GREENS candidates for Darebin say they are confident of gaining an extra position at October's council election.
The party has endorsed Rose Ljubicic for Cazaly ward, Jeremy Graham for Latrobe ward and incumbent councillor Trent McCarthy for Rucker ward.
Ms Ljubicic, a mother and small-business operator, said the party would go to the election pledging to change the council's planning policies.
"We want a transparent planning process ... There's very little community consultation," she said.
Other policies include advocating for "clean and green creeks, parks and streets" and improved kindergartens and childcare.
Cr McCarthy is the only Greens councillor in Darebin. The other eight councillors are ALP members.
Cr McCarthy said he was "quietly confident" he would be re-elected and that Ms Ljubicic would be the first Greens to represent Cazaly ward.
"I feel we've built good relationships in the community, although you don't take anything for granted."
Darebin takes in the traditional ALP heartlands of Preston, Northcote, Thornbury and Reservoir. The Greens' vote has increased steadily in the past four years.
At the 2010 state election it climbed to 11.21 per cent, up from 10.04 per cent.
At the 2010 federal election, it was 11.7 per cent, a swing of four per cent.
Cr McCarthy said if that support is repeated in October it would "put us in a very strong position."
– Alana Schetzer