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Workshops and Events in 2018/19

We run eight free workshops each year to build your skills and inspire you to live more sustainably at home. Save money, time and the planet with innovative ideas from knowledgable experts.

Join us at the Environmental Film Festival Australia


Darebin Council is proudly partnering with the Environmental Film Festival Australia to host 3 feature length films at the Westgarth Cinema in Northcote. The Festival, now in its eighth year, will entertain while educating, and features films covering all environmental issues.

This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for Council to engage our community in conversation around important environmental issues like the climate emergency and the need to value, protect and conserve our natural heritage areas.

Living the Change sets out to inspire every person to make a difference by using their social networks and communities. From forest gardens and composting toilets, to community-supported agriculture and time-banking, this film presents a plethora of ingenious yet practical ways to rethink our approach to how we live, and how to be the change we want to see in the world.

Filmmaker Jordan Osmond will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

STELLA POLARIS ULLORIARSUAQ | Thursday 18 October, 6:45pm
The Kalaallit people of Greenland have been inseparably connected to the eternal ice for millennia. But in just a few short years, colonialism has put pressure on this culture to accept a more “modern” lifestyle. Today, as the foundation of their traditions is literally melting beneath their feet, documentarian Yatri N. Niehaus sets out with a team of two photographers to capture images of a sadly vanishing world.

This session will be followed by a panel discussion.

BIRD OF PREY | Friday 19 October, 6:30pm – Closing night film
In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. Native to and found only in the Philippines, this majestic creature is at once the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Shockingly, less than 700 remain today, and the future of these iconic birds is tied to the preservation of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest. Together, we will witness their fight to save this beautiful species from extinction.

This session will include the screening of Council’s short natural heritage film which showcases some of Darebin’s most significant and beautiful natural heritage areas; and demonstrates the commitment of many in our community to valuing, protecting and conserving these areas. This session will also be followed by a panel discussion.

To book tickets and view the full festival program visit

Waterwatch – FREE training day


Waterwatch – FREE training day

Connect with your creek – join others in becoming a Waterwatch volunteer

Do you love taking a stroll down the Merri, Edgars or Darebin Creeks and find these green corridors an oasis from the hustle and bustle? Why not give back to our creeks and help monitor the health of our waterways by becoming a Waterwatch citizen scientist!

Merri Creek Management Committee and Waterwatch are hosting a FREE training session for new Waterwatch volunteers in November.

By becoming a Waterwatch volunteer you’ll learn how to collect water quality data, conduct habitat assessments and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs). Long-term data from this program assists with monitoring waterway health and helps identify problems in our creeks.

Never collected water quality data before? No worries! No previous experience is needed to become a Waterwatch volunteer and you will be provided with all the necessary monitoring equipment, technical support and advice along the way. You’ll also be connected with existing Waterwatch groups so you can put your new skills to use by conducting regular water quality assessments with fellow Waterwatch volunteers.

This is a FREE training workshop, but registrations are essential. Register your spot here today or email for more info!

Lunch is provided so please let us know any dietary requirements when registering.

TIME: 10am-3:30pm
DATE: Friday 9 November 2018
WHERE: Darebin Parklands Environment Centre, end of Separation St, Alphington

This workshop is proudly supported by the City of Darebin, Moreland City Council, Yarra City Council and City of Whittlesea.

Detox Your Home


Saturday 3 November 2018, 9.00am-2.00pm
Wondering what to do with that can of oven cleaner with the broken nozzle? Detox Your Home is a safe way to recycle your unwanted household chemicals for FREE.

The next upcoming drop off day for Darebin residents will take place on Saturday 3 November: 9:00am - 2:00pm in Reservoir.

To attend the drop off day, register in advance here or phone Sustainability Victoria on 1300 363 744. The drop off address will be provided following registration.

On the day you can drop a range of nasties like antifreeze, disinfectants or paint stripper. Click here for a full list of accepted items and be on your way to safely detoxing your home.

Detox Your Home


Detox Your Home - Congratulations!

Congratulations Darebin residents! 3353kg of household chemical products were dropped off and diverted from landfill at the annual ‘Detox Your Home’ day.

The Detox Your Home drop-off day comes to Darebin once a year, for upcoming drop-off dates visit You can recycle other items that cannot go in your kerbside recycling bin, like household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights at Darebin’s Resource Recovery Centre for free. For more info on what you can recycle at the centre, visit or call 9462 3455.

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