Northcote Public Golf Course

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The Northcote Public Golf Course site is located on approximately 25 hectares of Council owned land adjacent to the Merri Creek, Mayer Park and Normanby Avenue. The site is currently leased as a public golf course with a contract in place until 30 June 2022. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the site became a popular location for different uses, including walking and picnicking, by the general community.

At the Council meeting on 7 December 2020, Council made a decision to investigate consulting the community on shared use of the Northcote Public Golf Course site. At its 22 March 2021 meeting, Council resolved to commence community engagement in the new financial year, to help develop a vision and plan for the future shared use of the site.


What's happening now?

We are now seeking feedback from the community on the future shared use of the Northcote Public Golf Course site. Please provide your thoughts and ideas by completing the survey. Your feedback will help us to understand community priorities as we move to the next stage of developing draft models for shared use.

What principles should be considered?

Council is committed to equity and wellbeing for our community. When using your feedback, Council will also be considering important principles for public spaces. Here are some things to keep in mind when responding to our survey on the future shared use of the site:

  • As Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung peoples have never ceded sovereignty and have a unique role to care for and manage the land we now call Darebin. Council is seeking feedback from, and exploring options for future use and joint management with the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Council wants to ensure that the knowledge, living culture and practices of Traditional Owners are recognised, supported and promoted in the use and management of land as per Council’s Statement of Commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

  • Changes to the Northcote Public Golf Course will also be considered with attention to cultural heritage. Consultation with Heritage Victoria and potential archaeological investigations may be required before any decisions are finalised.

  • Council will consider how feedback aligns with Breathing Space: Open Space Strategy and make recommendations that align with those principals, in particular:
    • Activating open spaces through making them multi-use, and increasing opportunities for social connections and physical activity.
    • You can read more about Council’s vision and objectives for open space in the Breathing Space Strategy.
  • Council must consider perceptions of safety. Recommendations to Council will prioritise the safety of all users.

  • Council is committed to providing accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive sites. We want our parks and open spaces to be places where all community members feel safe and included regardless of age, gender, culture, and abilities.

  • Council is bound by the Council budget and will consider all recommendations through this lens. Council will consider multi-year phased improvements and will consider grant applications to fund further improvements in future years.


You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about the Northcote Public Golf Course here.

How to get involved

Tell us what you think by Sunday 12 December 2021 by:

  • Completing the online survey to let us know your thoughts
  • Attending an online Q&A session to ask our panel questions about this project

Register for one of the following sessions now:

Thursday 2 December 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm

Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 10:00am-11:00am

  • Requesting a hard copy of the survey by calling 8470 8888

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language, please contact us on 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aid or an interpreter.

To receive updates please register your details below.




The Northcote Public Golf Course site is located on approximately 25 hectares of Council owned land adjacent to the Merri Creek, Mayer Park and Normanby Avenue. The site is currently leased as a public golf course with a contract in place until 30 June 2022. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the site became a popular location for different uses, including walking and picnicking, by the general community.

At the Council meeting on 7 December 2020, Council made a decision to investigate consulting the community on shared use of the Northcote Public Golf Course site. At its 22 March 2021 meeting, Council resolved to commence community engagement in the new financial year, to help develop a vision and plan for the future shared use of the site.


What's happening now?

We are now seeking feedback from the community on the future shared use of the Northcote Public Golf Course site. Please provide your thoughts and ideas by completing the survey. Your feedback will help us to understand community priorities as we move to the next stage of developing draft models for shared use.

What principles should be considered?

Council is committed to equity and wellbeing for our community. When using your feedback, Council will also be considering important principles for public spaces. Here are some things to keep in mind when responding to our survey on the future shared use of the site:

  • As Traditional Custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung peoples have never ceded sovereignty and have a unique role to care for and manage the land we now call Darebin. Council is seeking feedback from, and exploring options for future use and joint management with the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. Council wants to ensure that the knowledge, living culture and practices of Traditional Owners are recognised, supported and promoted in the use and management of land as per Council’s Statement of Commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

  • Changes to the Northcote Public Golf Course will also be considered with attention to cultural heritage. Consultation with Heritage Victoria and potential archaeological investigations may be required before any decisions are finalised.

  • Council will consider how feedback aligns with Breathing Space: Open Space Strategy and make recommendations that align with those principals, in particular:
    • Activating open spaces through making them multi-use, and increasing opportunities for social connections and physical activity.
    • You can read more about Council’s vision and objectives for open space in the Breathing Space Strategy.
  • Council must consider perceptions of safety. Recommendations to Council will prioritise the safety of all users.

  • Council is committed to providing accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive sites. We want our parks and open spaces to be places where all community members feel safe and included regardless of age, gender, culture, and abilities.

  • Council is bound by the Council budget and will consider all recommendations through this lens. Council will consider multi-year phased improvements and will consider grant applications to fund further improvements in future years.


You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about the Northcote Public Golf Course here.

How to get involved

Tell us what you think by Sunday 12 December 2021 by:

  • Completing the online survey to let us know your thoughts
  • Attending an online Q&A session to ask our panel questions about this project

Register for one of the following sessions now:

Thursday 2 December 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm

Tuesday 7 December 2021 - 10:00am-11:00am

  • Requesting a hard copy of the survey by calling 8470 8888

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language, please contact us on 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aid or an interpreter.

To receive updates please register your details below.




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