Coronavirus update 13 March 2020

COVID-19 restrictions: what's closed and what's open.

Some of our services may be closed or have different hours for the public holiday on Friday 23 October.

The Budget 2020-21 delivers on the Boroondara Community Plan 2017-27 and will ensure we provide the services and facilities you told us are important to you in a financially sustainable way.

Major projects

COVID-19 Support and Relief Package

Project cost: $4.5 million

The social and financial impacts of COVID-19 have hit many in our community hard, which is why we developed a $4.5 million support and relief package.

This package came into effect early in April 2020, to provide immediate relief to the whole Boroondara community. It includes multiple initiatives to support our local community and businesses.

A new Kew Recreation Centre

Project cost: $68.04 million

In our 2019-20 Budget, we announced the Kew Recreation Centre would undergo a major redevelopment, and began the initial design stage and consultation. In 2020-21, it will begin transformation into a modern facility suitable for all stages of life, catering to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs.

Following two stages of consultation with more than 2,000 people, we are pleased to present a design for the centre that will meet the needs of our growing community.

To watch a three-dimensional fly-through animation, see New Kew Recreation Centre.

A new community precinct in Canterbury

Project cost: $11.28 million

In the 2019-20 Budget, we announced a plan to create a new community precinct in Canterbury, committing $11.28m over 3 years. 

We are restoring existing buildings in Canterbury Gardens to preserve their heritage and to provide a major expansion which incorporates the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion and community gardens to create a precinct that meets the current and future health, wellbeing and education needs of our community.

To learn more, see New Community Precinct in Canterbury.


Budget allocation: $1.71 million

Placemaking is about creating places that foster community connections, create thriving local economies, contribute positively to the environment and ultimately enhance our community’s quality of life. 

More than 1,200 people shared their vision for Maling Road at the end of 2019, and more than 1,100 people shared their ideas to improve Glenferrie Road during community engagement held at the beginning of 2020.

In 2020-21, we will deliver two plans which brings together a collective vision for each respective area, identifying specific medium to long term projects (such as public realm upgrades) and other initiatives (such as community events) to enhance these valued places based on what our community told us. The Maling Road Place Plan is expected to be released later in 2020, with the Glenferrie Road Place Plan expected by early-2021. 

For more information, see Placemaking.

Environmental initiatives

Budget allocation: $4.04 million

We are committed to improving our city’s environmental sustainability. In the 2020-21 Budget, we plan to undertake a range of initiatives designed to minimise our environmental footprint.

Environmental initiative Budget allocation

Develop a Climate Action Plan to replace the current Our Low Carbon Future Strategy and implement priority actions, including:

  • further retrofits of outdated lighting technologies to efficient and reliable LED
  • replacement of older inefficient heating and cooling systems
  • onsite electricity generation in the form of solar PV systems.
Implement our Sustainable Council Building Policy requirement to deliver a minimum 5 Star Green Star equivalent standard for all new buildings and applicable retrofits. $1.5 million
Support the delivery of the newly introduced Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service. $260,584
A new Ozone generator at the Riversdale transfer station. $110,000
Our ongoing park and street tree renewal program (Street Tree Strategy). $448,904
Deliver sustainability education programs through our Living for Our Future program. $32,735
Deliver the Sustainable Schools - Young Leaders Summit to engage with local schools so that we motivate and empower our young leaders to deliver improved sustainability outcomes for the local community. $13,000
Support water conservation and quality across our catchments by implementing priority projects including designing and constructing Water Sensitive Urban Design Projects (rain gardens and wetlands). $75,000
Implement priority works at Council facilities (water harvesting, water recovery and water efficiency) to reduce tap water use and stormwater pollution. $55,100
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Council's buildings by implementing cost effective energy efficiency upgrades/retrofits and installing solar photovoltaics (PV). $256,200
Enhance and maintain urban biodiversity across the municipality by implementing initiatives including the Backyard Biodiversity project, Wildlife not Weeds program, interpretive signage and to extend the areas of Boroondara which are actively managed for their significant biodiversity values.  $257,030
Deliver the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival so that the community can learn new skills and be inspired to live more sustainably. $42,647

We have also committed to purchasing 100% green renewable electricity for Council’s large buildings and streetlighting.

Other projects

Project Budget allocation
Boroondara’s Sport Pavilions

We are enhancing our sport pavilions to be more accessible and to better support a diverse range of user groups in response to community needs.
$3.45 million
Victoria Park Regional Playground

We are delivering a significant upgrade to enhance the northern playgrounds at Victoria Park in Kew, creating a space where locals and visitors can connect with family and friends as part of the Victoria Park Concept Master Plan.
$2.62 million
Walmer Street Bridge

We are upgrading the land bridge component of the Walmer Street Bridge to ensure its structural integrity, improve usability, comply with disability standards and protect public safety. The Budget figure includes a $1.5m grant from the Federal Government. 
$2.4 million
Shopping Centre Improvement Plan

Highfield Road and Cotham Village shopping centres will undergo streetscape improvement works as part of our Shopping Centre Improvement Plan, enhancing the vitality of Boroondara’s local strip shopping centres for local traders and the community.
$1.05 million
Dog Friendly Play Areas 

We will design and deliver additional dog-friendly play areas within some of our parks and reserves, providing better opportunities for social interactions between owners and their dogs.

We will continue the roll-out of our Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service, in this second phase of the service we will work with those in multi-unit properties and commercial businesses to customise their bin configurations, as well as providing ongoing education and support for residents adjusting to the new service.
Bicycle Strategy Implementation 

We will continue to implement recommendations from the Boroondara Bicycle Strategy, including:
  • bicycle repair stands
  • fencing 
  • bicycle parking
  • pram access ramps
  • supplementary landscaping works and lighting for the Anniversary Trail at Riversdale Park.