Protecting Boroondara’s neighbourhood character and heritage is a priority for the community and Council.
During the Boroondara Community Plan consultation last year, the community’s passion to preserve the character, heritage and amenity of our City came through loud and clear and we are committed to delivering what’s important to you.
One of our key projects to protect heritage properties and precincts in Boroondara is the municipal wide heritage gap study and introduction of heritage controls. We have reached a halfway mark on the study and in February's edition of the Boroondara Bulletin you can get a snapshot of some of the properties and precincts that have been recommended for heritage protection.
Another avenue is to advocate to the Victorian Government and opposition parties for greater control over planning decisions.
We had some success last year with our advocacy efforts, notably the Victorian Upper House revocation of the approval by the Minister for Planning for the out-of-scale redevelopment of Markham Estate in Ashburton. The work is not over yet – we must continue to shine a spotlight on the inadequacies of the Victorian Government’s Public Housing Renewal Program to deliver much needed public housing dwellings in Boroondara.
This year, our advocacy in planning will also include participation in the Victorian Government’s current reforms of the planning system, which aims at streamlining the planning permit process. We are calling on the Victorian Government to undertake genuine consultation with councils and local communities and to ensure the planning process remains transparent and the reforms do not weaken our local planning policies.
Your support in these projects and activities is important and I encourage you to get involved when the opportunity arises.
Cr Jim Parke Mayor of Boroondara