Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

Safeguarding our precious environment is a high priority for our community, which is why I’m pleased to reveal that our draft Climate Action Plan has been adopted by Council and is open for community consultation.

It targets specific initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, and comes on top of significant steps we’ve already taken, including the introduction of FOGO collections and 100 per cent green energy, which have brought us within arm’s length of net zero carbon within Council operations. The next phase will consider broader initiatives for Council and the community, and I encourage you to express your views in the consultation process.

Meanwhile our individual efforts make all the difference, and with single-use plastic making up a third of Victoria’s litter, Plastic Free July prompts us to think right now about what we buy and how it’s packaged.

In mid-winter our thoughts turn to keeping warm indoors, and this month you can get the inside story on some of Boroondara’s most significant properties as part of Open House Melbourne. Explore the Italianate splendour of Willsmere or Villa Alba in Kew, or see the inner workings of the Hawthorn Tram Depot or Boroondara’s Camberwell Civic Precinct, opening its doors under the Open House scheme for the first time. A cosy library makes a favourite midwinter hideaway too, and National Family History Month coming up in August is the perfect time to delve into your family’s stories with the help of Boroondara Library Service’s genealogy resources and a little friendly assistance.

 Finally, we’re looking forward to implementing our newly adopted 2021-22 Budget, a carefully considered investment in the future of our community.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara