The City of Boroondara’s Revised Council Plan 2017-21 and Budget 2018-19 were adopted at the Council Meeting on Monday 25 June 2018.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jim Parke, said the revised Plan and Budget were informed by the 10-year Boroondara Community Plan, which was the outcome of the extensive community engagement program with residents providing 11,845 responses.

“We have listened intently to our community and value highly the feedback received. Unsurprisingly, in a diverse community there are competing and conflicting expectations about what Council should do. The projects and initiatives in the Council Plan and Budget reflect Council’s view about how best to respond to these natural tensions in a thriving community,” Cr Parke said.

“We are committed to ensuring ongoing, sound fiscal management, as well as delivering high-quality services and infrastructure improvements with some significant capital projects that will be of great benefit of our community.”

Significant construction projects in the 2018-19 Budget include:

  • $58 million to redevelop the Kew Recreation Centre, to be completed in 2021-22
  • $7.7 million to redevelop the Balwyn Community Centre, to be completed in 2018-19
  • $7.97 million to redevelop the Ashburton Seniors Centre, scheduled to be completed in 2019-20
  • $7.01 million for a new community centre for Camberwell, to be completed 2019-20, and
  • $10.65 million for improved facilities for a range of needed, local services in Canterbury to be completed in 2020-21.

Some major initiatives include:

  • $8.9 million over two years to improve Council’s online services and digital strategy implementation which will provide seamless services to meet the needs and expectations of our community and enable convenient, fast transactions and easy access to information
  • $965,000 to upgrade the playgrounds at Canterbury Sportsground, Ferndale Park and Gordon Street Reserve to provide safe, high quality opportunities for children and families
  • $1.77 million for the ongoing program of improvements in smaller local shopping centres. This year works will be undertaken at Auburn Village, Greythorn and Surrey Hills shopping centres
  • $50,000 to commence investigation of a food organics collection service which could divert up to 19,000 tonnes of waste from landfill, maximise recycling and achieve sustainable environmental outcomes
  • $1.54 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Council buildings (second year of a three year project), and
  • $262,250 on a Boroondara-wide heritage assessment (five year project with a total expenditure of $1.3 million).

Council’s high level quality of service provision to residents will continue. The expenditure for these services include:

  • $9.3 million to provide library services seven days a week
  • $13.3 million on aged, disability and health services including immunisation, aged care and disability support for vulnerable members of our community
  • $13.8 million for parks and gardens, biodiversity and street trees maintenance
  • $3.1 million on arts and cultural services and events, and
  • $9.7 million for planning, development and building controls.

Council will continue to maintain infrastructure to meet community needs. In 2018-19, Council will deliver:

  • $5.0 million for drainage renewal.
  • $3.7 million on footpath and cycleway renewal
  • $11.1 million on road renewal, and
  • $12.0 million for 25 other community building renewal works and minor works across many of the other properties under Council stewardship.

The Revised Council Plan 2017-21 and the Budget 2018-19 can be viewed online or at Council’s Customer Service Centres.