Friends of Darebin Parklands

About Us


Founded in 1973 as the Rockbeare Park Group, later becoming the Friends of Darebin Parklands (FDP), the group was instrumental in establishing the Darebin Parklands,  lobbying for the site to be retained as a public space after thwarting plans for the Darebin Creek to be converted into a concrete culvert.
Sue Course, FDP co-founder known as ‘Mother of the Park’ was honoured with a 2021 Medal of the Order of Australia for work to establish the Darebin Parklands.
The park is an integral component of the Darebin Creek, Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay catchments, which connects FDP to a wide network of like-minded groups. 

Wasteland to Wildlife Haven

A pictorial history of the FDP and the parklands.

The attached Power Point presentation covers how volunteer-power has transformed the parklands over almost 40 years (1973-2011) from a degraded horse paddock, tip and quarry into a beautiful conservation bushland park.