March is a beautiful time of year: There’s a glimpse of autumn colour in our parks and gardens yet we can still enjoy good weather and longer days. Our community centres and neighbourhood houses are a hive of activity and performances are returning to the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
While many of these activities are adapted for COVID-normal, it’s important to maintain our community spirit, mark important occasions and celebrate our collective achievements. Thank you all for your contributions to our vibrant city, from fostering community connection, shopping and dining locally, and having your say on important initiatives. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s the importance of building social connections. Neighbour Day and Harmony Week are occasions to celebrate our community connectedness and to recognise cultural diversity. Also on a celebratory note, we are proud to recognise the women of our community on International Women’s Day.
We all continue to play an important role in contributing to a vibrant local economy. Together with local businesses, we’re saying thank you with the #ThanksBoroondara campaign, acknowledging all who spent locally, helping local business to stand strong. Thank you again for continuing to support our local businesses.
Last year, during our first stage of community consultation, we received strong support for the development of our Climate Action Plan. We now have a better understanding of our community’s perceptions, behaviours, and aspirations regarding climate action locally, and the role you see Council performing in response. While the plan is being developed, we’re continuing to take action including:
- installation of low-emission technologies and energy-efficiency upgrades across council facilities
- harvesting rainwater and storm water for better water efficiency, waterway protection and pollution control
- continuing the rollout of our FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) kerbside waste collection service
- restoring remnant vegetation and creating new biodiversity zones.
I encourage you to continue to share your feedback and ideas in the second phase of consultation, which will confirm we have understood you correctly, so we can develop an action plan our community will support, and ultimately reduce our city’s environmental footprint.
Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara