Saturday, 31 August 2013

Free Sound System


Hi we have a Logitech surround sound system that we no longer need. It works fine and is only a year old. Free to good home. Email me if you are interested to arrange pick up.

Thanks Rachael

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Egg Donations

Hi All.

As you all know at Newlands Primary School we are having an old school voting day, vote and grab a snag/cake/coffee on your way through.
For the early birds in the neighbourhood we will have eggs and bacon sizzling at 8am and we're hoping to sell local eggs.
We know there are a lot of local chooks in the area, are yours laying at the moment? Is your fridge full of eggs? Would you like to donate some to NPS? Or even sell us some?
If this sounds like a great way to make some space in your fridge please contact Mel on 0404 043 010 or

Cheers Mel.



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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Free Furniture!


Hi all.

We're having a clear out and have the following items available to pick up this weekend coming - might be also ideal for a newly arrived family who are setting up a house if anyone knows anyone in need ??

2 x Chest of  double size drawers (a good clean/paint will bring them back to life, 1 white, 1 spearmint green)
1 x dressing table (great 70's look with nice mirror etc, a couple of chips out of woodwork but otherwise in good nik)
1 x Queen size bed - very good condition (used as a guest bed)

Please get in touch via text during 9-5 hrs or call after 5pm.

Jody - 0422 166 132

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Peppertree Place


Peppertree Place will be open for usual Community Gathering on September 7th - yep, that''s KRudd's Election Day.

Coburg Primary School will be a venue for Voting so come and cast your vote then head on over for a relaxing cup of Coffee, Cake, swap your produce and browse the Community Nursery.

Ross's Wood Fired Oven will be ready to take on your dough mixes so bring them for a community bake off!

Diana Cotter is following up her Pruning for Espalier Workshop from August with a pruning Stone Fruits demonstration and discussion. Workshop is $10 per head, no bookings required just turn up and pay on the day. Workshop from 10am-11am

ChookChat @ Chookville will be on again with Paul from 11am - come down to learn and share your chook knowledge with others.

PepperTree Place opens for extended hours 10am-2pm

Mim Found Ena Sale!!!!


                It's August sale time !! 
We only have two sales per year so make sure you pop in for some handmade goodness.

You will find women’s, men’s and children’s locally  handmade clothing and  accessories all heavily discounted.
  • Saturday 31st August  2013

  • 10am- 5pm (9am for mailing list and Facebook only!)

  • ‘Mim Found Ena” 239 High st Northcote 3070

Don't forget Father's Day on Sunday the 1st August! We have lots of great gifts for your dad including cuff links,Tees,hats,small artworks and cards.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Letter to the Leader


Dear Editor

Last Sunday I did some planting on top of the hill behind the old Kodak
site in Coburg North with Friends of Edgars Creek. This is such an
enjoyable and positive thing to do, it is always great to be with so
many people who really care about their environment and making it better
for us and future people to enjoy. But this time it was really spoilt
as we had just finished planting and went to turn on the pump to push
water up to our buckets at the top of the hill so we could water the
plants and give them a good start to their new life in the ground - but
were shocked to discover that our pump had been stolen! Not an easy
thing to pick up and take away you would think
- but somehow it had gone! The group is totally reliant on volunteer
time and effort to do the physical work of planting and looking after
our sites and to obtain grant funding to purchase plants, and equipment,
so to replace the pump will not be a trivial thing. As well as the
really big inconvenience of losing our pump we are just gob smacked that
anyone would do such a thing - please, whoever took it, bring us our
pump back! 

Contact, no questions asked.

Working Bee


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Newlands Gardens Triplets


Three events (not babies!!!) related to fertility are upcoming in the Hood.
 The first one celebrates the abundance of our gardens and the kindness to others: the Open Table mob ( organise community dinners each first Sunday of the month. They are quite adept at making up a meal with whatever turns up, in whatever quantities. If there are donations in excess of what they need for the night, they hand it out to the dining guests to take home.
As next week is Fair Food Week ( Open Table and  Moreland Food Gardens Network ( are hosting a feast, gathering some food-vulnerable people and sustainable food activists, next Sunday 25th August.
The idea is to draw on the various gardens around Moreland for crowd-funding the fresh elements of the feast. I will contribute from my own garden and also wonder if there is any chance of contributions from our community of Newlands (or beyond) gardeners.
 If that sounds like you and your garden:
1.     Email me by Friday night ( what you have to contribute – I’ll compile amounts and let the Open Table’s chefs know – they are creative but value a bit of notice. No need to go pillaging the pantry, they are only after excess garden produce –even a leaf or a sprig, one lemon or one potato are welcome (more if you have, obviously!); put together that what will make a feast (yes, they know there could be quite a bit of silverbeets and winter greens, cabbagey stuff and citrus). If, by any chance, you had excess eggs, honey, jams and pickles or you make your own bread or baked goods, of course that would be welcome – but not essential.
2.     Bring the stuff to my place (for those who do not know me, I’ll give you the address by return email) between Friday 3pm to Sunday 11 am. There will be buckets and boxes provided in my driveway.
3.     I’ll make sure it all gets to the feast on Sunday.
 The second event celebrates the abundance and sharing between our Newlands gardeners and food lovers (if you eat, you can be in!) with the
First Birthday of the Newlands Gardens Food Swap.
Sunday September 8th -2-3pm - Hutchinson Place.
Yes we have a plan B if it rains. Bring whatever home grown or made food you have in excess to share and swap– BTW that extends to knowledge (about food or gardening), cuttings, seedlings … I have just started on tomatoes seedlings and others and may have raspberries’ cuttings ready. As always, there will be free pots, potting mix and rooting hormone if you want to strike cuttings, share seedlings and so on.
 The third event is the very essence of fertility: The Feed for Food Co-op is organising its spring order of these bearers of Fertility – various straws and manures …
Pea straw: $12.90
Wheat straw: $11.90
Chicken - cow manure – Mushroom compost: $4.90
 Sheep manure: $5.50
 You can also order chicken feed if the tons of buckwheat that our neighbourhood rescued from getting landfilled has ran out (thanks Mel for that!).
Mixed grains – 25Kg - $22.90
Organic pellets – 25 Kg - $38.50
Red Hen – 30Kg - $28.90
Any items that Andrew’s on Sydney Rd sells can be added to this list as long as you have a clear name for it and its price.
Our aim is to connect neighbourhoods’ gardeners and prevent many small trips down Sydney Rd when you could pick it up locally with a trolley or wheelbarrow.
Email your order to before 12/09/13 and pay for it (preferably by direct deposit) by 15/09/13 for a delivery the following week. Delivery point (or points if really a lot gets ordered) will depend on who orders this time.
 Enjoy the coming of Spring!



This week the Coburg Farmers’ Market is celebrating Fair Food Week with the Coburg Farmers’ Market Fair. In addition to the regular Coburg Farmers’ Market stalls there will be a variety of grass roots workshops, demonstrations, talks and promotions happening including ’Know Your Producers’ workshops where various farmers and producers will discuss their journey from farm to market. Sustainable Table will launch their ‘Give A Fork’ campaign, educating people in sustainable seafood practices, including cooking demonstrations, tastings and workshops. Transition Coburg will host workshops on composting and garden-bed making, and local politicians will be discussing their policies on food security, sovereignty and agriculture. The Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association will be also be selling their 2013 Little Brown Book with over $1000 of farmers’ market discounts and offers for a limited time price of $10 (including a calico market bag).

The school is also running a craft activity for kids - (Cost $2.00) in addition to their normal pancake stall.


8:00 - 1:00pm   Coburg North Primary School

180 O'Hea St Coburg   3058

Gold Coin Donation at the gate to fund school projects - Currently money raised is being used to extend and refurbish the music room.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Newspaper Needed



If anyone has lots of newspapers lying round I need them for my packing business and will happily come pick them up - I'd prefer a decent pile rather than just a few. Please drop me a line or a quick call/text.

Pack Up Your Troubles
Ph: 0422 166 132

P.S: Can anyone in the neighbourhood recommend a good ducted/refrigerated heating/cooling company??

Spring Clean Out


Please note: The first week (Mon Aug 26, 9.30-11.30) is specifically for community organisations, then open to all for the next two...

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

House Sitting


Hi local Folks,
We will be overseas from the 9th-29th September and we are looking for someone to  house/cat sit for us.
Our house is in Reservoir, is  2 and 1/2  bedrooms, good size back and front gardens with veggie patches.
The number 561 and 553 Buses go right past the end of our street, giving easy access to Coburg or Reservoir train stations.
Also nearby is the Gilbert Road tram which is 5 mins by bus, or a 20 minute walk.
House would suit a family, a single person or a couple..... 
Queen bed in Main bedroom, single loft bed and single in 2nd room and fold out king single duvan in smallest room.
We don't want any money for rent, but would like our cat fed,  garden watered if the weather is warm (here's hoping!).
A small contribution towards bills would be great.
Give us a call if you are interested, on 0408101678 :)

Another Co-op?


Hi Guys,
There are a couple of co-ops in Newlands – I am interested in starting another if there are enough keen folk.   Dry foods – nuts, whole grains, legumes etc.
I have been also looking into sourcing some health foods (health food shop type stuff including multi V if  we have enough interested).
I am having a meeting at my place – this Friday at 4pm – 13 Meadow St Coburg – if you are interested.
Rachael Millsom.

Come and Vote at Newlands Primary School

The Federal Election is just around the corner and the most convenient place to vote is Newlands Primary School.
You can vote at NPS if you live in either Wills or Batman, we are a double voting extravaganza!!!!
We are going traditional this year and you can purchase a sausage in bread, an egg and bacon roll, a delicious home baked treat, a real coffee (yes, made from a coffee machine) or some exceptionally sugary fairy floss.
Our gardens are looking particularly beautiful at the moment and voting will be a real pleasure at Newlands Primary School this year.

Fair Food


CERES Fair Food is an online organic grocer and carbon neutral food delivery service in Melbourne that is helping to create healthier, happier, and more secure local food systems. Because we source certified organic food from local farmers and artisans, shopping with us puts your groceries to good work, keeping our local economies strong, and ensuring we have access to affordable and sustainably grown food into the future. We pay local organic farmers a fair price for their sustainably grow organic fruits and vegetables, sticking with them throughout the growing season, so they can focus on what they do best – growing our food!
Fair Food also offers a wide range of organic health foods, such as freshly baked organic breads, biodynamic milk made by local artisans and farming families, and other eco-friendly and natural products for the home and body.
Our unique distribution method significantly reduces the distance food travels – keeping our carbon footprint low, while reconnecting our community with where their food comes from.
CERES Fair Food is a social enterprise that employs and trains a team of hard-working people who haven’t always had the easiest time finding a job.
Our team is committed to reducing, reusing and recycling just about everything, including our green waste, which is donated to local community farms, such as the CERES Market Garden and the Croxton School Garden to be turned into worm food.
Did you know we have a Fair Food host right here in Newlands????
Mel and Andy at 29 Peterson Ave are a drop off/pick up point every Thursday night.
Check out the website to find out how to join up

Basketball Players Needed!

Calling all female basketball players, we need you!
Our team is a bit low on ladies at the moment and we are looking for some new players.
Come and have fun, no experience necessary!!
Tuesday nights in Brunswick.
If you are interested please contact Nic on 0407 188 884.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Launch of Report on Housing, Employment and Social Cohesion in Coburg‏


Moreland City Council and RMIT University cordially invite you to the official launch of a research report on housing, employment and social cohesion in Coburg and Fawkner. 
Moreland Council in partnership with researchers from RMIT University and the University of Western Sydney, recently completed a research project investigating the role of housing, employment and local community in generating social cohesion in multicultural neighbourhoods 'in transition'.
The study compared Fawkner and Coburg, neighbourhoods currently experiencing social, demographic and economic change through the interactions between new migrant communities and established residents as well as through the process of the gentrification of inner Melbourne. The project was funded by a grant from the Scanlon Foundation.
The final report is available for download now and will be disseminated to other Local Government Areas (LGAs) with similar profiles and experiencing similar issues across Australia.
Date:     Monday 26 August 2013
Time:    10am-11.30am
Venue: Moreland City Council Offices, 90 Bell St, Coburg
Morning Tea Provided
RSVP by 21st August  to Email: or phone: 9240 2372
For more information contact Petr Svoboda or telephone 9240 2467.
Petr Svoboda
Social Policy and Project Officer
Moreland City Council
Mob.: 0422 102 053

Help Needed


Asylum seekers in Coburg Nth in need of some help.

For Rent


For rent: 24 Livingstone St
Comfortable family home with large garden including fruit trees , grape vine over pond, water tank and garden beds for veggies.

Decks at front and back open onto the garden. Solar panels, good insulation, gas heating/water to keep the electricity bills low.

Rent $435 per week.
  • three large bedrooms (2 with built in robes) and a small study.
  • modern kitchen with double oven and new dishwasher.
  • modern bathroom with bath and shower.
  • separate laundry and toilet.
  • large carport and workshop/shed.
  • pets considered.
  • wonderful neighbourhood, close to Edgars Creek and Gilbert Rd tram.
If interested email Megan or Stuart ( for further details or to arrange to have a look.

Free - Printer



We are giving away a working, HP Laser Jet 1100 B&W Laser printer. 

I have the chords, but not the disks for the drivers (you will have to download from the web).

Please email if you're interested and we can arrange pickup.

Cheers, Lou.

(f)routeLAND Launch: 31 August @ Docklands‏


For Sale - Croozer!


Hi all,

I am selling my Double Croozer bike trailer that has only been used a handful of times (max 5 times).
It is in immaculate condition and even still has all the tread on the tyres. It comes with all required attachments to convert from pram - running pram- bike trailer.

I purchased it for $600 but wanting to sell it for $400.

If you may be interested please contact me on 0418135209


Mel, Jarrah & Jedda

Sister's Market - Coburg Town Hall 24/08/2013

Sister's Market will be at the Coburg Town Hall on Saturday 24th of August from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Lots of craft and other handmade goodies.


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Opening Night!


Opening night of LIFE 80%!
Kat Scarlet, Lucy Best and Louise Jade are having an exhibition together would love to see you at the opening night.

Brunswick St Gallery 6pm. 

The exhibition will continue to run for 2 weeks.

Swept Away!

Newlands local Suzannah Morrison, owner of swept way eco-friendly cleaning, is offering a workshop on the easy way to clean your house with natural products, leaving you with a safe, hygienic and sweet-smelling home. Suzannah will be giving away some of her secret recipes, doing demonstrations and perhaps offering the chance at a little hands-on creation. Each participant will also receive one of Suzannah's upcoming range of unique eco-friendly products. Tuesday 27 August 6-7.30pm at the beautiful Ro&Co Florist in 225 St Georges Road. $35. Book at

Like a garage sale, only free!

Hi, we have been clearing out the shed and there are quite a few useful and not so useful things (depending on your point of view) that will be going to the tip shop on Monday. So we decided to see if anyone else in Newlands wanted them first. We are having a Garage Sale, ONLY IT'S FREE, on Sunday 18th of August at 8 Muriel Court from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm. On offer are a printer table, toolboxes, tools, gardening tools, bric a brac, hardware, bike parts, a nice old ironing table and a spa pump. Bits and pieces, a bit like hard rubbish only it's been under cover. No email or telephone - if you want it, come and grab it.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013



Hi All,
I just wanted to let everyone know that meditation is still going on Friday mornings
Fridays - from 8am – 9am
Where:  Newlands senior citizens centre
– new people always welcome.  The heating is on, however it is a good idea to bring along a blanket so you are nice andcosy.
-cost $15 per session.
Also I am taking expressions of interest for a Monday evening or a Thursday evening 7.00-8.00.  I am happy to proceed with 3 people minimum.
 Get in touch if you are interested in an evening meditation session and also if you have any questions about our Friday morning session.

I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Rachael Millsom

Dance Party!!!