As the saying goes, ‘the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago’. Thankfully those who came before us had the foresight to do just that.
Boroondara is blessed with an abundance of beautiful and distinctive trees, of which more than 1,000 are considered significant and to warrant special protection. Now we all have a chance to get to know them, using a new interactive map on our website that plots and names each tree, along with its age and the features that make it notable. The map includes several avenues of trees, along with trees in parks and other public spaces, and on private land. I look forward to consulting the map to learn more about these majestic giants that bring such joy.
Our streetscapes bring us much more to enjoy, including the many heritage buildings that define our suburbs. Over the past 6 years we have added more than 5,000 properties to Boroondara’s Heritage Overlay to protect them from demolition or inappropriate development, and, of course, to celebrate them.
You can step right inside some of our most prominent buildings at Open House Melbourne weekend at the end of July. They include prominent heritage properties and a select group of stunning modern buildings that bring a contemporary contrast to our municipality.
Finally, we are looking forward to putting our carefully considered and newly adopted 2022-23 Budget into action. You can read more about it, and all the initiatives mentioned in this message, in this double July-August issue of the Bulletin. Your next Bulletin will be the September issue.
Mayor of Boroondara
Cr Jane Addis