We live in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful municipalities, with many parks and gardens supporting a wealth of plants, wildlife and birds.
Our ongoing community consultation to develop our Climate Action Plan shows that protecting the environment continues to be a high priority for our community.
Over the years, we have taken many steps to reduce waste and pollution, including purchasing renewable electricity, using recycled materials in road surfacing, and protecting our significant habitat trees to name a few.
Last year, we introduced the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service. One year on, the community has embraced the transition and together we are diverting more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill.
Being conscious of our waste – by separating recyclables from rubbish, using the FOGO bin and taking e-waste to our local drop-off stations – we’re each able to make a contribution to a cleaner, less wasteful world. Another way to reduce waste and your carbon footprint is to shop more mindfully. Visiting Boroondara’s Farmers Market and Camberwell Fresh Food Market is a wonderful way to support local traders while buying locally and seasonally.
For those of you who are fascinated by our local flora and fauna, the City Nature Challenge, which asks people to document plants and animals over a weekend in April and May, is a great activity to encourage appreciation and protection of our local wildlife corridors that are home to native plants, animals and birdlife.
As we look towards the future, I believe we are in a good position to continue to make a difference and work with our community to reduce our city’s environmental footprint.
Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara