Thursday, 30 April 2015



Hello all,
Just a reminder that it is the first Sunday of May this weekend – 3rd of May.
So we will be doing Edgars Creek Waterwatch testing again:
9:00 to ~10:00 am (no waterbugs though this time!)
Near the Ronald St footbridge.
Hope to see some of you there!



Hi there,

This TV cabinet is free to a good home. Very solid unit (not a chipboard flat-pack), with 4 shelves for Audio/vidsual units, and 2 drawers for storage. Access holes at rear.

The item is used, with some light scratches on top. One of the sliding doors needs replacement glass (if you can be bothered).

Measurements are: 1830cm wide x 565cm high x 560cm deep.

Pick is Coburg North (Newlands Estate). 

Martin 0425 737 804.



Hello Neighbours and Friends.

Our next MECCARG activity is scheduled for this Saturday 2nd June.
We will be meeting at our usual time of 1-3 at the usual spot on the Merri Creek south of the Murray Rd bridge.
Come along and give us a hand with general weeding and tidying...we will be getting ready to do some planting now that we have had a bit of rain.
We hope to see you there and remember, the more the merrier!

From The MECCARG Organising Crew.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015




This cute yellow children's bookshelf with giraffe figures on the sides. Sides also have a height measurement up to 90cm. Whole thing is about 1.2 m high by 70cm wide. 
5 shelves, unadjustable. 
Pick up in Regent. 
Email Cat:



WANTED to buy or borrow: bicycle training wheels for 14 inch (larger than toddler) wheels.
So I can get about teaching my girl to ride!
Thank you.
Please call Heidi 0421 402 512.



We have a bike carrier and MDF wood to give away!

The bike carrier is pretty rudimentary and needs tie downs to work but we have used it frequently before upgrading. 

The MDF wood was used as a shelf. There are four 2m planks and a number of smaller ones to form the compartments. Needs to be assembled and screws aren't included if you wanted to use it as a shelf. 

The items are going to the hard rubbish unless picked up. 

Please call Julia on 0405 575 252 if you are interested. 



Does anyone know of a good local handyman?
Need to fix some holes in the fence etc
Thanks Janet


Tuesday, 28 April 2015



Hi to our great community!

We are looking for a home for an asylum seeker family, a mum with her two children. 

They are just coming out of community detention, so their current accommodation will not be available for them. 

Because of this, they have to find somewhere cheap to rent starting in the next 1 to 2 months.

We are looking for somewhere close to the West Preston tram line (they don't have a car) in West Preston, Coburg North, Regent or Reservoir area.

It could be a house, granny flat, or unit.

Does anyone have anything or know of anywhere that would be a possibility?

Please contact Kerry on 0412 311 707.



Hello Newlands Community

My neighbours, tenants in a community housing property need to vacate for 6 weeks. They need to do this very soon for the property to be urgently repaired. The family are long established migrants - mother, adult daughter and primary school aged son.

Any thoughts or offers welcome via myself.


SMS 0400 675 258

Monday, 27 April 2015

Bike Found


I found this bike dumped down the creek. Maybe it's yours? Maybe it's hard rubbish taken for a joy-ride? I'll take it to Ceres for recycling next week if nobody claims it - 
Tahti 0430 127 204.



Greetings all,

I’m clearing out the final items of furniture etc from my mother’s unit after she passed away last year. I need to find a new home for them very soon:

  • Double bed (inner spring mattress and base set) - fairly old, but in good condition. Could suit as a spare guest bed or for a holiday house.  FREE

  • “Freedom” Armchair - excellent condition in sage colour (I found the attached pic on the Interweb, and it’s a different colour, but exactly the same style).  FREE

Both items available for pickup from Ivanhoe.
If interested, give me a call.

Philip   0425 748 328.

Recommendation Sought



We recently moved to the Newlands area and are now looking for someone to replace the flat tray roof on the 'add on' built onto the back of our place. 

Very keen to use someone local (and affordable!) that others have also found to be good. 

If you've any suggestions for good roofers let us know! Thanks again..



I'm looking for a short (1.5 seater type thing) comfy book reading 80s/90s style leather couch, often seen on the sides of roads......

I would prefer a non mouldy one but it doesn't have to be in great nick - its for an office - let me know if you spot anything or know of anyone getting rid of anything!

Can come retrieve...

Social Fitness Group


Any other pregnant ladies in the area?

I'd love to start a weekly group meet up, maybe for some light exercise (walking and/or yoga etc) followed by tea and snacks. I was thinking we could take it in turns to host and to decide what we do that week. 

None of my friends have kids and I'd love to get to know some local women who are in similar situations :) 

My number is 0406 836 397. Call me if you are interested and we can work out a time to meet up!




I have free gravel available for pickup in Coburg.


0422 102 053



Friday, 24 April 2015

IT Support


Hi Newlanders!

Do you need any IT support at home or for your business? I would love to help you out. My name is Simon, I live with my partner and my toddler son, in Coburg. I work part time as a house dad and part time doing freelance IT support and web development (I also tinker with electronics and retro stuff, making clocks and devices....but that is another side of me that I won't go into now).

With over 10 years experience, I am a technical professional providing support for PCs and Macs for small to medium business and home users young and old.

Some of the services I can provide are:

  • Advice on the purchase of new computer or equipment
  • Setup of a new computer and installation of software
  • Connecting and configuring internet access
  • Setting up Local Area Networks (LAN), wired and wireless
  • Setting up printers, tablets, smartphones
  • Fixing software and hardware issues
  • Email and internet access connectivity problems
  • Remove virus, spyware and malware
  • And much more!
  • General computer usage
  • Email access, sending and receiving emails
  • Making and receiving calls via Skype
  • Smartphone usage, app purchases
  • Backing up important files/data
Web Development
  • Help registering domain names
  • Setting up hosting accounts for websites and domains
  • Installing WordPress for use as a blog or website
  • Creating custom themes (the look of the site) for use in WordPress
My rates are $60 p/hr or for bigger jobs a fixed fee can be discussed.

If you would like to know more about me you can check out my website, drop me an email at or call on 0432 683 451 to talk more!


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Pepper Tree Place


IncrEdible Coburg Food Swap
held on the first Saturday of every Month,

This coming Saturday 2nd May

WORKSHOP with Diana Cotter 
Green Manures and Crop Rotation - learn centuries old good gardening practice. 10.30-11.30am.  $10

Please book for this workshop by emailing: 
or call Tash: 0431 494 773.

Volunteer Powered Nursery
Featuring "Brassica Bonanza!" and "Garlic Mania!"
with Mother's Day Specials.

Music: The Night Before Tomorrow 12-1pm

Melbourne band The Night Before Tomorrow have a habit of playing in unusual venues. These have included in a mechanics garage, in a laundrymat, in a tiny zine shop and Coburg swimming pool. And now at your local veggie swap!

Audience comments over the last five years have included: "sounded like a Chinese Nirvana!", "just like early Skyhooks!" and "I felt like I was in New York!"

Pop-up Peppertree Cafe
Scrumptous fresh cakes, coffee, tea and lunch served using ingredients sourced from the Peppertree Garden!

SWAP TABLE - a place to share your garden's harvest and tips. 

PepperTree Place is a community powered social enterprise that provides a peaceful plant paradise right in the middle of Coburg. We have volunteer opportunities for regular weekly programs or special events throughout the year.

Inquire with us if you are interested by contacting Tash: or phone 0431 494 773

Electrician and Painter


Friendly, reliable local electrician (REC 24154) and painter available for jobs of all sizes. 

Free quotes, reasonable rates. 

Call Aref 0423 278 327.

Farmers Market


Coburg Farmers’ Market – this Saturday
Saturday 25th April
Coburg North Primary School, 180 O'Hea St Coburg
2nd & 4th Saturday mornings

Autumn Produce: plums, nashi, beans, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, walnuts, chestnuts, zucchini
Market feed: The cooler weather is here which means it’s the perfect time for roasted chestnuts! Catkin Grove Chestnuts will be roasting for you over hot coals this Saturday, and also avail in take home packs. Come see us at the info tent to pick up our recipe for a chestnut cake!

Upcoming dates:
Sat 25th April
Sat 9th May
Sat 23rd May

Sat 13th June

For Sale


This Coleman Instant-Up tent is in excellent used condition. It is quick and easy to set up after a long journey with restless kids ... 

It has been used in rain and wind and sheltered us perfectly. It would comfortably fit 4 people or 5-6 in slightly squished conditions (it was sold as an 8-person tent). 
I am selling it for $180. 
Call or text Tahti on 043 012 7204.

Monday, 20 April 2015



A new show at La Mama opening next week,  returning from a successful Adelaide season.

5 nights only.

Directed by local artist Vanessa Chapple.

Coburg RSL Gig


Midnight Scavengers+Giant Moths+Cougar Vox's Grr! w/DMOA+Nausea
@Coburg RSL Band Night #11
323 Sydney Road, COBURG
Saturday 2 May, Doors 7pm, $5, All ages 0-101+ are welcome (minors with guardian)

Come and celebrate the Coburg RSL's 1st Anniversary with us and enjoy some extra special perks such as a bumber Spam Raffle to beat all Spam Raffles, local Coburg Legend and 'Indie DJ' for the night Dave Lang who will be sharing some sonic nuggets of indie good-gracious-ness with us … and as usual many other surprises! Stellar line-up, don't miss out!

Midnight Scavengers
Meeting up in the shadowy haze of the Berlin streets, the keeper of the keys Dimitri Kucharzweski (The Hollowmen) & guitar slinger Jo Brockman (James McCann’s Dirty Skirt Band, Brian Hooper Band) formed Midnight Scavengers upon arrival in Australia. This duo added the rumbling bass of Jeff Hooker (Darling Downs, James McCann’s Dirty Skirt Band), hard hitting drummer Tim O’Shannassy (The Paradise Motel, MJ Halloran) and the melodic chaos of Andrew Watson (Waywardbreed, The Interim Lovers, The Man Who Wasn’t There) on violin/guitar. They have become one of the most respected groups in Melbourne, and they'll now be playing in Coburg for our sonic pleasure!

Giant Moths
Described as a 'San Fran ballroom psych-styled get-up'  this 4 piece features Jeff Hooker (Bass), Don Tom of Fraudband (Drums), Matt Palmer of the Exit Keys (Guitar) and led by Andrea Scarlett (Guitar & Flute). Giant Moths - they stare at you through the window. You have light. They do not. Will you share? 

Grr! - Featuring DMOA
The ravings of Cougar Vox, an under-appreciated, misdirected wayward senior citizen making her comeback from a back that never was, heads off this ensemble. More of a dramatic interlude than a rock show, watching Grr is often described as “Completely wild”, “Absolutely insane”, “Noisy fun” and “not too long”. Cougar Vox did not have a conventional upbringing an emancipated, homelss punk by 16, washed up by 17. She attempted to tell her life's story in a stage show at Dane Certificate's Magic Shop, but … well, why not come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!

Nausea is the solo DOLO project of Andrew Dalziell of Auto da fé and Tangrams. Described as 'Elizabethan Goth Pop'. Must be seen to be believed!

Sunday, 19 April 2015



Hi Newlanders.
We are having trouble with our ADSL internet and need to check whether the problem is the line or our modem.
Can anyone spare their ADSL modem for a few hours? We are told the modem settings won't change, but I can't guarantee that settings won't be lost when it loses power.
We'll pick it up and return it within 3 hours.
Much appreciated!
Leonie 0412 162 994.

For Sale


First Communion shoes - size 3 - white leather with diamante bow on front, small heel (i.e. not pumps). 

Worn once. 

Call 0449 798 975.

For Rent


Hi Newlanders,
I've just rented a house in Coburg North which has a small bungalow out the back. It is carpeted and has electricity but no water supply. I am looking for someone interested in renting this space for storage, a studio or office at $50 per week negotiable. 
Phone me if you're interested on 0401 223 760.

Book Launch


Jinx a novel by local author Hugh McGinlay will be launched this Thursday at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel on Thursday 23rd of April. The book will be launched by comedian Charlie Pickering and is a family friendly event, with free music. 
For more information on Hugh McGinlay go to

Thank you


Dear Newlanders,
Thanks for such a great response for my call for slugs!
I have plenty of slugs now and thanks to everyone that did the collecting much appreciated!
Cheers Kerry.

Friday, 17 April 2015



Anyone got a long wig and some platforms size 9 I can borrow? 

We are going to a 50th birthday party tomorrow night (18th).

It's dress up and the theme is the 60's.

I'd really love to hear from you...

Rosey 0425 828 701.

Thursday, 16 April 2015



Dear Newlanders.

Has anyone got a problem with slugs in their veggie garden at the moment ?
If you do I would love to take them off your hands and your veggies! 

You would be helping my new research project in a big way.

Send a text to Kerry 0438 293 427.



We have over 100 used bricks sitting in out front garden. 

If anyone is interested, please call Juan 0415 453 840.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Found Chook


We have a lovely little chook who arrived in our backyard in Connolly Ave on the weekend. She is well and happy but probably missing her friends/home.

It is not the chook from Arthur St, listed on Monday, but is white with black markings.

Call 0405 151 269 if you are missing her.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015



Hi everyone, would anyone like some free original ceramic roof tiles?

There are about 50 of them up for grabs. 

Please let me know if you'd like them, on 0431700313, as they are being removed tomorrow otherwise. 

Thanks, Julie.

Recommendation Sought


Hi All.

We are looking for some help drawing up a deck and getting it through council.

I think we are after a draughtsperson......

Can anyone recommend someone?

Please text Mel on 0404 043 010.