Thursday, 30 January 2014

Stumping Recommendations


Hello lovely people,

We are wondering if anyone in the Newlands area has any re-stumping leads.  The blog has come up with excellent recommendations for flooring.  We're hoping the community might have some recommendations here too.  

If you've had a positive experience, please send me an email to let me know:

Thanks in advance.



Faith, Food & Fabric Fun


Come celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Day on the 1st February - PepperTree's first 
Incr-Edible Food Swap of the Year. In partnership with the Multicultural Women's Sewing group, Harmony Day celebrates our diverse, local community with fresh food, fabric and fun activities for everyone to participate in. We will have a few local bread experts making, baking and 'breaking' different breads on the day for all to share. Dance and music performance from around the globe will be featured in a celebration of life, promoting harmony regardless of their faith and religion.
Please join us at PepperTree Place Saturday 1st February, 10am-12pm

512 Sydney Road, Coburg (cnr Bell St or Uruquart St)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

MECCARG Activity this Saturday 1-3


Hello Friends.
We hope everyone has been staying cool over the summer.
MECCARG are feeling excited by the prospect of another year of great community work down by the creek.
We have our first activity of the year this coming Saturday at our usual time of 1-3.
It is looking like being quite warm and we are thinking that once we move a little bit of mulch around and maybe do a spot of seed collecting that we could sit under the trees and drink icy cold water. We will have some lovely books to entertain the kids with and probably a couple of interesting weed books as well!
We hope to see you there or maybe on another Saturday in 2014!
Cheers The MECCARG Team.

Ps - if you haven't heard of MECCARG before we are a local revegetation group that works on the Merri Creek in between Murray Rd and Bell St. MECCARG stands for Merri and Edgars Creek Confluence Restoration Group. We love to meet new people and always have plenty to do!!! We meet on the first Saturday of every month from 1-3.

Friday Morning Meditation


Hello Newlanders,

Friday morning meditation is back again this year – 7.30am – 8.30am – starting this Friday the 31st of January.  So if you have been thinking of trying some mindfulness and meditation come along and have a go. Experienced and beginners welcome.  We are a friendly group.  Cost is $15 per session.

We will be running every second week outdoors meeting at the pedestrian bridge on the bend in Connolly avenue – and the alternate week will be at the Newlands Senior Citizens Centre on Murray Rd.

Friday the 31st of January will be held outside.

Looking forward to seeing you at the river.  You can just turn up – or let Rachael know on 0431290174 or

Rachael also has a facebook page if you are looking for some daily inspiration.  

See you Friday.

Rachael Millsom

Vegetable Course


Start the new year with new ideas and techniques for your garden at Hidden Creek Neighbourhood House- Grow Your Own Vegetables Course. Classes will be tailored to the interests and experience of those attending with theory, practical tasks and free plants.  Also provides the opportunity to meet some local gardeners.  
I have worked and gardened in Moreland for the past 10 years, including teaching at Ceres. Spread the word!
All the best,


Monday, 27 January 2014

Melbourne School of Tarantella TERM 1


Happy new year everyone!

After a lovely long break we are ready to start classes again on wednesday the 5th of February!

For beginners or for those who wish to really go back to the basics and a slower pace (it's always a good thing!), class is on at 6:30pm and it will run for an hour. Intermediate/advanced class will start at 7pm to 8pm, so we'll have half hour of mixed class beginners and advanced. We tried this last year and it worked really well for both groups!

Term 1 will go from the 5th of february to Wednesday the 2nd of April, 9 weeks in total. Cost for the term is $160, first trial class only $20 (if you decide to do the term this will be taken off the total fee).

Class will run at the Coburg Baptist church hall, 298 Sydney rd Coburg, entrance through the side blue gate in Hatton Grove.

We have got an exciting dancing year ahead! You can catch Melbourne school of Tarantella troupe performing at Antipodes Greek Festival in Lonsdale street on Sunday the 9th of February at 5pm. 

Looking forward to dancing with you, if you need any info contact me here or by phone and you can also keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website



Rosa Voto
Melbourne School of Tarantella
0430 162 408

Organic Veggie Boxes Delivered Free to Boyne St


Hi Neighbours, 

Just wanted to let you know that my house on Boyne Street has become a Partner Location for Earth & Sky Organics. That means you can get your organic fruit and veggies (and eggs, dairy and more) delivered locally for free! Here's an example of one of this week's mixed boxes:
We've tried out a few other veggie boxes but found these to be the most varied with consistently fresh produce. Some of the produce is not strictly local (interstate at most) but it's all seasonal, ethically sourced and certified organic or biodynamic.

If you want to know more please have a look at 

:-) Allegra

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Looking to Housesit


Hi to this wonderful Newlands community.
I've just moved back to Melbourne from the Uk and need a house sit to tide me over until I get my sea legs again in this lucky country. I'm available from the beginning of February, but any time would be fine by me.
I'm 54, a widow with no children, clean and neat with an overly high sense of responsibility! I don't drink or smoke or take any drugs. I love cooking, reading, sewing and blogging.
I like pets (although I must confess I'm more of a cat lover than a dog lover). I'm happy to look after your flourishing garden.
I've recently been house sitting for lovely Maurice in Smith St in Thornbury and I'm sure he'd be happy to give me a reference if you'd like one.
I love this area and would like to rent here eventually.
I work as a medical receptionist as well as running my own business making Exotic cushions. I have a workroom that I share with my sister at Montsalvat. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 
Please contact Jo on 0481 322 974.

Newlands Yoga 2014


Start the new year with a practice to stretch your mind and body with Clare Fleming. Clare  is an experienced yoga teacher and has been working in the neighbourhood for over 3 years. The practice is defined by flowing sequences of movement, guided by intelligent use of breath.

Yoga returns this Tuesday evening 28 January for a nine 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? $99 for a 9 week  term or $17 casually

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

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Free Firewood


We knocked down our garage and have chopped down the roof beams and some other wood, for use as fire wood. If you want some please come to 59 Mathieson St, Coburg North and collect! I will put it in the front garden and let you all know when it’s all gone. There is also a stainless steel sink if anyone wants it and some tree cuttings that might be good for kindling in the driveway!
Some of the wood has nails in it so please be careful.
Lucy x

Movie Screening


The 2014 Sustainable Living Festival kicks off on February 8th and runs until 23rd and we have a few different events happening in Moreland. Here's our first...

A Twilight picnic and screening of The Growing Food Project

You're invited to a twilight community feast and film screening to celebrate free and fair food in Melbourne. Everyone is welcome!

Food will be prepared by the generous volunteers from Brunswick's own amazing Open Table.

We're hoping to source lots of locally grown fresh food for the feast (more on how you can help with this below).

To cap off the evening we'll have an open air screening of the Growing Food Project a short documentary film that captures a cluster of vibrant stories exploring Melbourne's local food movement and community food initiatives, where people are coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. Written & directed by Rasha Tayeh.

Date: Sunday 9th February

Time: Arrive from 6.30, wander through the food forest and community garden (which feature in the film), dinner will be served from 7pm and the film will be screening between 8-8.30pm

Where: West Brunswick Community Garden, Dunstan Reserve, Behind 49 Everett Street, Brunswick West VIC 3055

BYO: a blanket, something to drink, more of your own food (if you want to), maybe some mozzie repellant just in case

Cost: Nothing (you can make a gold coin donation if you feel like it)

Food Donations: we'd love to use lots of locally produced food for our feast and will happily accept donations of surplus produce.

Open Table will be able to use anything and everything - they are a creative bunch in the kitchen. Miscellaneous veg, greens, herbs, edible flowers, citrus and other fruits, eggs, even honey if someone is rolling in it! Please only share what you have in excess.

We really love giving the fresh produce we haven't used away on the evening in small boxes and paper bags, so there will never be too much!

If you can contribute, please drop your fresh food off at the West Brunswick Community Garden by 2pm on Sunday 9th Feb.

Questions: email

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

For Anyone in an Organisation Needing Festival Funding‏


The Unity Through Partnerships grants program is a cultural grant opportunity with a focus on festivals: 

The Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program opened on 13 January 2014, and will close on 28 February 2014

Administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program provides funding of up to $100,000 for projects undertaken in partnership by two or more of Victoria’s diverse ethnic, cultural and religious communities, culminating in a public festival, event or gathering that:
·        fosters cross-cultural connections by encouraging community organisations from different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds to work in partnership on a joint project;
·        showcases the vibrancy of multiculturalism through festivals and/or events that encourage the participation of the whole community;
·        demonstrates the benefits of cultural, linguistic and religious diversity to the broader Victorian community;
·        builds the capacity and experience of participating community organisations through mutual support, skills development, knowledge sharing and mentoring between partnering organisations;
·        develops sustainable relationships between partner organisations with a view to maintaining partnerships after the completion of the project;
·        provides opportunities for meaningful and sustainable participation and engagement of a wide range of Victorians, with emphasis on new and emerging communities or groups currently under-represented in community activities; and
·        promotes education and awareness of racial and religious diversity and acceptance in Victoria.

What funding is available?

The total annual budget of the UTP Grants Program is $1.1 million. Organisations may make applications for up to $100,000. In previous rounds, grants have ranged between $5,000 and $100,000, with an average grant size of approximately $30,000. Applications will be accepted for festivals and/or events that are scheduled to run between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.

What is the application process?

Read the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program Guidelines attached to this email carefully, to ensure your project strongly aligns with the objectives of the program. Visit for more information.

From 13 January 2014 applications can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) or hardcopy:

Online (from 13 January 2014):

By mail: Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
              Unity Through Partnerships Grants Program
              GPO Box 4698
              Melbourne VIC 3001

For more information contact the Unity Through Partnerships Grants Team via email or on (03) 9651 2931. 

Free Furniture


If you can transport it, you can have it!
Large teacher style desk, very heavy, loved for over 20 years ;-) (see photo).
Corner computer desk.
Dressing table with mirror, over 50 years old.
Toddler activity table, solid wood.
Please contact Leanne 0425 806 210.

Invitation: Moreland Community Against the East West Tunnel (MCAT) - Thurs 23 January


Hi everyone.
Sorry for late invitation.

The next meeting of MCAT (Moreland Community against the (East West) Tunnel will be:
Thursday 23 January, 6.30pm @ the Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre (also known as the Trugo Club), eastern side of Temple Park.
If you haven't been to meetings here, you can walk up Wilson St from the Jewell Station to the park.
Some ideas which will be discussed are: a family picnic at Holbrook Reserve (which will be destroyed by the East West Link) in the lead-up to a rally in a central location in Moreland; an action at the zoo to highlight how the zoo animals will be effected, stalls in various parts of  Moreland, we will also be discussing how to win the support of unions to stop the East West Link.
The three contact people for the group are Sue Bolton 0413 377 978;  Riki Lane 0400 877 819; and Michael Petit 0417 354 169.

Can you help staff a stall to get the word out about the impact of the East-West Link?
We are planning to have stalls on Saturday 1 February and Saturday 8 February. Over the next few weeks, we would like to do stalls at Union Square shopping centret; Barkly Square shops. Coburg Mall and other parts of Moreland.
Support the pickets

Many Moreland residents have been regularly supporting the pickets to stop the drilling for the East West Tunnel. The Linking Melbourne Authority has notified Yarra council that they want to drill at 14 sites.

The tunnel picketers have a facebook group:
No East West Tunnel - Take the pledge
The aim of the pickets is to delay the project enough to force the governement to take the project to the election.

Sustainable Actions from Values and Passions


Sustainable Actions from Values and Passions in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival 2014
20th February 2014
Abbotsford Convent

Bring your thought, imagination, values and passions to this cross-sector innovation workshop. This experience is designed to give your nature related project ideas some creative lift through an injection of personal insight, diverse opinion and creative process.  Whether you are looking for ways to better engage an audience with sustainability projects,  facilitate connections to nature, design new programs or products, develop personal nature-related projects; this workshop will leave you brimming with new connections, inspiration and ideas.
All details at
Thanks Erica. 

Newlands Stories Project

Join us in a celebration of local stories. Learn more about the history of the Newlands Housing estate and personal stories from the people who live here. Please bring food for sharing and discover that we'll have what we need on the night!
Tuesday 11th February, 6 pm-9 pm.
Hidden Creek Neighbourhood House
20 Murray Rd, Coburg North
9350 3437

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Wanting to Buy in North Coburg/Newlands Area


Hi all,

We have a friend who wants to buy a house in our fabulous neighborhood - he is a genuine buyer and not fussed whether it's an un-renovated house.  He already has loan approval and is happy to do a private sale or go through a real estate agent. His budget is up to $550K.

Please email me if you know of anything coming up or you may be thinking of it.


Thank you!


Hi Newlands News,
We would like to thank everyone for their generous response to our nappy post. We've been thrilled with the donations of nappies and newborn toys/wraps that people have left - it's very kind and heartening in the face of such recent negative media coverage of refugee policy. We have enough of everything for now!!
Thanks again - Johanna.

ECO Home and Body

Hello Eco Friends! 
It is with sadness that I tell you that this week is my last day at the Preston Market, but it is with great excitement that I tell you the website for ECO Home & Body has been launched!! 
Check out
Come in and see me this Saturday at the Preston Market for 10% off your purchases. I look forward to seeing you then, and online! 
Emma x

Monday, 20 January 2014

Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool Survey

Apologies for the duplication if you already have this but I wanted to let people know that Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool have launched a survey about our pool on their Facebook page. It's a great chance for pool users to voice their opinions about what they like and don't like about our wonderful local pool. I also couldn't help adding a comment to the actual Facebook post. I've had some issues with opening hours and the inconsistent promotion of opening hours over the last week or so and although I hope that these issues may have been resolved, I don't think it hurts to voice what is important to you.

Survey Link 


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Ladies Retro Bike for Sale


Hi all,

I have a lovely Ladies retro bike for sale. I bought it two years ago and had Chris from the Pedal Cyclery do some re-build work on it ($435 worth - receipt attached so you can see what was done to it) and it rides really well. I don't use it enough & would rather it be sold to someone who will get more out of it. 

The brand is GX Sports 10 speed, gold in colour and slight rust on original mud guards. Milk crate on back can come off and back rack can hold panniers.  Really comfy seat from another bike. 

Please contact me for a test ride -  $350 ONO - all genuine offers considered, don't be shy!

ph: 0422 166 132 (please call anytime after 5pm M-F or anytime on weekends).

Doggy Walker Wanted


Two days per week preferably late morning or around lunch time. Two small, adorable scruffy terriers who walk on a double lead. I can pay $25.00 per walk i.e. $50 per week.

Preferably Wednesday and Thursday, negotiable.

A walk and home for a cuddle and play would be great. I need someone who is mature, careful and trustworthy so references and police check would be great (yes, I have air conditioning).

If you were happy to make it a shorter walk and charge $20.00 per walk I could pay $60 per week for three walks. It's more about a bit of company for my older dog.

Please contact Jane 0400597728.

Thursday, 16 January 2014



Hi Members and Friends,
I am writing to advise that the FoEC AGM will be held Saturday February 1st at 1 PM. The venue is awaiting confirmation and will be advised ASAP.
All positions on our committee are elected on an annual basis  and nominations for any of our positions are welcome including President, Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer.
 Stay cool and hydrate!
See you on the (really dry) creek soon. 
David Pavone
President FoEC.

Housemate Wanted


Hi everyone, hope your finding ways to keep cool.
It is with regret that my excellent house mate is leaving for W.A. which leaves me now looking to replace a fantastic house mate. So I am looking for an employed person to share my 3 bedroom house in Ballard Ave Coburg north. Rent is $760.00 per month plus bills. I have a bit of a veggie garden and a couple of fruit trees and  a 14 year old dog that sleeps in my room and on his couch. He wouldn't sleep on yours though!. He probably wouldn't want to share with another pet or kids, but we can negotiate that if need be.
 My contact details are; gi-atti@hotmail .com or 9354 9337 or 0458 357 035.
Let me know if you or some one you know may be interested. I'm looking for the beginning of March,
Thanks, Gigi.

The Fairy Show!


Hi Newlanders!

My kids and I saw The Fairy Show yesterday and it was wonderful. If you are looking for a great family activity for the school holidays there are still a few days to catch this.

Highly recommended!!

Acrobatics Theatre For Kids of All Ages.

Follow the story of Fairy Smart, Fairy Snooze and Fairy Nuff as they try to grant the audience fairy wishes.

Join in and learn the song that makes the fairy dust work and then go on a mad-cap journey to find the fairy dust that the naughty gnomes have stolen. Clues have been left out and riddles must be solved before anyone gets to make a wish.

With Dislocate’s trademark mix of comedy and acrobatics The Fairy Show will excite even the most cynical of older brothers!

The Fairy Show is set within the backdrop of Ceres parkland and is ideal family entertainment for young and old.

Child Admission with accompanied Parent $15!

11TH – 19TH JANUARY 2014


Daily from 10am 11th January until 19th January

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Thank you!

Dave and Jane would like to thank the Newlands Community for so many offers of a port-a-cot for their camping adventure! How lucky we are to live in such a generous neighbourhood!!!

Thanks again!

Babysitting Club?


Hi there,

I'm a Newlands resident with two boys (aged 1.5 and 5) and I'm wondering if there is a babysitting club operating in the area between families. The type of thing that runs on points based on how much you sit for others and vice versa.

We've got no family in Australia and are finding it hard to get a break now and then, so I thought it would be fantastic to join a group like this, or if there isn't one up and running, perhaps I could start one up with some like-minded people needing some precious adult time!! 

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.



Monday, 13 January 2014

Swimming Lessons


My name is Samantha and I am organising the School Holiday Swimming Program in Moreland.
The swimming program will run for one week only from Monday the 20th of January to Friday the 24th of January inclusive - so 5, 30 minute lessons.
The program will be run at Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool as well as the Oak Park Aquatic Centre.
The cost will be $50 per child, with classes available from infants through to school age (classes will be grouped according to age and ability). 
All bookings or inquiries need to be sent to me at
 Once bookings are made times and classes will be finalised - all depends on the demand.
Thank you, 
Samantha Anderson

Fawkner Leisure Centre | 79-83 Jukes Road Fawkner 3060
Managed by the YMCA on behalf of the Moreland City Council
P: 03 9358 6600 | F: 03 9359 6803 |

Lost Contact Details


This is a message for:
The dog walker at Edgars Creek who met Jane, Cherry and Ralph's mum (2 golden terrier crosses), I have misplaced your contact details, could you please contact me or Mel on this website who has my details as I need your services sooner than expected. 
I am still happy to assist with your printed paperwork.
Look forward to hearing from you asap!
Jane 0400597728.

PPL VIC: News from the East West Link Battle Front Sunday 12 January 2013 and Future Events

Dear Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc members and friends


The latest message from the picket team reads: "ACTION ALERT: Meet at 5:30 am tomorrow morning (Mon January 13 ) on the crn of Alexandra Parade and Brunswick Street Fitzroy for another community picket against EW Link drilling."  (Don't worry if you arrive after this time. Instructions will be left as to drill site picketers are attending if drilling has moved from the crn of Alexandra Parade and Brunswick Street Fitzroy. It looks as though a move will be made to another site. ) Residents heard that there will be drilling on Wellington St., between No one St, and Mater St. this coming week.  

See Sue Jackson's invaluable record of last Thursday 9 January 2014 action: 


As we mentioned.staff of Planning Panels Victoria reported that they are still listing submissions on the website.As at Friday there were 1131 on the website!  

We believe that it is important that submitters wishing to obtain a place at the hearing attend the Directions or Preliminary Hearing on Tuesday 14 January 2014  set by the Assessment Committee of Planning Panels Victoria.  The Hearing will be held at the Mercure Hotel, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne and commences at 10:00 am. The Preliminary Hearing will address procedural and time-tabling matters related to the Public Hearings. Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc and the Royal Park Protection Group Inc will be there and it would be great if you could attend to show us support. . 


(1)  Protest at Zoo "Say No to EW Link Next To Zoo"to coincide with start of Twilight Night Concerts Friday 24 January 2014 and ongoing for some weeks.
The Zoo website says: "The Zoo has invited some of the best local and international musical talent to join in the fight against wildlife extinction. Whatever your musical tastes, there's something for everyone at Zoo Twilights, with your favourite artists performing every Friday and Saturday night from 24 January to 8 March 2014. "Now there is a wonderful irony  - the Zoo itself could soon be extinct ie closed down with a 4 lane open cut tolled roadway a mere 40 metres away from its walls. (The EW Link will mean lights, noise, vibration, pollution and destruction of the Zoo's parkland setting not just in the construction phase but when in operation.)  
(2)  Victoria First  - First Public Meeting 2 pm Saturday 1 February 2014 (Venue to be advised -  to be an inner city suburb.) Guest Speaker: Ernest Healy of the Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University with the topic "Melbourne – Heading for 'CARmageddon?'” - hear about our population boom and increased car ownership and dependence. (Note that the title is not original but was inspired by the Youtube video "Lies We Don't Buy" on the EW Link. We would give credit but have not discovered the author!See It was originally the ditty "Dumb Ways To Die" by the Department of Transport but went viral internationally and was adapted in countries around the world eg by a Ukrainian band!)
(3) SLiMS (Students University of Melbourne) Royal Park Festival 1 March 2014. Details to be advised.


Julianne Bell
Secretary Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc and
Committee Member Royal Park Protection Group Inc.
PO Box 197
Parkville VIC 3052

Mobile 0408022408 


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Beach House at Wye River

Retro beach house available for holiday rental at Wye River, 16 km past Lorne along the Great Ocean Road.

Sleeps up to 10.

3 bedrooms, 2 x double beds, 2 x bunk beds, 2 x single bed.

Beach views:


Mid-Jan til end of school holidays: $180 per night, $1260 per week.

Off-peak: $100 per night, $700 per week

Other school holidays: $150 per night, $1000 per week

Contact Dinealle for more info 0404198092

PORTA-COT loan needed.

Hey all,

Seems silly for us to spend hundreds on a porta cot when we only need one for a week or so. Does any kind stranger out there have one we could borrow between this Thurs (or even Sunday 19th until Mon 28th. Please call or text Dave on 0428631004 or Jane on 0448 005 830



Friday, 10 January 2014

Cleaner required

Hello Newlanders,

We're expecting our second child in about a week and have decided we need a little help!

We're looking for someone to come in weekly for the next 6 months to do around 2 hours of cleaning - vacuum, light dust, mop, kitchen, bathroom, toilet, etc (to be agreed upon) - and a cheeky bit of laundry folding to fill in the rest of the 2 hours.

We are hoping to pay $25 per hour as the agencies charge $30 and we want profit to go straight into pockets! We can supply all cleaning equipment (including a new vacuum cleaner!).

If you are able to help us out, or know someone who can, please email me (Janya) at


Free outdoor chair

Made of metal, gold colour
It is not solid metal but hard to describe,curvy, made of thin parallel strips or rods. Very decorative and very comfortable.
Good condition, slight rust.
Height at back 86cm
Height of seat above ground 48cm
Width 48cm
Depth of seat 40cm