Cr Susan Biggar
Cr Biggar is married with three adult sons, Aidan, Oliver and Ellis, and has lived in Camberwell for 18 years.
She is involved with several health-related organisations driven by her strong, long-term personal and professional interest in health. Cr Biggar’s passion for this can be seen through her membership of numerous health-related advisory committees, and her work as founder of the annual ‘65km for Cystic Fibrosis’ long-distance walk that raises funds for medical research. Together with her family, Cr Biggar also supports the work of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Cr Biggar was elected to represent Riversdale Ward in October 2020, and is the first Councillor for the ward.
“I believe Boroondara can be a community where we love living, not only because of our green spaces, heritage and location, but because it represents our values. We have a unique opportunity to reimagine ourselves following 2020 – to be a more vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and supportive community as we spend more time living, working and playing here. Together we can protect what we love, support and care for our community and work united for a safe, healthy and sustainable future for us and future generations.”
- Waste Management Reference Group (WMRG)
- Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year Advisory Group
- Transforming Boroondara Steering Committee
- Glenferrie Precinct Development Plan Advisory Committee
- Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee
- Cycling Advisory Committee
- Gardiners Creek Masterplan Advisory Committee
- Boroondara Reconciliation Advisory Committee
External Advisory Committees
- Boroondara Public Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee
Memberships and associations
- Monash Health Community Advisory Committee
- Cystic Fibrosis Community Care
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia
- La Trobe University Centre for Health Communication and Participation Advisory Committee
- Founder of 65km for Cystic Fibrosis
Hobbies and interests
Cr Biggar is a member of a local women’s netball and basketball team, a regular cyclist (both a hybrid and a tandem), a long-distance walker and loves swimming in the ocean year-round. She is also a published author and continues to write for pleasure and to support organisations that are dear to her heart.
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History of Riversdale Ward
In the 1850s, there was a house called ‘Riversdale Cottage’ near the Yarra River and Powers Street, occupied by George Cuthbert. The house ‘Riversdale’ was built for paper manufacturer Thomas Kenny in 1857, and was later occupied by the Duckett family.
The house was ordered for demolition in 1938 for subdivision. Following demolition, the subdivision called 'The Riversdale Estate' created Riversdale Court. The original estate stretched from what is now 14 to 30 Riversdale Road, and through to Fairview Park.
Riversdale Road was a government road east-west of the Yarra River in 1843. By 1853, it almost stretched the length of Boroondara. A row of grand houses had been established by 1860 on the south side with views of the river. Riversdale Road was gazetted on 4 September 1863, named for Thomas Kenny’s house.