As Melburnians find themselves living again under tough pandemic-induced restrictions, it’s important we take care of ourselves and look out for those who may be struggling.
Sadly, recent crime figures show family violence has increased significantly in Boroondara since the beginning of the pandemic, and many victims are seeking help from support services for the first time.
Local police and Council urge you to seek help if you or someone you know is in danger on the home front. You are not alone – please get in touch with police or one of the support services listed in our Family violence on rise in Boroondara article.
For those who are feeling isolated or are struggling mentally, there is a comprehensive list of local counselling and mental health services available on our Counselling and mental health services page.
As customers there is plenty we can do to support our much-loved neighbourhood businesses – whether that’s in person when COVID-19 restrictions allow, or via online shopping or takeaway. Check out what your favourite business has to offer online, or browse our Love Local Life directory listing more than 550 Boroondara businesses. If you can’t visit in person right now due to restrictions, find out what’s on offer in your neighbourhood for future shopping expeditions.
While recent months have been heavy going, I’ve found comfort in the swing of seasons from winter to spring. Boroondara’s famed leafy avenues are budding up and gardens are springing to life. If you’re a keen gardener or would like to be, sign up for 1 or 2 of Council’s spring gardening webinars running in coming weeks – you’ll find more information, along with tips to boost your summer backyard bounty, in our Spring into action for a summer harvest article.
If you haven’t already, I do also encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara