Monday, 30 September 2013

Rites of Passage Premiere- ACMI, 20 0ctober 2013‏


Hi all,
Come along and support this amazing film project. I know the director, Phil Crawford and he and young people involved in the making of this film have put their heart and souls into it.See the information below.Please pass on to those who you think will be interested.

Hope to see you there

Monique xx

I wanted to let you know about this film Rites of Passage and to see if you would like to come to a screening of it. It's a unique film made by a group of disadvantaged young people about their lives and it's a film that is stimulating a dialogue about what is happening in the lives of young people today. 

The Organisers are bringing some of these young people to the Premiere of the film in Melbourne. I am hoping that you can help us give the young people involved in the making of the film an opportunity to see their film premiere in a real cinema. And give all of us the opportunity to see this amazing looking film in a cinema venue as well! 

The organisers have made a booking at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and they need to confirm it by the end of September. They need to sell enough tickets to cover the cost of the venue. If we can get behind them and help to sell enough tickets the film will screen at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. If they don't sell enough tickets, the screening will still go ahead on the date advertised, but it will be screened in a more intimate venue.

If you think it looks worthwhile then we should all invite colleagues and friends and get them to buy tickets and buy them early. The organisers will need to confirm bookings on the cinema a few weeks before the screening.

Thanks for reading and having a look at this. I think it will be a really fantastic event.

"Rites of Passage is among the most remarkable and moving films produced in Australia in recent years" - Evan Williams, film critic, The Australian

The MELBOURNE PREMIERE of RITES OF PASSAGE is an event not to be missed. 
Sunday 20th October 2013
5:30 - 7:30
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Clicking on the image below will take you to the EventBrite page where you can watch the trailer of the film and buy tickets.

(If the image doesn't appear in your mail browser click the link here:

The event will include:
- Q&A with the filmmakers, including some of the young people involved in the making of the film
- Receive a private link to the film so you can access it again from home

    If you can't make it to the screening on this date but still want to help, 
    you can make a donation to Beyond Empathy. 
    Your donation will be used to enable the young people who have made this film to attend these screenings 
    and lead a conversation with the community about the issues that young people face today. 

    Friday, 27 September 2013

    Fun Run


    Coburg Harriers are holding their Farewell Footy Fun Run on Sunday 29th September 2013 at 9am. Come and join the friendly atmosphere as you tackle a 12km run or 6km run/walk in the surrounding parklands.

    Plenty of parking is available, free morning tea is provided with trophies for placegetters and certificates for all finishers. Discounted early bird entry available online or enter on the day from 8:00 am.

    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.

    On day 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

    Free Wooden Dog Kennel


    A cute wooden dog kennel is for offer.  We are giving away this kennel as the entry is not big enough for our dog to get in and out, but would be great for a small to med sized dog 
    The wooden base part is 110cm X 110cm (including entry) and the detachable pitched roof  is 180cm x 110 cm.  The dog entry is 33 x 44 cm. 

    Any questions ring Cath 93546401

    Farmers' Market




    Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg.

    When: This Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm.

    Cost: A gold coin donation to support school programs is greatly appreciated.

    For more information, visit  or email, or phone 9419 0826


    Friday 18th October

    A night of stand-up and physical comedy starring Denise Scott, Josh Earl, Damian Callinan, Simon Palomares, Harley Breen, Dislocate, Kelly Nash and DJ Eddie. Hosted by Nelly Thomas, this strictly 18+ night is to raise money for the kids of Newlands Primary School in North Coburg. 
    Tickets $25/$15. 
    Mountain Goat beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks for sale. 

    Be quick, this WILL sell out. Thanks to Mountain Goat Beer for their generous sponsorship that will allow us to keep you refreshed at prices you'll love!

    Check out for more information.

    Free Chooks

    Hi there all,
    We are temporarily living away and our house in West Preston is about to have a change of tenant. The friend who is moving in has her own chooks, so we need to give away our three existing chookies.
    They are two isabrowns and an unidentified whitey one, all 1.5-2 years old and good layers - current tenant reports that they're getting 3 eggs a day at the moment.
    Free to a good home, let me know if you're interested.
    Cheers, and we miss living in the Newlands 'hood,

    Thursday, 26 September 2013

    Babybeehind Nappy Covers


     Free to good home‏!

    Clearing out and found 7 pre-loved nappy covers, variety of colours, most look medium size. 
    If you want them let me know. 
    Kirsty 0439 354 687

    Monday, 23 September 2013

    Local Mending Night


    Mending is Back this Wednesday 25 Sep
    Have you been saving up those little jobs? Here is the chance to do them in good company.  Mending can be any little fixing job (indoor at this time of year) some have sewed, glued, restored broken plates, fixed a clothes hanger and (you can guess who) fixed a snail collector sculputure :)
    Bring anything you need to do the mending
    3 McGowan Ave Preston
    6.30 shared meal (optional)
    7.30 - 9.30 mending
    Any Question ring Cath 93546401

    School Holiday Fun!

    From fairies to bottomless toy boxes, Darebin City Council turns up the volume on kids’ entertainment with an upcoming season of high-quality circus and physical theatre at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre these September school holidays.
    Presented as part of Loudmouth, this September holidays program features exciting and quality shows that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy.
    The Fairy Show.
    An outdoor fairy picnic filled with sing-a-long fun, mad-cap circus and amazing acrobatics.  
    Created by Melbourne circus troupe Dislocate, The Fairy Show will enliven the Ray Bramham Gardens at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre.
    Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 September. 10am

    Follow Alex into the curious world encased inside her toy box in the modern-day Alice in WonderlandCuriosity.
    Curiosity tells a heart-warming tale of homesickness through a mixture of high-flying aerial feats and slapstick.
    Wednesday 25 September 9:30am + 11:30am

    Squaring the Wheel
    From juggling teacups to toilet brush percussion, everyday household objects are transformed into fantastic contraptions in steampunk-inspired children’s show.
    Created by Jacques Lecoq-trained Jens Altheimer, Squaring the Wheel showcases it’s European circus brilliance.
    Monday 30 September. 10:30am

    Scratch n Sniff Sensory Theatre Workshop
    In multi-sensory workshop Scratch n’ Sniff, children will develop confidence in storytelling that uses taste, sight, vibration, sound, smell and touch.
    Created by St Martins Youth Arts Centre, teaching artists and Auslan interpreters have designed this workshop for kids who can hear, are hearing impaired or deaf .
    Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 October. 10am-3pm.

    For more details and to book tickets please visit or call DAEC on 8470 8282.

    Happy Holidays!


    Have you lost a Corella?
    We found a Little Corella wondering around.
    If it is yours, give us a call on 0404 294 070.

    Thursday, 19 September 2013

    FREE Professional Development Workshop for Moreland based Arts Professionals


    Building Budgets for Applications
    How to build a budget and stick to it!
    Tuesday 1 October 5.30 – 7.30 pm
    Council Chambers
    90 Bell street Coburg (entrance via Urquhart Street)
    This informative and practical workshop will be lead by Debby Maziarz, an experienced social entrepreneur, educator and fundraiser. Debby will take participants through the step-by-step process of building budgets for grant applications. This will include the do’s and don’ts of budget building and understanding what is expected in both the income and expenditure columns. A fun and interactive workshop that will bring you closer to your calculator!

    Debby will specifically focus on building budgets for arts projects and events.
    Places are limited so book now!
     Contact Cynthia Nolan Myers, Arts Officer, on 9384 9239 or email

    Coburg Scouts - Assistant Leader‏

    Hi Everyone,
    For 2013 1st Coburg Scouts is looking for an enthusiastic assistant scout leader. Do you like working with kids? Camping? Tues nights at Carr St Scout Hall. Training provided. 
    Contact Connie 0408 320 028

    Wednesday, 18 September 2013




    Do you live in North Coburg or Newlands?
    Are you curious about the local history?
    Do you have a story to tell or want to hear others?

    Hidden Creek Neighbourhood House is collecting local stories to share with others through community get togethers, a website and art projects.


    2nd October 10.30 am
    Hidden Creek Neighbourhood House
    20 Murray Road, North Coburg
    Contact: Jennifer Borrell 9350 3437 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Monday, 16 September 2013

    Bound Science Journals


    Hi Community,
    Anyone looking for bound science journals? - Our internal library is closing - mostly chemistry, biol, probably some fermentation, engineering - Nature etc, there are many titles, they are heavy and pick up is in Abbotsford. If you have a remote interest and would like to know more - which journals and years etc. Contact Melinda - 0413314790 
    They might make a good display or for sound proofing, sculpture, collage.

    Sunday, 15 September 2013

    Information for Save Coburg Group


    MONDAY AT 6PM at 90 Bell Street, Newlands Residents should go along to this event.


    OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD – Planning for housing, shops and jobs

    Moreland Council is currently consulting on important changes to the planning scheme that may directly affect your property and/or your neighbourhood:

    New residential zones – to identify areas for different housing types and densities.

    Local shopping areas – to identify Neighbourhood Activity Centres for growth and medium density housing.

    Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) – a new local planning policy framework to guide planning decisions.

    More information is provided in the attached brochure or website below.
    To find out which of the three new residential zones is being investigated for your property, you can go to the website and enter your address.

    A series of 11 suburb based forums...
    WhenMon 16 Sep 2013 18:00 – 19:00 Eastern Time - Hobart
    Who(Guest list is too large to display)
    Going?   Yes - Maybe - No    more options »

    Friday, 13 September 2013

    Welcome in the Spring!


    Leave your garden in loving hands.
    Chris is an experienced tree worker with a holistic approach. 
    Available for:
    • Garden spring cleaning
    • Pruning and trimming of trees and bushes
    • Felling
    • Advice about returning trees to good health
    • General gardening care
    Phone: Chris on 0435 086 323 or email:




    Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg.

    When: This Saturday and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm.

    Cost: A gold coin donation to support school programs is greatly appreciated.

    For more information, visit  or email, or phone 9419 0826

    Thursday, 12 September 2013

    FoEC Planting!


    Hi Friends and Members,
    If you have been down at the Ronald Street area in the last 24 hours you will have seen a beautifully prepared planting site beneath the red gums near the foot bridge (thanks Moreland CC for help with the mulch and preparation on this site). Suffice to say this is our planting site. Super easy to access so no explanations needed. This is "Christmas in September" planting and will be followed by a celebratory toast to the planting season of 2013. We will also be opting for easier catering this year - pizzas will be ordered as well! To add to the community celebration we may have some local musicians in attendance so if you had an easy to carry instrument such as a guitar/jembe or other instrument bring it along as we may have some informal jamming happening. I'll be bringing my didgeridoos! 
    The forecast is favourable for the day with evening rain predicted with 21 degrees during the day. 
    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 
    See you on the creek! And afterwards for a celebration of another great FoEC'ing year.
    Kind regards,
    David Pavone
    President FoEC.

    Tuesday, 10 September 2013

    Food for a Family on Bridging Visa‏


    Hi all,
    I received a text today asking for food and 'other things' for an Iranian family, 2 adults and 1 child.  They are on a bridging visa and living in Thomastown. I am going to go on Tuesday afternoon with rice and pulses etc, if anyone has spare pots or pans, and would like to leave them at my door - 30 Ballard Ave Coburg North - I can take them with tomorrow. I'll be leaving around 4pm.
    Hope you're all enjoying the sun.

    Sunday, 8 September 2013

    Newlands Dance Party!!!!

    Hello Newlanders.
    Newlands Primary school is having (yet, another) fundraiser!
    Next Saturday come along to Cafe Kastoria, up the end of Elizabeth St at 7.30.
    There will be live music, dance performances and D.J's.
    Everyone is local and spectacular!
    Tickets on the door @ $25.00 each.
    Spread the word!


    Have Your Say!


    • Proposed Outdoor Pool Hours Needs Community Input‏!!!!!!!!

    Here is the link!

    Please email to let the council know what you think about the hours for Coburg Olympic Pool.
    They are proposing to change closing time back to 7pm, instead of 6pm, (but other feedback re hours  could be included too...) 
    We only have 2 weeks to do this so if you get a chance please email!

    Asylum Seeker Food Drive

    To all the generous people out there,
    In the Preston area, there is Baptcare Santuary, housing over 40 men who are at various stages of their processing.
    They are in desperate need of food. So we at West Preston Baptist are holding a food drive, which we plan to continue on a regular basis.
    Our first delivery will be on the September 29th.
    For more details and to see the shopping list go to:
    If lots of people buy a few items, it will make a massive difference to these peoples lives.
    For those at Newlands primary, I'm happy to collect food off people there at school pick-up on Monday -Thursdays.
    Kerry Edwards.

    Friday, 6 September 2013

    MAC Maintenance?

    Hello lovely Newlanders,

    Can you help with Mac platform upgrades, maintenance, website malware and virus protection and general technical support?
    I need someone in the area who can come to my home 'office'.

    Daniella Tigani

    0410 433 120



    Hi there.

    I had my car stolen this morning from Ronald Street, Subaru Impreza Sportswagon, metallic blue, paint coming off bonnet, it had roof racks , not sure if they would still be there. If you see a car sitting around that looks dumped, could you contact me? It would be most appreciated.

    Cheers Jo Adams.


    Changes in Moreland


    As some of you may know Moreland Council is consulting on important changes to the planning scheme that will affect your neighbourhood and may affect your property. You can find out more here:

    ...And complete a survey about what things matter to you here:

    Also a series of 11 suburb based forums will be held across the municipality in coming weeks:, if you want to go along and have your say!

    Thursday, 5 September 2013


    For anyone who's copped a fine at the Safeway or Preston Market Carpark, did you know NSW private car park operators are banned from accessing the personal details of registered car owners? Let's make it the same here. 
    VicRoads - stop giving out our personal details!

    Free Post Election Therapy‏


    I'm suspecting that this Sunday 8th September, I'll particularly enjoy spending time with the lovely Newlands community as a form of post election therapy. Got to be grateful for the good things we will still have. So ...isn't brilliant that last year, we selected that day for the 
    Usual place and time: Hutchinson Place 2-3pm
    Usual story: bring yourselves and things food and garden related to swap; potting mix, pots and rooting hormone available; good local company. 
    All welcome, even if it is just for a chat.

    Remember to collect snails for the Food Swap!!!!
    With that lovely rain on Thursday, snails are on the move and unless you are on Concrete Island, you should have some nearby. People with chooks or ducks will be glad to get more snails that get transformed into eggs, magic!!! So bring that magic and your community spirit.
    The weather should be just right and you will be able to plant what you get ahead of more rain on Monday
    All welcome. 
    Bring also your thoughts as to when the next food swaps should be, as no dates are set for next year and the 8th of December we have next may be too much into the silly season. 

    Tuesday, 3 September 2013

    Free: Queen Bed

    Freebie Ikea QS bed, with fairly crap mattress and promise of a really nice one just as soon as I can buy a smaller one to go with my replacement smaller bed. I put the pillowtop mattress on top of the harder one (no, wait a minute - it doesn't have any lice in it!!) just to make it easy to make; otherwise the mattress sits in the frame. 
    Happy to help pay for transport if for asylum seekers or similar. 
    One of the legs of the bed was broken in the move to Northcote, but it stays together quite adequately with cable ties. I have a replacement piece of matching wood if you're really fussy and want to replace the leg (obviously I'm not). First come, first served. Of the current Ikea range, it looks most like the Fjellse, but more substantial and it was considerably more expensive than that some years ago.
    Jo 0408 029 011

    Monday, 2 September 2013

    Free: Single Bed


    We have a beautiful handmade single bed frame available in Reservoir. Made of wood with a painted design on the sides - a folk art style design in yellow and red. The frame has slats and sits on the floor (so no storage space underneath) but allows for airflow.

    Great for small children transitioning into their own bed as they can easily climb in and out. Fits a single mattress snugly. 

    We can maybe assist with transport depending on where you live  - we are in Reservoir and have a van. 

    The picture shows the design and grain of the wood but includes the second bed frame which we have found a new home for. 

    FREE to a good home :)

    Best wishes,