Sunday, 30 November 2014

Pool Opens Monday December 1


Hi Newlands.

Monday December 1 is not only the beginning of summer it is also the first day of the Coburg Outdoor Olympic Pool season!!!!

All going according to plan the pool should be open at 3.30 for swimming. There have been a few renovations done over the last few weeks in the foyer area and the water is looking very swimmable.

Heres to a long hot summer down at the pool!!!!!

Christmas Presents


Looking for the Perfect Christmas Present?

Give your loved ones something special this Christmas, or do something good for yourself! ... Browse my brand new range of healthy Rooibos teas by visiting Red Bush Australia at

Rooibos tea is 100% caffeine-free, packed with antioxidants and essential minerals, and can be enjoyed with or without milk. I'm offering a great range of healthy Rooibos Teas in teabags and loose teas, as well as the much anticipated Rooibos Latte. All products are beautifully packaged in recycled, biodegradable bags, featuring artwork by a local Coburg artist.

You'll also find some gorgeous hampers at our online store, including lovely tea accessories, available for pickup only in Coburg.

What's more, I'm a local Newlands resident and only just launched my business, so you'll be supporting a local business too!

Want to save on shipping by collecting your order in Coburg? You can enter the Coupon Code "Order Pickup" and you won't be charged shipping. Then just get in touch with me via the website to organise a time to collect your order. Or if you're really close by I'd be happy to drop it off!

Thanks for your support!

- Sophie
Red Bush Australia



Free Weber BBQ complete with trays, fuel, lighters and manual.

Call David on 0406 950 851 to arrange collection.

Recommendation Sought


Hi Newlanders,

As our home leans on ever-greater angles, we are coming to the realisation that it is time to restump! 
Any recommendations on quality and good value restumpers would be greatly appreciated.



Friday, 28 November 2014


Nest 20/20: Transgression

10 amazing local speakers will gather at Nest Coworking in Thornbury on Wednesday 3rd December, using the renowned Pecha Kucha format to enlighten and inspire on the provocative theme of Transgression.

When is transgression more than just breaking the rules? Is it moving beyond them, into a creative territory? Even a sacred one? Is transgression personal, or necessarily social? Can today's transgressions create tomorrow's ethics?

We'll hear from scapegoats and whistleblowers, from champions and eroticists, from shamans and tricksters, from lawmakers and lawbreakers. We'll explore transgressions as protest, as acts of love, and as art.

Do our transgressions define us? Liberate us? Can they heal us? Can they destroy us? Transgression is more than disruption. Be a part of it at Nest 20/20.

The night includes drinks, food from Nuoc Mama, and music. For a video of the kind of vibe to expect, click here.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Cougar Vox & The Sheeple


Cougar Vox - Grrr will face off her demons as she attempts to tell her life story ... can she do it? Can she harness her demons' powers to transform her reality? You decide.

Press use promo code: PRESS for comps

Cougar Vox & the Sheeple

A punk panto written, produced and directed by Carla Bruce-Lee and Lucy Best

Carla Bruce-Lee - Cougar Vox
Lucy Best - Carmen McKay/Pix/Interpretive dancer
Andrew Guthrie - Rolland McKay/Roc Rubbings/Bruce/interpretive dancer
Barry John Solomon - Narrator
Randall Lee - Guitar, saxophone & vocals
Brook Swaine - Drums, Bongos & Roc's rude friend
Fatima Basic - Bass,Typist, Journalist
Shane Van den Akker - Set. Sound, Props and Projection design
Kevin Roberts - Doorman and Helper Dude
Dane Certificate - Technical Assistant, Barman & all-around great guy

Running over four exclusive nights at Dane Certificate's magic tricks, gags and theatre (licensed premises). Book ASAP as seats are strictly limited in this intimate venue. 

Friday 14 November (opening night gala!)
Saturday 15 November
Friday 28 November
Saturday 29 November (closing night wrap party!)
Doors: 9pm for a 9:30 start

Too young or straight to know about Cougar Vox? The punk muse and legend has recently resurfaced and reformed her band Grr!! 
Have a look at her history here: 

With family connections from Frida Kahlo, Neal Cassady, Andy Warhol and others, Cougar Vox did not have a conventional upbringing. Instructed in the tuba by Francis Ford Coppola at age 11, at 12 a house guest of family friend Warhol the week he was shot and recipient of Brian Eno's first ambient musical scores while she recovered from being hit by a semi. Emancipated from her mother at the age of 15, she was staking her claim on punk soil in scenes across the USA and the UK by the time she was 16 and has been battling her demons ever since. She is apparently an inspiration to dozens of musicians who cite her as an influence, though she has had no commercial success to back it up. Cougar is a vial of angst. Unstable and ready to blow. She tried to put it all behind her with a quiet life in the leafy northern suburbs of Melbourne, but now she's back with a few words for those who've tried to do her wrong.

Follow on Twitter @CougarVox
Follow on FB/cougarvox
Follow on Youtube/cougarvox
Follow on Soundcloud /cougarvox



Affordable, Secure, Long term.....Home Wanted!!!

Hi, I am seeking a long term rental home in the area for myself and my 5yo daughter.
I have been living in the same place for the last 4 years in Nth. Coburg and now the owners want to renovate so we're desperate need of a new home by the 16th Jan in the same or surrounding areas if possible.
I currently pay $300pw and would like to keep it at that but willing to pay a bit more if needed.
I am reliable mature 44yo women with a delightful little girl who takes great pride in my home. I have great references.

If anyone knows of a property that may be available please contact Libby on 0414 433 975

Wednesday, 26 November 2014



Converge Plumbing offers friendly, reliable and efficient plumbing services.

Specialising in:

- Rainwater tanks and pumps
- Storm water renewals

- General plumbing and gas fitting
- Maintenance plumbing

For all your plumbing needs, call David on 0404-569-892 for a FREE quote.

Movie Night


Reservoir Kids....

You are invited.....

To a



Friday 28th November, 2014-11-28 St Mark’s small hall, 21 Beatty St., Reservoir

Gold coin donation

Enquiries:  Gretta  0439 130 789

(G rated movie starting with L__o)

Parent/carers welcome to stay

Band Night


Heart Beach(Tas)+Claire Birchall & the Phantom Hitchhikers+Bad Guys+MelonMelonMelon(Syd)

@Coburg RSL Band Night #5! – MC’d by Barb Wire

323 Sydney Road, COBURG

Saturday 6 December, Doors 7pm, $5, All ages 0-101+ are welcome (minors with guardian)

***Family Friendly & Proudly Pokies Free!!***

The not for profit venue Coburg RSL will celebrate its Band Night #8 on Saturday 6 December. We’re finishing off the year with a bang, some local and interstate talent will grace the stage. Bring the kids, bring your Nan … it’s ALL ages at the Coburg RSL. The Band Night series is kindly supported by the club in its efforts to survive without pokies revenue. The Coburg RSL values community connections and is keen to let everyone know that all are welcome through its doors. The focus of the Band Night series is on independent, young/new, &/or up and coming acts. We hope to welcome back the lovely Mrs Barb Wire (our fantastic MC) who has been on long service leave. Come and join the friendly staff/volunteers of the Coburg RSL wending us down a path full of happy surprises, not least of which is the 'Spam Raffle'. Check out this unique lineup of bands, not to be seen anywhere else … but Coburg!

HEART BEACH - AN OCEAN POP BAND THAT PLAYS EMOTIVE SKUZZ POP. They have five singles: Holiday / Weather (June 2013), House (August 2013), Record  (October 2013) and Hours (December 2013). The band members are Jonathon McCarthy (guitar / vocals), Claire Jansen (bass / vocals) and Christopher Wessing (drums / guitar). Everett True (Collapse Board, Plan B) said this about them: “this music, this Heart Beach, is anything but difficult to get into: scintillating shimmering shivering girl-pop pop harmonies, slightly abrasive but only cos they refuse to add the fifth spoon, slightly sparse just so you can recall what a glorious moment in time that first Breeders album was, slightly sexy because all great music is slightly sexy. Melodies and songs and words to immediately love and immediately forget.” Enjoy a free sample here:

Claire Birchall & the Phantom Hitchhikers - Claire has been making beautiful, soulful music, writing songs and recording them since the mid-90’s. She took up guitar at 13, and began recording on 4-track cassette at 17, where she became a prolific songwriter and recrding artist. As well as continuing her solo work, she has played for many years in bands Paper Planes and The Happy Lonesome, and tonight fronts her newish ensemble The Phantom Hitchhikers. See more here:

MelonMelonMelon - From Sydney this duo plays with conviction, passion and a whole lotta love. Love them here:

Bad Guys -Songs written by Randall Lee (Ashtray Boy, Nice, Cannanes) with or inspired by his children as well as his nephew Jack Lee (Beef Jerk, MelonMelonMelon). Limited self-titled cassingle available, but they’re disappearing fast! Get a taster at:

The Delvenes - With driving guitars and sweet melodies, Melbourne locals The Delvenes deliver spangly folk rock to your ears. Featuring the contrasting styles of lead vocalists, Pip and Marty, the Delvenes' sound is sometimes fun, sometimes melancholy and always delivered with a whole lot of heart. Check out their sound here:

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Lost Keys


Hi All.
Has anyone found some keys along the west side of Elizabeth St Coburg or out front of the Post Office on the east side near Coburg Hill Safeway?
My elderly mother walked down to pay some bills today at the Post Office and they seemed to have fallen from her walking frame. There is about 4-5 keys and a City of Moreland key tag. 
Please contact me on 0408 696 360.

Accommodation Neeeded


Dear local residents,

We are a clean living, friendly family of four (no pets, no smokers) seeking short term accommodation (2 bedroom) from late Jan to early April 2015. Planning an escape from renovation hell. North Coburg ideal but surrounding areas good too! 

Please contact Adele 0438 514 331.



Would you like to provide assistance for asylum seekers by helping them improve their English?

Jika Jika Community Centre requires volunteers to provide English as Another Language tutoring for asylum seekers living in Preston or Brunswick.

You will be expected to be available 2 hours every week during office hours, with a preferred minimum of 6-12 month commitment. Days and time will be negotiated between volunteers and staff at a later stage.

Volunteers will be required to undertake the AMES Volunteer Tutor Training Program unless they have existing teaching experience or qualifications (and therefore can start immediately).

Training will be held on the 6th of December 2014, from 10am until 3:30pm at Jika Jika in Northcote. If you are unable to make this day, training will be provided at AMES. Tutoring will begin at the start of 2015 and you will be working either one on one or in small groups.

You will need:

• A Working With Children Check
• Strong written and verbal English skills
• A patient and friendly manner
• Be able to work independently
• A non-judgmental attitude
• To be 18 years or over
• Empathy with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
• Reliable
• Ability to maintain confidentiality


• Supervision and support
• Training
• Resources

For further information contact Annabelle at or Jenny at or on 9482 5100.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Barry Beckett Build


Moreland City Council are proposing to extend Barry Beckett Childcare centre. At the moment they have the capacity for 45 children and would like to increase it by 44 to make it = 89 children.  We like the childcare centre but they want to double their size.  They will take over the vacant land and Trugo land.  This area is a floodway zone.  Our court and street is too small for such a large building.  Most of the houses in the street have a heritage overlay. The is a large tall modern looking building.  
Our Court is a quiet green leafy peaceful place.  This new building will make it too busy, building does not suit area, our open space will be gone, it will be an unsafe entry for families into the centre, building on a flood plane puts us surrounding residence at a high risk in a flood situation.
Details of the proposed planning permit is attached and can also be found found on the website

Docs can be viewed at the Moreland City Council website, to find the plans for Barry Beckett go to:
click on 
Planning applications: in progress and decisions
click the 
Planning permit applications advertised
go to third page last line is 

Objections must be in by this Wednesday 26th  November before 5 pm via email or drop off at Council office, email is

We have not has any consultation from Council about this proposal.

We are seeking other like minded people to put in an objection and support the Bateman Court mob.

Hope you can help.


0404 294 070

Friday, 21 November 2014



We are in need of sparkly kids clothes donations for Folk Rhythm and Life!

We have been running a free giveaway dress up stall at Rainbow called 'Wrongtown Boutique' for years and for the first time we are invited to FRL this year in Eldorado and are in need of some sparkly kids dress up clothes to give away to all the munchkins at FRL.

So we are putting out the word for kids wrong/rightness for FRL... we got a whole shed full of awkwardly beautiful dress ups for bigguns, with more on the way but we need you guys to network your peeps with kids... happy to collect...

Email and leave it out on your porch next week for collection!  
It will definitely be enjoyed and recycled!

Thursday, 20 November 2014



If you haven't yet got your tickets........
There will be some on the door!

House for Sale


Our house is situated right in the middle of North Coburg, opposite Cox Reserve, a big park full of beautiful trees with a playground, BBQ area and basketball half court. We are very close to the local shops, Safeway, cafes, kinder, daycare, school and of course the creeks.

It is a double brick semi-detached number with two bedrooms and an original brick garage. We have spent a lot of time trying to make it as energy efficient as possible, it has insulation in the roof and between the bricks. We have a 2000 litre water tank that waters the back garden and the front garden is watered by the grey water from the bath and shower. We have tried to make the gardens as low maintenance as possible.

We have recently varnished the original floorboards, painted the whole interior white, put up wooden pelmets, wooden picture rails and have fully renovated the kitchen and bathroom, whilst still trying to keep to the original 50's aesthetic......

The kitchen is really big and sunny, with doors leading out to a north facing deck (with a good view of the park). We have lots of storage in the kitchen, a beautiful concrete bench top and new oven and dishwasher. On the deck we have an enormous table that seats 15 and is surrounded by callistemon trees. Built into the deck is a bike parking area that can hold 3 or 4 bikes in an easily accessible position.

The bathroom has also recently been painted and we've installed a new vanity, a new three in one light and retiled the floor.

The master bedroom looks out on to our front garden and has loads of storage and is nice and big.

The second bedroom looks out on to the beautiful back garden and has shelving across one wall and is big enough to sleep three children comfortably.

We have ceiling fans in the lounge and both bedrooms. The heater is only a few years old and heats up the whole house.

There is a small studio that leads on to our favourite room of the house, our outdoor lounge room, which is surrounded by a very beautiful, luscious garden. We have spent ten years building up the soil and planting fruit trees and edibles. In the back yard we have a fig, plum, pomegranate, quince, nectarine apple, fejoia, elderberry, 2 avocados (1 fruiting), orange, mandarine, lime, kaffir lime tree and a rather large grapevine. In amongst all the fruit trees are loads of veggies, herbs and medicinal plants. At the moment the star jasmine is in full flower and smells incredible.

The backyard is also a bit of a kids paradise with a sandpit, cubby (with slide), swings and hammock. There is a chicken coop with five happy girls nestled in the back corner. We also have a good sized garden shed attached to the back of the brick garage.

Out the front we have a bit of a wild indigenous garden which screens most of the house from the street and attracts loads of birds, the nature strip is also planted with indigenous shrubs, grasses and wildflowers (no mowing here).

We have really beautiful neighbours along the whole street and being across the road from the park  means we spend a lot of time hanging out there. We are going to find it hard to move away from all the wonderful friends we have made here (though we are not moving far!).

So here we are selling our beloved family home of ten years and moving a little closer to the creek. If you are interested in buying a house in Newlands we are hoping to avoid employing a real estate agent and sell straight to the purchaser, saving us both stress and costs. We have a price that we would like and can tell this to you directly!

If you would like to come and check out the house or know someone who may be interested please pass on our details. Call Mel on 0404 043 010 for further details.

Yard Sale


Hi, Im having a yard sale this Sunday in Nth Coburg. 10 - 3pm.
Lots of women and kids clothes and funky furniture and accessories.
I am located right next to Mercy College who are also having a Christmas market that day so why not come along and grab a bargain....
Ist 9 Convent Court Nth Coburg

Hope to see you there!


Hello fellow Newlands community,
We are looking for a house cleaner, hopefully from the local area, to clean our house every fortnight. We are in Kennedy St off Elizabeth.
Thanks! Katrine.
0412 408 649



Dear All,

This would be very worthwhile attending if you are raising your child to speak more than one language, or interested in doing so. 

Dr Susanne Dopke is a well renowned speech pathologist and consultant on bilingualism. She puts together regular newsletters, and is recently back from Bangladesh where she was doing some volunteer work around alternative and aided communication for people with cerebral palsy and school inclusion.


Sunday 7th December 12.30-5pm
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Cnr Swanston St & Monash Rd, University of Melbourne

Visit to register.



Free Fold Out Single Bed

Here's another image of the fold out single chair/bed.

Comes with this cover but other covers can be bought separately from Ikea.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014



I finally went to Merri Organics on Newlands Rd and got 5 avocados for $5!!!
 If, like I did, you’re not too sure of where it is, when it’s opened and so on, here’s more info.
From my place on Elizabeth St. I went along the creek to the confluence then across the soon-to-be-wetland-golf practice area to the top northern houses backing that area. From there, you’ll see a concrete alleyway rising to Newlands Road.  Go climb it! Turn right past the servos, and it is one of the shops there.
Opening days are Tuesdays to Saturdays as follows: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday till 5, Wednesday till 3, Saturday till 12 or 1. I can’t remember if it opens at 9 or 10 am so maybe someone else go and post full and precise opening times on the blog!
 You can safely take your kids for a stroll or bike ride there: there is a kid’s corner with books and stuff and no crappy stuff they can pester you to buy. There are also some conventional veggies if that’s what you want. For the organic stuff, labels tell you where they where grown.
 Next time I’ll go I’ll drop off some fresh marjoram from my garden (it badly needs a cut back!) for the free food swap corner. It is opened till Xmas; beyond if the community makes it worthwhile.
I enjoyed walking through parklands and back to get my veggies, sure beats traffic, so maybe see you there!


Hi Newlanders,

I have a fold out single chair from Ikea that we no longer have room for. It's in good condition but isn't the most comfortable mattress (bit hard for my liking although no one ever complained!). Dimensions when a chair are 82cm wide x 100cm deep x 84cm high. Pulls out to about 2m when a bed. 

Can pick up from George St, Preston or we can potentially deliver.

Give me a call or text to organise. 

Cheers, Gen. 
0475 915 525

Farmers' Market


Coburg Farmers’ Market - This Saturday
Saturday 22nd November
Coburg North Primary School
180 O'Hea St

Produce in season: Stonefruit has started! Cherries are here! Plus cauliflower, bok choy, celery & beans.
Market Feed: This Saturday we look forward to the schools’ Choir and Band performing for us. Come on down to show your support (and have a dance!).
Stallholder news: Be sure to pick up your Plains Paddock lamb, Millhouse beef or Mirboo chicken at the market for the perfect Sunday Roast!

Upcoming markets:
Sat November 22nd
Sat December 13th
And back again…
Sat January 10th

Sat January 24th

Out and About


Newlands Comedy Gala



A dazzling lineup featuring: 
* Stella Young * Dave O'Neil * Josh Earl * Damian Callinan *
* Tina Del Twiste * Simon Palomares * George MacEncroe * 
Hosted by Nelly Thomas

Last year's was sensational, so don't miss this year's Newlands Comedy Gala packed with a stellar line-up of amazing Melbourne comedians!
Mountain Goat beer and great wines for sale at prices you'll love, as well as soft drinks and snacks. 
Individual tickets are just $35/$20 or you can book a whole table with your friends or colleagues and get a free bottle of wine.