Friday, 29 December 2017

Lap Swimming!


This morning I got to the pool at 8am for some lap swimming and it was BEAUTIFUL!! For about 20 minutes I had the pool to MYSELF!!

The Coburg Outdoor Olympic Pool is open for laps on Monday's, Wednesday's & Friday's from 6am-9am during the summer. A wonderful way to start the day!

Check this page to see the up to date opening hours of all the outdoor pools in Moreland



Hello, Newlanders.

Does anyone have a child's bike for a 4-year old (less than size 16) that they want to get rid of or sell?

It needs to be in a reasonable condition, thanks!


Weed Killing


Hello everyone.

I was enjoying walking a pooch alongMerrii creek trail in Fitzroy North (just before Kirkdale Reserve around 9am Friday 29th) when I came upon two men dressed in high vis protective clothing. I asked them if they were spraying and they said yes. I asked them if it was glyphosate and they said yes. I very quickly left the area. I wouldn't want my pooch to become ill and if I had children I wouldn't want them anywhere near the sprayed area, where the spray mist can travel or they could play unknowingly where it was sprayed.

I am quite shocked that this poison and controversial carcinogen is being used in a habitat that is sensitive and, I believe, has been rehabilitated painstakingly over years.

Don't they know how toxic this substance is, to humans, animals, insects and yes, even plants?

Has the UN not banned it yet? Many states in the US and parts of the UK/EU have now banned glyphosate use?

Does the council know there are ecological solutions to killing weeds? 

What do people think?


Recommendation Sought


Hi all,

Has anyone got a recommendation for a good house painter, interior only, well-priced? 

Hoping for painting mid-January. 



Lost Dog


He's been gone since 26th and has been spotted daily along Edgar's creek but avoids contact with anyone and doesn't respond to his name (Bowie). He isn't wearing a collar but is microchipped. He's in a flight mode so either approach gently (preferably with food) or better call Matt on 0406 484 842 immediately with location details. 

Thank you,

Magda and Matt. 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Missing Chickens


Chickens still missing!

Sentimental and would love to have them back - from Grey Court Coburg (near Connolly ave).

Ash 0425 370 350.

Rental Wanted


Hi All.

We've got really lovely friends moving to Melbourne from Sydney in Feb and they'd like to move close to North Coburg. They are starting work at Melbourne Uni in mid-Feb and would love to avoid real estate agents.

If you know of anyone looking to privately rent their home around this time please make contact with Mel on 0404 043 010.

Cheers, Mel.

For Sale


Plan drawers in good condition. 
6 drawers. 
Dimensions are in cm:
 [h x w x d ] 
Outside: 70 x 146 x 89. 
Drawer internal dimensions:
5 x 138.5 x 86

For sale or free to community organisation.

$350 or make a bid.  
Must pick up BEFORE 6th January. 
Pick up only from Preston

Please contact by text only. Thanks! 

0409 008 729

Family Day Care


Little Place Family Day Care have room for one new little friend to join us from January 9th. Due to ages of current little friends we were hoping for someone between 1-2 years. 

Please email or call 0400 483 178.

You can see a bit more about us here:

Coburg Pool Opening Hours


Hi Newlanders.

Just wanting to share that the Coburg Olympic Pool has new increased opening hours and it looks very lovely at the moment, new tiles, clean water!

It's even got early openers! 6am-9 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday - which can roll into pool being open from 9am if it's hot!

Very very pleasant!

Bush Retreat


Bush Retreat  Settle and Be

This January 2018, come and join me for some quiet time in the bush as well as an opportunity to connect with other women.
2 day escape to settle and be.
12-13th January 2018.
This 2 day escape to settle and be is not really an escape but an opportunity to distance yourself from your ‘normal’ patterns to reconnect with you and what is important to you.
Take the time to allow the year that has been to settle within you and allow subtly new ways of being to emerge.  Join me for togetherness, aloneness, camping, walking and mineral springs time on the Mornington Peninsula.
Places are limited to 4 women so if you are keen on coming along get in quick.
The cost is $125 plus a contribution for Rachael’s time. This cost includes all food; travel from Coburg, time in the public bathing area the Peninsular hot springs. The $125 must be paid to confirm your place.  Your contribution to Rachael time can be made at this time or at the end of the 2 days.
Find out more at or email/call Rachael if you are interested.

Rachael Millsom
Counselling, Meditation, Retreats and Circles
0431 290 174

Lost Chickens


Hi - I’ve lost two bantam chickens from 14 Grey court Coburg. Last night. They just moved and might have freaked out and jumped a fence.

One is a speckled light grey/light brown - the other is black.  They have the feathery feet.  

We would be so happy if someone found them. Thanks.


0435 370 350

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas Music Special


Merry Christmas everyone!

To celebrate Christmas 🎄 the Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is offering a 50% discount for their wonderful multi-instrumental holiday program January 8-19 if booked by Boxing Day!

This is the perfect Christmas gift for a child who loves music!

Bookings essential quoting Christmas special

We will have a series of world-renowned music specialists including the esteemed Christine Storey and Charles McInnes


House Sitting


House sitting wanted!

Anyone in need of a house sit?

Happy to look after pets, gardens and anything else I can help you with.  

I have a number of references from previous house sits.

Available from Jan 5th - Jan 13th and from Jan 20th onwards so feel free to call or text me on 0423 307 871.

Cheers, Brendan.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Health Professionals Retreat


Health Professionals - FYI - Early bird prices end December 31st with 2 beautiful cottages left - solo or shared available.

We have some wonderful practitioners committed to joining us for this truly incredible experience in May 2018. It’s going to be just what we all need!
🌟 What we do on the retreat 🌟
Respectful to culture, the retreat begins on Sunday afternoon with a traditional Balinese welcome and story share, continues for 6 days and 5 nights, ending at midday on the following Friday.
This is not your standard goal setting, achieve more, make more jobs for yourself, write a list, you’ll be happier/more successful/make more money when you… Ra Ra kind of business mentoring. This is about taking time to stop and listen to your core aches and yearnings. Time to reflect more deeply on how you want to feel, why you do what you do, If you have any dissatisfaction about the way you are working, any sense that you are off the path but not even sure why or how, caught in groundhog day, feel burnt out or a bit resentful about the state of your profession, your patients, your colleagues…or just a bit over it and wondering what’s next and how to make decisions about what to do, then this is definitely for you!
You don’t have to be burnt out either – you could just be starting out and wondering how to find your authentic style and voice in your profession. It often starts with clarity but gets so drummed out by the time we finish our degree we don’t know where to find it! Or know if it is really safe to voice it even.
Every day we explore a series of processes to lead you to clarity of understanding your core values, your purpose, potential and your true authentic voice. That voice that distinguishes you from everyone else in your profession and really sets you apart – and at the same time brings you together, busting that sense of isolation and competition, as you come to see that there really is no competition because no one can ever offer what you offer!
Is it the kind of business/personal development you need? It’s not something anyone else is talking about much for health professionals. There’s so much focus on the clinical side of business generally that this is so often neglected and we think a huge part of why there are such high rates of burnout among health professions.
There is also plenty of time for Q and As and nuts and bolts of business, both with Gill and I as well as the whole group of experience to draw from. How do you…? When do you…? Why do you…? We all have so much to share! I can’t wait for all the juicy discussions around the meal table with so many wonderful practitioners as we drink kombucha and coconut water and pass the plates or organic, garden supplied food around. Bring your notebook and pen to meals for sure as the conversations are as juicy as the organic tumeric jamu!
We start every day with movement and meditation before breakfast. After the workshops, there are many hours off every day to eat INCREDIBLE organic food, lay pool-side, swim, have a massage, walk in the monkey forest, explore the organic food and herb gardens and animals, chat with like-minded practitioners running business, visit a Balinese healer or day spa, stretch, move, meditate, soak up the sunshine and rest in the shade… Mmmmm….
There are only 2 cottages left! Jump on to get your application in now! $500 deposit is required to secure your place.
Or feel free to call me directly for any Qs - Charmaine (Newlands resident and founding director of Fertile Ground Health Group) 0402 102 445.



Wondering if anyone has a pair of pinking shears they would be happy to lend me for an hour on Saturday or Sunday? Much much appreciated!

Contact Rachel 0406 783 418.

Recommendation Sought


Looking for cat minder/house sitter for North Coburg 27 December to 7 Jan if anyone has any recommendations.

Phone number 0412 472 341.

Thanks, Elroy.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017



Hi folks - need to paint some rooms in a house - looking for someone to help preferably with some experience...

$25 an hour (or your going rate if you’re experienced). 

Between 22nd of December and 2nd of January 


0435 370 350

For Sale

For sale: Handsome Tux, $30.

Black and White, Muscovy/Khaki-Campbell cross. 

For sale to a good home. 

Answers to the name Tux. 

Very friendly and easy going. We are quite fond of Tux but have some new fledglings and need the room. 

If interested please ring Brendan on 0412 353 153.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017



FREE- Vintage Kitchen dresser with etched glass doors - Much loved but no room in my house for this. 
****Please note that this has been a little water damaged in the big rain recently after these photos were taken*****  (see close up photos of recent water damage).

The top thin MDF has bowed inwards after the rain got through a tarp, this could easily be replaced. The paint inside has peeled too. Comes with all original handles and etched glass doors which are in perfect condition.

Pickup is from Reservoir (preference to whoever can collect it this weekend). It is heavy and you would need to bring someone to help you lift it and a trailer/van. 

Txt 0408 101 678.



I have heaps of homegrown kent (I think) pumpkin seedlings. FREE! 

Emma, 0450 445 480. Pick up in Reservoir.

Joe's Market Garden


Special Xmas Farm Gate at Joe's Market Garden  -  Free Music, and gifts

34 Edna Grove, Coburg
9am-1pm Saturday, Dec. 23rd

Come celebrate the end of the year with us! The farm gate lands a day after the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) and we are excited to have a few extra goodies on show for your listening pleasure, last minute gifts and final veggie shop up before the public holidays.

We will have with us:

-Birds of the Merri Creek 2018 Calendars and card by Adi (details below)

-Music from the TAYLOR PROJECT (see below) (from 10am)
and Lily and Sophia (and possibly a few other locals) selling their homemade cards.

We also have a new stash of honey from Bee Sustainable and our local legend Virginia with her Joe's Market Garden tote bags and homemade jam & marmalade.

The Taylor Project:

This is the channel for Taylor Project, an alt country / indie folk band based in Melbourne, Australia, and often seen in downtown Elmore, the lovely town you can see in "Small Town". New album Doreen, Doreen follows Life, Death, Prizes (2011), Love in the Time of Scurvy (2010) and The Happiest Girl in the Whole Wide Street (2008). Listen The sounds on Doreen, Doreen range across country and folk, Nashville-esque ballads, comical acoustic numbers, and experimental mashups. As with As with preceding Taylor Project albums, geography is often a central character

Birds of Merri Creek Calendars and Cards.

Adi Tudor creates beautiful cards and calendars from photos taken along the Merri Creek and in gardens of local Coburg homes.

Adi will be selling these creations at the farm gate this Saturday. As the festive season approaches, you can stock up on multipurpose cards that can be used for all celebration, birthday and congratulations while celebrating the beautiful ecological diversity along the Merri Creek which Joe's Garden borders.

Prices vary, cash only.



Free cupboard. Painted white (about one year ago so finish relatively good). Has detachable shelves on top for extra storage if you require. 

Text 0434 747 493.

Monday, 18 December 2017

House of Tea


Beit e'Shai, Arabic for "House of Tea", is finally here! I have teamed up with local artists & artisans for a soft launch of my tiny apothecary & teahouse at Jewel PopUp Shop & Gallery.  We also have work for sale by Chi&Ko Jewellery & artist Vanessa Aloia.  
Jewel PopUp Shop & Gallery is located at the rear of 15A Union St Brunswick, a soon-to-be development/apartments - entry is through the bike path, opposite platform 1 of Jewel Station, the site is also known as NiceOne Coffee & Jewel Community Garden - you'll be able to see garden beds & a yellow brick building that says "NiceOne Coffee". 
Drop by for a cup of tea & some last minute Christmas shopping - I'll be sitting the shop/gallery this week.

Opening hours:
Wednesday 20th Dec, 2-5pm
Thursday 21st Dec, 2-5pm
Friday 22nd Dec, 2-5pm
Saturday 23rd Dec, 10am-4pm 

Odd Jobs?


Hi, my name is Alex and l am a local teenager looking for some paid odd jobs over the summer break.  

If you need your dogs walked, chooks fed and let out each day or plants watered, or mail picked up or anything else while you're away, please call me on 0479 116 298.  

I will be around during all the main holidays up until the end of January.



Hi all,  

We’ve just replaced the doors in our kitchen. Is anyone interested in them before I take them to the tip? 

Perhaps a holiday project - interesting cubby house or chicken coop???

Text/call Janya 0405 303 442.

Part Time Position

Art/food techie job at Coburg High School!

Part-time (30hrs per week) art/food techie job at CHS next year.

The job can be split if applicants can only do one role.