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. 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. Here are … 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

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

Community consultation for LXRP Preston closes 6 May

On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 75 level crossings across Melbourne by 2025. In Preston, the level crossings at Murray Road, Cramer Street, Bell Street and Oakover Road will be removed by raising the rail line over the road. This project will deliver new stations (Bell and Preston) as well as presenting opportunities … Read More

Celebrating everything compost for International Compost Awareness Week (3-9 May)

Compost deliveries for Darebin Community Gardens To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, Council have donated nutrient-rich compost to our local community gardens with help from the Back to Earth Initiative. These gardens are growing fresh and nutritious food with compost YOU helped create just by putting your food scraps and organic waste in your green waste bin at home. We … Read More

Backyard Harvest Stories is here!

We are excited to launch our new online food growing and sharing project, Backyard Harvest Stories! Backyard food gardening is a healthy, grounding and therapeutic activity to do while we are all spending more time at home, and we are partnering with 3000acres to encourage social connection and engagement online through the world of food gardening. We invite you to … Read More

Back to Earth competition – POSTPONED

Back to Earth’s Victorian garden competition has been postponed to allow kindergartens, schools and community gardens to focus on other priorities for now. They had a number of nominations from kindergartens, schools and community groups to win up to $5,000 for an environmental or garden project. These nominations will remain valid when we reopen the competition. You do not need to do anything … Read More