Darebin Parklands Association inc (DPA)

The DPA is one of the oldest community environmental groups in Australia. The group was founded in 1973 and was instrumental in establishing the Darebin Parklands.


The Darebin Parklands Association (DPA) Inc is a local community friends group. The group was initially founded in 1973 as the Rockbeare Park Conservation Group, which was formed to preserve and rehabilitate Rockbeare Park, one of the earliest suburban parks in Australia, dating back to 1929. The group was instrumental in establishing the current large park through submissions to local, state and federal governments to purchase adjoining land on the Darebin side of the creek. The group later changed their name to the Darebin Parklands Association. The DPA continues to play an important role in maintaining and improving the park.

DPA Objective and Goals

Darebin Creek Parkland Association

The objectives of the DPA are to improve the environmental and passive recreational amenity of the Darebin Parklands and to promote community awareness of the natural and cultural values of the park. The long-term goal is to further encourage native animal habitat so that animals including platypus return to live in the Darebin Creek and its environs.

To work towards our long-term goal the DPA is currently focused on the following activities:

  • Promoting a responsible cat owner awareness campaign
  • Setting re-vegetation targets
  • Establishing a plant nursery

The DPA works closely with DCMC Rangers on all activities.

Getting Involved

The DPA is mostly comprised of local residents interested in improving and learning more about the parkland and creek. Throughout the year, the DPA hold working bees and events in the park.

The DPA meet quarterly on the last Tuesday of February, May, August, and November and are usually held in the Darebin Creek Environment Centre (at the Separation St entrance). The meetings generally include a guest speaker and visitors are most welcome.

The DPA runs a Junior Ranger program to involve kids and their parents in the Parklands. Junior Rangers participate in various events including wildlife spotting.

The DPA is always keen to accept new members and actively encourages members to contribute to our plans for activities. As a member you will receive a quarterly newsletter. If you would like to join the DPA or would like to learn more about the group, contact the Darebin.


Hidden path Darebin Creek

Darebin Parklands Association Member Events

Please visit the Darebin Parklands Association website to confirm events and dates.

2020 Junior Ranger / family activities

  • Sunday 22nd March (9am - 12am) - Fishing Day along the creek. Always a popular event.
  • Saturday 18th April (7pm) - Dream Puppets "Dreamer in the Deep - Black Light Show)
  • End June / Early July - Wildlife Victoria & learn how to make a Joey Bag
  • Weeknight in August - Spotlighting with the Parkland Rangers - meet those animals that come out after dark!
  • Weeknight in August - Spotlighting with the Parkland Rangers - meet those animals that come out after dark!
  • November - Gum leaf art - decorate your own gum leaf (for a Xmas card?)

2020 Park Care Days

  • Sunday 17th May (1pm - 3pm) - Zeroland : infill planting
  • Sunday 7th June (1pm - 3pm) - Mount Puffalo : infill planting
  • Sunday 26th July (1pm - 3pm) - Zeroland : infill planting
  • Sunday 16th August (time TBC) - Join the Darebin Sweepers to assist with their work

2020 General Meetings (all details are provisional and will be confirmed nearer the dates).

  • Tuesday 31st March - General meeting with a focus on building resilience into the Parklands for a drier climate.
  • Tuesday 26th May (AGM) Speaker to be confirmed but possible someone from Wildlife Victoria.
  • Tuesday 25th August General meeting. Speaker to be confirmed nearer the date.
  • Tuesday 24th November Celebrate another year in the Parklands with our annual end of year BBQ at the Rangers Hut.