Boroondara is a vibrant city with a thriving local economy which means our community has plenty of options to dine, shop and socialise, as well as work close to home.
We have a choice of over 53 shopping precincts on our doorstep, each with unique styles and products that are a drawcard, not only locally, but for greater Melbourne. These centres are home to more than 25,000 businesses, employing 71,353 people, of which 21,600 live in the area.*
Approximately 1,150 community members surveyed during consultation on the Boroondara Community Plan (adopted in 2018) had identified the important role of local businesses and shops in contributing to the vibrancy of neighbourhoods and in meeting the day-to-day needs of the community. The recent initiative of a Service Crew which regularly visits our shopping centres is just one example of how we are making improvements.
The Crew (which you can read about opposite on page 3) is helping to create clean, safe and attractive shopping centres where people can socialise, access services, attend workplaces, enjoy leisure time, and do their regular shopping in comfort.
Other ways we support our local businesses are through our workshops, networking events, a free business mentoring service, marketing and business development schemes for eight of our major centres and buy local programs. This year, we will be delivering close to 100 business events and networking sessions. We will also continue to promote the 53 Ways to Shop Local campaign.
Our shopping precincts foster a sense of community by allowing residents to “live locally”. This in turn helps to support the creation of a vibrant local economy that is accessible, attractive and a centre for community life.
*(Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016).
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara