Let us introduce your Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31. It guides everything Council does to ensure we deliver on what you told us you value most. Here’s what it means for you.
In the City of Boroondara, we have a passionate, highly engaged and diverse community that embraces the lifestyle and opportunities that come with living here – the heritage and character of our neighbourhoods, our parks and green spaces, bustling shopping centres, and the services helping people live healthy, fulfilling lives.
We have an important role in fostering our community’s much-loved way of life, which is why we are excited to present your Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31, including our community’s vision for Boroondara’s future: ‘A sustainable and inclusive community’.
What is the Boroondara Community Plan?
Shaped by the diverse views of more than 5,000 community members in 2020-21, the Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31 is Council’s key strategic document. It guides everything we do and ensures we continue to deliver on the seven priority themes our community told us are most important to them.
Along with the 10-year vision based on our community’s aspirations, it incorporates our four-year Council Plan and four-year Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.
Essentially, it paints a picture of what our community values most and demonstrates practically how Council will bring our community’s vision to life.
How was it developed?
Building on the inaugural Boroondara Community Plan developed in 2016-17, we started the process of renewing the plan in 2020 to ensure it reflected our community’s values, aspirations and priorities for the next 10 years.
To understand what is most important to our community, we needed to hear directly from you. So, we undertook a deliberative engagement process in 2020-21, through two stages of community engagement, analysed your feedback, and incorporated it in the renewed Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31.
What does our community value most?
High on the list is our leafy neighbourhoods, parks and playgrounds, the heritage character of our streets, and the relaxed and peaceful nature of Boroondara. Meaningful community connections were valued too, as well as a sense of safety, personal wellbeing and belonging.
And what are our community’s priorities for the future?
Our community expressed how important it is for everyone, especially those in need, to be considered by Council in our planning, delivery, partnership and advocacy efforts. They wanted to ensure Boroondara’s unique features are protected and enhanced. They were very clear about the need to care for the environment, support sustainability and have a robust response to the impacts of climate change.
What you told us is most important to you in Boroondara
“Having an environmentally conscious community with sustainability goals set by Council.”
“Accessibility to a variety of services and facilities in my local area, which respond to the needs of all age groups and abilities.”
“It is important to us to have responsible waste management, and to preserve the unique heritage of the area.”
“Good connectivity; public transport, walking trails, bike paths on and off road.”
“I love the myriad of shops, cafes, restaurants and parks that comprise my neighbourhood. We are so lucky to have such beautiful green spaces, and they should be cherished and protected.”
“Community engagement, including input into planning and particularly community events.”
“I love our local parks and hope they continue being cared for, with even more native flora planted.”