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.

DPA Objective and Goals

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

– Planning the 2005 Olive Festival