Today marks the first day of the Lunar New Year - a special time for our Chinese and Vietnamese communities, as they farewell the Year of the Rooster and usher in the Year of the Dog.

Lunar New Year is one of the biggest events on the Chinese/Vietnamese calendar, with celebrations centred around spending time with family and friends, and, of course, enjoying delicious food.

We are lucky to live in such a diverse community in Boroondara, which includes a significant and growing Chinese and Vietnamese population. So to those celebrating Lunar New Year, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous Year of the Dog!

Another event we look forward to celebrating is the launch of the Boroondara Community Plan on Sunday 4 March at the Boroondara Village Festival.

After many months of community involvement in workshops, online, by phone and with postcards, we received 11,845 responses from community members, who told us what mattered to them in Boroondara.

This feedback helped us shape the plan, which will influence everything Council does over the next decade and ensure we are responding to the priorities of our community.

I do hope you’ll join us in celebrating at the Boroondara Village Festival, a special launch event celebrating all the things that make our community so great on 4 March from 12pm to 4pm at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

There will be live music, activities and workshops to entertain and delight locals of all ages. From bee-keeping demonstrations and free health checks to virtual reality experiences and a special performance from Peppa Pig. There will be something for everyone at this free, fun-filled event.

I encourage you to visit Boroondara Village Festival for more information.


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