Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Local Yoga.

Newlands Yoga is back for Term 3

Come along for lovely local yoga session. Clare is returning..

On: Tuesday 7 August for a 7 week term. 
Costs: $77 for a 7 week term or $17 for a casual class.
When: Tuesday evenings, 7-8 pm 
Where:  Newlands Elderly Citizen's Centre. Corner Connolly Ave and Murray
Bring: warm socks, snugly blanket and yoga mat.

Give me a call for more details or just turn up on the night..

0405 151269

MECCARG planting!!

Please join us for planting at the Murray Road site this coming Saturday, 4 August, 1-3pm.

We hope to get around 400 plants in the ground so your help will be much appreciated.

Look forward to seeing you.

Nic and Dave.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Free desk and bookshelf.

We have a couple of things to give away asap:

1. compact computer desk - very handy for small spaces - has top shelf as well as computer space plus keyboard drawer.

2. White wooden book shelf -we rejigged it so it has 2 shelves divided up to fit 200 cd's, middle shelf divided in two - perfect for books & bottom shelf is ideal for vinyl records. Measurements: h=1500mm, w=1220mm,d=295mm

PLEASE come and get them by Friday 3rd,  call Jody - 0422 166 132 to come look/collect - Muriel Crt Coburg North 


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Free shelving!

This is the old pigeon hole shelving system from Newlands Primary School.
It is in pretty good condition and is no longer needed because the staff have a new staff room.
It is quite solid and heavy and is made out of MDF.
If you would like it, it's all yours!
We have a ute and can deliver it if that would suit you better.
Give Mel a call on 0404 043 010 if you're interested.
I included the photo so you can see that it about as tall as Bronte!

Very easy lemon yoghurt cake.

Hi Folks.
We shared this cake at a celebration last week at Newlands Primary and it went down a treat!
It is a very good use of the abundance of lemons around at the moment!!!


2 lemons, rind, grated finely
1 cup (250ml) oil
2 eggs
1.5 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup natural yoghurt
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups self raising flour

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and flour a 23cm cake tin.

2. Grate all the peel from the lemons into a mixing bowl. Add the oil, eggs and sugar, beat with a beater until thick and well blended.

3. Add the salt, yoghurt and lemon juice and beat again briefly to mix well. Fold in the flour.

4. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30-40 minutes.

5. Leave to cool in tin for about 10 minutes before turning carefully out on to a cooling rack.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Room to rent in North Coburg!

Room to rent in sunny North Coburg.
Opposite Cox Reserve, gorgeous little weatherboard.
$130 a week plus share of the bills.
Looking for someone nice that likes kids and cats.
Theres no storage or cupboard space in the room.
Prefer a non smoker,easy going and wants a home. 
Someone who enjoys sitting down for a chat and a laugh, part of the community!
Leave a comment for Eddie!
Eddie lives here and his son Mack (7) lives between his house and his mum's next door!!!

Pruning workshop at Mulberry Gardens!

Pruning and Espalier Workshopwith Diane Cotter (eminent Horticulturist)Saturday August 4th, 2012, 11am-2pm120 Glenroy Rd, Melway 16K2Plant sale, food swap, cafĂ©, children’s & gardening activitiesCost: Members/conc. $10.00, Non members $15.00For more information contact:Susie Maas: 0407070206

Monday, 23 July 2012

Recipe section on the blog!!!

Hi Folks.
Just to follow up with a query from Mez.......
Yes, we can have a recipe section on the blog!!!!
If I tag every recipe we post under the label 'recipe' then people can search and find all the posted recipes! All you need to do is scroll down to the section 'What we're talking about' and you can find every post under a particular heading.
How exciting.
And yes, you add the tofu that early, I am talking about hard tofu.........

Bread update.

Hi Newlanders. After a few people have sugested it; I will provide white and/or whole meal bread, both wheat, both organic, every saturday. 

every saturday morning after 9am.
You can pick up your pre-ordered loafs from the white bread cabinet at the start of our drive;
Pay for your order at pick-up, $5 per loaf. 
You can leave the money in the pot inside the bread cabinet.
Regular orders are welcome, just tell me once, and you don't need to repeat the order. 
e-mail Sip at; donkeywoodworks@gmail.com
mobile; 0438 175 764

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Amelia's Miso Soup!

Hi Folks.
I would like to get in the habit of sharing recipes via the blog so I thought I would start off with my favourite miso soup recipe that Amelia shared with me.
Thank you Amelia!

Pop a splash each of sesame oil and olive oil in a saucepan and then add celery and spring onion. Cook for a bit.
Then chop up some tofu and fry it off with some tamari.
Then add some other chopped up veggies (I like carrot, mushroom, zucchini). Pop a lid on and sweat these for about 5 minutes.
Add boiling water and finely chopped ginger and garlic.
Boil for 5-10 minutes.
Scoop out some juice and mix it with a big spoonful of miso paste (my favourite is shiro paste).
Pop back in the pan, be careful not to boil from here on in and add tamari and lemon juice to taste!!!

Cheers Mel.

More info for pelvic floor seminar......

Sorry everyone, I cant attach the PDF but if you are interested in the pelvic floor seminar more info can be found at www.ritchiecolloquium.org


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Childbirth and the pelvic floor - "new solutions to age old problems" free forum

Please find attached an outline of a free public forum which may be of interest to you. 

The Ritchie Centre is holding a free public forum on "Childbirth and the pelvic floor - new solutions to age old problems" Wednesday 12th September, from 6 - 8pm. 

This forum is being held in conjunction with Jean Hailes, Southern Health and Continence Foundation of Australia. Light refreshments will be served from 6pm. 

Please see flyer for further details, including the registration process.   

Circulate to those you feel may be interested, or print a hard copy for those without computer access

Friday, 20 July 2012

Seeking a 50's kitchen.

Seeking a second hand 50s kitchen (you know the kind that all the ex-veteran households in the hood have!) If you intend to renovate or know of anyone who is getting rid of t heir kitchen - cupboards, pantry, etc., please contact me Lucia 0413 390 756
or email: ms.luciabitonti@gmail.com. Happy to assist with the removal or to buy the kitchen.        

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Housemate wanted

Hi All,
I am seeking a new housemate to share my cosy 2br home in Newlands, south of Murray Rd.
The room is currently occupied so it will be avail in a few weeks from now (19/7/12).
There's me - female, 55, tragically still living her 25yo lifestyle.
There's also an aged dog (palliative care stage), and a cat in her prime and they are both part of the household. I have 3 chooks too, but they aren't allowed in the house. Much to their chagrin.
The house is lawn free: lots of fruit trees, and space for food growing - I could do more!
The room is north facing onto the back garden and is lightly furnished (everything except a bed actually), but if you have your own furniture, that's ok too.
10 - 15 mins walk through the park to Bell St No1 tram. 1 min to Merri Bike path.
$200pw inc bills & inet

So, if you or someone you know is interested:
can be short or long term
must be someone who wants to share in the cooking, cleaning, society of the house and garden
must be environmentally, politically and socially aware (preferably of a similar bent to me of course!)
up for negotiating our sharing arrangements
are working or student or otherwise getting on with doing something...

I'd love to hear from you!
Mez (0435 875 100)


Howdy Folks.
The blog seems to be working really well and so far I have only heard good feedback!!
I would like to officially thank Janet for setting up such a great system. It is a really wonderful community resource that we can all access anytime! Janet, you are awesome.
I think it's worth reminding everyone how to use the blog and get the most out of it.
The most important thing is that if you post something via the email address newlandscommunitynews@gmail.com you need to check the comments on the blog. This is especially important if you don't leave your contact details in the post.
Please spread the word and share the community love!!!!
In other excellent news did you see page 5 of The Age on Tuesday???
High School for Coburg in Coburg 2015. Thank you to Cate Hall, another awesome local lady!
Cheers Mel.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Blood Donation.

Hi Everyone.
One of our lovely local families has recently been dealing with their youngest daughters leukaemia diagnosis. They are a beautiful family and their lives have been turned upside down.
When asked what we could do to help, we were asked to spread the word about donating blood.
The amount of blood that is used to help keep people alive is astounding and stocks are always quite low.
If you have ever considered donating blood, now is a great time!
You can find out more info here http://www.donateblood.com.au/

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Looking for a single bed or bunks....

Hi Everyone,
I'm after recommendations for a carpenter who would be happy to do multiple smallish jobs around our house in Coburg.

Much obliged!


Hi Everyone,
I'm after recommendations for a carpenter who would be happy to do multiple smallish jobs around our house in Coburg.

Much obliged!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Found: Kitten.

Hi All,

A gorgeous grey kitten with white socks came crying at our door in the 
wee hours of the morning...west preston area. She appears to be 
around 12 weeks old and looks to be well fed and loved.

If you know who this little creature belongs to, please give me a call 
on 0425 703 084.



Bunny rabbits for sale.

NZ Bunny Rabbits For Sale

2 months - 3 months old CUTE white or grey, NZ Bunny rabbits for sale! $10 
Please contact Lucia 0413 390 756

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Local Leader Grants!!!

Hi Everyone.
Voting is open for the local Leader Grants Program.
There are lots of great things to vote for and if you are looking for things to vote for here a couple.....

Tree Planting at Cox Reserve (Moreland Leader)
Newlands Primary Mosaics Project (Preston Leader)
Girlz Group at Sydney Road Community School (Moreland Leader)

You have 10 votes to use and you need to register to vote, it's easy and quick, I just did it!


Tree Planting at Cox Reserve

With the new development on its way up at Coburg Hill we are going to see a huge rise in traffic along Elizabeth St. We want to plant lots of shrubby trees along the fence line to provide a buffer between the traffic and the park. Please throw a few votes towards this project and tell your friends!!!

Voting has started! and Newlands Primary is a finalist
You can view our idea on  www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au  (search under Preston Leader).  
Please register as a voter to vote for our project!  
Voting is from 9 July to  20 July.
The idea with the most votes receives $1000!
You need to log in, go to Preston leader, click on Newlands kids idea then cast votes, you get 10 votes so you have to choose how many votes you will cast. You can cast multiples. 

Campaign to get people supporting our idea. Use facebook and twitter to get the word out to friends, family and beyond!  If you have any questions, please contact either Julie
(Claire's Mum) on julie_mason@westnet.com.au, or Bianca Vecchio (art teacher) on
email vecchio.bianca.b@edumail.vic.gov.au

Newlands kids get creative with mosaics

A project idea has been submitted, on behalf of Newlands Primary for the Leader Local Grants program.  Every local paper will have a grant of $1,000 available for the idea that gets the most votes.  

Our idea is for each grade 6 student to leave a creative legacy of their contribution and time at Newlands.  They would create a mosaic and include it as a permanent piece in the school grounds.  The mosaic will be assembled within a tyre and act as stepping stones, providing a valuable opportunity for active play for students, as well as a strong visual as part of the garden design. It will be nice to have the mosaics in the garden to remind us of our lovely grade 6s for years to come!

Other students will also be able to participate in creating smaller mosaic pieces.  

Friends of Edgars Creek planting.

Hi FoEC members and Friends,

A quick note to remind everyone about our planting activity this Sunday from 1-3 PM (from around 11-11.30 AM we will be on site if you want to join us earlier).
We are working on an extension of the Silurian cliff site, east side of the creek just north of the Kodak bridge. Site access is easiest from Ronald St, though boots are certainly recommended. 

We will be planting primarily grasses and smaller plants into a large area of jute mat that was laid out last week by Rob, Stephen and me.
I look forward to creating the transition that we have planned for this area; and also your company on the day.
Forecast is a partly cloudy day and top of 14 degrees.

Kind regards,
David Pavone
FoEC President.

Free vacuum!

Hi everyone,

We have a 2-3 year old Airflo bagless vacuum cleaner to send to a new home. It's in fine working condition, but we've found with two asthmatic boys and two dogs it just didn't quite have the power we needed.

We still have the box and the instructions. 

Contact me at melaniejoymcgrath@yahoo.com.au if you'd like it.


Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Hi bread lovers!  I want to remind you there will be bread available this saturday!  So regular orders; expect a sms around 9am.
Please if you want a loaf of the crusty white sourdough; make your order before fridays 12pm.
Thanks, Sip 

FRESH ORGANIC CRUSTY WHITE SOURDOUGH, every saturday morning after 9am.
You can pick up your pre-ordered loafs from the white bread cabinet at the start of our drive;
Pay for your order at pick-up, $5 per loaf. 
You can leave the money in the pot inside the bread cabinet.
Regular orders are welcome, just tell me once, and you don't need to repeat the order. 
e-mail Sip at; donkeywoodworks@gmail.com
mobile; 0438 175 764

Knitting assistance.

I've just started knitting again after a hiatis of 22 years. I'm knitting a jumper for my son Jack to take on his travels to Russia at the end of the year. The pattern has a cable in it and I was wondering if there is anyone in the neighbourhood that I could check with that I am going about things in the right way. Hoping I could catch up with you latter this week after work. Thanks

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Free wooden cot and/or cradle.

Hello Everyone.
Our Bronte has just moved into a bed and no one in our family needs a cot or a cradle any longer.
The cot comes with a firm mattress, is made of wood and is nice and big.
The cradle comes with a foam mattress, is made of wood, is on wheels and is a square shape, it can also  rock from side to side.
They are both in good condition and have been in our family for the last 8 years, each of our three kids used them.
If you or anyone you know needs either of these please let me know. I have a ute and can deliver them.
Cheers Mel.
0404 043 010.

More free stuff.

I have some free stuff in Coburg. 

Boys bike 16inch wheels. A tiny bit of rust but still fine.

A 300 litre upright Phillips freezer. Old but still works perfectly. Good for preserving the upcoming spring bounty?

A round dark grey laminate table top. Off an old desk. 

An old retro wind up stool. Turquoise top needs repair. 

One small metal ladder. 120 kg.


Saturday, 7 July 2012

New baby!

Sip and Andy have a new family member; a baby girl called Suske. All 
is well here.

Wonderful news!! 

Friday, 6 July 2012


Could you please advertise that I am looking for an approx 230 litre fridge and have a small working "bar" fridge to give away when I can replace it. If no-one wants it it will go to the BSL fridge project ..
0408 029 011

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Ride to Pool Day....

Hi Everyone.
Even though the weather is freezing and you could probably think of nothing worse than swimming in our local outdoor pool........ Friends of Coburg Pool are starting to organise our annual Ride to Pool Day (set to be held early 2013).
We are really hoping to promote the 'riding' aspect of the day and we are looking to make links with bicycle groups to help with this. We are also looking for musicians to play on the day and volunteers to help run the day.
If you or anyone you know would like to help us with our next Ride to Pool Day please contact Mel on melmate@hotmail.com.
If the weather is good we normally get around 1000 people coming along.
It is a wonderful celebration of our local outdoor pool.
Friends of Coburg Outdoor Olympic Pool.

Monday, 2 July 2012

MECCARG planting this Saturday!

Community Planting Day at the Murnong Gathering Quarry Site
Saturday 7th July 1-3pm
Go to the footbridge on the Merri Creek Trail between Murray rd and Bell st Coburg

Come and help us make this site look great for this year's Murnong Gathering Celebrating