Reflecting on our achievements over the past year
The release of Council’s latest Annual Report is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how Council’s decisions are being implemented and the accomplishments we have achieved together over the past year.
The 2018-19 reporting year saw the delivery of projects that you told us were important to you through the Boroondara Community Plan. We are proud of the progress we have made, continuing to invest in our facilities with more than $57.32 million committed to infrastructure projects throughout Boroondara.
Of this, $6.66 million was invested in our much loved parks, open spaces and streetscapes and $21.98 million was invested in enhancing community buildings so that they better meet your needs.
Construction at Balwyn Community Centre commenced this year, with the new building set to provide much needed functional spaces for our valued community groups to enjoy. The centre will provide a new home for the Balwyn Maternal and Child Health Centre, and enhanced parklands and gardens will surround the building.
Council also conducted consultation to inform the complete transformation of Kew Recreation Centre into a state of the art facility for people of all ages and abilities.
We continued important planning for the redevelopment of Camberwell Community Centre and Ashburton Seniors Centre, both of which are now under construction, expected to be completed in 2020.
This year we also developed the Over 55s section on our website, which now hosts over 700 health and wellbeing activities, events and services encouraging older adults in our community to stay happy and healthy in Boroondara.
The Boroondara community value our City’s heritage, so we continued work to protect it with the implementation of the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study. This proactive initiative has identified over 5,000 heritage properties for protection that sit outside existing Heritage Overlays across Boroondara.
Finally, we continued to invest in the important services that our community need:
- We spent $8.22 million on library services, providing a seven day per week service across the City, with more than 1 million visits and nearly 2.4 million loans last year.
- We invested $3.28 million in aged, disability and health services. This includes the delivery of 70,813 hours of in-home care for the elderly and those with a disability, and 25,245 immunisations to infants and children across Boroondara.
- We also invested $2.17 million in family and youth services, with 38 buildings also leased to community organisations which provide long day care, occasional care and kindergarten services at little or no cost.
- We collected a total of 67,468 tonnes of waste from household bins.
None of these achievements are possible without the support and partnership of our residents, community groups, local businesses and Council staff. Together we need to continue to make decisions that results in the best possible outcome for our City and the community as a whole.
So, on behalf of Council, I would like to thank you all for your interest and ongoing contributions to ensuring Boroondara continues to thrive.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara
Highlights from our Annual Report 2018-19
67,468 tonnes of waste collected from household bins
2.4 million library items borrowed
70,813 hours of in-home care for the elderly and people with a disability
563 kilometres of local roads maintained
2.64 million visits to our leisure and aquatic centres
225,606 enquiries received and responded to
25,254 children immunised at our maternal and child health centres
$57.32 million invested in infrastructure projects