Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis

October is Community Safety Month, an important time to think about our role in making Boroondara a safe place to live.

We are stronger when we act together, each taking individual responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of those around us. After the significant impact COVID-19 has had on people’s physical and mental health, it is more important than ever to look after one another. As we return to a more normal life, and the joys and occasional frustrations of community living, it is also important to respect our differences.

There are many ways we are working collaboratively with the community to make sure Boroondara remains a safe place to live.

  • We are bringing attention to the issue of occupational violence, especially given the increase in aggressive and violent behaviour towards our staff since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. All workers should be able to go about their duties safely.
  • Our newly endorsed Boroondara Bicycle Strategy prioritises safety for both cyclists and pedestrians. This was a key theme that emerged during community consultation, and is a focus of the strategy now giving direction and a vision for the future of cycling in our municipality.
  • Community Safety Month helps instil a sense of community, and educates our youngest on the importance of safety through our Emergency Services Family Fun Day and a library storytime session.
  • We continue to have a close community relationship with Victoria Police, and support the work of Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch. We are working with both organisations to host Community Safety Pop-ups throughout October, informal sessions where you can hear from experts and talk through any issues that affect you and your local community.

You can read more about all of these initiatives in this issue of the Bulletin.

Stay safe, happy and well.

signature of Cr Jane Addis

Mayor of Boroondara
Cr Jane Addis