Friday, 30 November 2012

Cloth Nappies?

I'm wondering whether anyone can recommend their cloth nappy of choice?

I've been folding flannel squares and using basic covers for my 2 year-old, but with the arrival of my now 3 month old I need to stock up and would love people's thoughts on what they use and what has and hasn't worked for them.

Thanks a lot



A stray cat has had a litter of 4 kittens in our garden, which have now moved in next door and are about 5 weeks old.
There are 2 left looking for good is pure black, the other black with white paws and other bits..(can't remember exactly) . 
They would be ready to leave their lovely mama in a week or 2 (negotiable) . 
They are friendly, healthy and super cute but we can't keep them owing to allergies in the family.
Harri is asking people to pay $30.00 per kitten so that she can pay to get the mama cat desexed ....
Mama cat is very lovely so we think the kittens will be good cats too...(here are some's very hard to take good ones of kittens...)
The contact person is Harri, 0417304611
You can make a time to come and have a look.

Great Music in Castlemaine!


Looking for a some good music and vibes to ring in the Festive Season!

Come out to Lot19 Castlemaine

Saturday 15th December
The Re-Mains, Sime Nugent, and Paul Carey and the Lustral Water

@6pm, $15
mams kitchen and papas bar open, no byo/pets


Untitled-2We have quite a few used BumGenius 3.0 all-in-one cloth nappies . Used them for my children. Perfectly clean, but need a treatment to remove the build up of soap and improve their waterproofing. Also disposable and non-disposable nappy liners, some plain cloth nappies, and some Baby Beehind nappy covers, various sizes. All free to good home, and useful if you are trying to decide if you are brave enough to embark on the non-disposable route. Happy to answer questions on them, just call (0439 354 687).

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Recommendations sought...


I am not sure how the blog or facebook works...!

But could I post a request for a local gardener (or recommendation) who has an interest in natives and an arborist to remove a small tree and some pretty substantial plants. m: 0466631151 (Georgina, Coburg North).

Any help/guidance appreciated,

Thank you,

Wednesday, 28 November 2012



Hi I have to give away; A baby car capsule
A Emmaljunga pram, slightly faded and green, good working order.
A 11 year old car child seat. Seems good to me, but be aware that its recommended maximum age is 10 years on these things! Could be good for emergency car seat. Fits up to 4 year olds.
Sip @ 56 Livingstone st, Mobile 0438175764

Sprout Community Market.


Bread Break for the Holidays.


Hi bread lovers in the area! I am going to have a little break from baking.
Saturday 15 th of December will be the last bake of the year.
I will CANCEL all standing orders, so I can make a fresh start.
The first bake of 2013 will be for February 5 th.
So have lots of parties and rethink about bread in January!
It has been a great time baking, thank you all for loving the bread. It's very rewarding to do this for the community!
Sourdough Sip

Pool Open for Thursday Scorcher!


Thursday is going to be HOT and the pool will be COOL.

Coburg Outdoor Olympic Pool will be open on Thursday (today) from 1.00 until 8.30.

Hope to see you all there!

Holly Trees?


Hi all does anyone know the whereabouts of any holly trees?
We need some for our shop window display.

Monday, 26 November 2012

House Sitter Needed


House Sitter needed in Preston to water garden and feed 2 chooks. Dec 22-Jan 13. If you are interested in some or all these dates please call me
Kat Worth 0412992513
Or email

Free E Waste Collection


Attention: Community groups, environment organisations, schools, traders' associations, small business & service clubs.

TechCollect is a free national e-waste collection and recycling service for the public and small business. It covers unwanted televisions and computer equipment, and is part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

This free event is delivered by TechCollect and City of Moreland

Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd of December, at the Council Operations Centre, 40 – 46 South Street, Hadfield.

Hours: 8.30am to 3.30pm



ACMI's Hothouse 2013 will hand-pick 10 talented Victorian students in Years 10, 11 and 12 for an intensive, free filmmaking program in the April school holidays. Gain hands-on production experience, industry contacts and plenty of career inspiration.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Coburg Olympic Pool open this weekend!

Due to the hot weather the pool will be opening early -that is this weekend! Hours 11-6pm. Thanks to the Active Moreland crew!


Join the Pool facebook site
Visit the website

Thursday, 22 November 2012

A Switch in time, Melbourne event

Are you:

Interested in defending democratic principles?
Keen to confront the sexism and misogyny in our political discourse?
Anxious to keep the focus on climate change and other important policy issues?
Want to challenge media group think?
Ready to reject social media vitriol and abuse as some kind of 'new normal'?
Hungry for some ideas as to what we can all do?

In early September 2012 the Victorian Women’s Trust published A Switch in Time addressing these important issues. Join us for an evening of powerful and thoughtful presentations to create even further momentum, discussion, and enthusiasm for change.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Tony Windsor, Federal Independent MP, Member for New England
  • Lynne Haultain (Moderator), Communications and Media Specialist 
  • Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director, Victorian Women's Trust
  • Professor David Karoly, Climate Scientist, University of Melbourne
WHEN: 6.15pm - 8.00pm, 30th November 2012
WHERE: Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne (near corner of Little Lonsdale Street, directly opposite the State Library of Victoria)
RSVP:  Admission FREE, but your RSVP would help to manage numbers -


Seeking new tenant to take over existing lease

Seeking new tenant to take over existing lease. More details here.

Sarah Harper 0409 961 525


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Looking for a replacement tenant for a West Preston home

Hi Newlanders and beyond,

We are looking for someone to take over the remaining lease of our lovely West Preston home. The house has two bedrooms, an optional study/studio/guest room, polished floor boards, a brand new central heater (very cosy in winter) a real workshop, garage, off street parking, gardens front and back and a magnificent view to the west.

It is super close to Newlands Pre-School Centre and Barry Beckett Child Care. And very close to both Preston West Primary School and Newlands Primary School. And the market, and NMIT etc. A great position.

And … the rent is only $300 per week.

We are vacating at the end of December 2012 (soon!) but can be flexible as to the exact day.

If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please please call me, Sarah, on 0409 961 525 and I will be happy to show you over the house and fill in more of the details.

PS. It is a truly lovely home and quite a steal at $300. It is only so cheap because we have been here for so long!


Looking for a portacot

Does anyone have a portacot (or a portacot mattress) and/or a highchair that I can borrow for a short time over christmas?  I have family (including a 19 month old) staying from December 19th - 31st.  I have actually acquired a portacot but it is missing the mattress.

Please email me on if you can  help.

Many Thanks


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Ford Station Wagon Wanted!

If anyone knows anyone selling a reliable Ford Station Wagon, with duel fuel, tow bar and preferably no  more than 10 years old, I'd love to hear from you before my van dies!!

Jody - Muriel Crt
Ph: 0422 166 132


Monday, 19 November 2012

Upcoming exhibition - Asa Letourneau

Just wondering if you might be kind enough to let the Newlands community know that I will be having an exhibition soon of some artworks. All the details are on the attached invite including an email address for RSVPs. The gallery can only fit about 20 people for the opening and they would appreciate RSVPs for catering purposes.

Free pavers

We have about 500 or so 200mm square grey pavers that are FREE to anyone who can come and collect them! That's the only catch.
coburg olympic pool

Friday, 16 November 2012

Preston House for Rent during January

Preston House for Rent during January. 2 Bedrooms, lovely garden. Furnished. Rent to be negotiated
Call Kat 0412 992 513

Thursday, 15 November 2012

BOOF 16/11/12 at the Penny Black

BOOF are a Rockin little 4 piece band, 3 quarters of em are locals.
We play Up side down Rockin Rhythm and Blues Music that you can 
Dance then Shag to
Special guesting all the way from up the road 
Donald Stuart on Trombone...

Newlands Primary School Monster Auction

Bids open for the Newlands Primary School Monster  Auction on Monday 12/11. Bid Book in the Newlands Primary School office – drop in or phone in a bid on 9354 2928. Some items will go to live auction at the Musical Market on Saturday 24/11. All items will end at market – highest bids win!

The prizes

1. Big Four Caravan Park Coburg: Two nights accommodation in a two bedroom cabin (max 4 people) Winner of the 2006 Victorian Tourism Awards, Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park is a nationally accredited 5 star park that provides excellent hospitality and customer service, together with 5 star facilities (value $480, start price $160)
2. Coburg Leisure Centre: Three months full membership includes fitness consultation and personalized program, use of all gym and aquatic facilities, spa, steam room and group fitness classes (value $350, start price $120)
3. Reservoir Leisure Centre:  One month full membership includes three individual sessions with a fitness consultant, group classes, and full use of gym, pools, spa and sauna. Also includes 2 free guest passes [3 available] (value $165, start price $55)
4. Newlands Basketball Club:  Uniform and one season training (Nov 2012 – April 2013). Training is on Monday nights after school and games are Saturday mornings - doesn't include game fee ($5 per game) or stadium entry fee ($2 per person)  (value $140, start price $50)
5. Adrian Barry Tennis Coaching: Located just behind the school at Dunstan Park Tennis Club, Adrian offers after school 30 minute group lessons with professional coaches. Develop skills in a fun atmosphere during 10 lessons in Term 1, 2013 (value $100, start price $50)
6. Mim garments and homewares: Custom made by Miriam Patience from ethically sourced materials, choose yourself some unique pieces (value $100, start price $50)
7. SkiCity, Cheltenham: The only indoor ski centre in the southern hemisphere offers a hilarious time (for the inexperienced) or serious practice (for the seasoned skier). They have donated a one hour lesson for up to four people (value $99, start price $50)
8. Geoff Dunstan circus lesson: With 15 years experience, Geoff has performed with Circus Oz and specializes in aerial work. He offers a lesson tailored to individual skill in aerial work, acrobatics, tumbling and/or juggling, for one or two people (value $90, start price $45)
9. Puffing Billy steam train: Take a day trip and use this family pass for two adults and up to four kids under 16 for return trip from Belgrave to Lakeside (value$82, start price $41)
10. Adventure Park Geelong: Adventure Park is Victoria’s biggest theme park offering archery, mini golf, electric cars, aqua bikes, canoes and giant water slides. Two entry passes include unlimited rides (value up to $76, start price $38)
11. Officeworks Preston: An Aqua-to-go bench water cooler which delivers room temperature or cool water. Includes 12L bottle of water (value $60, start price $30)
12. Officeworks Coburg: An Epson XP-100 printer/copier - Officeworks is Australia's largest supplier of office and stationery products (value $60, start price $30)
13. Aussie Farmers Direct:  Delivering fresh quality Australian food straight to your door, you can order dairy products, meat, vegetables, bread and ready made meals [2 available] (value $50, start price $25)
14. Global Meats Coburg: Our wonderful local butcher that specializes in Cured Meat & Smallgoods Manufacturing, and Fish & Seafood Wholesaling (value $50, start price $25)
15. Sgt Floyd: Tash makes an eclectic range of one-off girls clothing in sizes 2-6. Choose from pixie dresses, cotton dresses, pants, tops, tights and more (value $50, start price $25)
16. Zagames Hotel Reservoir:  Zagames has something for everyone - an indoor play centre, family bistro and bottle shop. Voucher can be used in bistro or bottle shop (value $50, start price $25)
17. Ellie’s Deli, Coburg Market: Ellie’s Greek delicatessen is popular for its range of preserved meats, olives, cheese, coffee and other delicacies (value $50, start price $25)
18. Al Alamy Coburg: Otherwise known as “the spinach and cheese place” near the Coburg Library, this fantastic local café serves up delicious cheap meals as well as selling coffee, nuts and heaps more (value $50, start price $25)
19. Cheshire café:  The owner is reported to have an acquired mastery over the coffee machine, so the on-temperature, silky Coffee Supreme brews here are getting everyone raving. Also renowned for the house made bread and cakes (value $50, start price $25)
20. The Elizabeth café:  A stones throw away from the school with free wi-fi, gluten free food and child friendly. Serves a fresh range of international delights (value $50, start price $25)
21. Circus Spot:  Use this voucher towards a school holiday program where your child can learn trapeze, juggling, pyramids, hula hooping and more, all in a safe and non-competitive environment (value $50, start price $25)
22. Bundoora Park: A little piece of bush in the northern suburbs, two adults and four children can enjoy kangaroos, emus, rabbits, goats, cows, horses, chooks and more. There’s a café and great new playground too [2 available] (value $42, start price $21)
23. Compost bin: Put those fruit and vegie scraps to good use with this 220L compost bin (value $40, start price $20)
24. Palace cinemas Westgarth: With a great variety of popular and independent films, you will have no trouble enjoying these double passes [two available] (value up to $38, start price $19)
25. Darebin Falcons Girls Soccer: Three try-out soccer lessons for a girl (age 4-9). The Falcons provide a soccer playing environment that is supportive, safe, friendly and fair. (value, $30, start price $15)
26. Local Pizza Plus:  Not just making and delivering great pizzas, this local serves up generous portions of pasta and other scrumptious Italian dishes [2 available](value $30, start price $15)
27. Wine: Two bottles of Orange Valley Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (value $30, start price $15)
28. Wine: One  bottle of Orange Valley Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and one bottle of cheery giant Dry White (value $30, start price $15)
29. Pomona Café Preston: Opposite Preston West PS, Pomona is another quality addition to local café life, fully licensed and serving yummy breakfast, lunch and coffee [2 available] (value $25, start price $12)
30. Clowning Around play centre Northcote: Open 7 days, Clowning Around offers fun play for kids and relaxation and coffee for adults!  3 entry vouchers (value $24, start price $12), 2 entry vouchers (value $16, start price $8)
31. Jackson Dodds café: This Gilbert Rd café was the first to bring fine food into the area. Pick up some breakfast, lunch or coffee any day of the week (value $20, start price $10)
32. Dan Murphy:  Australia's favourite liquor store, offering a vast selection of wine, champagne, sparkling wine, beer, cider and spirits (value $20, start price $10)
33. Chuckles play centre Reservoir: Under new management, Chuckles has a great selection of food and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. 3 entry vouchers (value $19.50, start price $10), 2 entry vouchers (value $13, start price $6)


Newlands Primary School Musical Market

Newlands Primary School Musical Market will be held on Saturday 24th of November from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Join our school community for a great family afternoon with performances from acclaimed local artists, including Ross McLennan, Jody Galvin and her band, Nick Murphy and Michael Hager. 
Browse the stalls - plants, second hand books, crafts, independent designer clothing while the kids enjoy games and activities.
Fill those tummies with falafel, sausages, wontons and wraps. There will also be a cake stall.
Have a local salon owner give you a fabulous haircut at community prices (from 4pm) and put a bid on the fabulous goods and services up for grabs at the Monster Auction.
Entry by gold coin donation.

Book donations sought for Book Stall at Newlands Musical Market

We would like to hold a second hand book stall at our Market on the 24th November at Newlands Primary School.

If you have any books you can donate, please leave them in the box in the foyer of the school office, or contact me and I will arrange to have them picked up.

I am away for a few days but if you email me I will get back to you as soon as I return.


Melanie McGrath

Monday, 12 November 2012

Accomodation wanted

Hi Mel,
I have a friend who is a lovely single mum with an 8 year old and 5 year old boy. She needs somewhere to live in the next week as a rental house folded on her. She is from Holland, yoga teacher. Can you please help when you have a moment? xx
Amelia 0422083739

Thursday, 8 November 2012



We have an almost unlimited supply of firewood available for pick up.

Sorted piles of logs, tree branch lengths (1-2 metres) suitable for cutting for firewood and sticks.

Also a dead tree just down (we just pushed the whole thing over!) and several needing to come down if you are particularly handy and adventurous.

Call Cate on 9354 3053

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


There is a little art exhibit at Coburg Library on Saturday 10th November, to raise funds for an orphanage in Thailand. The kinder children from Barry Beckett have created the works.

See you there!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Looking for a loan of baby gear....

Wish to borrow: Cot, Highchair and Childseat (for one week)

My brother is coming over from the UK for a one week visit and is bringing my new little nephew who is 15 months old. He will be here from 21st till 25th November. I am looking to source a Cot, Highchair and Childseat for him while he is staying with me... for my nephew that is - not my brother (tee hee hee).

If you are able to help, please e-mail or call me on 0439 951 000.

Liz Skitch

Free things!

Good afternoon Newlanders

Roman Blinds
Some good quality 2nd Hand Roman Blinds are available for someone who may be able to use them. -. they were given to me but these ones don't fit my windows ( We did hang some of the others) .

There are four blinds available See photo - all about 210cm long with the following widths:
2x 70cm
1x 97cm
1x 159 cm

Digital Camera
There is also my old working digital camera for someone who could use it. It doesn't work & shouldn't be used on flash - but seems otherwise fine

Olympus Digital 600 All weather 6.0 megapixel
comes with battery, charger, memory card, cord linking to computer & case

Cuttings of pig face & rose geranium have been popular & will continue to be available - just give me a buz and I will chop some for you.

Give me a ring on 935 46401 if you are interested in any of the above

Cheers Cath