Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Darebin Family Fun Day


Darebin Family Fun Day
Sunday September 17 @ 11.00

It's going to be a really fun and celebratory event to celebrate and support rainbow families.
A rainbow of love and support in these awful plebiscite times.

Some Girls



Newlands mum Nelly Thomas - and resident comedian - has written a a great new children’s book and she’s seeking your support via a Pozible campaign. It was also illustrated by another Newlands mum  Sarah Dunk  so its 100% local!

The book is called SOME GIRLS and challenges gender and other stereotypes (SOME BOYS IS COMING IN 2018).

Please show these local talented artists support by spreading the word.

You can personally support their project via the POZIBLE LINK HERE 

Some Girls is a story about how everyone is different and special in their own way. It’s about knowing that you can do, and be, anything you want.
Whether your girl is rough, tough, gentle or pretty, this book is for her.
She might have short hair, long hair, big hair or strong hair - Some Girls says all girls can look however they want.
Read it with the young kids in your life and show them early that…



Good magazines, free. Pick up Murray road. 0427 705 295.



Thanks Newlanders, I think I now have enough boxes, but does anyone have any bubble wrap or even newspapers I could have???

Thanks heaps,

Gillian 0427 705 295.

House Sitter Required



We need a house sitter and carer for our dog and chickens.

The dates are: 21st of September to the 11th of October.

Our home is a lovely, 3 bedroom clincker brick in Coburg North surrounded by creek and park lands and a close walk to the Coburg Basketball stadium and Murray Rd transport. The house is equiped with the usual mod cons and a undercover deck for entertaining.

Most importantly, we have 3 chickens which need to have food and water topped up and a 2.5 year old black labrador that needs to be fed and walked. She is really lovely, gentle and healthy.

Call me to discuss dates if you are interested. :-)

Danny: 0410 433 120.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Adopt a Native Pea


Come and celebrate spring!

Adopt a Native Pea at the Murnong Patch.

NB: Could be the perfect non-stuff present for Dad (and the family*).

Saturday 2nd September 1-3 pm south of Murray Rd bridge, between Merri Trail and Connolly Avenue.

Hello locals and nearby neighbours,

Native Peas are an important part of our grassland. You may think they are tough little herby things; they are, but only once truly established. If we plant them in winter, they get a bit shocked and survival rates are quite low; if we plant them in spring they enjoy the warmer conditions but need a bit of nurturing over their first summer. Some are not very big so harder to track to learn how to do it right.

So planting Native Peas this Saturday leaves us with a slight problem ... and you, locals and near neighbours, may be the solution!

We are looking for people willing to:

- Come and plant some Native Peas with us on Saturday 2nd of September 1-3 pm.

- Add a label nearby plus record the planting position on a map, (so can be found again!). We also keep a copy of the map.

- Then ‘adopt’ 2-3 plants by checking on them every so often.

The checks and care are:

- Small watering (yes, small, maximum a small bucket a few times over summer).

- Note how they are doing.

- Maybe some gentle weeding at your own convenient time over the coming year.

These casual visits are easy for locals and nearby neighbours but if you are really committed, please step forward! The rewards could be flowering (and seeding, how exciting!) this year or the next. It could also be a ton of fun and learning, a lovely local networking opportunity and the chance to experience the seasonal looks and moods of the amazing and beautiful Murnong Patch while expressing true Caring for Country Together.

Oh, there will also be plenty else to do to enhance and care for the Murnong Patch including some less sensitive plantings.

* Family units and teams of friends or neighbours are welcome. It is up to you what you call family: married, not married, straight, gay, with children, without children ... We are after families (or persons) who value nature.



Gardening Work.

My friend Mr Akbar F. has recently settled in Australia and is an excellent gardener, available any day except Thursdays, at $30 per hour.

Akbar can respond to calls or text messages on his iPhone. However, he would prefer me to field any queries in the first instance. If you can offer him casual/regular gardening work please contact me on 0428 84 95 98 or email (preferred):

Please include your own details for Akbar’s future reference, if convenient.

Rosalie Hudson.



Maths tutor. 

Can anyone recommend a friendly, patient maths tutor for a high school student? We're looking for a tutor for a Year 10 student preparing for Maths Methods. Preferably someone who can come to our home in Reservoir on a weekday evening (near Gilbert Rd). 

Ph 0403 979 003. 


The NDIS and Me


The NDIS and Me | Wednesday 30 August, 10 am - 12 pm 
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Tomorrow, join us at our special
Community Information Session

The NDIS and Me
Hear from people already navigating the
National Disability Insurance Scheme

 Wednesday 30 August, 10 am - 12 pm
at Newlands Community House

You can RSVP online now or call 8528 3332

Good Karma Network


Free Information Session: Coburg Good Karma Network | Thursday 31 August, 7 - 8 pm
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Join us on Thursday Night 
East Coburg Community House | 32 Nicholson St, Coburg

Free Information Session
Coburg Good Karma Network | Thursday 31 August, 7 - 8 pm

Do you want to be more connected with your neighbours and find fabulous opportunities in Coburg?

Please RSVP online now or call 8528 2332
or just drop in!

Come and hear about this recently established network that encourages connection, sharing, problem solving and general good within the Coburg Community. Find out more about how you can join in to , share goods, skills and information, help find solutions to every day challenges and contribute to making your community safer. 

The Good Karma Network is currently seeing residents for:
* sharing and giving away unwanted household goods and other items
*making recommendations on services
*assisting each other with sustainability initiatives
*sharing ideas and collaboration
*seeking assistance with life’s everyday challenges 

Join now at Coburg Good Karma Network Facebook Group Link

See recent article in the Moreland Leader

Bring your neighbours! 

Spring Equinox Cleansing Workshop


​Hello everyone! 

I have been busy researching & designing new workshops for Spring & Summer. 

First one to celebrate the warmer months will be the ​Spring Equinox Cleansing Workshop on Sunday 24th September. 

Spring Equinox is associated with rebirth & renewal, making spring a good time to cleanse. As we gently move out of our winter hibernation, the equinox marks a good time to reenergise the mind, body & spirit through movement & nourishment.

​Join me
  & yoga teacher Lori Curran to 
  this time of year 

In a holistic approach combining yoga, nutrition & herbalism, this workshop will discuss medicinal properties of selected ingredients that support health & wellbeing during this shifting season. We will look at practical ways to support the kidneys, liver & digestive health as we begin to move closer to the warmer months of the year.

This 3-hour workshop will include:

- 90 minute yoga flow & meditation: a considerate yoga flow, aimed to create internal heat and begin the cleansing process, focused around the organs of spring (liver & gall bladder)
- 90 minute nutrition & wellness component that will discuss selected foods & herbs, their cleansing & medicinal properties, along with a demonstration & tasting*

When: Sunday 24th September, 2pm – 5pm
Where: Grace Revolution, Level 1/462 Smith St, Collingwood

Cost: $100 early bird ticket (if you book before 
​ THIS Friday​
 1st September)
Or $120 (after 1st September)

Workshop is limited to 20 places.

To book visit this link: 

If you have any questions please contact us on:

*Vegan tasting included – please contact Rasha Tayeh when you book if you have any allergies.
​About us:​

Lori Curran is a yoga teacher & remedial massage therapist. As a yoga student for over 10 years, Lori has practiced a variety of styles including Hatha, Iyengar, Amrit, Pranaa & Yin. As a practicing remedial massage therapist, her studies in both massage & yoga have been intertwined with a deep understanding for self-connection. Lori completed her formal yoga teacher training with Julie Gargano of Pranaa House, and has additional studies through the Mindful Yoga Academy and Zenergy for kids. She is a registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. For more info

Rasha Tayeh is a holistic nutritionist, researcher & artist. Her practice is inspired by the seasons & ways in which we can enhance connections with our bodies, our communities & with nature. She combines principles of nutrition & herbalism in her wellness workshops. Rasha is a registered nutritionist with experience working in private practice, community health and academia. As an artist, she has exhibited nationally & internationally at various galleries including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image & the National Gallery of Victoria. For more visit

Monday, 28 August 2017

Silent Disco


Silent Disco at Joe's Market Garden

Saturday September 2nd 
34 Edna Grove, Coburg.

It's been two whole years since our little farm gate first sprouted! 

Oh the people we have met, the yarns we have told, the veggies we have sold! 

Let's celebrate! Let's DANCE!!!! 

Disko Duk Duk (renowned and celebrated dancing guru) will be leading us in a very special silent disco tour of the garden! 

Spaces are limited so email Emily at to reserve your spot.

Free Fitness Classes


Free Group Fitness Classes!

Here's your chance to try out group fitness classes in a friendly environment, and it's FREE! 

Location: Train Insane Gym, cnr of Gilbert Rd and Henty St, Reservoir. 
When:      Saturday 2 September. 

8.30am   High Intensity Interval Training

9am        Kettle Ball Fitness
9.30am   Spin
10am      Fat Burner
10.30am Tummy Hip Thighs
11am      Zumba
11.30am Body Tone
12pm     Step
1pm       Boxing
1.30pm  AbScene

2pm       M.A.T
2.30pm  Personal Training Group Weight Session

For further information call the gym on 9478 4555.

Call to Action


Urgent!! Help to fight bad development beside the Merri.
You can help us fight a proposal to build 21 townhouses of 3 or 4 storeys each, on a site in a bend of Merri Creek.
The steep site, in Spry Street, Coburg North, currently has one house. Many of the townhouses would be less than 20 metres from the top of the creek bank, with roofs towering 10-12m above the shared path - the picture is from the developers application. Some balconies are less than 3m from the Creekside open space.
A planning specialist is able to assist us in arguing for a better outcome at the Appeals Tribunal on 11th September. The Friends and local residents have already contributed and are seeking donations to help pay the fees (heavily discounted).
We need to make the best possible case to protect our creek valley from intrusive over-development like this.
PLEASE MAKE A DONATION to FoMC via EFT: Bendigo Bank BSB 633000, Account 143872729. Reference: Spry St.
Thanks so much!

Community Houses


East Coburg Community House

32 Nicholson Street, Coburg

9913 5472 or email

Coburg Good Karma Network

7 – 8 pm
Thursday 31 August
Come and hear about this recently established network that encourages more connection, sharing, problem solving and general good within the Coburg community. Find out more and how you might join in.

Please RSVP.

Newlands Neighbourhood House

20 Murray Road, Coburg North

8528 2332 or email

The NDIS and me...

Wednesday 30 August
10 am – 12 pm
In Moreland the NDIS (National Disability Scheme) rolls out in 2018. Come and hear people from other parts of Melbourne who are already navigating the NDIS talk about their experiences.

Please RSVP - call 8528 2332 or email

Dance Coburg
4 – 6 pm
Saturday 2 September

Following the fun and success of this month's event, we're doing it all again in September!

Get down to some banging dance tracks.
Not a class, just a party for all ages.
Bring your friends and make new ones.
No alcohol, just good vibes..

Gold coin donation.



Hello Newlanders!
My family and I are planning our next visit to Melbourne for Jan-March 2018 and would be most grateful for any information on house sitting or sublet opportunities during that time suitable for a tidy and responsible family of three (Mum, Dad and almost-two-year-old).

Although I'm originally from Melbourne, I've been based overseas for the last few years and am excited that this will be my first trip with my son. I'll be undertaking a research residency at the State Library of Victoria during that time and we would be happy to take care of gardens, dogs, cats, chickens or anything you need, and of course also to provide personal, local references from previous house sits and employers at the University of Melbourne.
Many thanks in advance!

Phone: +49 1577 645 55 09 (German mobile)

Sunday, 27 August 2017

For Sale


I have a family tandem bike designed for an adult and 2 kids.

Very low frame, 6 year old on back seat up to adult, age 2 - 6 year old in middle seat and adult on front. Bike needs a tune and service.

Nick Curmi.

0422 391 799




I have a request on the behalf of Coburg High School. 

We have a wonderful group of teachers involved in creating a mural for the school around the "Respectful Relationships" initiative. 

We need exterior paint and wondered if anyone had some left over from a project and would like it to go to a good cause. 

If you can help please email

Please Return


On Saturday afternoon (between 4 - 5.30pm) I was teaching my son how to ride his bike along the path in FG Cox Reserve, when his red AFL footy ball which I had left under a tree near the BBQs was taken. 

If this was picked up by accident can you please return to us - just throw it over the fence 8 Claremont Street (just near the park). My son was very upset that someone could take his footy ball from him as he loves kicking the ball around!! 

Thanks.  Gretchen. 

Friday, 25 August 2017



They're ugly but comfy and free! Pickup Coburg North. 

Lisa 0401 223 760.



Hi everyone...another needing boxes!  

Please text me on 0427 705 295 if you have any I can pick up.

Thanks, Gillian.



Just wanting to alert people walking alone around mid-day at Edgar's creek reserve. A guy was seen acting suspiciously with a tinted full face helmet on.  Might be nothing just, be careful.

Good Karma Networks


"If you missed the first one, we are running another info session on what the Good Karma Networks are all about, come join us for a cuppa and a chat at the East Coburg Community House".

Good Karma Network Information Session at East Coburg House

Many thanks.



I need a removalist for a small job, a small one bedroom unit load from Preston to Castlemaine. Everywhere is SO expensive. It is for mid September.

Just one person and a small removal van needed, bigger than a Hiace etc though so that the fridge can stand up.
Any suggestions?  Text 0427 705 295 or answer on the FB page, whatever. 
Thanks so much, Gillian.

Thursday, 24 August 2017



Does anyone have any boxes suitable for moving? Let me take them off your hands!

Please text Clare 0421 442 314.

Thank you!

Tubs and Technology


Hi Newlands Community News,

I'd like to promote my local business I run from my workshop in Coburg North.

My business name is Tubs and Technology and I specialise in washing machine, clothes dryer. and technology repairs.  I love working in my local area I have been doing repairs and maintenance in this field since I was 17 years old (that's over 25 years eeps!!).

A previous client posted a recommendation to your site so I wanted to formally introduce myself.

Here is a link to my google maps site.

Here is a link to my website homepage.

Please let me know if you'd like some other information to add myself as a local worker?    

Thank you so much!


IncrEdible Food Swap


Two fabulous workshops on this September simultaneously to celebrate Spring!

-          Book Binding with plant fibres with Rowan Kirby Brown
-          Sustainable Scented Gardens with Yvonne Pecujac