Quality facilities and assets

Strategic objective

  • The community's current and future needs for assets and facilities are proactively managed. 
     

 

Key figures

  • $19.7 million net operating cost  
  • 2.57 million visits to Boroondara's leisure and aquatic centres
  • 563 kilometres of local roads

Achievements 

Balwyn Library Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the Balwyn Library is complete and was officially opened to the community on Wednesday 4 April 2018. 

The striking building has received upgrade works including additional casual reading and study areas, a large community meeting room, an improved layout allowing better access to the collection, and better technology. Other improvements to the library include increased natural light, more comfortable furniture and a separate quiet study area. 

The redevelopment brings new life to this popular community hub where people have been meeting, reading and studying since 1978.

Greythorn Community Hub (formerly the North East Community Hub)

The North East Community Hub Redevelopment was completed and is set to be formally opened as the Greythorn Community Hub. The new $17.2 million Greythorn Community Hub reached practical completion in June 2018. The project offers a range of much-needed community services and programs in this part of Boroondara. The Australian Government has provided a $3.2 million grant towards the project construction and the North Balwyn Returned Services League (RSL) has provided the land to Council on a long-term lease. 

The facility was formally opened on Saturday 1 September 2018. The Hub will have a range of features including Trentwood at the Hub (a neighbourhood house); Greythorn Library Lounge; Greythorn Maternal and Child Health (MCH) centre; Greythorn Early Childhood Centre; the North Balwyn RSL Sub-Branch; and access to community support and wellbeing services. 

Summary of other achievements 

  • Completed the upgrade to asset management systems (Conquest III and Conquest Mobile), providing multiple functionality improvements to improve efficiency and data quality, removing inefficient workarounds, and enabling future efficiency improvements to works management processes.
  • Replaced playgrounds at Foley Reserve Hawthorn, Hull Street Hawthorn, King Street Chain Balwyn North, Warburton Reserve Camberwell, Warner Reserve Ashburton and Willison Reserve Camberwell, as part of the Playground Replacement Program.
  • Completed the design for the redevelopment of the Balwyn Community Centre.
  • Completed the shopping centre improvement works at Peate Avenue Camberwell, Church Street Hawthorn, Glenferrie Hill Hawthorn and Fordham Avenue Camberwell.

Challenges 

  • Recognising and responding to the changing role of shopping centres as not only places to shop but also as community meeting places and work spaces which are integral to sustaining neighbourhood life.
  • Council delivers a significant number of projects per annum and invariably some projects incur contract disputes, unforeseen variations, and adverse weather and design/planning delays.