Welcome to summer 2022. A new year is a time of hope and resolutions; the hope that 2022 will be a better year despite a bumpy start, and a resolution to enjoy the simple pleasures of time with friends and family, our parks and gardens, and all that our beautiful municipality offers us.
2022 will also be a time to focus on our newly endorsed Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31. The plan underpins all that Council does and guides decisions based upon what you have told us is important to you. That includes a commitment to the environment, protecting our heritage, the books on our library shelves, caring for and increasing our trees and open spaces, and the services that support us all to be healthy and fulfilled from the first weeks of our lives.
Also supporting our community are the 26% of us who volunteer in order to make life easier and better for others. Three special volunteers, and one program operated by volunteers, have been recognised in the 2022 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Awards. Their interests and contributions range from radio to tai chi, emergency relief to safeguarding vulnerable residents living in supported residential care. I congratulate and thank them all on our behalf.
Another priority for 2022 is our Boroondara Bicycle Strategy, which aims to deliver an integrated and appealing bicycle network that is safe, connected, protected and efficient.
If one of your resolutions is to start something new this year, you will find inspiration in this edition of the digital Boroondara Bulletin. We have articles on a new functional fitness program designed for older people who do not exercise regularly, tips and resources for starting or joining a book group, and new courses at our Neighbourhood Houses.
For many residents and businesses in Boroondara, the Lunar New Year of the Tiger will be celebrated from 1 February. I wish you all a joyous festival and a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara