Darebin City Council has completed a comprehensive long, medium and short-term strategic planning process.

We asked the people of Darebin to get involved and share their views on our strategic priorities for the coming four years, our annual budget and our Financial Plan 2021-2031.

A community-led process to design Darebin’s first-ever 20-year Community Vision also took place.

At its meeting on 28 June 2021, Council adopted the Darebin 2041 Community Vision, the 2021-2025 Council Plan (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan), the Financial Plan 2021-31 and our annual budget.

Summary of Community Engagement

Almost 3,000 members of the Darebin community gave voice to these forward-looking strategies, which led to a Community Vision developed over a period of seven months by the 39 community members of our Darebin Deliberative Panel, the 2021-2025 Council Plan (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan), and the Financial Plan 2021-2031.

Feedback was captured through online, at in-person information pop-ups, telephone surveys, and targeted sessions with people from our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

You can view the following engagement reports:

Darebin 2041 Community Vision

Darebin is an equitable, vibrant and connected community.

Darebin respects and supports First Nations People, values country, our diverse communities and places.

Darebin commits to mitigating the climate emergency, creating prosperity for current and future generations.

We have four strategic directions that will guide our actions and resources over the next four years, to move us closer to our Community Vision:

  • Vibrant, Respectful and Connected
  • Prosperous, Liveable and Flourishing
  • Climate, Green and Sustainable
  • Responsible, Transparent and Responsive

2021-2025 Council Plan (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan)

The Council Plan sets, very clearly, what our goals are, and what actions we will take to meet those goals over these coming four years. It is our commitment to the community. Every year, we will let you know how we are tracking – the achievements, but also any adjustments needed as we move ahead.

Our 10 Big Actions

1. Build infrastructure for the future

redevelop Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre

redevelop BT Connor Pavilion in Reservoir

build Darebin Intercultural Centre in Preston

2. Plan infrastructure for decades to come

redevelop Reservoir Leisure Centre

activate Edwardes Lake Boat House in Reservoir

build new kindergarten facilities

undertake feasibility study for a Global Learning Hub in Preston

3. Continue to lead with our response to the climate emergency

update our Climate Emergency Plan (to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions for Darebin by 2030)

offer solar installations and energy retrofits to pensioners and vulnerable communities

delivering new business and community power purchase partnerships

support shift to a circular economy and reduce waste going to landfill

deliver projects and programs to improve safety for people cycling, walking and wheeling

4. Deepen our commitment to truth and justice for First Nations communities in partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples who live and work in Darebin

5. Support vulnerable members of our community

support with COVID-19 recovery

expand our homelessness Assertive Outreach program

support community-led programs in East Reservoir and East Preston, to achieve greater physical and mental health, and wellbeing for all

6. Champion local business and creative industries

support with COVID-19 recovery

facilitate the establishment of a Darebin Chamber of Commerce

improve the lighting and safety of our retail precincts and business activity centres

7. Build a more inclusive community for all

support Darebin’s multicultural communities

reduce racism and discrimination

increase access to our Council’s services and sporting assets by groups who are under-represented develop our Disability Action Plan to improve access for all to our services and infrastructure

achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation for our services and activities

8. Improve the quality of development and work to protect all that we love about Darebin

pursue protections for Preston Market

conduct a Planning Scheme review informed by in-depth community consultation

review our Parking Permit Policy

9. Protect our natural environment and biodiversity

significantly improve water quality in Edwardes Lake

increase tree canopy coverage in our parks, residential areas and retail precincts

enhance understorey planting

10. Expand our delivery of quality universal services across the lifespan by providing more three-year-old kindergarten places, continuing to deliver our flagship Age Friendly Darebin project, expanding aged care direct services, and registering to become a home care package provider

View the 2021-2025 Council Plan (incorporating the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan)

Financial Plan 2021-2031

View the Financial Plan 2021-2031