Boroondara Bulletin - April 2019Boroondara Bulletin - April 2019 ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Welcome to the April edition of the Boroondara Bulletin
In this edition, read all about the new service keeping our shopping strips beautiful and the positive impact of our Community Strengthening Grants.
Plus with Easter approaching, keep an eye out for plenty happening in our iconic markets, recreation centres, galleries and libraries. Please remember that during the public holiday period, some Council services will be altered.
Featured in this edition...
Message from the Mayor Cr Jane AddisMessage from the Mayor Cr Jane Addis ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Boroondara is a vibrant city with a thriving local economy which means our community has plenty of options to dine, shop and socialise, as well as work close to home.
We have a choice of over 53 shopping precincts on our doorstep, each with unique styles and products that are a drawcard, not only locally, but for greater Melbourne. These centres are home to more than 25,000 businesses, employing 71,353 people, of which 21,600 live in the area.*
Approximately 1,150 community members surveyed during consultation on the Boroondara Community Plan (adopted in 2018) had identified the important role of local businesses and shops in contributing to the vibrancy of neighbourhoods and in meeting the day-to-day needs of the community. The recent initiative of a Service Crew which regularly visits our shopping centres is just one example of how we are making improvements.
The Crew (which you can read about opposite on page 3) is helping to create clean, safe and attractive shopping centres where people can socialise, access services, attend workplaces, enjoy leisure time, and do their regular shopping in comfort.
Other ways we support our local businesses are through our workshops, networking events, a free business mentoring service, marketing and business development schemes for eight of our major centres and buy local programs. This year, we will be delivering close to 100 business events and networking sessions. We will also continue to promote the 53 Ways to Shop Local campaign.
Our shopping precincts foster a sense of community by allowing residents to “live locally”. This in turn helps to support the creation of a vibrant local economy that is accessible, attractive and a centre for community life.
*(Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016).
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara
Boroondara Arts - What's onBoroondara Arts - What's on ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
What’s on at Hawthorn Arts Centre
School Holiday Workshops
Kids, it’s time to get creative in the Boroondara Arts School Holiday Program!
Join us at Hawthorn Arts Centre for an exciting range of workshops for children aged 5 to 12 years, including circus skills, dance, visual arts and more. Also drop by our free Explore and Create space outside the Town Hall Gallery and create your very own masterpiece.
For full details of what’s on offer visit Arts or call 9278 4770.
Splash Test Dummies
School holiday performance
Rub-a-dub-dub. The Dummies are back with some splish-splashing circus, set to drown you in tears of laughter. From the makers of the hit show Trash Test Dummies comes a new production of oceanic proportions! See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy for the whole family.
Suitable for ages 5 to 12.
Cost: $25/$20 (for groups of 6 or more)
When: 1pm, Monday 15 April 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Pop Art Earrings Workshop
Create stunning, wearable pieces of art using plastics found in your own home. Craft expert, Emma Grace will teach you how to design and construct jewellery using simple tools and techniques that anyone can master. You’ll never look at plastic the same way again!
All materials provided. Suitable for ages 16 plus.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 23 April 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
What’s on at the Town Hall Gallery
This exhibition highlights the diverse world of contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The featured artists employ various ways of using lines, continually challenging our expectations between an object and its representation. The results are experimental, sculptural, animated and altogether exciting for the eye to behold.
Featuring: Godwin Bradbeer, Todd Fuller, Hannah Quinlivan, Cameron Robbins, Carmel Seymour and Kylie Stillman
When: now until Sunday 5 May 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
Special Event: Town Hall Gallery After Dark
The doors of Town Hall Gallery will open after hours for you to enjoy music, the Arts Bar, and special after-hours access to the best quality art in the eastern region.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Friday 5 April 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
Through the collage of repurposed materials and mixed media, Piecing Together… explores decoration as art, and art as decoration, by abstracting the colours, patterns and textures found in interiors and textiles.
Featuring: Katherine Marmaras
When: Tuesday 9 April to Sunday 5 May 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
This group exhibition celebrates the creativity of Swinburne Senior Secondary College’s Year 12 students from 2018. Including a range of mediums including photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, these artworks showcase the young artists’ reflection and realisation across a range of topics and themes.
Featuring: Swinburne Senior Secondary College
When: now until Sunday 7 April 2019
Where: Town Hall Gallery
What’s on at Kew Court House
Discover Alice Skye at Kew Court House - a celebrated young artist with a voice both haunting and dreamlike. Her stripped-back piano melodies elevate the gentle moodiness of her lyrics on love, loss and life.
When: 8pm, Saturday 13 April 2019
Where: Kew Court House
Victorian Youth Week...join in and get creativeVictorian Youth Week...join in and get creative ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Join us to celebrate the positive contribution young people make to the Boroondara community during Victorian Youth Week (Friday 5 to Sunday 14 April 2019).
We are calling on young people of all abilities to tell us what it’s like to “walk a mile in their shoes”. The Mile in My Shoes project is an opportunity for young people to participate in a creative, engaging and fun activity that enables them to explore self-expression, share their story and look toward the future.
Those aged 12 to 25 are invited to paint or decorate a canvas shoe, giving the community an insight into young people’s goals, aspirations and dreams for the future. The activity will be facilitated by qualified youth workers and supported by an art therapist.
This free event will be held in the Community Arts Space at the Hawthorn Arts Centre from 11.30am to 3pm, Monday 8 April 2019 (first day of the school holidays).
Visit our marketsVisit our markets ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Boroondara is home to four of Melbourne’s longest running and wonderfully diverse markets.
Whether it’s fresh food, irresistible treats, unique gifts, curiosities or that vintage piece you have been searching for, there is a market to suit every taste.
Hawthorn Makers Market
Hawthorn Makers Market is celebrated as one of Melbourne’s oldest and most loved markets, bringing together talented artisans and bespoke designers.
Running for more than 30 years and managed by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, the market showcases artists working in a variety of mediums and selling jewellery, bags, clothes, cards, furniture and hand-spun and woven items.
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
When: first Sunday of each month
Camberwell Sunday Market
Founded in 1976, the Camberwell Sunday Market is a local institution, attracting collectors, vintage connoisseurs and bargain hunters from all over Melbourne.
Run by the Rotary Club of Balwyn, funds raised by the market support a variety of local charitable projects. But be sure to set your alarm – you’ll find the best buys early.
Where: Market Place, Camberwell
When: 6am to 12.30pm, every Sunday
Camberwell Fresh Food Market
There’s a reason why Camberwell Fresh Food Market attracts food buffs from all corners of Boroondara and beyond. Maybe it’s the organic fruit and vegetables, or the extensive range of fresh fish, meat and poultry. It could be the impressive range of gourmet food, or perhaps it’s the wide selection of fresh flowers to suit any home or occasion.
Whatever it is, given the market has been operating for more than 85 years, it is certainly doing something right.
Where: 519-525 Riversdale Road, Camberwell
When: 7am to 7pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7am to 5pm, Saturday
The Boroondara Farmers Market
The Boroondara Farmers Market is accredited with the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association (VFMA) and proudly supports the principles behind genuine farmers’ markets. At the market you will find delicious, fresh produce from all around Victoria, including fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal organic produce, meat, honey, eggs, olives, cakes and dips and sauces.
The market is managed by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie. All money raised goes back to charitable projects run by the Rotary Club of Glenferrie.
Where: Patterson Reserve, 484 Auburn Road, Hawthorn
When: 8am to 1pm, every third and fifth Saturday of the month
Composting and worm farming workshopComposting and worm farming workshop ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Did you know that more than 40 per cent of the waste in our bins can easily be composted and turned into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden?
In this free workshop, Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden will talk you through how to set up your own low-cost worm farm using recycled materials.
Learn about outdoor composting, benchtop (Bokashi) composting and worm farming, as well as how to safely compost pet poo to make rich fertiliser for your non-food plants.
When: 10am to 12noon, Saturday 4 May 2019
Where: Kew Library, Corner Civic Drive and Cotham Road, Kew
If you are a Boroondara resident, you can order a subsidised worm farm or composter with free delivery. For more information visit Compost Revolution.
School holiday bike program for teenagersSchool holiday bike program for teenagers ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Do you have teenagers looking to build their cycling skills and confidence?
The School Holiday Teenage Bike Program is a two day bicycle confidence, skills and awareness training program for young people aged 12 to 16 years.
Participants must have:
- basic bike riding skills
- ability to ride on two wheels independently
- a bike in roadworthy condition and safe, well-fitting helmet
- the ability to attend both days.
When: 12pm to 3pm, Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2019
Where: Kew Traffic School, corner Cotham and Grange roads, Kew
Improve your safety and skills on the roadImprove your safety and skills on the road ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Brush-up your knowledge and build on your existing driving experience at the Wiser Driver course for drivers aged 55 plus.
The four-session course covers handy topics like road safety, assessing car roadworthiness, the latest road rules, difficult driving situations, retaining your licence and driver wellbeing.
Join our expert tutors in this informal setting for discussion-based, fun, and thought-provoking sessions.
When: 10am to 12noon, Wednesdays on 8, 15, 22 and 29 May 2019
Where: Bowen Street Community Centre,102 Bowen Street, Camberwell
To book your place, call 9819 5758 or email [email protected].
For further information, visit www.accesshc.org.au.
Have you seen our new Service Crew?Have you seen our new Service Crew? ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
While visiting your local shopping centre it may have been hard to ignore our new Service Crew dressed in eye-catching fluoro orange.
The conspicuous new crew members have become regular visitors to our shopping centres since last November doing activities such as on-the-spot repairs and removing graffiti, chewing gum and weeds in a bid to make our shopping centres more attractive.
The initiative to improve the way we take care of our shopping centres has been a welcome complement to the current shopping centre maintenance program by offering more immediate service for traders and shoppers.
What our Service Crew is doing:
- cleaning bins outside and inside
- pressure washing pathways and laneways
- removing chewing gum off street furniture and footpaths
- conducting safety audits on footpaths
- checking the health of street trees
- weed spraying around posts, fences and footpaths
- removing graffiti from street furniture, street signs and hydrants
- removing illegal posters
- spray painting bollards and posts
- picking up litter along strips, car parks and garden beds
- sweeping up debris caught in gutters and under bins
- straightening up signs, posts and bins.
The devoted crew has proved to be a big hit with shoppers, traders and visitors.
I’ve been a Boroondara resident for 35 years. I think it’s an excellent idea - Peter, Boroondara local
This is a great and much needed service, and a fantastic initiative from the City of Boroondara - Greythorn Amcal Pharmacy
I think they keep the streets nice and clean, we’ve been really happy with them - Hairhouse, Camberwell
The 2019-20 Annual Community Strengthening GrantsThe 2019-20 Annual Community Strengthening Grants ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Each year, we provide financial support to local not-for-profit community organisations, groups and clubs for one-off projects and activities in Boroondara.
Applications for the 2019-20 Annual Community Strengthening Grants open Monday 29 April 2019 and close Friday 31 May 2019.
Up to $10,000 is available for projects or initiatives that address community needs, promote social inclusion and improve the health and wellbeing of Boroondara residents.
In 2017-18 a total of 87 community projects received funding through our grants program.
We provide information sessions and the One-on-One Grant Writing Help workshop to help you prepare your project idea and grant application.
Council acknowledges the support of the Rotary Club of Balwyn, which donates a significant percentage of its net annual income from the Camberwell Sunday Market to the Annual Grants program.
Three grant recipients share their stories
Sapphire Aged Care and Camberwell Kindergarten and Childcare Centre Intergenerational project
The grant was used to fund the intergenerational project, Mini Maestros, an inclusive music program. The project promoted health and wellbeing by encouraging participants to exercise through movement and develop social skills.
It aimed to close the intergenerational gap connecting children and the elderly, and providing inclusion for non-verbal and culturally and linguistically diverse individuals.
Michelle Hanning, Program Manager, said the grant has helped to connect young and older people.
“The program encourages the residents and children to interact socially and develop their concentration skills, language, memories and emotions,” said Ms Hanning.
“Seeing the smiles on the children’s and residents’ faces says it all.”
Deepdene Bears Cricket Club Men’s Health project
The project was used to launch the Men’s Health project. Paul Molloy, Deepdene Bears Club Vice-President said the aim of the project was to de-stigmatise mental health issues and to invite members to have personal discussions in a familiar and supportive environment.
“The project was launched by former AFL champion and men’s mental health campaigner, Wayne Schwass,” said Mr Molloy.
“We were keen to undertake the project for a long time but simply couldn’t fund the launch.
“We’ve been both surprised and delighted that not just our target audience (men aged 40 years plus) but also younger members of our club have embraced this ongoing program.”
Glen Iris Uniting Church Kindergarten Sustainability project
A sustainability project was funded to increase awareness within the kindergarten community about issues relating to food waste, encourage sustainable living behaviours, teach children the importance of reducing waste, reduce compostable food waste to landfill and encourage local food production.
Kathy Morris, Kindergarten Teacher and Centre Coordinator, said the grant truly enhances the kindergarten program.
“We were really pleased to receive the City of Boroondara grant. It’s made a big difference to our kindergarten as we were able to use the grant to improve our existing garden beds and build two new planter boxes."
"We also bought a worm farm and a rotating compost bin that we can use now, as well as in the future, to teach the children about sustainability,” said Ms Morris.
The 360 Youth Resource Centre opens next monthThe 360 Youth Resource Centre opens next month ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
The renovation of the 360 Youth Resource Centre is almost complete.
The redesigned centre is set to open its doors in mid-May 2019.
After consultation with young people in Boroondara, the refreshed centre will feature:
- a study space
- a pool table
- Wii and Xbox gaming.
The upgrade will also include a bigger lounge space with phone charging stations, a larger book collection, table tennis and more.
Afrikaans to ZuluAfrikaans to Zulu ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Travelling overseas? Planning the great escape?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to talk with the locals once you get there?
Whether you want to speak like a native, or simply order a coffee without the hand signals, Boroondara Library Service can help you achieve your goal.
Visit one of our six libraries to discover our wide range of books and CDs to help you learn anything from colloquial speech to formal language. Study at home, or on your way to work.
Learning the language of your choice is now easy and convenient thanks to our language training e-resource, Transparent Language Online. It has instruction in over 100 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.
How to access it
Transparent Language Online is available through our website. You can access it from your desktop computer or if you prefer, download the app onto your mobile or tablet for access anywhere.
As an existing member of the Boroondara Library Service, signing up for your free account is easy. Just type in your membership number, choose a username and password, confirm your email, and you’re ready to go. If you are not a member, visit any one of our libraries to join.
Once logged in, all you have to do is choose the language you want to learn and you’re away. It’s useful to know that many of the language courses have options tailored to non-English speakers.
Click on the language that interests you to see what options are available.
Once you’ve started, you might wish to click on the Resource tab on the top navigation bar to get connected with Facebook communities, read blogs, receive Twitter feeds and learn a new word every day.
But don’t stop there, next time you’re back visiting Boroondara Library Service, don’t forget to check out the travel section and let us guide you towards the perfect locations to try out your new skill.
What's on at your neighbourhood houseWhat's on at your neighbourhood house ecrain Thu 14 March 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. Get in contact with your local house and find out what we have on offer.
To find out what's happening in your neighbourhood, visit a centre, investigate your relevant neighbourhood house online or download a copy of the full Short Course Guide. Printed copies are also available at Boroondara libraries.
Microsoft Office Skills
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Improve your Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, files and folders and mail merge skills
When: 9.30am to 12.30pm, Tuesdays from 30 April 2019
Cost: $95 (nine sessions)
Botanical watercolour illustration
Ashburton Community Centre
Learn to paint flowers, fruits and plants in magnificent watercolour, capturing colour and details realistically
When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Tuesdays from 23 April 2019
Cost: $150 (six sessions)
Slow flow and restorative yoga workshop
Balwyn Community Centre
Learn a gentle way to invigorate the body, followed by a practice to relax the mind and restore the spirit.
Suitable for people of all ages and levels of experience.
When: 1pm to 4pm, Sunday 7 April 2019
Cost: $70 (one session)
School holiday children’s sewing
Bowen Street Community Centre
Morning session for ages seven to 11 and afternoon session for teens.
When: Friday 12 April 2019
Cost: $38/$65 (one session)
Friday painters with acclaimed artist Stephen Doyle
Camberwell Community Centre
A mix of group exercises or discussions to widen your artistic knowledge and expand your skills beyond your comfort zone
When: 1pm to 4pm, Fridays from 3 May 2019
Cost: $215 (seven sessions)
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Re-invent that tired piece of furniture, create your own bedhead of soft furnishing, beginners to advanced
When: 9.45am to 12.45pm, Tuesdays from 30 April 2019
Cost: $270 (nine sessions)
Mums and bubs yoga and meditation
The Craig Family Centre
As well as feeling stretched and strong, you and baby will be soothed and relaxed by this session
When: 10am to 11am, Mondays
Cost: $23 (per session)
Women’s hormonal health
Hawthorn Community House
Understand how food and diet have a positive effect on supporting hormonal health; includes making snacks, supporting the female body and the hormone system
When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 2 April 2019
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
An introduction to the world of floristry
When: 7pm to 9pm Thursdays from 2 May 2019
Cost: $306 (nine sessions)
Ukulele workshop sing-along songs
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Play and sing your favourite songs at this fun workshop
When: 2pm to 3.30pm, Wednesdays from 17 April 2019.
Cost: $25/$20 (centre member)
Chinese folk dancing
Trentwood at the Hub
Learn this graceful way of dancing with our experienced teacher
When: 11.30am to 12.30pm, Thursdays
Cost: $75 (10 sessions)
Council meetings and noticesCouncil meetings and notices ecrain Thu 14 March 2019
Changes to Easter bin collection schedule
Collections normally scheduled for Friday 19 April 2019 will be delayed by one day due to the Good Friday public holiday. Bins will be collected on Saturday 20 April 2019 instead.
Normal collection schedules will resume after this date.
Collections for all other days will remain unchanged.
Electoral Representation Review
Support 10 single-councillor wards
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the future structure of Boroondara’s electoral representation.
The VEC review will consider:
- whether Boroondara has the appropriate number of councillors
- whether Boroondara should remain subdivided into wards, or be unsubdivided
- if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries and the number of councillors per ward
Your participation in the review will strongly influence the future of our electoral structure. Your input is being sought via a process of public submissions.
Send your submission by 5pm Wednesday 8 May 2019 via:
- online submission
- email to [email protected]
- post to Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000.
- For more information, see VEC review.
Register your cat or dog online
Any cat or dog over three months old needs to be registered with the municipality in which they are kept.
You can now conveniently register your pet through our website.
We’ll ask you to submit the microchipping certificate - which is compulsory. The registration fee for a desexed animal is substantially lower than for an animal that is not desexed. To be eligible, you need to upload a copy of the desexing certificate.
You also have the option to pay the registration fee online using a credit card. Once you have paid you’ll get a lifetime tag for your pet’s collar, for easy identification.
Avoid waste in the first place
As a community, one of the simplest ways to reduce our overall waste is to avoid creating waste from the start. Cutting the amount of waste we produce doesn’t need to be hard work.
Why not set a challenge for your family to start shopping smarter today? Plan ahead, write a list, buy only what you need, avoid packaging and single-use items, buy products with recycled content… and keep a scoreboard at home to see who produces the least waste. Have some fun with it!
Visit Avoiding waste for more useful tips on how to reduce items in your recycling bin.
Pay your rates online
Did you know you can pay your rates conveniently and securely online via our website?
If you’re paying in four equal instalments, your fourth payment is due Friday 31 May 2019.
Book a bundled green waste collection
We can help you recycle your autumn prunings with our booked bundled green waste collection. Residents who use our green waste services can book one collection in April of up to two cubic metres of bundled green waste. Please check our website for specifics about what we accept.
Collections begin Monday 1 April and end on Friday 3 May 2019.
Bookings can be made from Monday 18 March 2019 through to 2pm on Friday 26 April 2019.
Council meetings in April
Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell.
|Time and date||Meeting|
|6.30pm Monday 1 April 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm Monday 8 April 2019||Services Special Meeting|
|6.30pm Monday 15 April 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm Monday 29 April 2019||Council|
Boroondara councillorsBoroondara councillors ecrain Thu 14 March 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.
Which ward do you call home?
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