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Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

When we put the concept of a Climate Action Plan to our community last year your response was clear – responding to climate change and safeguarding our environment is a high priority for you.

I am now pleased and proud to tell you that our Climate Action Plan has been unanimously endorsed by Council. We have a clear vision of what we want to achieve and – more importantly – clearly defined steps that we must implement to make this a reality.

We have committed to being a net carbon-neutral Council by 2022, and to supporting our community to being net carbon neutral by 2035. By 2040 we are targeting actual emissions reduction of 100 per cent on FY 2007/08 emissions for Council, and on 2020 emissions for our wider Boroondara community.

How will we do this? By making changes both big and small – from planting more trees to tripling the number of Boroondara buildings with solar energy systems. From using more recycled materials in our projects and operations to encouraging community members to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home. From ensuring there is access to electric vehicle charging within 2 kilometres of all activity centres to providing regular
sustainability education and advice to our community.

To keep us on track and keep you informed, we will report on our performance every year, and will review and update the plan at its halfway mark after five years.

I encourage you to read more about this on pages 6 and 7, and you can find out more detailed information and be kept up to date by visiting
www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/CAP

There’s plenty more to read about in this Bulletin issue, from important swim-safety tips on page 3, to an interview with long-time Boroondara
sculptor Michael Meszaros, whose on-again off-again 50-year retrospective exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery is an impressive example of pandemic resilience. You can read it on pages 14 and 15.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara