Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

I am pleased to share Boroondara’s Proposed Budget for 2021-22, the first budget of your new Council.

Headshot of Cr. Gary Thompson.

 Despite the challenges we’ve faced over the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact on Council budgets, we are continuing to deliver for our community.

The Proposed Budget is designed to strengthen Boroondara, with a focus on significant capital projects to stimulate the local economy, vital support services to continue assisting our residents, and a continued drive to improve our environmental sustainability.

Thanks to high levels of community engagement informing the redevelopment of Kew Recreation Centre ($68m investment) and a new Community Precinct for Canterbury ($11.3m investment), we have made substantial headway on these major projects.

Following COVID-19 delays, construction of the new Kew Recreation Centre is now well underway with the project on track to be completed by mid-2023.

As part of the Canterbury Community Precinct, we’re restoring and developing the existing buildings in Canterbury Gardens, with construction due to be completed by mid- to late-2022.

It is more important than ever that we continue to invest in our infrastructure and community assets, with more than $32.46m committed to infrastructure projects throughout our municipality including $6m for our much loved parks, sportsgrounds, open spaces and streetscapes, and $61m to enhance community buildings.

Council will also continue investing in transformation projects to enhance the way we provide services to our community, and place the customer
at the centre of everything we do.

You have told us taking steps to minimise our impact on the environment is important to you, so we will finalise and consider our new Climate Action Plan, including planning for the implementation of substantial actions in future years. Meanwhile, we will continue to implement LED lighting and heating and cooling upgrades to reduce Council’s energy and greenhouse emissions.

As always, we will continue to invest in vital services such as aged care, disability and health, libraries, family, youth, recreation, and more.

The Boroondara community now has the opportunity to provide input on the Proposed Budget 2021-22.

The Proposed Budget documents are available for public review and comment via our website and at our libraries until Wednesday 26 May, and
we encourage you to read them and provide your feedback.

Through the budget, we are investing in the planning and delivery of what is important to our community, now and into the future.

As our City recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, this Proposed Budget will ensure Boroondara remains a vibrant, inclusive City, a place that we can all be proud of.

Signature of Cr. Gary Thompson.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara