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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.

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.

Join the Development of the Newton Street Community Garden


4.30pm-6pm, Thursday 15th November, East Preston Community Centre – 7 Newton Street, Reservoir

Do you live in the East Preston area? Have you ever wanted to grow your own food? Is your yard not big enough for a veggie patch? Or do you want to find other like-minded people to share experiences and knowledge with?

Darebin City Council, in partnership with 3000acres and Span Community House Inc., invite you to take part in designing the Newton Street Community Garden.

This project aims to transform an underutilised piece of land into a great community space - where you’ll be welcomed to share your knowledge, develop new skills and meet new people.

On Thursday 15th of November we invite YOU, the community, to join us for afternoon tea and to provide input into the design of the garden. This includes contributing to the look and feel of the garden, what will be planted and the design of a sign.

There’ll be interactive activities and free herbs to take away.
Children are welcome!

For more information call the Program Liaison – East Preston Community Centre on (03) 8470 8107 or email

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