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The Budget 2021-22 delivers on the Boroondara Community Plan 2017-27 and ensures we provide the services and facilities you told us are important to you in a financially sustainable way.

An infographic showing the 2021-22 City of Boroondara budget

Major projects of the Budget 2021-22

Kew Recreation Centre Redevelopment 

Project cost: $68 million

Construction is underway on the new Kew Recreation Centre, with the project currently on track to be completed by mid-2023. 

In 2021-22, this purpose-built facility will start to take shape as a modern fitness and aquatic facility catering for people of all ages and abilities. 

This major infrastructure project will provide our community with the opportunity to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others, and meet specialised health needs.

Canterbury Community Precinct

Budget: $11.3m

Restoration and development of the existing buildings in Canterbury Gardens is underway to preserve their heritage and better support our community. Construction is scheduled for completion by mid- to late-2022.

This major expansion incorporates the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion and community gardens, enabling us to create one convenient precinct that meets the current and future health, wellbeing and education needs of the surrounding community.

Sports pavilions

Canterbury Sportsground pavilion

Budget: $2m

Rathmines Reserve pavilion

Budget: $1.5m

We are upgrading our sporting pavilions in line with our Diversity, Inclusion and Participation Program to ensure these facilities are accessible for people with various needs in our community.  

The 3-year program of works includes upgrading showers, toilets and change rooms to provide inclusive facilities. We are also installing additional lighting in and around sporting facilities in car parks and reserve entry points to provide safer access in the evenings.

The Rathmines Road Reserve pavilion and the Canterbury Sportsground pavilion will undergo major upgrades as part of the program.

Strategic Cycling Corridor

Budget: $160k

The Victorian Government’s Department of Transport is developing a high-level study for the Box Hill to Hawthorn Strategic Cycling Corridor.

Its aim is to deliver a high-quality, dedicated cycling and pedestrian link for commuting and recreational use.

In support of this, and in alignment with our Boroondara Bicycle Strategy, we will undertake feasibility studies for 2 sections of the corridor:

  • Elgin Street to Glenferrie Road, including an underpass at Power Street. 
  • Burke Road to Stanhope Grove, including an underpass at Stanhope Grove.

This project will also examine covering sections of the railway cuttings, to create spaces for pedestrians and the wider community.

Transforming Boroondara

We are Transforming Boroondara to improve customer experiences across Council, making it easier for customers to get the information and services they need, in a way that’s convenient for them.  

It is important for them to have access to council services online 24/7, so we have prioritised the delivery of a new online booking tool and new digital chat functions.

We are proud to have made significant progress towards a more customer-centric service model that includes self-service options such as online forms and digital hubs, as well as greater choice when it comes to making payments securely online.

Environmental initiatives

We are committed to continuing to reduce our city’s environmental footprint, as we work towards a healthier, more sustainable future. 

In the 2021-22 budget, we’re planning to undertake a range of dedicated initiatives that will help us minimise our environmental footprint. 

We are also committed to the ongoing purchase of 100 per cent renewable electricity for our large buildings and street lighting.

Sustainable Council Building Policy

Budget: $2.2m

We’ll deliver a minimum 5-star/Green Star equivalent standard for all new buildings and applicable retrofits through our Sustainable Council Buildings Policy.

Park and street tree renewal program

Budget: $660k

The ongoing park and street tree renewal program (Tree Strategy Action Plan) will include increased capacity for street tree planting.

Urban biodiversity

Budget: $266k

We’ll enhance our urban biodiversity zones across the municipality through initiatives including the Backyard Biodiversity project, Wildlife not Weeds program, interpretive signage, and by extending the areas of Boroondara which are actively managed for their significant biodiversity values.

Climate Action Plan

Budget: $400k 

We’ll finalise and consider our new Climate Action Plan, including planning for the implementation of substantial actions in future years. 

We will also continue to: 

  • upgrade and install efficient and reliable LED lighting 
  • replace older inefficient heating and cooling systems to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions 
  • add solar electricity systems to lower our energy use and meet our energy reduction targets. 

Boroondara Bicycle Strategy

Budget: $275k

We’ll finalise and implement our Boroondara Bicycle Strategy to support sustainable transport options.

Other projects

  • We’ll deliver the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival so the community can learn new skills and be inspired to live more sustainably. Budget: $43k.
  • We’ll deliver sustainability education programs through our Living for Our Future program. Budget: $33k.
  • We’ll reduce water use and stormwater pollution at council facilities through water efficiency, harvesting, and recovery projects. Budget: $57k.

Budget 2021-22 infographic full text

Council (2021-2022) will invest:

  • $62.67m in buildings
  • $11.20m in roads
  • $6.49m in parks, open spaces and streetscapes
  • $1.38m in computers and telecommunications
  • $4.54m in drainage
  • $990k in library resources
  • $3.72m in recreational, leisure and community facilities
  • $3.1m in footpaths and cycle ways
  • $1.34m in plant and equipment
  • $2.51m in car parks
  • $3.65m in bridges, furniture, fixtures and fittings.