Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Welcome Bag Project


I'm helping with a little idea called The Welcome Bag Project which aims to provide a fully stocked school bag to each of the Syrian children soon to be arriving in Victoria. It is being organised through Mums for Refugees who are linked with West Welcome Wagon.

We need donations of new school bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, hats, pencil cases, notebooks, and all sorts of stationary. If anyone would like to help with donations small or large it would be greatly appreciated. It would be lovely if they could start school in 2016 with everything they need as well as a sense of welcome from the community. I would need donations by the 14th January. 

For more information you can email me at

Kind regards,

Andrea Wegner. 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

House Sitting


We have family visiting between the 19th and 24th Jan and wondered if anyone needs house sitters for that period (or slightly longer if that suits)? They/we are more than happy to feed animals and tend to gardens during their stay. 

We are also going away between 9th and 13th Jan if anyone would like to mind our house and garden.


Wendy (0432 995 720)



I over ordered crushed rock and washed sand for a paving job - if anyone needs any let me know and come and pick up what you need approx. 1 metre crushed rock and 1.5 metres of the sand.

0410 904 172



I've just divided my purple irises and have a bazillion spare, so if you'd like some of these tough beautiful plants, you can pick them up from the nature strip outside 4 Ballard Ave.



Hi Newlanders, we have returned from holidays to find a dead cat on our nature strip. Someone has left a note with the cat. Sorry if this is your cat, but we thought you would like to know where it is so you can say goodbye. It's grey with black stripes, looks quite young still. It's on the the southern side of Murray Road between the two ends of Connelly Ave. 

Friday, 25 December 2015


We desperately need an inner tube for a 40cm (16 inch) bike.......

It would be amazing if we could get hold of one on Xmas morning......

Please contact Janya: 0405 303 442.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 24 December 2015



I'm wondering if anyone has a compact cot such as a Sunbury Compact, Grotime Turin or Backsaver, Bloom Alma or other "mini cot" (not travel cot) that they are looking to sell. 
We are looking for something in the range of 60cmx100cm but a little small or bigger could be okay too. 
Please text Natalie on 0422 262 775 if you have any leads.

House Sitter Needed


House sitter 10-17 Jan
Cat, chooks and a rabbit. 
Yes we have air con!
Call Justine 0405 329 633.



Hi all, a yellow road bike, locked up inside our carport was stolen last night..... Make sure your things are well hidden - I guess there are a few people out looking for Christmas presents.

Rachael Millsom.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

For Sale

For Sale

Soccer goal, no longer used, in great condition.


Text Rosemary: 0432 499 923.



We are gifting our cute chook house and two Isa browns, Ruby and Amber both laying - age just over one year. 
We are needing more space. 
First in, first served call Suzannah 0422 177 529. 



Hello and Happy Christmas!

I have a box of jars (with lids), ideal for jams/chutney.

If any one wants them, they could be picked up at mine in Preston.

Call for address if interested! 

0468 362 453.



Recommendation Sought


Hi Newlanders,
We need an electrician to check our trailer, the lights are not working – before the 28th – any recommendations would be appreciated.
Please email or message me – thanks.
Rachael Millsom
0431 290 174

Monday, 21 December 2015

For Sale

For Sale: $50.00 (or make us an offer!)

Chicken coop/rabbit cage...
It is nice and big, it aerates well, about 2 meters high.
Needs a little bit of fixing up in some places...
Text Rosemary: 0432 499 923

Thank You


Thank you from Handy Hubby

To the Newlands Community,

Thank you for all your fantastic support this year; I have had a great time working on your homes.

I am heading off now for a family camping trip, but I will be back on the 29th December. Feel free to SMS me, I will reply to all messages when I'm back in civilisation.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and I am looking forward to helping you with all those projects you have in and around your house in the New Year.

Cheers, Mark
0424 021 382

PS: And Merry Christmas to the wonderful folk running this blog!




Is there anyone out there who is making their own kombucha or kefir and has a starter baby to
share or give and maybe some already made to have until ours grows?

My partner has just getting out of hospital after a nasty antibiotic allergic reaction and I am hoping it will help get him back on track....

Thanks so much!

0415 675 585



Hi everyone,
Found a black rabbit (with fluffy grey feet) in the street this morning in Malcolm St, Preston.
He is very friendly and I'm guessing someone out there is missing him alot.
Please call Chris on 0415 421 382 and we'll bring him home.

Recommendation Sought


We are building a house at Coburg Hill and I'm looking for a recommendation for an independent building surveyor to carry out inspections through the construction period, and for a planning advisor re some works in the back garden we want to do. If anyone has any recommendations please email




Male black bunny missing from McGowan ave/George st west Preston on Monday morning 21 December.  

Please call 0425 703 084 if you have any info. 

Thanks so much xx Lynnelle.




Hello, if anyone is looking to re-home any unwanted outdoor dining furniture (in particular chairs and table) and/or a loft bunk, I'd love to hear from you. I'm in the Newlands pocket of Coburg North. 
You can text or call me on 0416 156 566. 
Thanks in advance, Jo. 
P.S: Hope you're all surviving the Christmas craziness! 

For Rent


Hi all. It's with great sadness that we are moving from our sweet home in Coburg. But great news for some lucky person out there. From around the 14th January this lovely 3 bedroom home could be rented by YOU or a mate! No rent increase (super low for Coburg).
Please email me on or call me on 0439 633 509 ASAP as we want to sort it all out soon.

You can have a look at what the property looks like from the last time it was sold a few years back.


Sunday, 20 December 2015



Missing Chooklet

Gone from spring St Newlands. 

Same as this one only with more white. Young un's...

Sister misses her.

Mez 0435 875 100

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Carols in the Cul de Sac


Hello all,

Carols in the Cul de Sac - Hutchinson Place

Monday 21st 6pm

John Fleming leading on guitar

Bring your instruments, have a sing and catch up!



Free cloth nappies/inserts...

I have a large bag of cloth nappy inserts (some microfibre, some bamboo) that are for folding up and putting into a pouch-style nappy cover like Eennies. I have the covers too but having been used for two kids already the elastic and Velcro is not what it should be. 
Some old fashioned cloth nappies (squares) in there too. 

Nina 0400 123 336.

Friday, 18 December 2015



Special Shiatsu Offer

Are you looking for a local, sustainable, ethical gift this festive season?

A Shiatsu massage could just be the thing!

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork which is deeply relaxing and highly therapeutic. I have special training in pregnancy and babies, and have worked with a very diverse clientele with complaints such as chronic neck and back pain, mental health concerns, substance withdrawal.

I am currently offering Gift Vouchers at concession prices $60 (save $20).

If you are interested or have any questions about Shiatsu and its many applications, please contact me, 0401 562 339, I'm also on the Facebook Naomi Takita - Shiatsu Practitioner.

526 Bus


Kelvin Thomson MP letter re 526 bus service upgrade request:

The Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson MP, has written the following letter to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan.
Maybe some of us community members would want to write too as it is really not good enough that there is no Sunday or late evening service.

The Hon Jacinta Allan MP
Minister for Public Transport
Minister for Employment
Level 20, 1 Spring Street

Dear Minister,
I am writing to you in strong support of the request that you upgrade route 526 to a seven day service that runs later into the evening. At present the last bus leaving Coburg for West Preston during the week is at 7.30pm, which is early in the evening. On Saturday the last bus is 5.30pm. The bus does not run on a Sunday at all.
This bus route services Newlands Estate, which was built for returned serviceman and has a large number of elderly residents. There is also an influx of young families. My constituents tell me the bus is used predominantly by the elderly, mothers with young children, and tourists staying at the Big 4 Melbourne Holiday Park. This bus is the only public transport servicing the Coburg Olympic Swimming Pool and the new Coburg Hill housing development.
It is a very well utilised service and plays a unifying role in the local community, with many drivers knowing the passengers by name and passengers talking to, and looking out for, each other.
All of these groups are very disadvantaged and inconvenienced by the bus not running on a Sunday or at night. The elderly passengers are isolated at home on Sunday when the bus doesn’t run. Tourists staying at the busy Holiday Park have to walk a long way from the Gilbert Road Tramline on Sundays or in the evening after they have been out for the day exploring Melbourne.
Personal safety is also a concern as community members have to walk home from Sydney Road or Gilbert Road at night after the bus service has ceased.
Any action you can take to improve the service of the 526 bus would be greatly appreciated both by me and by local residents.
Yours sincerely,
The Hon KELVIN THOMSON MPMember for Wills

Christmas in the Park


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Merri Edgars Wetland


Hi All, 
Just a quick note that a report to Council for the Construction and Planting of the Merri Edgars Wetland with recommendations on a preferred supplier was approved at last night’s Council meeting.  I will update the web page over the next few days once all the contracts are signed.  Just wanted to thank you all for your assistance, input and support on the project so far and I look forward to the construction and planting  phases over the next 6 months.
I have been updating the project on the web so   Please visit and look for Merri and Edgars Creek, Coburg North wetlands in the list of projects.



Local band launches their new album this Sunday!

Coburg Trash and Treasure


Hi Newlanders,

My friend and I are having a stall at Coburg Trash and Treasure this Sunday 20 December, she has lots of cool clothes (she is about a million times more stylish than me!) and I'll have lots of books, antique hand-blown glass, dog travel cage,1950's crockery, garden stuff and tools. 

Come down for local's 'mates rates'.

Thanks, Gigi.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015



We're jumping on the clearing out bandwagon!!

If you would like any of these things please text Mel on 0404 043 010. I may be able to help transport things in my ute....

This chicken coop is awesome, it's totally fox proof.

We were using this kennel as a nesting box for our chooks, it has a flap for easy egg access.

This microwave works, we inherited another one.