Saturday, 30 January 2016




I have a harvest of wine grapes across the back deck of my new house in Nth Coburg that now seem to be ripe, as they're now dropping at a pace. While I am an enthusiastic consumer of wine, a maker I am not! And they're definitely a bit too tart for eating (unless you like them that way). 

So if you are a backyard winemaker, or fancy yourself as such, please feel free to drop me a line and you're welcome to come take some or all. 

Jo 0416 156 566.

Local Yoga


Start the new year with a practice to stretch your mind and body with Clare Fleming. 

Clare has been teaching in our neighbourhood for many years. The practice is defined by a flowing sequence of yoga postures guided by intelligent use of breath.

Yoga returns this Tuesday evening 2 February for a six week term.

Location:  Newlands Senior Citizen's Centre
Corner Connolly Ave and Murray Rd, North Coburg
Time:  7.00- 8.00pm
Bring: yoga mat and blanket
Cost: $75 for a 6 week  term or $18 casually

You can just turn up on the night or give Monique a call on 0405 151 269 for more information.


RSL Band Night


Coburg RSL Band Night #18

Saturday 6 Feb 2016

Pope's Assassins+Giant Moths+Caroline+Rio+You Minx

323 Sydney Rd Coburg
$5 includes free food
Spam Raffle
For people not profit at this friendly community venue!
Lineup & further detail on the bands for the night:
7:45 You Minx - Debut!
8:30 Rio - Local champs!
9:15 Caroline - Mysterious and sultry blues guitarist. AKA Cazzoline.
10:00 Giant Moths - Beautiful melodies woven from the sweat of bees and the dreams of wood nymphs.
10:45 The Pope's Assassains - Immaculately conceived absurdist folk-punk.


Wanted – Zucchini Flowers

I am looking for 8-10 zucchini flowers – to stuff – on Saturday. Unfortunately I used  up most of mine in a test run! Happy to swap for delicious homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, basil or kale.

Please contact Zoe on 0408 176 943 if you have a surplus of zucchini flowers.

Kids Club


Royal Flying Doctors Kids Club
The Kids Club is FREE to join and is aimed at children aged 5 – 12 years who live in Australia. The Club features birthday greetings, regular newsletters and activities to provide children with an insight into the important work that the Flying Doctors does here in Victoria and throughout Australia. 
If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends with kids please pass this on.
And even better still, all children who register before 24th March 2016 get a chance to win an iPad and a ‘Pilots pack’.
Each member of the Flying Doctor Kids Club will receive a certificate in the mail when they register, annual birthday and Christmas cards from our mascot Flynn the Flyer, and regular newsletters featuring history, health and geography brain teasers, fun facts and a chance to learn about Aussie kids in remote communities.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016



Moreland Celebrating Place Grants Program
Applications for Moreland City Council’s Celebrating Place Grants Program are now open and everyone’s invited to apply!
The Celebrating Place Grants Program provides support for community groups to organise an event or celebration that connects people in new and interesting ways and enriches the social life of Moreland’s community. It especially aims to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Moreland’s smaller groups and organisations, and the role they play in forming the building blocks of a connected and engaged community.
Events might involve music, food, sustainability or the arts. They may celebrate unique aspects of culture or bring together people in the many public places in our community. It could be a small project or a big one. Ideas for applications should seek to entertain, inspire and promote active community participation. Festivals and events delivered in areas which have limited arts or community activities provided by Council are especially welcome!
Grants to the value of $3000 and $5000 are available to help not-for-profits and community groups based in Moreland put on events, festivals and celebrations.
We will be holding a number information sessions at the Coburg Civic Centre for anyone wanting more information:

·         Tuesday 2 February at 5.30pm
·         Wednesday 3 February at 1.30pm
·         Tuesday 8 March at 10.30am and
·         Thursday 10 March at 5.30pm 

As part of the Celebrating Place Grants program we are also offering mentorship opportunities for groups requiring further advice and support on aspects of their proposed event. Mentorship applications need to be forwarded to Friday 12 February 2016 and more information can be found here.
There will also be a series of workshops we have planned which we encourage you to publicise in your networks:
Grant Writing Workshops
Tuesday 16 February: 6pm to 8pm at Coburg Civic Centre
Tuesday 1 March: 12pm to 2pm in Fawkner

Food Permit Information Sessions
Tuesday 2 February: 12 pm to 2pm at Coburg Civic Centre
Tuesday 23 February: 12pm to 2pm in Glenroy

For venue details please see the website.

For further details, grant guidelines and application form visit here.

Applications close 5 pm Friday 1 April 2016

Contact Officers: Emma Hutchinson, 9384 9239; Emanuela Savini, 9240 2371 or Julie Day, 9240 2357.



Missing Ragdoll cat named Roxy. She is white and fluffy, chocolate face and ears, gorgeous blue eyes, she has a pink collar with heart shaped tag with her name and our number. 

If you can help call Tracey on 0404 846 646.



Looking for a handy person to fix a hole in a ward robe door in Thornbury. 

Please call Kat 0412 992 513.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Recommendation Sought

Hi all,

I’m looking for a Draftsperson to help us draw up plans for a builder and building permit for an extension and renovation.

We’re on the Darebin side of Elizabeth St, in one of the Newlands style red brick semi detached cottages.

If anyone can recommend a good drafter and/or builder I’d appreciate it.

Amelia 0411 294 150.



Free filing cabinets.
A two-draw beige and a four-draw dark green filing cabinet up for grabs. Take one or both. Some suspension files included. Both are looking a bit scruffy from packing tape being used to tape them shut during a move and being left on too long... Would probably come off if you wanted to make them more presentable.

Free apple wireless keyboard and mouse.

These have been sitting un-used for a few years but still working fine when last checked.
Nina 0400 123 336

Movies in the Park


Movies To: newlandscommunitynews@gmail


Moreland City Council’s Arts and Culture Unit is presenting the annual Movies in the Park screenings.

In 2016 they will take place at Cox Reserve in North Coburg
These are FREE, family friendly events for the whole community to enjoy and a great opportunity for neighbours to meet in local parks.

This year, we are offering captioning to assist our Deaf, Hard of Hearing and ESL community members.

Come along to enjoy entertainment and a free sausage sizzle from 8 pm onwards. The film will be screened from sundown.

Friday 12 February
Free entertainment and Film – Inside Out (PG)
8 pm onwardsCox Reserve, Elizabeth Street, Coburg North



Free - art, craft and jewellery making supplies
After having done a big clean out of my art room, I have a tonne of art, craft and jewellery making supplies to give away, including:
- Bag of felts and materials
- Tubes of paint and spray paints
- Paint brushes 
- Jewellery making wire
Please email me if you're interested in picking them up. I live near corner of Nicholson and Bell street. 
Heather :

Babes in Arms


A place where parents and carers of little ones can come and sing sweet harmonies together. We sing pop music that we love, as well as songs from around the world. Babies and toddlers are invited to join in, play and make as much noise as they want. It's pretty much the most fun you can have on a Tuesday morning. 
Where: Newlands Senior Citizen Centre
49 - 53 Murray Road North Coburg

When: 10 - 11:30am (we sing from 10:15 - 11:15)

Cost: Drop In $15, 5 passes are $60

Anyone is welcome to come and sing with us, no booking is required. 

Term 1 dates are February 2nd - March 22nd. 

I look forward to singing with you,

For more information email
or call Eva on 0417 161 340



Hi lovely Newlands people, 

The oven in our house in Preston has died and it's going to cost more to repair than the thing is worth. Does anyone know of an electric benchtop type oven looking for a new home? We are looking for a temporary replacement for our tenants, as a whole new kitchen is on the cards later this year once we move back from interstate.

0407 830 820

Thanks in advance,

Peppertree Place


Craig Castree will be doing a workshop on organic gardening, there will be live music with sitar and tabla, and of course the volunteer run nursery and cafe will be open, with meals prepared using fresh produce from the garden.

We are also starting the year with the beginnings of a market space - with a clothes swap to start!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Garage Sale


33 Boyne St, Coburg North - Today Sunday Jan 24!

Ive just unlocked years worth of treasure. Clothes, Art Materials, Furniture, Books, Mysterious, Fabulous items of delight! 

I am on the move and need to lighten my load so it all must move along! There will be a free pile, a fill a bag for $20 option and speciality items with fixed prices available. Also music, good company and good thymes. So come on down Sunday, tell your friends and family. You'd be a fool to miss it. I may have a round two next weekend so don't be too sad if you cant make it. Much love! 


Saturday, 23 January 2016

Beautiful Organic Garlic For Sale


Straight from Alan the organic garlic farmer in Pearcedale!

These garlic bulbs were harvested 5 weeks ago and are now ready to eat, they taste and smell incredible. 

They've been grown without the use of pesticides and Alan spent a LOT of time hand weeding around them.

Last year we bought a couple of kilos and froze them so we wouldn't have to buy imported garlic in the middle of our winter. Imported Chinese garlic tastes nothing like this and once it's been frozen it's even easier to peel.

This year the harvest is a bit smaller and Alan hasn't cleaned or de-stemmed them, so he's selling them in rustic bunches for a reduced price. This means that we are able to buy premium organic garlic much cheaper than anywhere else!!

On Wednesday we picked out the best of the bunch and bought them to Coburg to share with the Newlands community.

The bunches haven't been weighed, just tied together and do range from smaller to bigger bunches. Each bunch is $5.50 and often comes with 5 bulbs, some smaller, some bigger.

We are hoping that people will want to buy a few bunches and can take a range of bigger and smaller, this is how fair farming goes.

We bought up 150 bunches and can buy more if needed but wasn't sure what the demand would be. We were visiting family so no extra miles have been wasted getting them to Coburg.

  We bought enough for our whole family for the whole year. Last year we did the same and it was awesome, beautiful garlic was on hand whenever we needed it.

Please text with how many bunches you would like on 0404 043 010.
We would like most people to come and pick up their garlic on Monday Jan 25th between 7.30 and 9.30 and pay cash on pick up. Pick up from Livingstone St North Coburg.

You really won't find better, healthier, cheaper garlic than this.

From Mel and Andy.

Handmade Day Bed


Clearing some space so this beautiful hand made day bed needs a new home (cushions not included). Great to sprawl out with the papers on in a sunroom or covered deck/patio. Is roughly 100cm x 120cm. 

Would love to exchange for some fresh garden produce or make me a cash offer. Pick up Coburg Nth - may need van or trailer. 

Call or txt Lauren - 0401 635 072.


House Sitter


Hi Newlanders, I’m happy to be your home-sitter (dogs, chooks, garden watering etc all good) while ours is being renovated. 
I’m free from 25th Jan to 2nd Feb and again from 20th February onwards until the end of March or early April. I have a 12 year old boy (starting high school at Coburg next week) half time, so 2 bedrooms required. 
References are available. 
Let me know if you are going away and we can help each other!  
Charmaine Dennis
T: 0402 102 445

Friday, 22 January 2016



Tuesday evening Meditation

I will be offering a 5 week meditation and mindfulness course on Tuesday evenings at Autumn Retreat during term 1. -!meditation-and-mindfulness-courses/cwux

My early bird offer has ended but I would like to extend the offer (bring a friend for ½ price - $150 for 2 people to attend instead of $100 per person) for Newlanders – For bookings received by Wednesday 27th Jan.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday morning classes:

This year I am also going to run Friday morning classes again – these will be through the community centre so please contact them for more information.

Women’s Retreat

After the success of my womens’ Meditation and Nature Retreat in 2015 I am running one again this year.  If you know anyone who would be interested or could benefit please forward this link to them.!into-the-wild/ctdl   I am able to offer a discount for multiple bookings – on mention of this message.  Testimonials at this link.

Rachael Millsom

Counsellor, Meditation and Mindfulness Facilitator
Providing Opportunities for Connection, Reflection and Growth
0431 290 174

Twitter: @RachaelatSELF

Lactation Consultant


Boroondara Breastfeeding Centre. 
I am a midwife of over forty year's experience and an internationally qualified lactation consultant (IBCLC) since 1991. I make home visits to any mother experiencing breastfeeding challenges. Together we will devise a simple, workable plan of management tailored to the mother's and baby's needs. 

Fees are reasonable and the consultation usually takes 1 1/2 hours - never rushed! 
Contact details:
Heather Harris
0424 263 020

Community House


We are very excited to announce our Coburg Community Houses Program February - March 2016.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you all at the houses in 2016!

Recommendation Sought


We are looking for a recommendation for someone to have a look and fix  (or tell us if it is dead) our gas hot water system – any recommendations appreciated – we are also hoping to disconnect a gas heater so if they can do both or if you have a recommendation for just one we would love to hear from you J
Rachael Millsom
0431 290 174

Thursday, 21 January 2016



Cot mattress, used but in good condition. Free to a good home. Pick up from Coburg. Fits most cots, including Ikea cots.

Contact Kat on or 0490 179 469.



FREE dirt. 
Ready to take by the tub or trailer load in Coburg North.
Perfect to mix with compost/manure if you're filling or topping up garden beds or landscaping.
Text Brigid on 0418 591 266 to arrange pick up.



Hello Newlanders, just wondering if anyone knows of a local(ish) Ashtanga yoga class? 

If so please let me know! 

Cheers Zoe.

0400 200 973

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Men's Circle


Northern Melbourne Men’s Circle

There are spaces available within the Northern Melbourne Men’s Circle based in Coburg North, running fortnightly on Tuesday evenings 7 till 9.30 p.m.

Sitting in circle, men support each other and share life experiences, challenges, accomplishments and insights by participating in an environment that supports the growth of raw honesty, feeling deeply, interpersonal relating, and talking about things that really matter to each Man. The circle is a facilitated, safe and confidential space that seeks to foster integrity, positive insight and personal growth, brotherhood and community.

The group is facilitated by Paul Carey and Kyle Osborne, both with years of Men’s work and facilitation experience. The group runs in 6 session blocks where participants are asked to commit for that duration. After this, the circle is then opened up and participants may change if desired, or remain in the circle for another 6 sessions. This is ongoing.

If you are a Man who would like to gather in circle and explore personal and life issue’s in this way through a combination of open discussion, themed topics, and with process work and therapeutic ceremony, then please give either Paul 0401 272 510, or Kyle 0438 336 623 a call for a conversation around your interest and any questions. 

Cost for the circle each gathering is $20 each participant, $120 for all Six.