Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Winter Weeds Walk in Newlands


A morning of Weed identification, discussion and consumption!
With Isobel  your friendly neighbourhood forager
10am -1pm
Saturday 10th of  August (weather permitting)
Starting with a walk and forage at the creek near the Athletics track and ending with Nettle crepes at our place.
Bring a $5 donation or some homemade food to contribute to lunch afterwards.

What is so good about Weeds!
·      Edible weeds are a seriously environmentally sustainable, free, and nutritious food.
·      Foraging is a fun and interesting way to discover our urban wilderness
·      All weeds can be put to use in our gardens and are not necessarily a gardener’s enemy.

A little about me.
I’m a pasionate Urban farmer living in Newlands and I’m enthused by all areas of domestic food production. My particular interests are in, garden design, veggie gardening, fruit tree know how, chicken systems, composting and weed appreciation. 
I studied garden design at Burnley College and have a Diploma in Permaculture. I also work at the CERES Nursery and do the odd garden design for friends and permablitzes.

Fun Run!


Coburg Harriers are holding their monthly fun run this Sunday 4th August 2013 at 9am. Come and join the friendly atmosphere as you run our 12km or 6km course that takes in the surrounding parklands.

There is also a 6km walk available, perfect for all the family. There are trophies for place getters and race certificates for all participants.

Coburg Harriers are located at Harold Stevens Athletic Field (to the left of and behind the Coburg Basketball Stadium) in Outlook Rd, Coburg. Melways Ref: 18 A10. Plenty of parking is available and a free morning tea is provided. Enter on the day from 8am.

Entry Fees: Seniors: $20, Juniors (Under 18): $5 Families: (1 adult 2 or more juniors): $25 Families: (2 Adults 2 or more juniors): $40

For further details, check out, email or phone Bernie Goggin on 0417012682

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


Join us for a celebration of klezmer and gypsy dancing.

Bohemian Nights ( Ernie Gruner & Phil Carroll) on violin, mandolin, accordion,ney vocals are joined by Audrey Fine (dance-caller extraordinaire) and Klezmeritis bass player Ron Hansen.

Northcote Uniting Church Hall
251 High St, Northcote

Tickets available online ($5 discount if bought online by July 29th) 
or at the door 
$20/15 conc. $40 Family

Tea, coffee, cordial, bikkies available at break

Dress East European if you like, else your favorite dancing attire. 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Rock n Roll/Texan 2 Step Dance Classes



Four couples are wanted to make up the numbers for a beginners Rock n Roll/Texan 2 step dance class in our house in North Coburg. 
1 hr class each Thursday night, 7.30-8.30, $20 per couple (total bargain), conducted by - Margret Brownie, a passionate, fun,  dance teacher who loves to teach people to dance. 
No line dancing involved!! 

Hoping to get the classes started as soon as possible. Please get in touch via email with your phone number if you're interested.

Jody & Wayne.



Hi everyone, 
I'm wondering if anyone has been under or for some other reason knows what the lay of the land is under the free-standing red brick Newlands estate style houses? 
We have a house with no underfloor access but have a growing list of reasons to create an access. However, I believe the foundations might be solid brick/concrete boxes without gaps mirroring where doors are in the house above... 
Can anyone advise? 
Many thanks Zoe. 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

House Concert


Hi there!
Come along this Saturday night (27 July) -
Alwan - sublime middle-eastern sounds,  7pm "Living Room" intimate house concert in Preston 30 tickets only. $20 email to book........includes soup and light supper. BYO drinks


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Gerard's home services

Is your grass growing faster than you can mow it? Do you need weeding done, trees trimmed or rubbish removed? Is there something in your house that needs to be fixed? Other jobs you need a hand with? Gerard is available for
  • Gardening
  • Rubbish removal
  • Painting
  • Repairs
Newlands, Coburg, Preston and Reservoir areas. 
Phone Gerard on 0412345830 or 9354-3847. 
Reasonable rates. 


Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Yoga with Emily continues at Outcomes Fitness (at the shops on the corner of Murray Rd and Elizabeth St) on Thursday evenings with a new class now also running on Tuesdays.  Both classes run from 7:30pm - 8:30pm.  Mats are provided although you are encouraged to bring along your own if you have one.  Further details are set out in the flyer below.

If you would like to come along for a free trial, contact Heath at Outcomes Fitness: 0400 244 329

You can also contact Emily directly at 
or via facebook:

Family Retreat

My name is Nic Morrey, a practicing child and family psychologist in Preston.
I've organised an awesome retreat in Ubud/Bali in October 3-8 and there are still 6 places left.  We've just extended the early bird price to the end of July.
If you're interested and need a break from Melbourne, check it out...
Timetable go to..

This retreat brings together a group of facilitators dedicated to relationship work.  Benefit from this retreat experience by deepening your learning about...
· How to be an effective leader and work with groups
· The life stage challenges from birth to adolescence
· How men and women think and feel differently
· How to use art and dance to strengthen relationship
· The purpose of romantic love
· How romantic love goes wrong
· Effective couples dialogue
· The science of attraction
· Yoga, meditation, breath work & the mind/body connection
· Self care
· Balinese culture and relationship to land
· Effective techniques when working with children and adolescents
· What a couple can do to have a loving and fulfilling relationship

Nic Morrey
Psychologist 279 Preston
0432 066 880

Copy of 'Overdose of the Holy Ghost'‏?

Does anyone have a copy of this music?
'Overdose of the Holy Ghost' 
If so, could I get a copy?

Monday, 22 July 2013

5 Days of Action on Housing Affordability‏

And so it begins... 5 days of action
With your help, we’ll start by getting the attention of MPs around the country. We want to make sure that their ears are finely tuned to the issue of housing affordability for the rest of this week.
Your task today is to call your local Member of Parliament and engage them in a discussion about house prices and high rents.
We want you to speak freely about your own experiences and opinions, but for those who want some pointers there are some discussion starters on the document attached here.
To help you find the relevant contact information, you can download a list of MPs by following this link.
If you are not sure which electorate you live in, you can find out through the Australian Electoral Commission website.
MPs can be very busy, so they might not be available at the time that you call. If that happens, you can ask to leave a message saying that you called to discuss the housing crisis request a call back at a time that is more suitable.
If you do get to have a meaningful conversation with your local member, we’d love to hear about it. Please email us at
P.S. It’s not too late to encourage your friends to join in! You can forward this email and encourage them to sign up for the rest of the week at

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Free Baby Goodies!

Hi all,

I am parting with some baby goods and will happily give them away to anyone in need.

Included is; Baby Bumbo seat, Walker (folds down for crawling bubba), toys, mobile, bassinet/bouncer toy mobile & toddler bath seat

Please contact me on 0418135209 if interested in some or all of the above.


Mel, Jarrah & Jedda


Friday, 19 July 2013

Booster Seat Needed

If anyone has a booster seat they're ready to part with it (for love or money), please get in touch! 
Cheers, Amy 0434 677 826.

Friends of Edgars Creek Planting!

Hi Friends and members,

I am writing to let you know we are planting again this Sunday from the usual time 1-3PM.
We are working at the Caravan Park site again (go left at the end of Elizabeth St and follow the creek [and FoEC signs downstream around to the back of the Big 4 caravan park). 

This planting is sponsored by a (Vic)Department of Sustainability & Environment - Communities for Nature Grant. Thanks DSE! It has a focus of protection and enhancement of an area of remnant vegetation including trees, shrubs, grasses and rushes - not something we find a lot of on our end of the creek!

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 and other tasks (good for those who can't hang around in the afternoon or have other commitments to get to!).

The forecast is looking OK - 14 degrees, only a slight chance of scattered showers.
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.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

free furniture

We have been cleaning out the shed and re-organising the house and have two pieces of furniture to give away. The sideboard is an old deco piece that has been refinished. It is in pretty good condition except that two of the handles are broken. The other piece is an old piece of office furniture. We used it as a printer table as it had a good shelf for paper underneath. It is in worn but OK condition. If you would like either of these pieces please email Janet or call Gerard on 0412345830.


Sunday, 14 July 2013

Newlands Yoga Term 3‏


Stretch your mind as body as the weather gets chilly....
Clare Fleming is an experienced yoga teacher and has been working in the neighbourhood for over 2 years. The practice is defined by flowing sequences of movement, guided by intelligent use of breath.

Yoga returns this Tuesday evening, 16th July for a ten week term, 

Where? Newlands Senior Citizen's centre
Corner Connolly Ave and Murray Rd, North Coburg
When? 7.00- 8.00pm
Bring?  yoga mat and blanket
Cost? $110 for the term or $17 casually

You can just turn up on the night or give Monique a call on 0405151269 for more information.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

House Sitter Wanted‏


We are heading overseas on 30 August for 3 weeks and are looking for a lovely person/people to look after our two very friendly golden retrievers. Our home is newly renovated and has a cosy wood fire in the lounge which is the perfect antidote for this chilly Melbourne weather! If you are interested email 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

For Sale


Dear 'hood,
I have a really comfortable single bed, pillow top, paid about $500 for it two years and nearly three months ago. I would like to sell it for $100 to anyone who could come and pick it up on the morning of Thursday 25th July. I will sell it for less if $100 is not affordable, and if anyone wants to arrange for it to get to asylum seekers, then it can be taken away for free.
Jo 0408 029 011 (Hopetoun Cres) (Elder Jo, not the Jo of Jo and Craig household).

Support The Gonski Reforms!


Dear Friend

There are just four more days left until the final deadline on Gonski.
We’ve got Dr Napthine from no to maybe on Gonski.  Now we need to get him from maybe to yes.
Here are two ways you can make a difference in these crucial last days.

1.  Phone the Premier. Look up this list to find out what extra funds your local public school is set to gain with Gonski.  Call the Premier’s office on 03 9651 5000 say why Gonski matters to you, and why the Premier must not deny kids at your local school the chance of a better education.  Want a few tips for your call?  See here.

2.  Show your support.   Write in one sentence why you give a Gonski with a thick texta - on a plain piece of paper, or print out this blank poster template.  Take a photo with your poster, and post it to our Facebook wall. Not on Facebook?  Text your pic to 0400 181 748.  We’ll deliver a photo album to the Premier of all the photos posted. Here's an example from one mum for inspiration:

Don’t let Victorian kids miss out on this opportunity for a better education. 
Thanks for all your support – now let’s keep his phone running hot and make sure Premier Napthine signs up!

Warmest wishes,
The I give a Gonski team.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

For Sale Items.....With Pictures!

I have had lots of feedback re: my Brunswick items for sale however it hasn't always been possible for me to send pictures to those interested.
There have been some that said they were interested but haven't gotten back so here's the pictures with prices. However, if those people do get in touch I will honour them with being first come first served.
I also have some girls clothes and shoes, sizes are 4-5 yrs old and shoes range from size 27-29 / size 10.
For the clothes and shoes $75 for the lot.
For the bed with slats bought second hand with or without the mattress $180. ( Can include some linen as seen) all used!
Fridge/freezer is an LG electro cool 234litres. About 6 years old but only used as a second fridge for parties. In good condition and comes with the book $150 or nearest offer.
The front loader Brand BMA BWM601F is less than 6 mths old bought in a store in sydney road. It comes with an instruction manual. We have quoted $220 but are happy to take $199.  
The table and 2 chairs (one shown in picture is slightly different) retro looking bought second hand and am happy sell at a reduced price of $150.
The balance bike with cute pink ladybirds on it has been used twice and was bought and put together at Velo bikes in Brunswick. We paid $169 at the time but they have been reduced since then so am happy to sell for $89.
Please be aware that some of the items (fridge/ child's bed and front loader) are ONLY available the week of the 22nd July and need to be picked up by Sat 27th July.
Am happy to have viewing of items when home and people can text me on 0433827944.

With thanks, Tiffany.

Newlands Mending Night Tonight Wednesday 10th July

Have you got clothes/bags/buttons/a plate  that would be good to fix?
You are very welcome come and mend in good company. Bring along your things to mend and the things you need to mend them.
3 McGowan Ave Preston
6.30 Optional Shared dinner (bring a dish to share)
7.15 till 8.30 Mending/fixing

for more info or rsvp contact Cath 93546401

Lost Dog, Have You Seen Him?


Hi, our dog Wally went missing from our backyard near Hutchison Place on Monday sometime between 10am and 6.30pm. He’s small and white with red patches, sort of a Jack Russell/fox terrier/red heeler cross. He’s very friendly and doesn’t normally run away, but will chase birds or chooks. Please give us a call if you have any idea where he might be, we’re very anxious to find him.
Richard and Rachel
0403 090 823 or 0406 783 418

Saturday, 6 July 2013

For Sale!


My family has been renting in Brunswick and will be moving on the weekend of the 26th-28th July.
We have a few things for sale. Most only 6mths old or less.
We have a single brass bed with painted roses with slats and mattress 6mths old $180. (Sheets and doona can be included.) 
A piano keyboard, brand new in box $49. 
A front loader 6 mths old $250. 
A retro table and 2 chairs that seats 4 $ 180. 
Plus lots more including a balance bike with ladybugs on it bought at Velo bikes in brunswick and a small LG fridge which is in great working order.
Everything has to be collected and gone on the weekend of the 26th-28th July.
Am happy to send photos if people are interested.
Please contact me 0433827944.

With thanks

Friday, 5 July 2013


Right here in Newlands, a new online magazine dedicated to music, wine, brews, BBQ travel and all other stuff you like was launched this week. Have a look at TIM, please sign up to the newsletter and help support a new local business. 
WEB:     FB: TIM Magazine     Twitter: @TIM theMag
If you like what you see, please share it with your friends.
If there's something you think you can contribute to TIM, or if you just want to let TIM know what you think, write to Jo know at

Thursday, 4 July 2013

New Shop!

Cobra Culture is a fresh offering to the Lygon St East Brunswick strip. Combining Vinyl and Fashion to please the eye, excite the senses and move the body!

The combined vision of Serhan Ali of Mondo Loco, DJ Vinyl Collector and Lucille Loveday Style Queen and Booty Shakin Mama.

Providing Melbourne with all your Musical and Fashion needs!!


Kids Friendly Gig

Want to come see a real band for adults in a very child friendly environement? 
For free? 
Hugh McGinlay and the Recessive Genes play free at the Edinburgh Castle in Brunswick this Saturday 6th of July from 4-6. Blues, folk and rock combine in a family friendly environment. Dancing welcome for all ages but usually only taken up by the 7 and under crowd. 
PS: the band's great, they've played all round the world, check out their website if you don't believe me:


Hugh 0422592278

Cast Your Local Leader Vote!


Hi all,
Just a reminder to cast your vote. You can vote up to 10 times.
Voting closes this Friday.
Please support Newlands
Register, add password, wait for return email, then vote

NAIDOC Week Celebration


 NAIDOC Week Celebration  
Saturday July 6 2013
From 1.00 -3.00 pm

MECCARG invites the whole family to celebrate NAIDOC week down at the creek.

Kid’s Activity!
Decorating the new MECCARG banner with leaf impressions.
Activity funded by
City of Moreland.

After our usual winter weeding and planting we will share afternoon tea in the gathering circle.

We will meet at the Murrnong Fields: near the corner of Connolly Ave and Spring St, Coburg.

Monday, 1 July 2013

For Sale


Fisher & Paykel 517 Ltr Top Mount Fridge/Freezer 400L Fridge, 117L Freezer - $700!
Dimensions 1695h x 790w x 730d mm 
3 adjustable glass shelves: 
Fridge - 2 covered door shelves, 2 egg trays, 1 humidity controlled fruit and vegetable bin. 
Freezer - 1 freezer shelf, 1 freezer door pocket Active Smart system, door alarm, LED lighting 
The fridge is less than 2 years old and works perfectly!  I am only selling as I've moved into a small flat and it doesn't fit.
A few slight scratches but otherwise excellent condition. 
This is a current model at The Good Guys RRP $1155. 
Pick up from North Coburg. 
Give me a buzz if you want photos or to arrange a time to see it. 
Betty - 0423 605 608
Lovely Art-Deco dresser with mirror - $180!
This beautiful dark solid wood Art-Deco style dresser has two drawers and mirror (detachable). 
There are a few minor scratches but otherwise it is in excellent condition. 
I am only selling it as it doesn't match my other furniture in my new flat. 
Dimensions 42" W x 18" D x 62" H 
Pick up from Preston. 
Give me a buzz if you want photos or to arrange a time to see it.
Betty - 0423 605 608

Baby Bjorn Free to Good Home‏

Hi there, 

I have an old Baby Bjorn baby carrier free to a good home. It has been well used, and the navy blue is quite faded.

But it is fully functional, and all the straps and clips are intact.