Proposed Budget - major projects

A new Kew Recreation Centre

We are redeveloping the Kew Recreation Centre, transforming it into a facility suitable for all stages of life, catering to a wide range of health and
wellbeing needs, where everyone is welcome. The existing facility no longer meets community expectations, so we are constructing a new purpose-built centre which will include modern fitness, sports, aquatic facilities and community spaces.

Some of the proposed components include a new and expanded gym, aquatic spaces, program rooms, and community space, which will provide
more programmable space allowing various people to access programs concurrently at times that suit them. Other proposed features include
building two indoor sports courts,which are much needed in the area, a dedicated learn-to-swim pool and warm-water pool, child-friendly indoor
aqua play area and a newly created outdoor space.

The new centre will support the health and wellbeing of the community, particularly for children and families, people with a disability and older
adults. It will serve as a facility for all ages to recreate, improve or maintain health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others and meet
specialised health needs.

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A transformed Balwyn Community Centre

The Balwyn Community Centre has been home to a range of programs and activities supporting the health and wellbeing of the Balwyn community since 1976.

The centre, which was originally a house, is no longer suitable for the many and varied programs and activities it provides. While
retaining the heritage character of the original house, we are now upgrading the centre to create a purpose-built space, which will better deliver the services important to the community both now and into the future.

The upgraded centre will provide more program spaces, a new recreation zone, enhanced outdoor features, and a new maternal and child health service onsite. It will see the function centre upgraded with inclusion of a new kitchen, a new occasional childcare centre and learn-to-ride track
for children, new security lighting, and improved visibility and accessibility to the site from Whitehorse Road.

The new centre will better support the growing Balwyn community, and will be a convenient hub for people of all ages in a beautiful parkland setting.

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A new Camberwell Community Centre

For more than 30 years the Camberwell Community Centre has provided locals with a place to gather and enjoy various programs and activities.

The centre currently operates from two sites, both of which are old houses and were not built to function as a community centre. We are planning to build a new facility that will greatly improve the way the centre can operate and what it can offer the community. The new centre will consolidate all of the centre’s Leighton and Chambly programs at one site in Fairholm Grove, as well as relocate and expand the Maternal and Child Health Centre, including an early parenting centre.

The redevelopment proposes many improvements including flexible multipurpose spaces for programs and activities, improved meeting spaces, an outdoor garden courtyard area for activities and recreation, and new and improved car parking to allow easier access to the site.

Due to Camberwell Community Centre’s central location, the entire Boroondara community stands to benefit from the redevelopment. You will be able to enjoy access to health and wellbeing activities, art, pottery and craft classes, learn languages, and computing and more, once the redevelopment is complete. 

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Food Organics and Garden Organics waste service

Currently, our general waste bins destined for landfill contain around 46 per cent food organics.

We’ve committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and to do this have invested in the implementation of a Food Organics and Garden Organics waste service (commonly known as FOGO).

The service enables you put your garden waste and all food waste in the same bin, which is collected as part of Council’s kerbside collection service. This waste stream is then processed and turned into soil conditioning products like soil enhancers, mulch or sustainable fertiliser substitutes. This will be a Boroondara-wide initiative for properties that currently use Council’s kerbside collection service.

Previously planned to be introduced in 2022-23, we have brought forward the delivery of this initiative to the 2019-20 financial year in response to community expectation and environmental challenges. This significant enhancement to our waste management practices will increase resource recovery and reduce landfill waste by up to 19,000 tonnes per year, helping ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for generations to come.

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Boroondara Sports Awards

The Boroondara Sports Club Awards recognise and promote clubs which are inclusive of under-represented groups, provide community benefit, support volunteers and promote health.

Clubs will be asked to submit applications for a range of award categories. The Awards will be presented at an annual dinner to clubs that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the community and rewarding members who have given up their time for the benefit of their community.

Sporting clubs play a key role in the creation of local networks, new relationships and positive physical and mental health outcomes for members. They do this in many ways including providing a sense of connection, access to opportunities for physical and social activity, and opportunities for people to volunteer.

The Awards will recognise those clubs within Boroondara that are well governed, inclusive and committed to providing high levels of benefit to
the community.

Encouraging sporting clubs to be more inclusive supports our vision that all people in Boroondara, regardless of their circumstances, will have the opportunity and encouragement to actively participate in sport and/or recreation activities.

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Early years digital hub

More than 35 per cent of households in Boroondara are comprised of couples with children. Building on the success of the Add Life to Your Years online hub for over 55s, we are developing an early years digital hub, predominantly related to children from birth to primary school age, to better inform and support families in Boroondara.

The early years digital hub will provide a central access point for families seeking information about activities and services available from Council and other external sources. The hub will include information about maternal and child health, immunisation, libraries, supported playgroups, kindergarten enrolment, not-for-profit family services, and parenting and health resources. It will also include features such as a searchable database of local community activities for children and families and an easy-to-use listing of childcare, playgroups, kindergartens and primary schools within Boroondara.

By improving our online services, the hub will provide a central source of information for families to support their children during these important years of their development. The hub will be mobile-friendly, so families will have information at their fingertips whenever they need it.

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New Ashburton Seniors Centre

 We are redeveloping the Ashburton Seniors Centre, to enhance and support the lifestyles of residents aged over 55.

The existing building is more than 50 years old and is no longer able to meet the growing and changing needs of seniors in the community,
or deliver all of the required activities and services.

The new centre will include an age-friendly design, with fit-for-purpose community spaces to be used for a wide range of activities and services. The new building will be fully accessible, including an underground car park with lift, and stair access to the existing outdoor car park. Other features include a new courtyard with a safe breakout space to sit, a modern kitchen and dining area to support activities and a purpose-built distribution kitchen for the Meals on Wheels service.

The new Ashburton Seniors Centre will have significant health and wellbeing benefits for active and enjoyable ageing in Boroondara. It will provide opportunities for senior residents to form social connections and participate in life-long learning, both of which can have tremendously positive effects on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.

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A new Community Precinct in Canterbury

Canterbury will soon be home to a local community precinct which will bring together a range of services for children and families, people of all ages, and for those with a disability.

Currently, several important services are operating at different locations in Canterbury, in buildings which are not all built for their current purposes, restricting operations. We are building a new precinct, which will combine maternal and child health services, three and four-year-old kindergarten, occasional care, toy library, disability services and programs, as well as the Canterbury, Balwyn and Surrey Hills historical societies, Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre and Canterbury Community Gardens all on one site.

Combining these services in one location will ensure the community has easy access to all facilities and services. It will greatly improve the continuity of care available for early years’ services, further support disability services, and by co-locating Canterbury Norwood Baptist Kindergarten and the Canterbury Neighbourhood House, will create service pathways that currently do not exist.

When the precinct is complete, the residents of Canterbury and surrounding areas will have a place to belong, a place to connect and a place to support the needs of their families.

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Boroondara Customer First Program

City of Boroondara is consistently Victoria’s top ranked Council for customer satisfaction however with changing community expectations and new standards set by commercial industry leaders, we need to change.

The Boroondara Customer First Program has been developed so Council can deliver better customer service, be more efficient, and engage more effectively with you, the community, on the things that are most important to you.

It will ensure that, whenever a member of the community needs to contact Council, it is as easy and straight-forward as possible – whether that’s in person, over the phone, or online.

The Program will be delivered in two phases over the next five years. KPMG was engaged to assist with the development of the Boroondara Customer First Program and the business case that supports investment in this program. This business case identifies $182 million of benefits for the community and Council over the next 15 years from an investment of $129 million.

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Facilities and infrastructure

The City maintains

  • 239 buildings
  • 57km of on-road cycling paths
  • 562km of local roads
  • 35km of shared paths on trails
  • 118 playgrounds 
  • 1,283km of footpaths
  • 595ha of open space

The City (2019-20) will invest

  • $11.30 million - roads
  • $648,000 - car parks
  • $5.13 million - drainage
  • $1.12 million - bridges, furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • $35.95 million - buildings
  • $3.82 million - footpaths and cycle ways
  • $8.12 million - parks, open spaces and streetscapes
  • $3.24 million - recreational, leisure and community facilities
  • $985,000 - library resources
  • $2.58 million - computers and telecommunications
  • $2.73 million - plant and equipment 

The Proposed Budget 2019-20 will be available for public inspection and comment from Wednesday 1 May to Wednesday 29 May 2019. Copies of the Budget will be available at Council offices, libraries and on Council’s website.

Written submissions will be received until 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2019. All submissions will be considered at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019. Submitters have the opportunity to orally present in support of their submission at this meeting, if so indicated on their submission.

For more information and to comment, please visit Budget 2019-20.

Other projects

Enhancing our shopping centres

  • Improvement works will be undertaken to our public laneways in the Camberwell, Glenferrie, Kew and Balwyn shopping centres (budget $275,000).

  • Under the Shopping Centre Improvement Plan, streetscape improvement works will occur at Alamein, Rathmines and Burke Road, Bellevue and Auburn Village (budget $2.1 million).

  • Balwyn Shopping Centre will receive tree planting and upgrades to the footpath network to enhance its walking based village environment (budget $735,000).

  • We will undertake public consultation on the Glenferrie and Maling Road shopping centres to identify community views and needs around encouraging revitalisation, community safety and increased economic activity.


  • We will continue to implement ongoing energy efficiency upgrades and install solar photovoltaics to Council buildings to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help ensure our natural environment is healthy and sustainable for future generations (budget $250,000).
  • We will deliver the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival to provide an opportunity for the community to learn new skills and be inspired to live more sustainably (budget $41,400).

Community services

  • This year we will finalise an important customer technology improvement project across our libraries, which will see a state-of-the-art borrowing, returns and stock management solution (budget $100,000).

Sport and recreation

  • To maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our community, we will continue with the Balwyn Park Concept Master Plan ($1.25 million) and Camberwell Sportsground Concept Master Plan (budget $650,000).
  • To address a significant shortage of sporting fields, Council will implement two senior-sized turf soccer fields and a range of supporting infrastructure at Dorothy Laver Reserve (budget $900,000).
  • To increase participation in sport, we are upgrading a range of facilities to ensure they are accessible for all members of the community (budget $3 million).

Safety and security

  • We will continue to enhance the lighting on paths and shared paths (budget $204,000).

  • We will construct the Anniversary Trail through Riversdale Park and abutting Camberwell High School to improve access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists (budget $500,000).

  • A number of public safety and security measures will be implemented in response to the Australian Government strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism (budget $250,000).

North East Link

The Victorian government’s North East Link project will impact significantly on Boroondara including the Boroondara Tennis Centre, Freeway Golf Course, Koonung Creek Reserve and the loss of thousands of trees. Council will continue to advocate to remove and minimise the impacts from the project on our community through the Environment Effects Statement processes and working with project contractors to refine the final design if the project proceeds. Budget $1.06 million (comprising of $225,000 from grant funding and $835,000 from Council funding).