Thursday, 30 May 2013

Hair Models Needed!


We are looking for some models for our apprentice to practice blow waves.
Medium to long hair.  
Also looking for colour models, $20 for short hair and $30 for long hair, tints only at this stage.
Anyone free on Thursdays either at 11 or 12 please call Punch on 94867277 or Nicole on 0407188884 

ECO Home and Body @ The Preston Market!


A new stall, ECO Home & Body, has arrived at the Preston Market on Fridays, 8am-8pm, providing all your environmentally freindly Home and Body products. Come down and say hi, and have a bite to eat in the market. We are situated opposite the health food shop.
At ECO Home & Body, Emma has hand selected products according to their ECO benefits, taking into consideration what goes into the products, where they are made, packaging, the ethos of the companies, and fair trade practices.
ECO Home & Body’s range of products provides alternatives to everyday products that have as little impact on the environment as possible, and employ the concepts of precycling. PRECYCLING is a concept that prevents waste by reducing, reusing and buying consciously. By precycling we can minimise the amount of waste we create, conserve resources and save money. A major precycling concept of ECO Home & Body is the bulk liquid cleaning products - BYO bottles to refill your cleaning products with high quality, yummy smelling products.
New products will be added to the range in the coming weeks to provide the best alternatives in healthy living for our homes, bodies and the enviornment. Emma can be contacted on 0450 445 480 if you have any questions.

Public Meeting

What's driving planning and development in Coburg?
Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm
Coburg Library, corner Louisa St & Victoria Mall, Coburg
What changes do you want made to Coburg Planning Amendment C123? 
Guest speaker: Dr Michael Buxton (Professor Environment and Planning, School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, RMIT University) will speak about new zoning and planning laws in Melbourne, how they will impact on Coburg. 
Michael will speak at the beginning of the meeting and will inform the discussions that follow. We will then discuss and agree on motions that we as a residents group will put forward to councillors prior to their voting on planning amendment C123. 
Organised by Save Coburg Residents Network. 
For more info ph Sally 0422 470 011 or Sue 0413 377 978.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Open Table

MEDIA RELEASE 28 MAY 2013 — Open Table
Open Table is a shared initiative from five RMIT University students and alumni contributing skills and knowledge from Social Work, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, Sustainability, and Economics. Since early 2013 the project has gathered a larger group of volunteers passionate about contributing time and skills to Open Table.
What we are
Open Table is a not-for-profit food redistribution and community connectedness project. We hold monthly Sunday dinners at the Brunswick Neighbourhood house, using excess food that would otherwise go to waste. The dinners are inclusive, accessible and free.
This project addresses the need for greater community connectedness and participation, as well as providing for the material needs of more disadvantaged members of the community. We seek to bring together disparate groups within Brunswick to greater links and understanding.
What we do
Open Table has just finished a six week pilot, and on Sunday 2 June we will launch our first in permanent series of monthly dinner parties. On the first Sunday of every month at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House, De Carle St, we welcome friends, families, neighbours and anyone up for a free sunday feast.
Over the last six weeks, we have made friends with our neighbours in supported living and community housing in Brunswick, and extend special welcome to people often excluded in local activities.
We want to get to know our neighbours. We want our neighbours to get to know their neighbours. We created a fun, sustainable and inclusive environment to get this happening. Implicit in this project are values of social justice and food security.
Sustainability + Food Waste
Australians discard $8 billion of edible food every year in our homes, this is roughly 350kg of food per year in the bin (Source: NSW EPA, 2012). Sadly, this does not even take into account edible food wasted in production, distribution and point of sale. Food that goes to landfill doesn’t biodegrade like it does in your compost - as it rots it releases methane and other greenhouse gases.
Open Table is one independent organisation engaging global problems with local solutions.
Open Table is based on collaboration within: our working group, the Brunswick community, local businesses and supporting organisations. Through the generosity of the Brunswick Neighbourhood house we have a permanent home for our monthly dinners. With support and guidance from Moreland City Council we are able to use the community kitchen to cook delicious vegetarian meals.
We have had many offers of support from local businesses we would like to thank them for their support and generosity. We look forward to developing methods for redistribution of excess food in partnership with businesses in Brunswick.
Personal Stories
Brunswick florist collaborating with 2 regulars from local community housing. Joe and Gavin are some of our most enthusiastic regulars who arrive a first every week. They have a strong sense of community and always give a hand setting the tables, and getting ready for the main crowd. They came up with the idea of putting vases of flowers on the table and took it as a serious responsibility when a local florist donated their (otherwise wasted) end of week flowers. Open Table has helped assist a local business dispose of their waste and given a budding florist and interior designer a chance to showcase their skills.
 For more info, media inquiries & interviews contact:
 Georgia Charlotte Bloxham Hutchison
Design thinker & maker+61 432 668 371

Brickie Needed


We are looking for a brick layer to build two small "period" walls for us (to match existing 50's brickwork) and potentially a set of stairs (also to match). 
Or, can you recommend anyone in the area who can lay bricks? 
We are in West Preston, close to Newlands Primary School.
Please call Sarah on 0409 961 525 

Monday, 27 May 2013

Carpenter Needed


Looking for a handy carpenter person to install a door in our shed. 
Existing opening with semi frame but will need a bit of fiddling around.
Please call Kat 0412 992 513

Clothes Swap This Weekend!!!!!


Community Clothes Swap

Sunday June 2


In Cox Reserve, near the corner of Elizabeth and Claremont St's.

Bring anything along you no longer need and swap it for something you do need.

$5.00 per family to join in the fun.

Don't forget to bring gold coins for the cake stall, if you are feeling especially community minded we always need cake donations to sell on the day.

We are fundraising for a local family that is having a hard time and also for a friend who is going to do some wonderful things in the Phillipines.

See you there!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Need a Structural Engineer


I am doing my exam for my builders registration next week (Friday 31st May) and would like some help with bracing components out of the AS 1684.2 framing code. 
If it’s possible to lend a hand anytime between now and Friday week give me a call. 
Mob: 0408 975 712

Local Business



Who we are

JustMums Recruitment was founded by experienced Recruitment Consultant and proud mother of two Rachel Perkins, who whilst on maternity leave identified a distinct lack of specialised services and support for mothers balancing a career with raising children.
From this, JustMums was launched in Melbourne with the vision to connect working mothers and mothers returning to work with full and part-time jobs with a focus on flexible, job-share and family-friendly employment opportunities.
We are a niche agency staffed by mums; dedicated to mums. Although we specialise in working with mothers we extend our support to working fathers and all candidates that require support in achieving their career goals.

What we do

JustMums Recruitment specialise in providing job search support and placement across a broad spectrum of employment industries including but not limited to Accounting, Banking & Finance, Administration & Customer Service, IT, Legal, Sales & Marketing, Education & Training and Health & Community. We offer both contract and permanent positions and service metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
We partner with public and private organisations that promote flexible work practices and team with businesses that truly value the significant contribution working parents make to the workplace. JustMums work alongside Human Resources teams and hiring managers to deliver a comprehensive package of recruitment support including the attraction, screening, interviewing and short-listing of candidates for their vacant positions.

Our belief

JustMums operate on the belief that mums (and dads) CAN have it all; success at work as well as at home. Our aim is to connect our incredible talent pool with like-minded employers to promote the achievement of a happy work-life balance.

Bread Price Increase (sorry)‏...


Hi Guys, in one year the price of flour has gone up with 30%!
I have to change the prices of the bread.
But to ease the pain I decided to make olive bread again! 
I think the community needs it. 
So the new prices are;
Organic white sourdough 800grams;$6
Organic whole meal sourdough 800grams; $6
Sourdough olive bread $7.50
Organic white sourdough baguette $5
Almond and coconut chocolate slice (Gluten free) $10

Another thing; the bakery is going to move to Franklin in Tasmania. 
I am happy to keep baking, and I will, but for some of you the trip down might be a bit much on a Saturday morning. This won't happen till January 2014, so please enjoy the bread till then. Enthusiasts could take over this community responsibility; I am happy to pass on my two bobs worth of knowledge! 
We will be building a house in the next two years, on Temperance Lane (!) Franklin. Half an hour drive from Hobart. Please come and visit! Sip



Are you looking to start your own backyard flock of chooks?

Got room to add 2 or more chooks to your existing flock?

Some of our older (well loved) Isa brown chooks are looking to be
adopted by a new family. The hens are two years old and still lay
eggs, although not on a daily basis.

The costs for a chook is $5.

If you are interested or know someone who is please contact Louise on

Newlands Kinder


Our wonderful kinder needs more 4 year old kids next year! 
There is no waiting list for the first time in years! 
They take kids from both Moreland and Darebin councils. 
Please call 9354 3293

Cleaner Available!

Hi, I am Eleanor, a local Mum available to do cleaning, ironing, window washing etc.  
I am able to work Monday - Thursday during school hours and am happy to do fortnightly or weekly appointments.  
Cost is $25p/h, you decide what you would like me to focus on.  
If you have ever thought 'I wish I could just pay someone to do this...' well here I am! 
Contact me on 0404 381 680

Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Growing Food Project


Dear friends & colleagues,

We believe that positive stories inspire positive change. The Growing Food Project film tells the inspiring story of Melbourne's urban agriculture movement and how communities are responding to our current broken food system.  

Changing our broken food system won't happen without you, and neither will The Growing Food Project. We need your support!

We only have 14 days to go and another $2525 to reach our $5000 target on Pozible. Every single pledge is a small step towards finishing this short film. The film showcases examples of people already building a better food system.  Let's bring this film to life and help build a better food system for everyone. 

Please share this email with your friends and family, and make your contribution to The Growing Food Project here

On behalf of the crew, THANK YOU!

Best wishes, 
Rasha Tayeh

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Karate Top?


I'm looking for a kids white karate top size 7ish if anyone has one?


The Rockafillies!


Hi all,

Well whattya get when you cross the music of Wanda Jackson, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley & Jody Galvin?? You get  THE ROCKAFILLIES. That's right folks, a new wee country swing/rockabilly band featuring yours truly on rhythm guitar/vocals, Mon Weightman (The Shambelles guitarist) on drums (of sorts)  & Kate Clarke (The Houndlings) on upright bass and with special guest fillies & fellas at each gig (pedal steel, fiddle, lap steel, clarinet - all sorts of guest players are gonna pop up at each gig!). This toe tappin music and band of nonsense is bound to take away any potential winter blues that may be lurking!

So please come help us launch this little ripper of a band on Sunday 2nd of June @ a new venue - The Royal Oak Hotel - Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy from 4.30-6.30pm. Please tell all your mates cos we don't have many and if you're a venue booker or radio announcer please give us a gig or a plug!

Much silliness
Jody Rockafillie
Ph: 042 166 132 for all bookings

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Free Couch!


Dear friends,

We have a couch to give away on the proviso you can collect it. It's definitely seen better days but we think it's still got some life left. Please see the photos to get an idea.

Asa &family
11 Calk St, Coburg North

Monday, 20 May 2013

World Environment Day Celebrations


Hi all, see attached from Lori at Moreland Council.
For the locals, it clashes in part with the cloth swap, but hey you could do a bit of both, walking distance from one another!

Carpet and Underlay


Hi Folks, 
We just pulled up a room of carpet (approx 3x3M). The carpet is really only good for garden purposes but the underlay is in really great condition if you can think of a use for it (it's the ripply rubbery kind). Give me a ring if you wanna come and grab it! (There will be another room's worth in the near future too)
0434 677 826

Friday, 17 May 2013

Local Meditation!


Hi All,
I am excited to confirm that meditation classes will be starting at the Newlands Senior Citizen Centre on Friday 24th of May from 8am – 9am and will run weekly during school terms.  I hope to see you there!  I have attached a copy of the flier.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.
 At this stage payment is by cash or by direct deposit (prior to the session) – please contact me if you would like to take up that option.
 Please arrive on time and wear comfortable clothing.
 Looking forward to seeing you and sharing your meditation journey with you.
 Rachael Millsom

small shelf and stainless steel sink

Hi, we have a small shelf and a stainless steel sink to give away. Both would scrub up reasonably well. Please phone Gerard on 0412 345 830 or email Janet


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Garage Sale


For all you out there that love a garage sale, this Saturday there is a big one at West Preston Baptist Church from 9am till 2pm. 
Corner Gilbert rd and  Cramer St.

Trivia Night


Hartnett House Child Care Centre in Brunswick, are holding a trivia night to raise funds for a family who's child has had a cancer diagnosis.

House for Rent for 10 Weeks


Hello everybody!

We are renting our lovely house in North Coburg for 10 weeks as we will be travelling overseas.

The house has 3 cosy bedrooms but we'll use one to store our stuff, solar hot water and energy, ducted heating, wifi internet connection, big garden (i know, it's going to be cold) with herbs and veggies, plenty of light and a lovely cat which will need to be fed twice a day, very easy going, friendly and independent.

The rent inclusive of expenses is $270 a week. It will be available from the 31st of May until the 9th of August.

Call Rosa 0430162408 or email

Rosa Voto
Melbourne School of Tarantella
0430 162 408

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Save the Date!

We have set the date for the next Clothes Swap!!

Sunday June 2


In Cox Reserve, near the corner of Elizabeth and Claremont St's.

Bring anything along you no longer need and swap it for something you do need.

$5.00 per family to join in the fun.

Don't forget to bring gold coins for the cake stall, if you are feeling especially community minded we always need cake donations to sell on the day.

We are fundraising for a local family that is having a hard time and also for a friend who is going to do some wonderful things in the Phillipines.

See you there!

See the Anti-Litter Ad Banned by Channel 9


Channel 9 has refused to run a terrific advertisement by Greenpeace that publicises Coca Cola's opposition to a container deposit recycyling scheme in Australia*.  It's definitely worth viewing: sea birds feature, and by doing so you increase the count for numbers of people that have watched the clip.

* Having deposits on containers is the best way to recycle bottles and cans, which make up a large volume of litter in waterways like Merri Creek.  We needed this scheme in Victoria at least 20 years ago, but pressure from the beverage industry has stopped it from happening (just like they stopped the ad on Channel 9).  

Let's use people power to get container deposits in Victoria NOW!

Friends of Edgar's Creek


How time seems to fly - we are scheduled to plant again this weekend.
We are planting on Sunday, usual time 1-3PM and we are working at the Silurian Cliff site - an extension north of the cliff above the escarpment where the willows once stood (until last year). This site is easily accessed by following the informal path, head south from Livingstone St or head north from Ronald St, past the Kodak bridge and take the stairs down the cliff. You will see us and the trailer on site. As usual Rob and I will be on site from around 10.30-11.00 AM and all are welcome to come along earlier and assist with set-up of the planting (good for those who can't hang around in the afternoon or have other commitments to get to!)
The forecast is looking favourable - 15 degrees, only a slight chance of a shower and light northerly winds.
Don't forget that our calendar of events is complete for 2013 and is available on the website. 
See you on the creek!

Kind regards,
David Pavone
President FoEC.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Spiral Dance with Kat Worth


In Spiral Dance we will dance circles with each other and circles on our own. We will dance our instinctual, enigmatic and collected expression and shed our skins again and again and again. This workshop is a deep practice of improvisation and personal creative expression. No dance experience is needed. Come as you are, with an open heart and a willingness to be danced.

Friday May 17 at Prana House, 885 High St Thornbury

For info and bookings call Kat 0412 992 513 or email

check out Whole Body Dance Movement and Spiral Dance on Facebook.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Coburg Farmer's Market


Last of the Free Chook Food!

Hello Lovely Locals.
The last of the free chook food has been delivered, it is on our front porch near our front door ready for the taking.
29 Peterson Ave North Coburg.
There are no more big 25kg bags..........but there are loads of boxes of activated buckwheat that has been caramelised. It is in small 500gm bags and there is heaps (it is actually very tasty).
Between us we have distributed a lot of chook food amongst the community and saved it from going in landfill. Our blog is wonderful!
A big thanks must go out to Michael for delivering it here, he has moved a lot of buckwheat around on our behalf.
Please come and grab some and tell your friends!
Cheers Mel and Andy.

Lingy's Lawns




We have lots of pomegranates on our tree this year.
 Anybody want to some?
 Anybody got any good recipes?

Events in Darebin


Wednesday 15 May,  Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival Talk - Heirloom Vegetables vs Supermarket Hybrids, Preston
Join Keith Edwards from The Diggers Club to discover why it’s important to grow heirloom vegetables seasonally and sustainably. 7pm, Preston Library, 266 Gower Street, Preston, Bookings essential – online at or call 1300655355
Thursday 16 May, Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival Talk - Identifying and Preparing Edible Weeds, Preston
Join Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland for this fascinating talk on delicious edible weeds that grow in your backyard. 6.30 – 8pm. Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen), 59A Roseberry Avenue, Preston.Bookings are essential 8470 8593