Thursday, 31 October 2013



Planning a trip next year? 

Highly credentialed, experienced mature woman HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE after Jan 25, 2014.
Prefer long term, good with pets, very responsible, reliable and clean.
Please call Jo on: 0481 322 974

References available.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Working Vintage Fridge - Free


Hi all, 

I have a beautiful 1950s Frigidaire (cream colour) which is in good working condition. I have used it for over ten years and it has never missed a beat. My grandparents used it since the 1950s. 

I have to part with it as I need one with a bigger freezer. I am hoping someone will take it and love it, as it is a beautiful appliance. My new fridge is arriving on the 15th so I can let it go shortly before that. It is super heavy to lift, needs a trolley and a couple of people.

Call Mira on 0415 895 322 if you are interested. 



We have had this beautiful tomcat living on our property in Preston West for quite some time now - since late August perhaps. For a long time we thought he just came for a daily visit but more recently it seems like he has been living under our house. 

He is not a stray cat as he is a wearing two collars (unfortunately no information attached). He is a bit shy at first but very friendly. He doesn't mind our 1.5 old daughter teasing him, who is absolutely obsessed with him, therefore I assume he might be used to kids. He is clearly a 'he' (doesn't look desexed), is a black short hair cat  with beautiful green eyes. 

If you think he might be yours or know who he could belong to get in contact with me via email on:

We thought we try this blog first before taking him to the vet for a microchip check.



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Newlands Halloween 2013

Hi everyone,
This year Halloween will be on Thursday 31 October. Last year quite a few Newlands kids dressed up and went trick or treating around the neighbourhood. It was great fun and we are getting ready to do it again from about 4.30 pm on Thursday. We are keeping it really local to the Newlands area and just wanted to put it out there that this will be happening in case you and/or your kids would like to join in. Either as trick or treaters or as a house where trick or treaters can visit. Families from surrounding areas are welcome to join in too.

Also I have made a google map showing houses participating (link here - if you're coming from Facebook you need to x out of the networked blogs frame - top right hand corner- before the link will work) and while it's great for it to be a bit random, it would also be great to get a bit of a trail going. Please email me at if you'd like to be added to the map!

Single Mattress?


Hi everyone,

I am looking for a single mattress and possibly a single doona/pillow cover..




Hi everyone.

I am looking for a writer / journalist with experience in the legal field that can help me put together a summary about my legal experience in Australia. I am Dutch and I am looking for a person with strong verbal and written English skills and preferably experience with Australian law on a urgent basis.
Please text me on 0421239256 for info or if you know of someone that might be interested.
Thank you;)

Halloween Mending This Thursday 31st October


You are welcome to Halloween Mending  This  Thursday 31st October  *:->~~ spooky
Mending has been moved to Thursday - to celebrate Halloween and be around when the wee visitors come knocking!
 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

Monday, 28 October 2013

Doggy Xmas Party - Date Change


Santa Paws Doggy Christmas Party Friday 6th December 6ish at Edgar's Creek
Please note this new date!!

Woof woof to my furry friends from North Coburg. It's Santa Paws here and I'm inviting you to a furry Christmas get together.  Bring your humans along and tell them to bring lots of doggy treats too!

Human food to share and maybe a bottle of celebratory plonk if your human wishes.  I highly recommend fold up chairs if you don't want us furry paws all over you, particularly if you're eating something that looks tasty to us also, after all it is our party!

Dress for us furry paws is optional however a Christmas bow or two would add to the occasion.

The most festive furry looking one will be given a special Smacko treat and a bottle of festive cheer for their human or lollies if your human is little. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Ps - If any of your humans have any fun ideas to add, and/or games to bring like some music  for a doggy and human dance competition or any thing  that us doggy’s love contact Ralph and Cherry's human, Jane: 0400597728

PPS - Esky's  with ice would also be appreciated, our human has lots of chairs but will need a human with a trailer to assist.

See you all there Santa Paws - woof woof


Hi Everyone,
I still have some "Medicine for Tibet" organic jam to sell. This is a fund raiser to maintain a medical centre in an isolated area of Tibet. See The jam is organic made by my sister from black currants grown at Highland Herbs Tasmania.
Jam costs $9 per jar or 5 for $40.
Black Currant Coulis is $8 per jar
 They would make great Christmas presents or Kris Kringles.
 I also have Medicine for Tibet T shirts in size small (in white, pink and pale green) and extra small (in white and pale green). They are good for small women (sizes 8 & 10) or big children and cost $20.
 Let me know if you are interested and I will deliver or you can pick up.
Cheers Barbara.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Volunteer ESL Tutors



Would you like to assist new arrivals to Australia?

Are you empathetic, caring and patient?

Do you have some free time once a week?

A volunteer tutor program requires volunteers to help newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers living in the Preston area to learn English.  Volunteers will support a small group of participants during the day once a week, at an agreed, suitable time.

This is a very rewarding experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet and support people in the community from all walks of life.

Teaching experience is not necessary. Training and ongoing support provided. You need to be at least 18 years of age to apply and have strong written and verbal English skills.  Ideally, volunteers sought will provide a 6-12 month commitment, commencing ASAP.

Please contact Jenny or Casey at Jika Jika Community Centre on 9482 5100 or email or

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Mango Drive Information

Here is some more information from the fundraising team about the mango drive......

To order and pay online please visit for the order form!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Clothes Swap


Just a reminder: the Newlands Clothes Swap is happening this Sunday!

It hasn't rained on us yet, let's hope for blue skies.

Beginning at 11.00 we will swap anything for anything.

$5.00 per family to join.

Meet at Cox Reserve.

There will be some delicious treats for sale as well.

As the money is going towards this years Murnong Gathering we will be selling murnong tea towels. 

Screen printed by our very own Karen Lokerse!


We are interested in organising a kids capoeira Class locally.
Just wanting to know if there is any other interest?
Our motivation is to reduce required travel times for activities, while still having quality instruction. For those who don't know what capoeira is here is a link. 
Please note link is from the sydney branch of the capoeira school.
Just to get an idea of numbers, if you are interested could you send me an Email:
Or call/text me on:0438 014 803.

Mango Drive!


Hello Newlanders.

Newlands Primary School is holding its very first mango drive!!
A box of deliciously fresh mangos costs $24.50.
They will delivered to NPS in November and can be picked up from the school.
If you would like to place an order please call Louisa Jade on 0400 971 464.
Eating mangos to support public education makes them taste even better!

The Newlands Fundraising Team.

Monday, 21 October 2013



Builder and handyman available for all home maintenance jobs:

Hi my name is Barry and I moved to Newlands about 18 months ago. I am a registered Carpenter and I'm available in the local area for big or small home improvements or maintenance. Contact me at or on 0410 756 013.

Cheers neighbours! 

Garage Sale


10 am Saturday October 26th
Multiple households
So much Stuff!
Baby stuff

For Sale

Hi all, 

I brought this bike a year ago and my son has already outgrown it. I have just had it serviced under warranty and it is in awesome condition (as new).

Brought it for $120 but selling for $50.

If keen please contact Mel, Jarrah and Jedda on 0418135209

Thanks ;)


Hello everyone.

You may have known that Stewart Lodge held its annual plant sale fundraiser this weekend - which was a wonderful success! :)
We have a lot of plants left over and I wanted to offer any community gardens (or individuals) the opportunity to come and buy anything left over for $1 each. There is still a huge selection available of veggies, herbs, flowers, succulents, etc.
If you're interested you can just swing by Stewart Lodge this Tuesday from 9am-12pm. The address is 85 Stewart St, Brunswick.

Nattie :)



Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
Award winning documentary showing the "process" for asylum seekers in Indonesia.
The film that every Australian needs to see.

Where: West Preston Baptist Church,  Corner Cramer & Gilbert Rd, Preston.
When: 7.45pm, Tuesday, 22nd October.
Free for all. Supper will be supplied.

Coburg Farmer's Market




Bring any unwanted kids clothes to the Farmer's Market and you will be able to swap them for ones that fit. 

Where: Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, Coburg.
When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8am to 1pm.
Cost: A gold coin donation to support school programs is greatly appreciated.

MFE Sale

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It's nearly our one year anniversary! To celebrate we are having a one off clothing sale in our courtyard.

EVERYTHING will be $50 or less

On Saturday 9th November
@Mim Found Ena  239 High st Northcote

We hope to see you there!

Whats new at MFE?
We are fully stocked for your handmade Christmas shopping, with both
small and big gifts.

We have just re stocked these beautiful waxed cotton Necklaces from Yuree.
And, lovely new earrings from Red Parka and Fool's paradise.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Piano Teacher


My name is Betty Snowden and I am a highly experienced piano teacher living in Ronald Avenue, Coburg North.

I take students from 5 years onwards and teach classical music with an emphasis on the AMEB exam system. Students need a piano (or keyboard) to practise at home on a regular basis. Lessons are weekly half-hour sessions for $35. I like to teach the mother with small children and am also happy to take adult students.

Dr Betty Snowden
65 Ronald Street, Coburg North VIC 3058
T: +61 3 9354 3657 M: 0414 244 125 E:

Wednesday, 16 October 2013




I am looking for bees!

If you have a swarm appear in your garden, or see one in the local area, and they ARE bees, please contact Andrea on 0422251770. 

Thank you! 

FoEC October Activity

Untitled-2Hi Friends and Members,
I hope you are enjoying spring!
It has certainly 'sprung' and we will be out on the creek this Sunday enjoying some forecast warm conditions (24 degrees forecast!).
We will be at the Ronald Street area - at the M9 water main crossing site (we'll be easily spotted from Ronald Street - cross at the footbridge). We are planting a small number of shrubs and trees on the day and will also be doing mulching of the site in preparation for a planting event there in early 2014. As preparation for this planting we will have a lot of grassed and other plants that we will be potting up into bigger tubes (a bit like what we did this time last year with the sheoaks if you remember).

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! 

Kind regards,
David Pavone
President FoEC.

Golf Range and Recreational Park in Golf Road


Just wondering if you can make people aware that the recreational park in golf road just off Newlands Road has not been maintained for quite awhile. The grass is very long and is starting to look like a cow paddock. It is not only a recreational park but also a public golf driving range, the only one in the metropolitan area. Maintenance of this park has been very low, grass is long, fallen branches everywhere, and its a haven for things like snakes etc.
All my efforts to clean up this area has fallen on deaf ears, not only is it useless as a golf driving range but those who walk there dogs and take their children there no longer think of it as an enjoyable outing. I am hoping that the local community can lobby the council to maintained the park.