations for nursery staff in procurement roles: shelf life, … Read More

Backyard Harvest Stories

Backyard Harvest Stories has now come to an end. Over the last two months while we have been asked to spend more time at home, Darebin Council has been encouraging residents to get in their gardens and share their photos and videos online with the hashtag #darebinbackyardharvest. We’ve seen an abundance of photos, videos, chicken selfies and garden tours, which … Read More

Transition Darebin Food Swaps are back!

In light of the easing of restrictions by the Department of Health and Human Services, Transition Darebin have resumed their 4 food swaps in June. Get to know your community and bring along your excess produce to swap.  Ideas: veggies, fruit, herbs, spices, seeds, seedlings, eggs, home baked goods, preserves, olives, kombucha scobies, kefir grains – the list goes on. … Read More

Yarra Valley Water’s Community Water Conservation Grants

Yarra Valley Water’s Community Water Conservation Grant Pilot is currently open. The purpose is to support community and not-for-profit organisations undertake projects to maximise the water efficiency of their facilities and raise awareness about their water use and strategies for conserving it. They give several examples of project what are eligible, including the installation of water tanks for community farms … Read More

Bendigo Bank – Connected Community Grant Program

The Bendigo Bank Preston Branch is asking local community groups to submit an Expression of Interest request for a small grant (Up to $3,000). For more information and to apply, please go through the Bendigo Bank’s website. Please do not call or email them directly.

Planning for the future of Mayer Park

Mayer Park in Thornbury is one of the great open spaces located here in the City of Darebin, and Council is now looking at ways the park could be further improved for the future. The draft Future Mayer Park master plan has been released for community consultation, and Council is keen to hear feedback from as many residents as possible … Read More

World Bee Day – 20 May 2020

To celebrate World Bee Day (20 May) and as part of our Backyard Harvest Stories weekly gardening video series, we are celebrating all things bees to raise awareness about the vital role of bees to a sustainable food system. Tuesday 19 May, 3-3:30pm: Morgan from 3000acres will be talking about the importance of bees to our food system as well … Read More

Community feedback – Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre Renewal

Concept designs for the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) redevelopment project are now available online for community feedback. Darebin Council are asking the community to view the designs and tell us how they think they would use and experience this proposed new facility. This is an opportunity to let them know if you’d like to see more edible landscaping … Read More