I am honoured to have been elected as your Mayor for the 2017-18 Council year and thank my Council colleagues for the privilege they have extended to me.
I would like to acknowledge the outgoing Mayor, Cr Phillip Healey, who has led the Council over the last twelve months through its digital transformation, through the community consultation for our ten-year community plan and who has led our advocacy on issues such as North-East link and the Victorian Government’s public housing model.
I also congratulate Cr Garry Thompson who will chair the Urban Planning Special Committee over the next twelve months and Crs Felicity Sinfield and Cynthia Watson who will share the chairing of the Services Special Committee in the coming year.
These are important roles and I am delighted to have councillors of the calibre of Crs Thompson, Sinfield and Watson to take up these positions.
We have much to celebrate in the coming year, the first year of our 10-year community plan to which many members of our community have contributed their ideas and aspirations.
We look forward to delivering what you have identified as priorities over the next decade.
The $8.9 million upgrade of the Balwyn Library will transform this facility into a contemporary space with more comfortable casual reading and study areas, a larger community meeting room and better technology, including more efficient WiFi.
The much-anticipated North-East Community hub is expected to open in the second half of 2018. This facility will bring together a neighbourhood house, library lounge, expanded Maternal and Child Health Centre, the Greythorn Early Childhood Centre, allied health services and the North Balwyn RSL.
We will also continue to advocate for you on issues that have the potential to impact the lives of people in Boroondara such as planning and major infrastructure because it is important that local communities have a voice on these issues.
We are blessed with a safe community in Boroondara and I can assure you that your Council values this as much as you do and will continue to seek to protect it.
I look forward to working with you in the coming year.
Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara