Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we’re focused on reducing landfill through avoiding waste, recycling, and initiatives such as the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) program.

After just 12 months of FOGO, we’re already seeing impressive results with 68 per cent of collected waste now diverted from landfill and more than 48,000 Boroondara households participating. At our recent community consultation to refresh the Boroondara Community Plan, we were pleased to hear many of you have embraced the stage one roll-out of FOGO and are excited to be part of this effort to reduce the amount and type of waste going to landfill.

We know discrimination has a negative impact on people’s wellbeing. That’s why we are striving to be a city without ageism. Together with six other councils, we are raising awareness about ageism, challenging stereotypes and encouraging people to speak up and take action. Older people make up a significant part of the Boroondara  community – more than 20 per cent of our residents are aged over 60 – so this is an issue that impacts many of you. You can find out more about how you can support our ageism awareness campaign on page six.

This month we’re also focusing on young people, who are a significant part of our diverse community: Young people aged 10 to 25 make up 25 per cent of the Boroondara population. This month’s Youth Week is a great opportunity to highlight the many opportunities we offer young people to get involved in the community through sports, volunteering, the arts, and learning, and the special activities, groups and support on offer via our Boroondara Youth Hub.

As we focus on the benefit of community, I’m delighted we have recently completed another community centre upgrade. The architecturally- designed, purpose-built Camberwell Community Centre is an inclusive, multi-generational facility that will meet the community’s needs now and into the future. A key objective of the Boroondara Community Plan, you told us you value well-maintained public spaces that welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. Our new Camberwell Community Centre will be a vibrant hub for the community and I encourage you to visit and discover the wealth of courses, activities and services at your disposal.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara