Boroondara Bulletin - February 2019Boroondara Bulletin - February 2019 tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
Welcome to the February edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.
It’s a great time to get out and about in Boroondara, with exciting community festivals and events like our Summer in the Park series taking place across our City.
Also in this edition, meet our 2019 Volunteer of the Year, find out how you can apply for our small business grants and read all about the major advocacy issues we’re campaigning for on your behalf in 2019, such as the North East Link and heritage value of your neighbourhoods.
What's inside this edition
Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane AddisMessage from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
In Boroondara we are privileged to live in some of the most charming suburbs in Melbourne.
Fortunately our community passionately values our heritage properties which are at the heart of Boroondara’s neighbourhood character. This is why we are placing a high priority on proactively classifying and protecting individual heritage properties and precincts through the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.
The Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study is a five-year project which began in 2016, involving the detailed assessment of nine suburbs across Boroondara - Canterbury, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Kew, Kew East, Mont Albert, Glen Iris and Ashburton.
The process of including properties in a Heritage Overlay is complex and takes a long time. I am pleased to report that Council recently adopted its first suburb study and planning scheme amendment which has now been submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.
This marks a significant milestone, and we are hopeful the Minister will approve our recommendations. This would result in permanent heritage protection for more than 400 properties in Canterbury.
In the meantime extensive work will continue with implementing the remaining assessments. It is anticipated that all eight gap studies will be finalised in the early part of 2019, with progressive consultation and implementation to occur over the next two years. Your feedback during the consultation process is crucial and I encourage you to get involved when the opportunity arises.
Visit Heritage Gap Study to keep up-to-date with this important project.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara
It’s festival timeIt’s festival time tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
Ashburton Community Festival: The Last Weekend in Summer
High Street, Ashburton
11am to 4pm, Sunday 24 February 2019
The Ashburton Community Festival celebrates all that is fabulous about Ashburton.
Enjoy carnival rides, special shopping offers, gourmet food, and quality entertainment including the popular talent quest, Ashburton Idol.
Take the whole family along for a fantastic free day out!
For more information visit Ashburton Village.
Kew Community Festival: KEWfest 2019
Various locations across Kew
Runs during March 2019
Explore the many attractions and events of KEWfest 2019. The events are managed by community organisations to celebrate all the wonderful facets of Kew and provide opportunities for the local community to socialise.
For more information visit Kew Festival.
Glenferrie Festival: Carnival
Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
11am to 5pm, Sunday 3 March 2019
The Glenferrie Festival is now one of Melbourne’s largest community festivals, attracting over 100,000 people annually.
This year’s theme is carnival. Be entertained by roving performers, live music, and fashion parades.
There are plenty of amusement rides to choose from and more than 250 stalls selling food, artisan products (from the Hawthorn Makers Market), the Young Entrepreneurs Market, and all your regular Glenferrie Hawthorn traders offering great bargains and sampling menus.
For more information visit Glenferrie Festival.
Boroondara Arts what's onBoroondara Arts what's on tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
What's on at Hawthorn Arts Centre
Boroondara Creative Network Gathering
Boroondara Creative Network gatherings are an opportunity for artists and arts administrators, both professionals and hobbyists, to network, share creative ideas and learn something new from guest speakers.
A light lunch is provided.
Cost: free event
When: 12.30pm to 2pm, Saturday 16 February 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Introduction to Watercolour Workshop
Explore the medium of watercolour in a relaxed, friendly, atmosphere. All materials provided.
Suitable for ages 16 plus.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 26 February 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Swing Dancing Class
Learn some swinging dance moves from Swing Patrol!
Join us, before the Steve Purcell and The Pearly Shells performance, for a fun dance class with two experts to teach you and your friends the classic moves for the night. Singles and couples welcome. No experience is necessary.
Cost: free event
When: 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Friday 1 March 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Steve Purcell and The Pearly Shells: Went Down Swingin
Famous for their swingin’ backbeats and Hollywood-style clamshell stands, Steve Purcell and The Pearly Shells are set to bring their infectious jazz, swing, R&B and classic style to the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
When: 8pm Friday, 1 March 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
What's on at Kew Court House
Alinta and The Jazz Emperors
Charismatic vocalist and songwriter Alinta Chidzey fronts five of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians, led by Remco Keijzer on tenor saxophone, creating a musical portrait inspired by John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis.
When: 8pm Saturday, 9 February 2019
Where: Kew Court House
What's on at the Town Hall Gallery
In Real Time
In Real Time is the first exhibition at Town Hall Gallery for 2019.
Celebrating the history of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA), this exhibition features work by 18 past winners of the annual AGRA Australian Art Excellence Award alongside realist paintings from the Town Hall Gallery Collection.
When: now until Sunday 10 March 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
Community exhibitions at the Town Hall Gallery
Off the Leash by Emily Shannon
Emily Shannon’s digitally created hand-drawn prints celebrate the pups of Boroondara, but with a difference: these pooches have been juxtaposed with human apparel.
When: now until Sunday, 10 February 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
Hot Options by Linda Judge
Hot Options is a collection of paintings documenting the contents of Linda Judge’s wardrobe from 1989 to now. Over time, the ever-increasing body of work has become a record of changing fashions and styles, and a diary of the artist’s life.
When: Tuesday 12 February to Sunday 10 March 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
Summer in the ParkSummer in the Park tmurphy1 Mon 14 January 2019
Relax in Boroondara’s beautiful parks and enjoy free outdoor performances and events for six evenings throughout February and March.
From jazz to opera, soul to cinema, there’ll be something to suit every taste.
|Saturday 2 February, from 6pm||Jazz in the Park||St James Park, Hawthorn|
|Saturday 9 February, from 6pm||Soul in the Park||Greythorn Park, Balwyn North|
|Saturday 16 February, from 6pm||Opera in the Park||Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury|
|Saturday 23 February, from 7pm||Cinema in the Park||Anderson Park, Hawthorn East|
|Saturday 2 March, from 6pm||Brass in the Park||Markham Reserve, Ashburton|
|Saturday 16 March, from 6pm||Latin in the Park||Victoria Park, Kew|
Visit the Boroondara Volunteer ExpoVisit the Boroondara Volunteer Expo tmurphy1 Mon 14 January 2019
Grab your opportunity to connect with local organisations and learn how you can make a positive impact in your community.
The Boroondara Volunteer Expo will run from 1pm to 6pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019 at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
From teaching basic IT skills, to delivering meals, helping out at community events or serving on a board of a local community organisation, our Boroondara Volunteer Expo is guaranteed to present a range of roles and activities to suit both your time commitments and skills.
At the Volunteer Expo, you will:
- meet over 50 local community organisations
- learn how your specialised skills can be used
- network with other like-minded volunteers.
Meet your 2019 Boroondara Volunteer of the YearMeet your 2019 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
John Lagzdins never realised that delivering the Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch newsletter would one day see him sit as the committee’s chairperson.
Nor did he expect it would lead to becoming an active volunteer in five other local community organisations.
For almost 20 years, John has given back to his community through a variety of roles, which have improved community safety, encouraged greater participation in physical activity and supported those experiencing addiction.
At our International Volunteer Day event in December 2018, we were proud to announce John as our 2019 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year.
While John’s volunteer efforts boast an impressive record, the dedicated volunteer is modest about his achievements.
The former accountant has used his skills to act as treasurer and book-keeper for a number of organisations and has also developed skills in mentoring. John’s volunteer involvement has included:
- Boroondara Neighbourhood Watch
- Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
- Friends of Same
- Old Camberwell Grammar Amateur Football Club
- Victorian Obedience Dog Club
- Ashburton Family Support Group
Although John has retired from his 40 year-long career, his calendar, described as a “massive scribble”, shows he isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The 72 year-old is thankful to the community that brought him up, and believes that volunteering is an expression of gratitude to those who played a role in raising him.
For people considering taking on a volunteer role, John’s message is simple: “You have to get out of the house. Get out and about, and meet people.”
For John, the award has meant more than personal recognition for his efforts in the community.
“I think of it as an opportunity to show others you can be involved in a variety of things in the community, to help the community along,” said John. “It’s not about me. It’s an opportunity to show others you can be a volunteer and live a good, active life.”
John calls on everyone to consider taking up a volunteer opportunity. “If you’ve got capacity, give back to the community.”
“I would encourage people to come along to the Volunteer Expo on the 6 March 2019. It only happens once a year and is a great way to explore what the opportunities are.”
Are you inspired by John’s efforts? Explore volunteer opportunities in your area by connecting with the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre online or calling 9278 4550.
If you are interested in offering your professional skills and experience, sign up to the Boroondara Volunteer Skills Bank, call 9278 4550 or come along to the Boroondara Volunteer Expo.
Make your match
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Let us help you find your match!
Our Volunteer Skills Bank connects you to local volunteer opportunities where your professional skills can benefit a local community organisation.
Since the launch of the Volunteer Skills Bank in 2017, over 300 professionals have signed up to offer their skills.
Emma Rigby offered her community development and grant writing skills to assist Kew Home of the Chinese, to develop an application for a community grant.
Emma said she wanted to volunteer her time and skills to benefit the community, but she wasn’t interested in ‘traditional’ volunteer roles.
“What drew me to this volunteer opportunity was that I could utilise my skills from studying a Masters of International Business at university and gain practical experience,” said Emma.
Add a spark to your businessAdd a spark to your business tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
The City of Boroondara is home to more than 25,500 businesses which contribute to our City’s vibrancy, liveability and character.
To support the long-term sustainability of the small business sector in Boroondara, we piloted a grants program last year - the Small Business Sparks grants - to help fund development of new local product or service offerings, or introduce new technologies and processes.
Five local businesses received funding for their projects.
APS Jewellery received a grant to purchase new equipment and to provide customers with an ample variety of jewellery designs. Owner Paul Stewart said the grant has given him the opportunity to create and produce pieces in-house, something that until now had been outsourced.
The grant has made my business more efficient. It has also enabled me to add services for my clients that were otherwise impossible. I can now provide a more personal service and faster turnarounds than ever before.
Four Rascals Coffee received a grant to go towards building a unique, refrigeration and mobile unit, to bring cold brew coffee to its customers.
Richard Askin, barista and co-owner of the business, said the grant helped to make their dream come true.
The Sparks Grant has given us an opportunity to try new ways to offer cold brew coffee to our clients. We hope that in using the new equipment, we will be able to get our product out to the public and help grow its awareness and popularity.
Bindr.com.au is an evolving and dynamic online recruiting platform that supports new business opportunities by connecting local employers with jobseekers.
Co-founder Jeremy Chaves said the grant has significantly helped his business.
Thanks to the grant, I have been able to add a new social feature to our website. This feature will help build mutually beneficial relationships between employers and prospective local staff, enhance prosperity and drive the sustainability of the local economy.
Panache Flowers received a grant to extend its premises to better accommodate the growing demands of Hawthorn its customers.
Richard Eden, owner of Panache Flowers, said the grant has been a great help.
The shop renovation is now complete and we have the infrastructure needed to meet our customers’ demand for floral workshops. We’re excited about our new 2019 floral art classes, which will offer pansy classes, corporate and hen’s party workshops, and tropical flower arrangements.
TAHLO is a specialty boutique that offers made-to-order garments for women. The business received a grant to purchase a new sample range for petite women to try on.
The owner Sophie Hose said the grant has enabled her business to fill a current gap in the market.
I am grateful for the grant as we now can look after an underserved market of petite women who find it difficult to find business attire to fit. This will let us grow our business further as well as help to build a stronger local business community in general by expanding our retail offering.
Take your e-waste to a better placeTake your e-waste to a better place tmurphy1 Mon 14 January 2019
One in 5 Australians admit to hoarding their old technology. Are you one of them?
Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord which is no longer working or wanted.
Australians are some of the highest users of technology and also among the largest generators of e-waste in the world. The amount of e-waste we are creating is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste.
Many electronic items contain hazardous materials. If they end up in landfill, chemicals can potentially leach into groundwater and soil or be released into the air, creating long-term contamination and health concerns.
E-waste is also full of valuable resources that can be reused, like copper, silver, gold and glass. When recycled properly, these non-renewable materials can be recovered and repurposed into something new.
- Over 16 million televisions are discarded in Australia every year
- Up to 90 per cent of your phone, TV and computer can be recycled
- Approximately 5 million new mobile phones are purchased each year
Recycle your e-waste
To protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from landfill from Monday 1 July 2019.
There are many options for recycling your e-waste. One option is dropping your e-waste at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre at 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell.
At the centre we accept a broad range of e-waste including television, phones, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, printers, scanners, computer parts and peripherals.
To find your nearest transfer stations and recycling centres visit e-waste.
The voice of changeThe voice of change tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
One of your key priorities expressed through the Boroondara Community Plan is for Council to provide a voice at the table of the Victorian and Australian governments on matters which affect our City.
In recent months we have gained significant traction on issues - big and small - ranging from public housing protection, railway crossing removals, heritage protection and shopping centre improvements.
Last year, our negotiations with the Victorian Government paved the way for the removal of rail crossings in Mont Albert and Surrey Hills. The infamous Union Road rail crossing in Surrey Hills is now scheduled for removal and the railway line will be built under the road. This was a great outcome for the community.
This year we will continue our advocacy efforts to campaign on a number of major issues including the North East Link project. The Bulleen Road interchange will have a significant impact on the Boroondara Tennis Centre and the Freeway Golf Course. We are therefore advocating for a solution to ensure the residents of Boroondara and Manningham can continue to enjoy playing tennis and golf at these facilities, as well as protecting the biodiversity of the area.
Our advocacy efforts are an important partnership between you, the community, and the Victorian and Australian governments. We encourage you to contact North East Link Authority directly to express your comments on the concept plans which have been developed to minimise the impact of the North East Link on our community facilities.
We will continue to keep you updated on Council’s significant advocacy efforts in forthcoming Bulletins.
Making a splash with energy savingsMaking a splash with energy savings tmurphy1 Tue 8 January 2019
We are undertaking a major project to slash our greenhouse gas emissions and help keep our environment clean and green for future generations.
Our Energy Performance Contract project has commenced energy-efficiency upgrades for 5 major Council buildings.
Project highlights include installing new high-efficient boilers to heat the pools at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre and the Boroondara Sports Complex in Balwyn, as well as upgrading over 4000 lights to high-efficient LEDs.
This $2.5 million project is set to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 1760 tonnes each year, which is equivalent to taking 377 cars off the road.
The project will also reduce Council’s energy and maintenance costs by over $250,000 per year.
So next time you use these facilities, we hope you will continue to enjoy them knowing they are more environmentally friendly.
Want energy savings at home?
If you have a basic understanding of solar or already have solar installed, you may find our ‘Advanced Solar’ workshop useful.
An expert from Positive Charge will answer your technical questions and provide useful information on battery storage, getting the most from your system and ensuring it is working efficiently.
When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 19 March 2019
Where: Parkview Room, Council offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell
Let’s fight food wasteLet’s fight food waste tmurphy1 Tue 15 January 2019
Did you know that around 20 per cent of the food we buy goes to waste and ends up in landfill where it produces the harmful greenhouse gas, methane?
Worm farms are a great way to divert food waste from landfill and provide rich fertiliser for your garden.
Small café-style worm farms are easy to keep and are suitable for singles and small families.
Larger worm farms like the Hungry Bin can process up to 2kg of food waste each day and are suited to larger families, schools and businesses.
To order subsidised worm farms and compost bins visit Compost Revolution.
Ask a LibrarianAsk a Librarian tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
Do you have a question that you can’t find the answer to? Ask a Librarian.
From streaming music, radio or podcasts, undertaking research, searching your family history or just knowing more about Boroondara, our expert staff can help answer your questions and provide guidance.
Simply send us your library-related enquiry online, from wherever you are, using the Ask the Librarian eForm on our website.
The eForm enables you to log a customer service enquiry or tell us how we can help you. A member of the Boroondara Library Service Team will respond to you as soon as they can.
Balwyn Community Centre upgradeBalwyn Community Centre upgrade tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
We’re upgrading the popular Balwyn Community Centre to cater to our growing and diverse population by turning it into a convenient one-stop hub.
The upgrade will create more functional spaces for groups and programs, relocate and expand the Balwyn Maternal and Child Health Centre and upgrade the 20-place occasional childcare centre.
It will also enhance the parkland setting and community garden, retain the heritage character of the existing building, and provide a recreation zone, including a new tennis court for casual use.
What’s on at your neighbourhood houseWhat’s on at your neighbourhood house tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
If there is an interest or a passion you’d like to pursue, your local neighbourhood house has a range of courses, classes and workshops for you to explore.
Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop your skills or join a social group.
We have options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community.
See below for some highlights, download a copy of the full Short Course Guide or get in touch with your local house to find out what else is happening in your neighbourhood.
iPads level 1
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Navigating the iPad, customising photos, camera, apps, video chats, tips and tricks.
12.30pm to 3pm, Wednesdays from 13 February 2019
Cost: $85 (8 sessions)
Balance Back to Exercise
Ashburton Community Centre
A fun class for people returning to exercise at a later stage of life.
12pm to 1pm, Wednesdays
Cost: from $5 per class (ongoing), free trial available
German for beginners
Balwyn Community Centre
A fun and engaging introduction to the German language for absolute beginners.
10am to 12pm, Fridays from 8 February 2019
Cost: $200 (8 sessions)
Bowen Street Community Centre
Three-hour care - 9.15am to 12.15pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Five-hour care - 9.30am to 2.30pm, Wednesdays and Fridays
Cost: $45 (3-hour care) $75 (5-hour care)
Ceramics @ The Clay Room
Camberwell Community Centre
Classes in ceramics, including all materials and firing.
6.30pm to 8.30pm, Tuesdays from 5 February 2019
Cost: $340 (8 sessions)
Intergenerational Music playgroup
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Incorporates fun, multi-sensory activities to encourage positive interactions between the generations.
10.30am to 11.15am, Fridays from 8 February 2019
Cost: $120 (8 sessions)
Girls Shine Bright
The Craig Family Centre
Girls support program, ages 8 to 13. Develop resilience, confidence and friendship through creative arts and wellbeing practices.
4.15pm to 5.45pm, Tuesdays from 5 February 2019
Cost: $200 (9 sessions)
Pickle and preserving workshop
Hawthorn Community House
Learn to preserve the best seasonal produce by making delicious pickles, relishes and sauces.
7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 March 2019
Cost: $25 bookings required
Rockin’ Robyn Dance (two to five years)
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
A fun and active class for children.
9.30am to 10am, Fridays from 8 February 2019
Cost: $100 (9 sessions)
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Make a basket with natural materials using the traditional technique of twining.
10am to 4pm, Sunday 17 March 2019
Cost: $90/$80 (centre members) plus $20 materials
Pilates, mat and mat over 55s
Trentwood @ the Hub
9am to 10am and 10am to 11am, Mondays from 4 February 2019
Cost: $91 (8 sessions)
Council notices and meetingsCouncil notices and meetings tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.
|6.30pm||Monday 4 February 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm||Monday 11 February 2019||Services Special Committee|
|6.30pm||Monday 18 February 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm||Monday 25 February 2019||
Pay your rates online
Did you know you can pay your rates conveniently and securely online? Just access the direct debit option on our website.
If you're paying by instalments, your third payment is due. If you've chosen to pay in one lump sum, full payment is due Friday 15 February 2019.
All payment methods are detailed on your rates notice and on our website.
For more information see Pay your rates or call 9278 4444.
Boroondara councillorsBoroondara councillors tmurphy1 Fri 11 January 2019
The City of Boroondara has 10 Councillors, elected by the people who live in each of the 10 Wards.
Your Councillors work across Boroondara to represent the interests of their ward and the broader community, as well as to help the community with issues affecting them.
Cr Jane Addis, Mayor
Cr Jim Parke
Cr Felicity Sinfield
Cr Coral Ross
Cr Steve Hurd
Cr Jack Wegman
Cr Lisa Hollingsworth
Cr Cynthia Watson
Cr Garry Thompson
Cr Phillip Healey
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