The Darebin Parklands Association acknowledges the Wurunjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their elders past and present.
News and Upcoming Events
Darebin Yarra Trail link - opening at last!
The much needed link is opening on Sunday 25th March. Enjoy a free BBQ at Sparks Reserve Ivanhoe from 11am, or meet at the Rangers Hut in the Parklands by 10.30am and join the group walking down the trail to Sparks Reserve. The event of the year!!
Junior Ranger Event - Archery in the Amphitheatre
Thursday 12th April from 10am to noon.
Book your place to attend an archery lesson from Rob McKenzie from Kew City Bowmen. Children must be aged between 8 and 13 years. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Book here. Parent/Guardian must be present to supervise children at tall times.
This is a Junior Ranger event - if you are not a DPA member you can get 2018 membership here.
General Meeting and Information Evening
Tuesday 13th March 2018 7.30 - 9.00pm in the Environment Centre at the Separation Street entrance.
We are delighted to be joined by Miranda Sharp, champion of farmers' markets across Melbourne.
With strong interest and experience in building local food systems, Miranda is the force behind the development of the Alphington Community Food Hub.
Clean Up Australia Day 2018
Come to Clean Up Australia Day 2018 in the Darebin Parklands.
Sunday March 4th (9.30am - noon)
Our Parklands is a precious place that's home to echidna, wombats, fish and frogs, bats and birds. However plastic bags and other waste are swept down the creek and affects this habitat. Volunteers are needed to help clean the Parklands on this nation-wide day of action.
Wear sun protection and appropriate footwear, but we can supply bags and you are assured of a friendly welcome. Meet at the Ranger's Hut (end of Separation Street). See you there!
Families who would like to become members of the DPA can join up on the day.
Read more on the Clean Up Australia Day page here.
.. And win a chance to camp out in the Parklands!
Six lucky Junior Rangers and their parents will be randomly drawn from those who clean up the Parklands on March 4th.
Camp out will be in September and dinner, campfire, spotlighting and plenty of marshmallows included.
DPA Volunteer Group wins Australia Day Award!
On Australia Day 2018 members of the Thursday group headed to Eltham Community Centre to receive an Australia Day award for "improving the Darebin Parklands for our community as well as improving the habitat for all creatures that live there". In all, eleven members received awards.
The event was attended by many volunteers and Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jaga Jaga presented the awards. Well done everybody and thanks go to Katy, the ranger, for her support.
End of Year BBQ and info session
Tuesday November 21st 6.30 - 8pm.
All are welcome to attend our end of year BBQ and info session at the Education Centre at the end of Separation Street. David Williamson from the Innovation Centre (our southerly neighbour) is going to speak about the work of the Centre and its connection to the local community. BBQ to follow (with non-meat and vegan options available). Hope to see you there!
Halloween Night in the Parklands - Tuesday 31st October.
For a Halloween Night that is different come along to the Rangers Hut (at the end of Separation Street) on Tuesday 31st October at 7pm.
This is a Junior Rangers event (members only) and all children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come in fancy dress if you can!!
Community Bonfire - Friday 8th September
Come along to the DCMC Community Bonfire Night - everyone welcome! Fire will be lit just after dusk on Friday September 8th on the Northcote floodplain at the base of the bluestone steps - Melways 31 D8.
Children must be supervised by parents. Dogs (if present) must be on a leash. Wear sturdy footwear (the steps may be slippery) and bring a torch.
Park Care Day - Sunday 20th August
Sunday 20th August 1 - 3pm.
Planting indigenous grassland species into Zeroland - next to the main car park, North of the BBQ area. From 1 - 3pm followed by a cuppa and cake. All welcome! Tools and gloves provided.
For more details download the poster below.
Park Care Day - Sunday 23rd July
Sunday 23rd July 1 - 3pm.
Planting indigenous species such as Kangaroo Grass, Chocolate Lilies (see photo), Clustered Everlastings and Ruby Saltbush. 1 - 3pm followed by a cuppa and a cake. All welcome! Planting tools and gloves provided.
The planting site will be near the Big Egg sculpture. For more details download the poster below.
Junior Rangers Bug Hotel Building - Monday 10th July
Families - book your place to attend the Bug Hotel Building morning on Monday 10th July 10.00 -12.00 noon.
Ranger Katy will host a Bug Discovery walk and the opportunity to collect materials for the Bug Hotel. Kerri from Bunnings will be available to assist families with their assembly.
----- Sorry. Fully booked now. Look out for our next event. ---------
This is a Junior Ranger event for members and a parent/guardian must be present at all times.
Park Care Day - Sunday 18th June
Sunday 18th June 1 - 3pm. Planting indigenous grasslands species and seeding in "Snake Grass". Come along for a few hours to help improve the natural habitat, followed by a cuppa.
Come and get your hands dirty and make a difference in your park!
For more details, download the poster below.
Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 30th May at 7:30pm
At Gleeson Education Centre building, end of Separation Street.
With presentation from past DPA President Michael Oxer.
Also hear "The Making of a Park" - stories of the early days of the Parklands from one of its founders. Don't miss this opportunity to hear first hand from a seasoned community campaigner and of the pioneers of the Darebin Parklands.
Next Park Care Day - Sunday 21st May
21st May from 1 - 3pm. Planting indigenous grassland species and seeding in "Zero Land".
Come along for a few hours to help improve the natural habitat and then join us in a cuppa.
The area is just north of the Picnic Shelter and Lookout Hill, easily accessed from the car-park and shared trail. This area is being converted from a soggy and sparsely lawned area to a native grassland. We will be planting indigenous grasses, forbes and shrubs. Already there are some scattered Red Gums coming up from seed.
For more details see the events page.