Monday, 30 November 2015



Conscious Travelling to India. 

The aim of a Forage Conscious Building Tour to India is threefold:

To provide an embedded cultural experience visiting a number of grass-roots centres, farms and communities in the process of developing or have successfully established natural building programs and sustainable living outcomes for minimising carbon-heavy building envelopes and the necessity for grid dependence.

To allow for an experience cultivating networks and practices across cultures which provides for active working and fostering communication between Australian and Indian experiences relating to living sustainably through cultivating natural building techniques

To provide for a creative community experience embedded within local traditions and with positive social and environmental outcomes
Applications closing by Christmas for this unique opportunity, come with us to India and experience natural building communities, permaculture gardening and eco-villages 

Apply at 

Sign up Now and please share the word for this unique opportunity.

Film Audition


Dear Friends, 
I hope my email finds you well, I have been working with the Australian Multicultural Foundation in the last few months on developing short films that encourage awareness and the value of social cohesion and its role in Australian society.
 I have attached our call for audition and would be very helpful if you share it with your networks.
I am very happy to answer any questions related, suggestions and ideas about organisations that might be interested.

Repairs Needed


Does anyone have the skills and time who would be able to volunteer to do some repairs to our garden beds? We are wanting to get the beds ready ASAP so we can plant vegetables including tomatoes for bottling next year. The materials are all here.

We have received 3m of compost kindly donated by:
The Green Centre
Stadium Dr, Keilor Park 3043

Please ring Lynn if you are able to assist. If I am not in the office leave a message and I will call you back.

Thank you kindly, Lynn

Newlands Community House
20 Murray Road 
Coburg North
8528 2332

Wanted: Housesitter


House Sitter needed.
Jan 1st - Jan 8th
In beautiful bushland Nutfield.
Chooks and chicks to water and feed.
Some plants to water, but garden takes care of itself.
Kangaroos to watch.
Verandah to sit on, breakfast on and generally laze around on.
6km from Hurstbridge town.
A little bit further to St Andrews market.
Single person, couple or family.
Louise 0400 971464.

For Sale


Tyre Swans! 

Inspired by the Preston vibe, we make tyre swans! Re-tyred from a life on the road, these swans are an enhancement of the classic Aussie design. They free stand in your garden or on your balcony, framing a plant in the ground or in a pot. Excellent gift idea for Christmas. $70 pick up @ McNamara St Preston.
Call  0429 622 264 or 

For Rent


Beautiful homes for rent on private vineyard property in Tallarook‏!

Hello Newlanders

There are a couple of beautiful homes for rent in Tallarook, just one hour from the city by car/train. They are located on a rural farming property, with vineyards, orchards, veggie gardens, and creeks flowing through. The farm is in a stunning valley, nestled at the foot of a State forest filled with walking and riding tracks.

Both houses are in the 'Fasham' style, light filled and efficient. 

The 'River House' has three bedrooms, a study and two bathrooms, and is $425 p/w.

The 'Orchard House' has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is $475 p/w.

These houses are ideally located for a tree change, or the perfect weekend retreat.

Wanted: Housesitters


We'd like to find a house sitter for our Reservoir house from the 14 December to the 3 January. (I know, there's lots of places being advertised this year! Bumper year to be a house sitter it seems).
We don't have any pets, but do have a garden that will need occaisional checking on (and the zucchini might need picking). Generally low maintenance as the timer watering system should do most of the work. It's a three bedroom house south of Edwardes Street and west of Spring Street. About 15 minutes walk to Regent or Reservoir train stations, on a generally quiet street, with parks nearby. We don't have children so the house isn't very small-child-proofed, but could probably be made so if needed.
There's air-con in the bedroom and lounge, and mostly it stays pretty cool in the summer.
Please contact me on 0405 702 081 if you're interested.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Wanted: Housesitters


Hi, we are looking for someone to house sit for us between 22 Dec - 9 Jan.
We have veggies growing that need watering and picking, a cat that needs feeding and a little but of affection, chickens & guinea pigs that free range but need their water and pellets topped up and the occasional scraps. 
We are located about 400 m from Oak Park train station.
House is three bedrooms (1 queen bed, 1 single bunk and 1 single bed).
If you are interested please email Justine at or call 0425 340 536.



Dear Newlanders,

We will be auctioning our  beautiful house at 13 Tilley St Coburg North this Saturday 28th November  at 11am.

Come along and enjoy a bit of community street theatre AKA auction action. You are of course also welcome to bid!

Thank you to all our friends and neighbours and relatives for making our time in Tilley St so enjoyable.

From Rosemary.

Coburg Farmer's Market


Coburg Farmer's Market
This Saturday

8am - 1pm

180 O’Hea Street, Coburg North PS

2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month


28th November
12th December
9th January

Spring Produce:  With zucchini flowers poking their head at the markets, you know it’s almost summer! Cherries by Blue Haze have arrived, as well as beautiful garlic by Weyhill

Market feed: Fuku is back at the markets this week! As is Mountain Fresh Trout & Salmon. If you haven’t sorted your free range Christmas Ham, talk to Greenvale Farm to organise orders & delivery.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015




Thursday 26 November, 7.30pm (doors)
John Curtin Hotel, 29 Lygon St, Carlton
Tickets: $10 (on the door or $8.50 presale at

The night will feature an epic showcase of artists from MAV's music programs featuring performances from: 
• Ethio-jazz, reggae and dancehall power force Nhatty Man-ChaChu ቻቹ &The LALIBELAS
• 760 years of Kora tradition transported through The Senegambian Jazz Band
• Hip hop and urban beats from 9 artists from the Producers’ Lounge Project
• West Papuan rhythms and harmonies from the Black Orchid Stringband
• Hazaragi poetry and soundscapes from LAPKAT ft. Farkhonda Akbar
• Persian vocalist Saharnaz Kia
• Plus live beats, soundscapes and spoken word from budding producers and poets

This showcase launches four new albums from Visible, a music mentoring program giving a kick start to emerging and professional musicians from refugee and asylum seeker communities; ReMastered Myths that brings together artists from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to collaborate over a series of creative development sessions to devise new material; Producers Lounge for young emerging producers from culturally diverse backgrounds to develop skills in production under the guidance of respected artist and producer Mohamed Komba (a.k.a Momo, Diafrix); and Common Ground, an inter-faith spoken word program exploring the role faith and identity play in our everyday. 

To be released on and

State of Culture is supported by Scanlon Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and PBS.



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

Free quotes, reasonable rates. 

See reviews of business here. Call Aref (Alex) 0423 278 327.

Shoe Box Appeal


We have extended the collection to the adult women and men. There are 20 women (4 of which are pregnant) and 60 men....


In fair condition.  Scratches on top and one draw is a bit stiff.
Donation would be appreciated but not necessary if someone really needs/wants it.
Please text Naomi 0435 718 159.

Newlands Comedy Gala - additional ticket release - don't miss out!‏


It’s not too late to be part of the third annual Newlands Comedy Gala.

Table seating on the floor has almost sold out, but due to demand we have released a limited number of general admission tickets in the balcony.
Seating is theatre style and it is important to note that no food or drink may be taken into the balcony. Drinks and food may be consumed by balcony patrons in the bar area on the ground floor.
These seats are being offered at the fantastic reduced price of $25 full and $15 concession. 

Book now and don’t miss one of the most anticipated events on the Newlands social calendar!

Goodbye Sometimes


Dear Newlanders,

Sometime's has closed it's doors for now, with a possible re-opening in the not too distant future.

We'll be open for a final Sunday session this Sunday 29/11 from 12pm - 7pm. Come on down for cheap drinks within walking distance home as we seek to clear our stock.  BYO vinyl or mp3 and play us your favourite songs.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tibetan Dancing


​ Newlands​

​Two visiting international Tibetan dance teachers will be​
 in Melbourne 
​next Sunday presenting contemporary Tibetan song and dance (called Khaita) in a free demonstration at Victoria Market. 

In early December they will be leading fun, beginners workshops at Fleming Park Hall in Victoria St, East Brunswick. These are by donation so as to make them financially accessible to as many people as possible. It's a great way to support and join in the preservation of Tibetan culture in contemporary times.

​help spread the word ​to 
​ ​
who you 
​think ​
​curious or ​
interested as the events are open to all. The 
​participatory ​
workshops are ideal for a
​dults and children​
 over 12 years of age and are fun and energetic. 
​Victoria ​
Market demonstration will appeal to all ages
​ and is more about watching and enjoying rather than direct participation.​

​For more info contact Sean Read (m: 0414 610 243 or

Monday, 23 November 2015

Garage Sale


Hey Coburg friends, 

        Public address loudspeaker  Combined GARAGE SALE 

            Loads of stuff for everyone!! 

     Come hang out and find a bargain:) 

           28th Nov 
           2 Claremont St, opposite Cox reserve 
           From 9-2pm



My name is Bert. I am a semi-retired Electrical and Electronic Engineer that has recently moved into the neighbourhood. I am offering my services as a handyman at very reasonable rates. I can do everything from gardening to repairing complex electronic devices.
You can call me anytime on 0491 159 141 or email


Sunday, 22 November 2015




Please call Sal on 0478 599 311.



Hello Newlanders,

This lovely single bed has served us well for the last couple of years but it is now time for someone else to enjoy it. 

It has a few broken bits (see photos) but it doesn't affect the bed - and the price is pretty good! 

Please call/text Janya to arrange pickup 0405 303 442.

Comedy Gala


It’s just a week until our little school's big, big annual Comedy Gala! Tickets are selling fast, so book now and don’t miss this great night of top-notch performances, generously priced drinks, and wads of community fun. Tickets are only $35 ($20 concession) and are on sale through Trybooking ( 

It's a fundraising night for the kids, but is strictly 18+. See you there!

Professional Development


Making it in Moreland brings together five free discussions and workshops in a series addressing key themes and questions for artists, makers and arts professionals in today's creative climate.
From funding and digital marketing to public art and working with communities, if you are trying to Make it in Moreland these events offer a dynamic addition to your professional development, along with a great opportunity to meet other creative practitioners in your area.

Funding: New Directions  
With Sandy Collins, Outreach Manager and Pre-applications at Australia Council for the Arts and Christabel Harvey, Manager, Independent Arts Investment at Creative Victoria
Saturday 21 November 2015, 10am - 12pm
Mechanics Institute Studio, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

A presentation on Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria’s funding programs for independent artists and arts organisations. Hear about the Australia Council’s development of a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. The new model will make it easier and simpler to apply for grants. To be followed by a Q&A forum on current funding opportunities at Australia Council and Creative Victoria.

Collaborating with Communities 
With Jade Lillie, CEO at Footscray Community Arts Centre and Jill Morgan, CEO at Multicultural Arts Victoria
Saturday 21 November 2015, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Mechanics Institute Studio, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick 

Got an idea for an event, festival or project and want to involve a community? This presentation will assist you with strategies in how to collaborate and communicate successfully with different communities to produce mutually rewarding outcomes and experiences. Our speakers will offer the background, processes, outcomes and learnings from collaborative projects, to be followed by a Q&A forum. Participants will gain insights into approaches to community, diversity and multiculturalism in art practices and events.

Digital Marketing for Artists & Musicians 
With Tracey McIrvine, Visual Arts and Studio Manager and Cara Williams, Music Editor at Beat Magazine  
Tuesday 24 November 2015, 6pm-8pm
Mechanics Institute Studio, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Want to know how to be seen on the rising tide of visual and social media? As the number of artists competing for recognition continues to grow, the need to develop the skills to stand out from the crowd is vital. Join Tracey McIrvine and Cara Williams for a workshop which will build your skills in promotions, marketing, branding, networking, social media and web design, to help you reach your audience in the most effective way. 

Re-thinking the Game: Funding Alternatives 
With Steven Richardson, State Manager (Victoria and Tasmania) Creative Partnerships Australia and Esther Gyorki, Program Administrator at Australian Cultural Fund
Wednesday 25 November 2015, 6pm-8pm
Mechanics Institute Studio, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Creative Partnerships Australia’s role is to create a culture of giving, investment, partnership and volunteering to the arts; bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector. Join Steven Richardson, State Manager, Victoria and Tasmania, and Esther Gyorki, Program Administrator of the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF), a collective funding platform that facilitates tax deductible donations to the arts. They will discuss the fundraising landscape, new ways of raising funds and the benefits of using the ACF to bring your artistic projects to life.

Public Art Prospects
With Geoff Hogg, Mark Holsworth, Louise Lavarack, Dean Sunshine, Laura Phillips and Aiofe Kealy
Sunday 6 December 2015, 1pm-3.30pm
Jewell Station, Brunswick

What are the prospects for public art in Moreland? This panel discussion will look at the interests of artists creating work in the public sphere and how Council can respond to new and emerging trends in public art. Is Moreland’s public art program providing the right platforms? Are public commission briefs too prescriptive? Come hear industry leaders reflect on these issues and have your say.
This forum will be followed by the announcement of the 2015 MoreArt Awards.

Events are free but bookings are essential. 
If a program books out, preference will be given to people who live in the Moreland municipality.   

Moreland City Council
Emma Hutchinson, Arts and Culture
Phone: 9384 9239



Hi Ladies,
I hope everything is going well.  It is wonderful to see so many great things on at the community houses again J.  We are back from our amazing adventure J 
I have been thinking re meditation, and thinking that instead of doing a mums and bubs series that an adult meditation class would be great. – I could do Fridays 9.30am – I notice that next year it is a 7 week term on Fridays beginning on 29th of January.
 Let me know if this sounds like a good plan J  let me when are you up at Newlands and I will pop in J

Rachael Millsom
Counsellor, Meditation and Mindfulness Facilitator
Providing Opportunities for Connection, Reflection and Growth
0431 290 174
Twitter: @RachaelatSELF



The following items are free giveaways:

A bath (painted)
Toilet (good nick)
Basin (small, fowlerware)

 - for collection from Westgarth.

Enquiries to Jo - 0408 029 011.

For Sale


Greetings all.. since moving from your great community, I'm in a storage-less flat so still have a few things to dispose of. 
Firstly there's an almost new bathroom cabinet or chest for a wardrobe with two shelves and four good sized drawers. White. $100 ono. 
2) Antiquey writing desk with fold down part and wee cubicles inside. You know the sort. Other half of unit is a set of shelves with lead light door. I've had that restored. . $250 ono. 
Call if any questions Jo 0408 029 011.

Thursday, 19 November 2015



Hi All,
I am running a little mindfulness session for preschoolers and their kids on Monday – meet at 2.30pm by the Pedestrian bridge on Connolly Avenue.
Payment by donation  J
Let me know if you can make it along J
 Rachael Millsom
Counsellor, Meditation and Mindfulness Facilitator
Providing Opportunities for Connection, Reflection and Growth
0431 290 174

School Fete