City of Boroondara statistics covering:

  • arts and culture participation and facilities
  • licensed premises
  • libraries.

Arts and culture participation

Participation in arts and culture was measured in the 2011 VicHealth Indicators Survey. Respondents were asked if they had attended arts activities or events and if they had made or created art or craft in the last three months (Figure 1). Engagement was higher in arts and crafts in Boroondara compared to Victoria for both these measures.

Around 8 out of 10 Boroondara residents (82.6%) participated in at least 1 of the selected artistic and cultural activities in the previous month, compared to 70.5% in the Eastern Metropolitan Region and the Victorian average of 63.6%.

Participation in arts and cultural events - Source VicHealth - Figure 1

 

Figure 1: Participation in arts and cultural events (%). Source: VicHealth

Community centres and neighbourhood houses

Boroondara's community centres and neighbourhood houses host many local clubs and community groups and also run a range of facilitated classes and programs. Figure 2 summarises the types of classes and programs offered across all 10 sites between February and June 2015.

Facilitated classes and programs at City of Boroondara community centres and neighbourhood-houses-February-to-June-2015-Figure-2

Figure 2: Facilitated classes and programs at City of Boroondara community centres and neighbourhood houses, February to June 2015. Source: City of Boroondara, 2014

A survey of people using neighbourhood houses and community centres in Boroondara (the Neighbourhood House Participant Survey 2013) found that the most common reasons for people using the centres were social, half the visitors to centres in the City of Boroondara said they were there to spend time with other people (50.7%), and just over 4 in 10 visitors were there to meet new people and make friends (41.0%). The full list of reasons is provided in Figure 3.

Reason to attend neighbourhood house and community centre 2013 - Figure 3

Figure 3: Reason to attend neighbourhood house and community centre, 2013. Source: Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres and Department of Human Services, Neighbourhood House Participant Survey (unpublished, 2013)

In Boroondara, all age groups were not proportionally represented by the clients who responded to the Neighbourhood House Participant Survey 2013. The age groups of clients over-represented compared to the City of Boroondara population were 30-44 years, 55-64 years and 65-74 years (see Figure 4). Across all age groups, more females used the centres than males with the 30-44 years age group having the biggest difference (85% of clients in this age group are female).

Percentage of clients by age group compared to percentage of City of Boroondara - population by age group - Figure 4

Figure 4: Percentage of clients by age group compared to percentage of City of Boroondara population by age group

Library use

Boroondara has 5 public libraries. In 2013-14 there were just more than 40,000 active members that made more than 1 million visits.

In addition to Boroondara's 5 libraries and online library services, the City offers a home library service. The 2 main groups served are people confined to hospitals, nursing homes and special accommodation homes, and residents living at home who have limited mobility.

A summary of the statistics provided by the Public Libraries Victoria Network Annual Survey of Victorian Public Libraries 2013-14 and Boroondara Library Arts and Cultural Services (unpublished data 2013-14) is presented below:

  • 40,006 active members
  • 1.1 million visits (including all library activities such as loans, reference services, meeting room use, internet and email access, and attending training or programs)
  • 2.4 million print loans (83,279 were in a language other than English)
  • 384,105 audio visual loans (17,645 were in a language other than English)
  • 27,966 e-book loans
  • 73 PCs (55 with internet access)
  • 47,480 hours booked on PCs
  • 28,530 children's program participants and 3,641 adult program participants
  • 250 people served by the Home Library Service
  • 40 institutions reached by the Home Library Service.

Licensed premises

As of May 2015, there were 330 permanent and 88 limited liquor licences (e.g. for one-off events) held by vendors in Boroondara. Hawthorn had the most licences, including 7 late-night venues. Camberwell had the highest number of 'bring your own' (BYO) liquor licences of all suburbs. Hawthorn had the highest rate of venues with permanent licences per 1000 residents (4 per 1000 residents) and Kew East had the highest rate of limited licences per 1000 residents (1 per 1000 residents). See Figure 6 for a full list of suburbs.

Table 6: Number and type of liquor licences by suburb, May 2015
 

On and off premises consumption

On premises consumption

Packaged liquor

Club (full and restricted)

Bring Your Own

Restaurant and Café

Limited consumption

Ashburton

   

1

1

6

5

3

Balwyn

 

2

2

 

12

8

5

Balwyn North

   

5

 

13

3

8

Camberwell

1 LN

1

4

1

21

22

12

Canterbury

   

2

1

3

3

5

Deepdene

       

1

2

2

Glen Iris

   

5

 

2

1

2

Hawthorn

5 (1 LN)

7 (3 LN)

5

4

17

57

17

Hawthorn East

 

2 (2 LN)

2

 

2

19

3

Kew

4 (2 LN)

9

2

6

 

28

18

Kew East

 

2

2

3

 

9

7

Surrey Hills and Mont Albert

 

1

1

 

8

8

6

Total

9 (3 LN)

24 (5 LN)

31

16

85

165

88

Note LN = late night

Source: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, 2015

Liquor licences per 1000 population by suburb - Figure 6

Figure 6: Liquor licences per 1000 population by suburb. Source: Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, 2015 and [id. Population forecasts for City of Boroondara 2015]

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