Monday, 30 June 2014

St Marks Community Market 2014


1st Saturday of the Month (except Easter) 9am to 1pm

5th July
2nd August
6th September
4th October
2nd November

6th December

In Big Hall, 21 Beatty Street Reservoir,
Off Gilbert Road, near 112 Tram terminus.

Regular stall holders include:
·       Home crafts, hand knits, preserves and baking
·       Plants, jewellery, soaps, candles and cards
·       New children’s clothing including custom made
·       Preloved children’s clothing and toys.
·       And more

All undercover, tables for hire and off-street parking for early birds.
Kiosk - tea & coffee, sausage sizzle

Contact Bev 9478 5858 or Patti  9354 3082








Plans for Connolly Ave Bridge


Hi Newlanders.
Here are the proposed plans for a new bridge over the creek near Connolly Ave.

Coburg RSL Band Night #3 on July 5


323 Sydney Road, COBURG
7pm, $5 (includes light supper!)
All ages 0-101+ are welcome, minors with guardian.

The not for profit venue Coburg RSL is holding its 3rd Band Night, a unique ALL ages experience where no one is too OLD or YOUNG. As a community managed club which does not rely on pokies for its revenue, the Coburg RSL aims for the Band Night to be a fun, family-friendly celebration of local independent acts. We welcome all musical acts and a special spotlight is put on young/new up and coming acts which may be playing their first shows. Celebrate your local heroes with us on Saturday 5 July. Mrs Barb Wire (MC for the night) and the friendly staff/volunteers of the Coburg RSL will wend you down a path full of happy surprises, not least of which is the 'Spam Raffle'. Coburg RSL Band Night #3, the best for less -- only $5 & includes light supper! Have a look at this line-up!

In the early 80’s on the outskirts of Perth, brothers Mark and Rob Snarski formed the darkly literate Chad's Tree. They had absorbed the music of the Velvet Underground, Television, The Doors, Tom Waits and Billie Holiday among others. They moved east, made records and then sadly at the end of the decade Chad's Tree disbanded. Mark formed the Jackson Code while younger brother Rob formed The Blackeyed Susans along with members of The Triffids and other luminaries. These days Mark Snarski lives in Madrid, has recorded and toured with his new project The Nearly Brothers with his pals - Mick Harvey, Martyn P. Casey, T.B. Allen and "Bongo”. He’s back in Australia for a spell and we are very grateful to have him join us with a solo set!

Mia Schoen sings with a remarkably unique yet consistent perspective. She is adept at many talents (multi-instrumentalist, songwirter, painter, teacher) and she is a flexible collaborator. Schoen’s ethos and aesthetic, are rooted in a suburban realism. She explores everyday existence through her songs, as well as through her paintings, which grace the sleeves of most of her releases. These days, Schoen has left the inner-city to set up home in the western suburbs, a landscape which continues to inspire her creative output. Even the name of her current band, New Estate, evokes this fascination with life beyond the rarefied environment of urban intellectuals and lifestyle poseurs. Musically, Schoen has translated early influences such as Flying Nun records’ speed-freak jangle, or the shambolic pop of Swell Maps and The Pastels into a style she can truly call her own, whether she’s furiously strumming skewed chords on her guitar or coaxing wheezing beauty from a vintage electric organ. She's playing a solo set.

Totally Mild is a self described 'pop, acapella, home recording' Melbourne band led by Melbourne’s Elizabeth Mitchell and including indie all-star Ashley Bundang. Following last September’s cassette tape release 'Castanet' and recent supports on album launches by everyone from Emma Russack to Full Ugly to Melbourne Cans, they’re putting out an LP later in the year via Bedroom Suck. Listen!

"Folk music with factoids"...Taylor Project are a Melbourne (and Elmore!) based country-folk band. They'll be playing a duo set. Youtube clips here:

Special guests Brown & Hurley will perform their debut show and young local artists Tim & Bridget will enthral you.

Coburg RSL Band Night. The Best for Less.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

For Sale


For Sale MCN Stash

For Sale Modern Cloth Nappy Stash of 25 MCN's and 7 Covers

From left to right
BBH Covers; Sizes 2XLarge 2XMed 1XSmall, Bizzy Bums Patchwork Ruffle Bum OSFM GUC, MangoLime AI2 UC, Designer Bums Pocket Velcro OSFM GUC, Itti Bitti D'Lish AI2 Large EUC, Gen Y Large Cover Never Used, Gensa Forge AI2 Medium Training Pants GUC, Monk'n'Bear AI2 OSFM EUC, Gensa Forge AI2 Large EUC, Gensa Forge AI2 Large VGUC, Issy Bear Pocket OSFM VGUC, Lexi Lou Medium Hound Dog AI2 GUC, Abby Gro OSFM AI2 slack elastics (free), Abby Gro Owl Cover OSFM UC, 2X Gensa Forge Large (More a Med in my opinion) AI2 VGUC, Brand New Alexis Taylor AI2 OSFM included in stash for extra $115 posted or $90 pick up, Monk'n'Bear AI2 OSFM VGUC, Retro Space MCN in need of repair (free), Itti Bitti D'Lish AI2 Large EUC with extra inserts, Gensa Forge AI2 Large EUC, CC Leopard Pocket OSFM GUC, CK Pocket OSFM GUC, Gensa Forge AI2 Large VGUC, CK Pocket OSFM GUC, CK The Hungry Caterpillar Pocket Nappy VGUC, CK Pocket OSFM GUC, Gensa Forge Med Training Pants GUC. 

All nappies have lots of life left in them and are very absorbent. Conditions range from used condition to brand new 

Three rainbow cloth wipes and small wet bag included for free with stash. 

Only selling as bulk lot, with or without AT nappy. 
$300 without AT nappy or
$415 posted with AT nappy or $390 picked up in Preston with AT nappy 

If you have any further questions or would like more photos or to inspect please don't hesitate to contact me on 
0467 555 197

Tuesday, 24 June 2014


Newlands Primary School is having its first ever Permablitz this Sunday! We are going to plant an orchard, build a sandpit, put the groundwork in for a poa maze while the kids make lunch for us and create ephemeral cubby houses out of a couple of catoneaster trees.
The Newlands community is warmly welcomed and over the course of the day there will be a couple of fruit tree planting workshops for those interested.
We are starting at 10.30 and should be finished up by 4.00 and it would be wonderful to see some neighbourhood folk there (if only for an hour or two).

Coburg Farmers Market


Come say hi to our farmers!

At Coburg Farmers Market
This Saturday

Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea St
8am - 1:00pm … 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month

It might be wintery in Melbourne this week, but that’s no excuse to not come on down to the Coburg Farmer’s Market this Saturday! Don’t forget, our farmers work on the land, whatever the weather and come to our markets in rain, hail or shine! This weekend Pure Pie will satisfy your pastry needs with take home pies and sausage rolls. If you prefer to make your own, go & say g’day to Greenvale Pork, Plains Paddock Lamb & Wattlebank Park Beef. Dessert is also taken care of thanks to Tara Kiste Cake Emporium and Flavour Station. And of course all the regular staples such as free range eggs, farmhouse cheese, seasonal fruit & veg…

See you on Saturday folks!

Bring the family, the neighbours, your dog and shopping bags & enjoy the atmosphere and colour of a real deal farmers market!

House Sitter


House sitter wanted 18 July to 3 August

We are looking for a housesitter for our 3 bedroom house in East Coburg on Merri Creek from 18 July to 3 August. The house has central heating and is a 2 minute walk to the number 1 tram. 

Housesitting will involve letting chickens in and out of their coop every morning and evening. Also, we have a very docile dog who will require feeding and the odd walk. 

If you are interested please email me at:



For Rent

Large, furnished room available for sublet from now to mid September.
The house is spacious, warm (central heating) with wifi internet, a large garden, quiet and peaceful surrounds. Close to number 1 and 112 trams, Merri Creek and bike path. Located on the border of Preston and Coburg. 
You would be sharing with one other, (female, working professional, easy going, tidy) a cat and 3 chickens. 
$185 per week plus bills. Bond: $370. 

Please call Kelly on 0414 061 600. 

Help Needed


Hi Newlanders and specifically Claremont Streeters,

Gigi here.

I was wandering down Claremont street a couple of days ago and saw poor old Maurice struggling to open his gate,  I helped him do it and we chatted and he said he has just come back from being in hospital for 8 months. He needs help walking his lovely, docile dog (just around the block for 10 minutes really) and maybe for someone/s to get the newspaper for him. I can help him out a couple of days a week but thought there would surely be others in the 'hood who'd like to help too. He has no family or friends close by.

If you'd like to email me, or call 9354 9337 0458 357 035 and I will organise a roster I can hand to Maurice. He is quite confused and unstable on his feet but very friendly and quite funny!

Thanks, keep warm.



Have a BASH! Hosted by "The Retro Girls".
Featuring the fabulous Tony Falcone!

Thursday 26th June; 7pm - 10pm.

The Retro Gallery 1002-1004 Sydney Rd Coburg Nth.
Open mic/jam/karaoke/dance/circus/performance art!
BYO instruments,lyrics, juggling balls etc...
$10 door charge.
BYO munchies & plonk to share.
Nibbles, tea & coffee provided.
Family friendly warm fuzzy creative hub.
Plz feel free to share this invite with your dear ones.

Monday, 23 June 2014



Here I am, wishing I had a bluestone path through the mud to my front door, and some brick paving under the clothes line.
I bet you've got a bluestone pitcher or two lying about doing nothing, or seven leftover bricks from that project. Or maybe you know someone who does. Let me know and I'll gather them up! Meet one of your most resourceful or opportunistic neighbours! No quantity to large or too small-probably. Thanks, Newlands!

Tahti 0430127204.



Hi there Newland Community News Team,
I have just recently moved into the area (as a result of an ad in one of your newsletters) and thought I might ask for some help through the newsletter.
My name is Kurt and I have a beautiful, gentle Whippet called Piccolo. He is stressed as a result of the move into the area and craving company during the day. Is there anyone in the area who spends most of their time at home and who might like to care for him during the day? I would be happy to cover expenses and a little extra to the carer. He just needs company basically! He is house trained, very quiet and sleeps most of the time. There would be no need to walk him as I will do that each day, but if you were going out for a walk along he creek and wanted some company with you, he would love that. Please give me a call if you can help me out. My phone number is 0400 903 267 and email is
Thanks and cheers,


Wednesday, 18 June 2014



The Uke4Kids team runs music lessons & an orchestra for kids all around Melbourne, including at West Preston, Brunswick East, & Thornbury Primary Schools. The orchestra (Uke4Kids Family Orchestra - UFO) recently won a music video competition run by Cairns Ukulele Festivval, part of the prize is playing on the Main Stage at the festival - but we have to get the kids there! SO a speedy Pozible Campaign has started. We only have two weeks til the festival starts, so time is of the essence. Have a look at the link to the winning video, they are really ace and talented (not just cute!), share our campaign widely, & if you can, contribute something - anything!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014



Dear local friends.

My mum has discovered a terrific way to assist asylum seekers in the northern suburbs.  If you have household items to donate to families who have virtually nothing, you can contact Mahshid Babzartabi who will match your donations directly with families



Free 3/4 kids bed!

This bed has a pine frame which is a bit weathered and a mattress which is in good condition.
It is 3/4 the length of a single bed but as wide as a single bed.

Please call Heidi on 0421402512.

Located in Coburg North.

Friday, 13 June 2014


The next Friday morning mindfulness and meditation session is being held on Friday the 20th of June at 9.30 am at Rachael’s place - 13 Meadow St Coburg – new people welcome – cost is $15  - please stay for a cup of tea after.  I look forward to seeing you there.
Rachael Millsom
0431 290 174

Thursday, 12 June 2014



Dear Friends,

A couple of important sustainability events / offers:

1.    Have your say on the DRAFT Urban Food Production Strategy!

The Urban Food Production Strategy describes how Council will work with the Darebin community to realise a shared vision for the cultivation, processing and distribution of food in Darebin. Feedback from residents, expert stakeholders and Council staff has been used to develop the Draft Strategy, recognising the existing wealth of experience in this area within the community. Visit  to access the draft strategy and for details on how to submit feedback, including an invitation to attend a community consultation at the Council offices on July 2nd. For a fun, interactive experience, you can also have your say at the Darebin Sustainable Food leaders Forum (see below).

2.    Get in Quick to register your place at the Sustainable Food Leaders Forum Tuesday 17th June!

If you are passionate about a building a sustainable food future, why not join us at the Sustainable Food Leaders Forum on Tuesday 17th June from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Function Room, Council Offices High Street Preston. As a group, we will discuss and critique the vision and key action areas of the Draft Urban Food Production Strategy, as well as hear about other exciting Sustainable Food and Food Security initiatives in Darebin. See attached agenda for more details. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Lee Tozzi on or phone 8470 8392

3.    Darebin Council’s Solar Bulk Buy has been extended to 31st July 2014

Darebin City Council is working with solar power partners Positive Charge and Energy Matters to offer all Darebin property owners the chance to purchase a range of high-quality solar panel systems at a great rate. Darebin City Council has done the hard work to find households a good deal through these trusted providers.

Hurry - offer closes 31 July 2014!

These systems not only offer significant electricity cost savings by supplied renewable energy at your home, but also come with a 10 year warranty on panels, inverter and installation. Australia’s Renewable Energy Target is currently under review by the Federal Government. As a result, there is some industry speculation that the national rebate for solar (STCs) will be changed, including the possibility that it is reduced in value or removed. If you are considering installing solar panels in the next year or so, it may be a good time to proceed, before any changes to the Renewable Energy Target take place.

Prices and product details can be found on

To register for a free quote at - make sure you click the Darebin Bulk Buy category to secure you discounted price. To request a quote by phone call Positive Charge on 9385 8525.

4.    It’s a Plastic Free July in Darebin!

Join us and take the Challenge this July!  Darebin City Council is taking part in the Plastic Free July Challenge and encouraging residents and businesses to do their best to avoid plastic waste for the entire month. By avoiding plastic bags and replacing single-use plastics, such as disposable cups, straws, and lunch wrap with reusable cups and containers for an entire month, we can help prevent some of the 1 million tonnes of plastic waste created in Australia each year.

It is easy to do:
·         Say no to plastic bags
·         Avoid packaged products
·         Bring your own bags/containers when shopping

Are you up for the Challenge? Register at or see the Darebin Council website:

Kind regards,

Lee Tozzi
Sustainable Food Officer

T 03 8470 8392

Nest Coworking


Nest Coworking Opens in Thornbury - Special Offer for Newlands Readers

Nest Coworking in Thornbury is open. Nest is a beautifully designed space full of inspiring professionals working on their own businesses and collaborating as they feel like it. Membership for as little as $20 per day. See and mention Newlands for a 10% discount on the first month's membership.

The Artist's Way at Nest

The Artist's Way is the seminal self-help book by Julia Cameron with sage advice and a 12 week program for igniting your creativity. This 12 week group is just $100, click here to register or search "Artist's" at 

Coworking Workshop - Collaboration and the Future of Your Business

An immersive, collaborative, workshop unlocking the knowledge and experience of the people in the group to figure out what makes for good collaboration, good coworking, and how these can influence the future of our businesses.

Nanny Available

Hi All.
My work arrangements have changed recently and unfortunately we are not going to be able to keep on our wonderful nanny, Maria. I thought I would pass on her details in case anyone is looking for someone to look after their kids. 
Maria is a really special combination of creative, fun, clever and no-nonsense. She has looked after our 1 and 3 year old for a day at home, as well as doing an afternoon pick up from childcare, for the last 6 or so months. People often ask, 'where do you find the good ones?' - Maria is one of them. 
Please feel free to ring me for a reference (0422 779 840) or email Maria for more info (

Thanks, Cecilia.


March for Justice for Refugees 
Sunday 22nd June, 1:30pm, City Square, corner Swanston & Collins Streets, Melbourne
Calling for
·         Closure of Detention Centres on Manus Island and Nauru
·         Justice for Reza Barati, and all those who languish in Australia’s abhorrent detention system
·         Fair and timely processing of all requests for asylum

Dear Refugee Supporters,
Building on the momentum of the Walk for Justice on Palm Sunday, we encourage you to come out again for the World Refugee Day March on Sunday 22nd June, 1:30pm at the City Square.   The music starts at 1pm with South of the River Choir followed by Shakin’ The Tree.  Speakers from 1.30pm – 2.10pm, then march to Queensbridge Square (Southbank) for the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir and two additional speakers.   MC - Corinne Grant.  Music also by Kavisha Mazzella and Celine Yap.
Speakers:    Sr.Brigid Arthur – Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project;  Adam Bandt, MP – Deputy Leader Australian Greens; Zakia Baig - Australian Hazara Womens Association;  Anna Burke, MP – former Speaker of the House of Representatives;  Tri Nguyen – Brunswick Baptist Church (Boat to Canberra Project *);  Youhorn Chea – President of the Cambodian Association of Victoria;   Lucy Honan –on behalf of the Refugee Advocacy Network.   
*See more about the Boat to Canberra Project at

Whistle blowers continue to reveal the appalling conditions in the centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Innocent people are imprisoned, denied dignity and freedom and stripped of all hope.  It is a regime of calculated cruelty. No arrests have been made for the attacks on asylum seekers, and there has been no justice for Reza Barati.  Minister Scott Morrison has admitted he cannot guarantee the safety of any of the detainees there.  Some detainees are being offered the untenable option of being resettled in Papua New Guinea – another place of danger for them, or Cambodia.  Australia must stop seeking to outsource our responsibilities to other countries.
The alternative to offshore processing is clear: welcoming refugees and processing their applications quickly in the community. This approach would be in keeping with our international legal obligations; it would be far less costly, and it would mean people would be treated with dignity.  Australia can and should accept many more asylum seekers.
The government is intent on discouraging people from seeking asylum in Australia – no matter what it takes.  The recent death of Leo Seemanpillai, an asylum seeker living in the limbo of extended uncertainty in the community, us a painful reminder of the damaging polices of deterrence, and the human cost of not welcoming those who seek our protection.   See video and statement on the death of Leo Seemanpillai,  by Rev David Pargeter, Executive Director, Commission for Mission, UCA Synod of Victoria & Tasmania.

There is rising concern within the community about the several and serious human rights violations, and the cruelty being inflicted on people under these policies.  Some members of parliament are now calling for an end to these shameful policies – we must stand with them to demand polices based on justice and compassion.    Come out and show your support for asylum seekers at the World Refugee Day March.

·         We believe Australia can and should be more generous and provide resettlement and permanent protection to more refugees and people seeking asylum.
·         We affirm the right of all asylum seekers to live in dignity and safety while their claims for protection are being processed in the community.
 You can also support this action by:
v  Promoting the march through your networks 
v  Bringing a group from your personal or other networks 
v  Spreading the word by distributing leaflets and posters – print off and display in public places  
v  If your organisation or group has not yet endorsed the action – email
Marie Hapke 0409 252 673
Lucy Honan 0404 728 104

Organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network in conjunction with faith-based groups, unions and community organisations.

Coburg Farmers Market


Coburg Farmers Market this Saturday
(and every other 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month)
Coburg North Primary School
180 O'Hea St Coburg   3058

Oranges, Chocolate & Walnuts

Sweet & juicy new season citrus is abundant at farmers’ markets at the moment so say g’day to Doron Talmi & The Orange Lady at Coburg FM. Different varieties and freshly squeezed juice will be available for a great hit of Vitamin C to keep your immune system fighting fit in the cooler weather! Winter can start some serious chocolate cravings & Cocoa Rhapsody have got you covered! Their bush tucker bars with local raspberries, strawberries & cherries will surely satisfy the strongest of choc cravings! Carol of King Valley Walnuts will have in-shell & shelled walnuts straight off their property in North East Vic. A perfect ingredient for your baking & preserves and a tasty healthy snack!
Drop by the Art Room as well for mini makers workshops for the kids...visit our website for more information!

Bring the family, your dog and shopping bags & enjoy the atmosphere and colour of a real deal farmers market!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Face Painting at Coburg Carnivale

Students at Newlands Primary School have been learning the art of face painting through the Face Paint by Children Project.

They will be running a face painting stall at Coburg Carnivale this Saturday.

Come down to Victoria Mall this Saturday for fun and festivities!

Lumi Opus Makers


Hi - we just wanted to update you on our activities for the Lumi Opus Makers held this Saturday. Here is the info and a couple photos. 

Come and be a maker.

Lumi Opus Mini Makers projects run two more weeks, June 14th, June 28th during the Farmers Market @ Coburg North Primary School, 
180 O'Hea Street, Coburg, VIC 3058

For the Mini Makers

> This Saturday - June 14 - Mini Maker Pop Up Shop is open during Farmers Market Hours @ Coburg North Primary School for kids to have a go at hand drawing with Fabric Markers on Totes, T-shirts, Aprons, Baseball Caps, and decals. Join in the fun by showing up between 10-1pm. Prices vary from $2 - $14 depending on the item and availability.

> Kids T-shirt screen printing workshops by Lumi Opus Mini Makers.  June 28th @ 12pm -1pm. Check website for details. Only 4 spots left! 
> See "The Design Project for Kids" in action. All sold out and currently running.

For the Adult Makers

This Saturday, June 14
> Sink into the role of 'designer for an hour'. Design a surface pattern for a totebag, a tea towel or a fabric project. Relax into the creative atmosphere with a mentor while making your own print pattern, and screen print it on the spot. Walk away with fabric that you designed and printed. 

> Calling all screen printers who need a workshop for the morning. Come to our POP up shop and reclaim a screen, work on artwork, learn how to cut a stencil. Get a tour of the process. Come on down, all experience levels welcome. 

Check website for details:
Michele Luminato
Mobile: 0479 027 570 

Budget Submission Opportunity


Concerned about safety, lighting, schools or public space In Moreland? You can make an online submission to influence the Moreland Council's 2014-2015 draft budget here:

Deadline: Saturday 14 June 2014, by 5 pm

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

For Rent


Hi there, I have a LARGE room available in a truly unusual house.
I live in Thornbury (a great part of town), a 10min walk to the tram, 13min to Croxton station (20min train ride into the city). 
A stroll away from High Street Northcote and the supermarket and only a 35min bike ride to city.
The house is the first floor of an Italianate mansion converted into an apartment, with huge light filled rooms and high ceilings.
 Your room is in the mansion's tower and available on 16th JUNE 2014.
It's BIG with a lovely outlook over the Thornbury + city views. It comes with a queen sized bed, 2 tall wardrobes, an open hanging space and desk. 
I’m an easy going, active female working in jobs from graphic design to volunteering. I enjoy good food, reading, yoga, socialising, making the most of interesting music or shows Melbourne has on offer, bike riding & movies.
I love living here and would like to share the space with like-minded, positive people. I respect that people appreciate their own space, but also enjoy a chat over dinner. Would prefer a mature 30+ (but open to discussion).
$220 pw + bills + bond
 If this sounds of interest, email me and tell me about yourself. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, 9 June 2014



Hi there fellow Newlanders, 

We are in desperate need of some fencing people to demolish and remove our existing dangerous brick fence and put up a new colorbond or paling fence.
I arranged times for 4 people to quote from the list in the leader and only 1 showed up! 
Can anyone recommend someone to us? 
Any help here would be hugely appreciated! 

Thanks, Shannon.


Sunday, 8 June 2014

For Sale and Free!

Allegro bike 2010 City 3 model for sale:

Melbourne designed. Here’s a link with info from Commuter cycles about these bikes sell for $400 ono.

Also, a Felt FS 7000 series.  Here’s some info on those too: $300 ono.

Double Bed with near new mattress King Koil brand: $100 ono.

And Free Stuff:

Dressing table with mirror (mirror is cracked).

Art deco small wardrobe.

Kids’ stools (tops need to be reattached with some glue or nailed).

Email:, or phone 0449708565 if interested in any of these.  
Moving stuff on for a friend who is not around at the moment, so if have any questions just ask and I’ll try to find out the answer.