Strong and engaged communities
- Our community has a say in matters of interest to them in achieving Boroondara’s vision.
- Community needs are identified and responses planned accordingly.
- Opportunities are provided to enable people in our community to be supported and involved.
22.4 million net operating cost
75 groups assisted by annual council community grants
2.3 million library items borrowed
Boroondara Community Plan consultation
During the year, a community consultation program was undertaken with the Boroondara community to develop our 10-year Community Plan.
Council received over 11,800 responses from the community, representing all age, gender, suburb and culturally diverse cohorts. The responses are being used to inform the development of the Boroondara Community Plan, which will include the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21.
The Community Plan will outline our vision and priorities for the future and will include what the community thinks is important for them.
Economic Development and Tourism Strategy
Following community input, Council adopted a new five year Economic Development and Tourism Strategy in August 2016. The strategy provides a blueprint for enhancing the vibrancy and sustainability of the local economy and its influence on the liveability of Boroondara as a whole.
It addresses a range of challenges and opportunities determined through initial research, community consultation and analysis.
Summary of other achievements
- improved access to high quality early years services for all Boroondara children particularly those experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage, through projects such as Eastern Metro Region Working Together, Early Start Kindergarten and the Out of Home Care Reform
- completed public consultation for the development of the draft Boroondara Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21
- completed content in the autumn 2017 edition of the Destination Melbourne Online Visitor Guide
- established a database of physical activity opportunities for older adults
- increased library opening hours following a review through a consultation and analysis of the volume of library activities
- conducted information sessions for parents and established partnerships with organisations to promote the health and wellbeing of families and young people
- implemented the year three actions of the Creating an Age-Friendly Boroondara Strategy
- completed the development of a strategic marketing plan for Boroondara Arts programs and services.