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Councillor Cynthia Watson

Councillor Cynthia Watson

Cr Cynthia Watson, Mayor

  • [email protected]
  • Phone: 9835 7846
  • Mobile: 0419 488 204
  • Post: Private Bag 1, Camberwell VIC 3124


Cr Watson is married with four children, three boys and one girl, and has lived in Balwyn North since 1999.

"My vision for Boroondara is to defend our heritage, protect our environment, enhance liveability through developing and sustaining our community and its assets, create conversation and build connectedness in neighbourhoods."

Cynthia is the Mayor for 2019-20.

Council committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Management Performance Review Committee
  • Budget Process Review Working Group
  • Balwyn Community Centre Steering Committee
  • Canterbury Community Precinct Steering Committee
  • Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Advisory Group
  • Communications Committee
  • Volunteer of the Year Advisory Group
  • Boroondara Eisteddfod Advisory Committee
  • Boroondara Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel
  • Town Hall Gallery Collection Advisory Committee
  • Library Services Advisory Committee 
  • Boroondara - Swinburne University of Technology Collaborative Panel
  • Boroondara Early Years Advisory Committee

External management committees

  • Metropolitan Waste Management Group Forum

Memberships and associations

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Hobbies and interests

Tennis, music, reading and writing.

Maranoa Ward newsletter

Read the April 2020 edition

Read the December 2019 edition

Read the July 2019 edition

History of Maranoa Ward

Maranoa Ward takes it name from the native garden established by John Middleton Watson on land he bought in the early 1890s.

He named the gardens Maranoa after a river in Queensland, from an Indigenous word meaning flowing, alive or running.

Mr Watson continued to buy land in the area, most of which later became Beckett Park. He began to create gardens on one side with indigenous species from Australian and New Zealand.

The area was previously known as One Tree Hill or Canterbury Park, Balwyn.

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