December is a great time of year, with the weather finally warming up, the cricket returning to our sporting grounds and television screens, and of course the end of year festivities. For many of you it will also involve packing the car and heading off to your favourite holiday destination.
If you are heading away from our city for a well-earned break, please stay safe on the roads. Make sure you plan lots of breaks in your journey, don’t drive when you are tired, and of course obey all the road rules. The best gift you can give your loved ones is to arrive safely.
It’s also a good idea to let your neighbours know if you’re heading away. They can help you by collecting your mail, or just keeping an eye on your home for you. Or if you’re staying at home for the holidays, try to be a good neighbour to those travelling.
You could also drop in on your elderly neighbours and say hello if they are staying at home too. They may have family and friends far away and a quick chat from you can make Christmas less lonely for them.
After a big year for the Council - from finalising the Community Plan, to launching the new website and hosting hundreds of amazing events across the city - we will also be taking a short break. Some of our services will be closed or have different hours during the Christmas-New Year break.
Whatever your plans for the festive season, from all of us at the City of Boroondara, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2018 to make Boroondara an even better city to live, study and work in.
Cr Jim Parke