Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson

Welcome to the February edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.

This summer has brought great tragedy to rural and regional areas in Australia, with catastrophic bushfires causing the unspeakable loss of lives and homes for many families. 

Our thoughts are with every Australian who has suffered loss, and we commend the selfless firefighters and volunteers who put themselves at risk to protect people and property. 

Boroondara has a proud history of supporting our fellow Victorian councils during times of disaster and we will continue to provide ongoing assistance for the recovery operations. 

In more positive news, the Victorian Government has decided to remove its contentious Amendment C299 from the Boroondara Planning Scheme, a loophole which allowed the demolition of heritage properties in Boroondara.

Council and the community fought hard for the removal of this Boroondara-specific amendment, and we are relieved it is no longer a threat to our much loved and cherished heritage. 

Finally, we are drawing closer to the May commencement of Boroondara’s new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection. 

During consultation for the Boroondara Community Plan you told us keeping waste out of landfill was a priority. We listened to your feedback and are introducing this new service as part of Council’s Waste Minimisation and Recycling strategy. Make sure you get ready for the introduction of FOGO by reading the FOGO guide in this bulletin. 

This service is a big step to reducing waste in our community. We look forward to working in partnership with you to reduce our environmental footprint in Boroondara.

Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara