Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson

Welcome to the March edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.

We know that caring for our environment is important to you. We heard this message from you, when we had the community-wide conversation which informed the Boroondara Community Plan. 

Guided by the current ‘Our Low Carbon Future Strategy’, Council has undertaken a range of initiatives to minimise our environmental footprint, including practical action to reduce waste by using recycled materials in Council works, applying minimum 5-Star standards to building projects over $1 million and joining with 45 other Victorian councils to participate in a tender to purchase renewable electricity. 

It is time for us to have a new conversation together to ensure we have a sustainable environment in Boroondara. A new Climate Action Plan will replace the current strategy. For any community plan to be truly effective, we need to know your thoughts on what local initiatives you would like to see within our City. Your ideas will help us develop a plan to provide practical, everyday solutions and actions to improve our environmental sustainability. 

As we work together on the Climate Action Plan, Council will not be standing still. We will keep implementing policies to reduce pollution, protect biodiversity, invest in renewable energy technology, and develop more efficient waste management strategies. Council’s sustainability projects have been making a significant difference for over a decade and we will continue to take actions which make a positive impact on our environment. 

Consultation for the Climate Action Plan is important for Boroondara and I strongly encourage everyone to have their say when conversations begin. Together, we can continue making Boroondara a great place to live, work, study and play for generations to come. 

To stay informed about the Climate Action Plan, email [email protected].

Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara