Maker gathering in Westgarth, Saturday 9th November

From Dan, on the mailing list:

Northern Makers Meeting Saturday 9th of November at 6:30PM to 9:30PM,

Bring something along to work on or just drop by for a look.


Jika Jika Community Centre, 1B Plant St, Northcote VIC 3070, Australia!q=1B+Plant+St%2C+Northcote+VIC%2C+Australia

There is good access to public transport and local bars and cafes.


Please feel free to bring something to eat during the meeting. There
are many take-away food outlets nearby on High Street (approx 100m


Cost to attend is $0. Under 18 can attend with parent or guardian.


The hall has sufficient tables and chairs. Power is available. We are
limited to handheld tools.

Some suggested guidelines for the meetup:

For anyone interested in taking the concept further I suggest we
discuss it on the night at the meeting.

Any questions can be directed to the Northern Makers mailing list or
to or 0409 964694.

Our meeting late last year

Now the Christmas break is over, it’s time to get the ball rolling again. We had a great meeting late last year, with over 20 attendees. I promised I’d post the slides that I prepared, which show three potential venues, so here they are:

If you’d like to be part of the next steps — incorporating as an association, figuring out memberships/fees, finding venues — then the best way to get involved is to join our discussion mailing list, where most of the action takes place.

First meeting: November 28th at Preston Library

We’d like to invite you all to our first meeting, to be held at the end of November.


We’re hoping to cover the following topics:

  • What is a maker space?
  • What other maker spaces exist locally and worldwide?
  • What are we hoping to achieve?
  • Who are we? (introductions all round!)
  • What is each of us interested in making?
  • What skills can each of us bring to this project?
  • What are our next steps to achieving our goals?

Notes will be taken and posted on the website, for the benefit of those who can’t make it to the meeting itself.


Preston Library
266 Gower Street, Preston

We’ll be in the community meeting room that’s on the right as you come in through the main entrance.


Wednesday November 28th, 6:30-8pm.


We know this event runs over dinner time for many people. Please feel free to bring something to eat during the meeting. There is a small kitchenette available if you need water etc, but no cooking facilities. There are many take-away food outlets nearby on High Street (approx 100m away, between the library and the train station).

Access and childcare:

Preston Library is accessible to people with disabilities. There are no steps to enter the venue, and there is a disabled toilet available. The meeting will involve a short projected presentation in a darkened room. If you need other accommodations or assistance, please let us know (email and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

No particular childcare facilities are available, however children are welcome at this meeting. Younger children should be accompanied by a parent, while teens are welcome to attend either with a parent or independently. The meeting room is adjacent to the library, which is open until 8pm, and where older children who are not attending the meeting could hang out while their parents attend.

Getting there:

Epping Train Line – 5 min walk from Preston station (approx 500m)

Tram Route 86 – 8 min walk from stop 48, corner of Gower St and Plenty Rd (approx 400m)

Bus Route 552 & 553 – 2 min walk from bus stops on High St, near corner of Gower St (approx 100m)

Bus Route 527 & 903 – 5 min walk from bus stop on Murray Rd, near corner of High St (approx 450m)

Cycle – Gower St has on road bike lanes; St Georges Rd shared walking/cycling off road path is nearby and connects to Gower St.

Car – Parking is available around the side and back of the library.

More information:

Contact us at

Planning our maker space

We’re a group of northern suburbs makers who want a venue where we can get together, use shared tools and equipment, learn and help each other build things, and run workshops and other events.

We want to welcome and collaborate with makers of all kinds, so whether you’re into technology projects like robotics, electronics, and alternative energy, DIY projects like bike maintenance or repairing household items, or artistic and creative projects such as screenprinting, textile crafts, and zine-making, we’d love to hear from you.

Here are some of the groups and movements we’re inspired by:

There are a few other Melbourne groups we know who are already doing something similar. We think there’s room for all kinds of maker communities throughout Melbourne, and we’re hoping to meet, collaborate with, and learn from people involved in these groups:

The organisational stuff: We’re hoping to find a space in the inner north of Melbourne, probably in the Darebin area (say, Northcote or Preston, though we’re open to other suggestions). We’ll be kicking things off with a public meeting at Preston Library on the evening of November 28th. Stay tuned for details!