Boroondara Bulletin - May 2019

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Welcome to the May edition of the Boroondara Bulletin

In this edition, discover what’s proposed in our Council Budget 2019-20. You can read more details in the Mayor’s update.

The month of May is also a time of tribute and reflection. We pay homage to the oldest ancestors of our country at the National Reconciliation Week event and thank our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

What’s inside this edition

Literary Awards - now open

Ever dreamed of being a published author? The Boroondara Literary Awards is a great opportunity to showcase your writing talents.

National Volunteer Week

We say thank you to our volunteers. Retired human resource manager, Elissa shares her story about volunteering.

The Eisteddfod is back!

Celebrate the joy of music at this all-ages musical marathon. Sit back and enjoy performances from some of the City's best emerging talent at the Encore Concert.

Fordham Gardens pond upgrade

The stunning new makeover on the pond at Fordham Gardens in Camberwell is now complete. 

Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis

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I am pleased to present the Proposed Council Budget for 2019-20

With the development of each budget, we work diligently to balance the range of needs of our diverse and growing community. I hope that you will agree with me that there is something for everyone in this Proposed Budget, which is open for your feedback during May.

The 2019-20 Proposed Budget has been prepared in response to Council’s commitment to providing what you told us is important to you, responsible financial management and the Victorian Government’s rate cap for 2019-20. This Proposed Budget continues to implement the commitments contained in our 10-year Boroondara Community Plan, which was developed based upon the feedback we received from over 11,800 residents, and was adopted by Council in 2018.

Through this Proposed Budget, we are making significant investments in a number of projects, including the implementation of a Food Organics and Garden Organics service. Previously planned to be introduced in 2022-23, we have brought forward the delivery of this important initiative to the 2019-20 financial year in response to community expectation and environmental challenges. The service will allow you to put food and garden waste into the same bin, which is then collected as part of our kerbside collection service and processed into soil conditioning products. This change to our waste management practices will increase resource recovery and reduce landfill waste by up to 19,000 tonnes per year, contributing to a healthy, sustainable environment for generations to come.

We are also committed to the transformation of the way in which we interact with you, to ensure you experience convenience and ease when dealing with Council – be it using our services, accessing information or making transactions online. These commitments will provide you with the means to interact with us in your preferred way; anytime, anywhere, using any device. This will be key to delivering improved service and experience.

The provision of quality infrastructure remains a high priority in this Proposed Budget, with $75.6 million dedicated to the renewal and construction of community centres in the coming year. As our community grows and changes, these developments will ensure we can continue to meet your needs.

Some of these significant major projects, which will occur over the next few years, include:

  • a new Kew Recreation Centre
  • a new Canterbury Community Precinct
  • an upgraded Balwyn Community Centre
  • a redeveloped Camberwell Community Centre
  • a new Ashburton Seniors Centre.

To further deliver a high level of service, we have continued to allocate funds towards aged care, disability and health services, library, family, youth, recreational services, and more. We will also continue to maintain our infrastructure at an appropriate standard, including drainage, footpaths and roads.

As we do each year, Council has set aside $800,000 for the open space acquisition fund. The availability of open space for passive and active recreation is limited in our City, and this fund is designed to acquire additional open space as the opportunity arises.

With these and the many other allocations in this Proposed Budget, we will deliver the things you told us are important to you. The Proposed Budget will ensure that Boroondara continues to be a great place to live; that Boroondara is a vibrant and inclusive City, meeting the needs and aspirations of its community.

Mayor Jane Addis signature

Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara

Open for public comment

The Proposed Budget 2019-20 will be available for public inspection and comment from Wednesday 1 May to Wednesday 29 May 2019. Copies of the Budget will be available at Council offices, libraries and on Council’s website.

Written submissions will be received until 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2019. All submissions will be considered at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019. Submitters have the opportunity to orally present in support of their submission at this meeting, if so indicated on their submission.

For more information and to comment, please visit Budget 2019-20.

Proposed Budget - major projects

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A new Kew Recreation Centre

We are redeveloping the Kew Recreation Centre, transforming it into a facility suitable for all stages of life, catering to a wide range of health and
wellbeing needs, where everyone is welcome. The existing facility no longer meets community expectations, so we are constructing a new purpose-built centre which will include modern fitness, sports, aquatic facilities and community spaces.

Some of the proposed components include a new and expanded gym, aquatic spaces, program rooms, and community space, which will provide
more programmable space allowing various people to access programs concurrently at times that suit them. Other proposed features include
building two indoor sports courts,which are much needed in the area, a dedicated learn-to-swim pool and warm-water pool, child-friendly indoor
aqua play area and a newly created outdoor space.

The new centre will support the health and wellbeing of the community, particularly for children and families, people with a disability and older
adults. It will serve as a facility for all ages to recreate, improve or maintain health and wellbeing, play team sports, connect with others and meet
specialised health needs.

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A transformed Balwyn Community Centre

The Balwyn Community Centre has been home to a range of programs and activities supporting the health and wellbeing of the Balwyn community since 1976.

The centre, which was originally a house, is no longer suitable for the many and varied programs and activities it provides. While
retaining the heritage character of the original house, we are now upgrading the centre to create a purpose-built space, which will better deliver the services important to the community both now and into the future.

The upgraded centre will provide more program spaces, a new recreation zone, enhanced outdoor features, and a new maternal and child health service onsite. It will see the function centre upgraded with inclusion of a new kitchen, a new occasional childcare centre and learn-to-ride track
for children, new security lighting, and improved visibility and accessibility to the site from Whitehorse Road.

The new centre will better support the growing Balwyn community, and will be a convenient hub for people of all ages in a beautiful parkland setting.

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A new Camberwell Community Centre

For more than 30 years the Camberwell Community Centre has provided locals with a place to gather and enjoy various programs and activities.

The centre currently operates from two sites, both of which are old houses and were not built to function as a community centre. We are planning to build a new facility that will greatly improve the way the centre can operate and what it can offer the community. The new centre will consolidate all of the centre’s Leighton and Chambly programs at one site in Fairholm Grove, as well as relocate and expand the Maternal and Child Health Centre, including an early parenting centre.

The redevelopment proposes many improvements including flexible multipurpose spaces for programs and activities, improved meeting spaces, an outdoor garden courtyard area for activities and recreation, and new and improved car parking to allow easier access to the site.

Due to Camberwell Community Centre’s central location, the entire Boroondara community stands to benefit from the redevelopment. You will be able to enjoy access to health and wellbeing activities, art, pottery and craft classes, learn languages, and computing and more, once the redevelopment is complete. 

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Food Organics and Garden Organics waste service

Currently, our general waste bins destined for landfill contain around 46 per cent food organics.

We’ve committed to reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, and to do this have invested in the implementation of a Food Organics and Garden Organics waste service (commonly known as FOGO).

The service enables you put your garden waste and all food waste in the same bin, which is collected as part of Council’s kerbside collection service. This waste stream is then processed and turned into soil conditioning products like soil enhancers, mulch or sustainable fertiliser substitutes. This will be a Boroondara-wide initiative for properties that currently use Council’s kerbside collection service.

Previously planned to be introduced in 2022-23, we have brought forward the delivery of this initiative to the 2019-20 financial year in response to community expectation and environmental challenges. This significant enhancement to our waste management practices will increase resource recovery and reduce landfill waste by up to 19,000 tonnes per year, helping ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for generations to come.

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Boroondara Sports Awards

The Boroondara Sports Club Awards recognise and promote clubs which are inclusive of under-represented groups, provide community benefit, support volunteers and promote health.

Clubs will be asked to submit applications for a range of award categories. The Awards will be presented at an annual dinner to clubs that have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the community and rewarding members who have given up their time for the benefit of their community.

Sporting clubs play a key role in the creation of local networks, new relationships and positive physical and mental health outcomes for members. They do this in many ways including providing a sense of connection, access to opportunities for physical and social activity, and opportunities for people to volunteer.

The Awards will recognise those clubs within Boroondara that are well governed, inclusive and committed to providing high levels of benefit to
the community.

Encouraging sporting clubs to be more inclusive supports our vision that all people in Boroondara, regardless of their circumstances, will have the opportunity and encouragement to actively participate in sport and/or recreation activities.

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Early years digital hub

More than 35 per cent of households in Boroondara are comprised of couples with children. Building on the success of the Add Life to Your Years online hub for over 55s, we are developing an early years digital hub, predominantly related to children from birth to primary school age, to better inform and support families in Boroondara.

The early years digital hub will provide a central access point for families seeking information about activities and services available from Council and other external sources. The hub will include information about maternal and child health, immunisation, libraries, supported playgroups, kindergarten enrolment, not-for-profit family services, and parenting and health resources. It will also include features such as a searchable database of local community activities for children and families and an easy-to-use listing of childcare, playgroups, kindergartens and primary schools within Boroondara.

By improving our online services, the hub will provide a central source of information for families to support their children during these important years of their development. The hub will be mobile-friendly, so families will have information at their fingertips whenever they need it.

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New Ashburton Seniors Centre

 We are redeveloping the Ashburton Seniors Centre, to enhance and support the lifestyles of residents aged over 55.

The existing building is more than 50 years old and is no longer able to meet the growing and changing needs of seniors in the community,
or deliver all of the required activities and services.

The new centre will include an age-friendly design, with fit-for-purpose community spaces to be used for a wide range of activities and services. The new building will be fully accessible, including an underground car park with lift, and stair access to the existing outdoor car park. Other features include a new courtyard with a safe breakout space to sit, a modern kitchen and dining area to support activities and a purpose-built distribution kitchen for the Meals on Wheels service.

The new Ashburton Seniors Centre will have significant health and wellbeing benefits for active and enjoyable ageing in Boroondara. It will provide opportunities for senior residents to form social connections and participate in life-long learning, both of which can have tremendously positive effects on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing.

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A new Community Precinct in Canterbury

Canterbury will soon be home to a local community precinct which will bring together a range of services for children and families, people of all ages, and for those with a disability.

Currently, several important services are operating at different locations in Canterbury, in buildings which are not all built for their current purposes, restricting operations. We are building a new precinct, which will combine maternal and child health services, three and four-year-old kindergarten, occasional care, toy library, disability services and programs, as well as the Canterbury, Balwyn and Surrey Hills historical societies, Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre and Canterbury Community Gardens all on one site.

Combining these services in one location will ensure the community has easy access to all facilities and services. It will greatly improve the continuity of care available for early years’ services, further support disability services, and by co-locating Canterbury Norwood Baptist Kindergarten and the Canterbury Neighbourhood House, will create service pathways that currently do not exist.

When the precinct is complete, the residents of Canterbury and surrounding areas will have a place to belong, a place to connect and a place to support the needs of their families.

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Boroondara Customer First Program

City of Boroondara is consistently Victoria’s top ranked Council for customer satisfaction however with changing community expectations and new standards set by commercial industry leaders, we need to change.

The Boroondara Customer First Program has been developed so Council can deliver better customer service, be more efficient, and engage more effectively with you, the community, on the things that are most important to you.

It will ensure that, whenever a member of the community needs to contact Council, it is as easy and straight-forward as possible – whether that’s in person, over the phone, or online.

The Program will be delivered in two phases over the next five years. KPMG was engaged to assist with the development of the Boroondara Customer First Program and the business case that supports investment in this program. This business case identifies $182 million of benefits for the community and Council over the next 15 years from an investment of $129 million.

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Facilities and infrastructure

The City maintains

  • 239 buildings
  • 57km of on-road cycling paths
  • 562km of local roads
  • 35km of shared paths on trails
  • 118 playgrounds 
  • 1,283km of footpaths
  • 595ha of open space

The City (2019-20) will invest

  • $11.30 million - roads
  • $648,000 - car parks
  • $5.13 million - drainage
  • $1.12 million - bridges, furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • $35.95 million - buildings
  • $3.82 million - footpaths and cycle ways
  • $8.12 million - parks, open spaces and streetscapes
  • $3.24 million - recreational, leisure and community facilities
  • $985,000 - library resources
  • $2.58 million - computers and telecommunications
  • $2.73 million - plant and equipment 

The Proposed Budget 2019-20 will be available for public inspection and comment from Wednesday 1 May to Wednesday 29 May 2019. Copies of the Budget will be available at Council offices, libraries and on Council’s website.

Written submissions will be received until 5pm Wednesday 29 May 2019. All submissions will be considered at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019. Submitters have the opportunity to orally present in support of their submission at this meeting, if so indicated on their submission.

For more information and to comment, please visit Budget 2019-20.

Other projects

Enhancing our shopping centres

  • Improvement works will be undertaken to our public laneways in the Camberwell, Glenferrie, Kew and Balwyn shopping centres (budget $275,000).

  • Under the Shopping Centre Improvement Plan, streetscape improvement works will occur at Alamein, Rathmines and Burke Road, Bellevue and Auburn Village (budget $2.1 million).

  • Balwyn Shopping Centre will receive tree planting and upgrades to the footpath network to enhance its walking based village environment (budget $735,000).

  • We will undertake public consultation on the Glenferrie and Maling Road shopping centres to identify community views and needs around encouraging revitalisation, community safety and increased economic activity.


  • We will continue to implement ongoing energy efficiency upgrades and install solar photovoltaics to Council buildings to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help ensure our natural environment is healthy and sustainable for future generations (budget $250,000).
  • We will deliver the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival to provide an opportunity for the community to learn new skills and be inspired to live more sustainably (budget $41,400).

Community services

  • This year we will finalise an important customer technology improvement project across our libraries, which will see a state-of-the-art borrowing, returns and stock management solution (budget $100,000).

Sport and recreation

  • To maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our community, we will continue with the Balwyn Park Concept Master Plan ($1.25 million) and Camberwell Sportsground Concept Master Plan (budget $650,000).
  • To address a significant shortage of sporting fields, Council will implement two senior-sized turf soccer fields and a range of supporting infrastructure at Dorothy Laver Reserve (budget $900,000).
  • To increase participation in sport, we are upgrading a range of facilities to ensure they are accessible for all members of the community (budget $3 million).

Safety and security

  • We will continue to enhance the lighting on paths and shared paths (budget $204,000).

  • We will construct the Anniversary Trail through Riversdale Park and abutting Camberwell High School to improve access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists (budget $500,000).

  • A number of public safety and security measures will be implemented in response to the Australian Government strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism (budget $250,000).

North East Link

The Victorian government’s North East Link project will impact significantly on Boroondara including the Boroondara Tennis Centre, Freeway Golf Course, Koonung Creek Reserve and the loss of thousands of trees. Council will continue to advocate to remove and minimise the impacts from the project on our community through the Environment Effects Statement processes and working with project contractors to refine the final design if the project proceeds. Budget $1.06 million (comprising of $225,000 from grant funding and $835,000 from Council funding).

Boroondara Arts What’s on

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What’s on at Hawthorn Arts Centre

Kids Workshop - Playing with Sound

Budding young noisemakers are invited to join exhibiting artist Vicky Browne in her special sound laboratory!

Experiment with noises made from different objects and create your own sound sculpture. All materials provided.

Suitable for ages 5 years plus.
Cost: $10
When: 11am to 12noon, Saturday 11 May 2019


Cinema Session: Hello I Am David!

Join us for a free screening of Hello I am David!, the first-ever documentary on the prodigious pianist David Helfgott, whose performing career seemed to be over after a significant nervous breakdown. But through the healing power of music and the unconditional love between him and wife Gillian, he fought his way back to the concert stage and into the hearts of Australians everywhere.
Cost: free event, bookings essential
When: 6.30pm, Wednesday 15 May 2019


Brush Lettering Workshop

Design your own unique lettering style and learn how to use high-pigment, liquid inks to write on quality papers ready for framing, stationery or gifts. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. All materials provided.

Suitable for ages 16 plus.
Cost: $40/$35
When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 28 May 2019


Mother’s Day - Sunday Classics

Featuring a program of classical chamber works, this delightful concert will create an enchanting mood in the beautiful Chandelier Room at  Hawthorn Arts Centre, perfect for a Mother’s Day afternoon.
Cost: $18
When: 2pm, Sunday 12 May 2019


David Helfgott in Concert

David Helfgott is one of the world’s best-loved virtuoso pianists. His recitals are much more than mere music performances – they are experiences evoking compassion and imagination, affirming the power of the human spirit.

With sold out performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Golden Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, this is a rare opportunity to witness an extraordinary talent.
Cost: $58/$49
When: 8pm, Friday 17 May 2019



What’s on at the Town Hall Gallery

Sounds Like.

Appealing to our ears rather than our eyes, sound art challenges us to experience art through the act of listening.

Sounds Like. brings together five Australian artists who use sound as the principal vehicle for the production of meaning in their works. Through immersive installation, sculpture and performance, this interactive exhibition at Town Hall Gallery explores the use of sound as a medium for artistic expression.

Featuring: Roger Alsop, Vicky Browne, Megan Alice Clune, Julian Day and Camille Robinson
When: Saturday 11 May to Sunday 30 June 2019

Special events

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.

Cost: free event, bookings essential
When: 6pm to 8pm, Friday 31 May 2019


What’s on at Kew Court House

Jake Mason Trio

This exciting jazz combo features Jake Mason on Hammond organ, James Sherlock on guitar and Danny Fischer on drums. Don’t miss them perform a mix of bluesy soul-jazz musical delights for one night only at Kew Court House.

Cost: $30/$26
When: 8pm, Saturday 11 May 2019


Community Exhibitions

Tonal Modernism

Steven Szczebiot’s paintings give a nod to the technique of tonal realism, brought to Melbourne in 1912 by Australian artist Max Meldrum after an extensive period of study in Europe. Works in this exhibition include still-life studies, figurative works and urban-landscape paintings, combining to form a stirring depiction of the streets of Boroondara and everything held within them.

Featuring: Steven Szczebiot
When: Tuesday 7 May to Sunday 2 June 2019


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Sustainability workshops for your home and garden

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Come along to one of our sustainability workshops to help your home and garden thrive.

Green cleaning

At this hands-on workshop, discover how to clean your home without using toxic commercial cleaning products, which can be harmful to you, your family and the environment.

Learn how to make your own natural cleaning products that can replace most of the commercial choices we use every day, including dishwashing tablets.

When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 5 June 2019
Where: Boroondara Room, Council Offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Winter veggie gardening workshop

Join Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden for one of our most popular workshops. Learn practical tips on soil preparation, winter plant
selection and sustainable pest control for a thriving and healthy vegetable crop.

You can also enjoy getting your hands dirty with a planting activity.

When: 9.30am to 11.30am or 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Sunday 19 May 2019
Where: Hawthorn Community House, 32 Henry Street, Hawthorn

Boroondara library service

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Got the write stuff?

Since 1999, the Boroondara Literary Awards have been unearthing and celebrating talented writers of all ages.

The competition is a long-running partnership between the City of Boroondara and the Rotary Club of Balwyn. Entries for the 2019 version open on Monday 6 May 2019.

Young Boroondara writer, 14-year-old Lottie Dalton, was crowned last year’s winner of the Young Writers’ (Middle) Award for prose with her story Milky Ways.

Lottie says her love of writing stems from the enjoyment she gets in unleashing her creativity without any boundaries.

“I love it because it’s a place where you can come up with the weirdest things and nobody cares. I like to play around with poetic elements and imagery - I find treating the piece of writing like a painting is a really cool thing to be able to do.”

Boroondara Literary Award prizes are given for the Open Short Story category (for Australian residents of all ages) and the Young Writers’ category (for young people who live, work or study in Boroondara).

The Young Writers’ competition includes categories for poetry and prose and is open to students from Grade five to Year 12, and young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18. One lucky winner will also receive the Keith Carroll Award, for the best entry from a Boroondara resident.

More information

Visit Boroondara Literary Awards for more information.

It’s all about the books

At Boroondara Library Service, we love books and we want you to love them just as much. So we’ve introduced a program called About the Books.

At Boroondara Library Service, we love books and we want you to love them just as much. So we’ve introduced a program called About the Books.

Come along and learn about new authors, new genres and maybe make some new friends. Simply visit one of our six libraries to choose from five fun and informative sessions:

  • Book Talks at Ashburton and Balwyn libraries, hosted by the staff of Boroondara Library Service, to talk about the books they’ve read and enjoyed from our collection.
  • Book Chats at Camberwell and Hawthorn libraries, where the community will join us and share their reading experiences with other like-minded book lovers. Please bring along your favourite book or the book you’re currently reading to get the conversation started.
  • Book Cafés exclusively at Balwyn Library where visitors can drop by and take part in a fun activity, like book bingo.
  • Adult Storytimes at Camberwell Library, where we encourage you to settle in with a coffee and enjoy the relaxing experience of hearing a story read out loud.
  • Book Group at Kew, which runs until November 2019 offering a new book every month.

More information

Visit Libraries for more details on events, session times and locations.

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Community garden Kew - coming soon

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As you travel along Earl Street in Kew you may have noticed construction taking place to develop the Willsmere Station Community Garden.

It is shaping up to be a wonderful community space.

The garden is set on what was once the historic train station - part of the old steam era Outer Circle Rail Line from which it takes its name. It will feature communal growing and sharing areas including herb beds, a food forest, shelter and a community gathering space. The garden will also include 50 individually allocated growing plots, which residents can use for their own plantings.

The garden will be completed in mid-2019 and we look forward to the community being able to enjoy their new space. Due to the limited number of growing plots, they will be allocated via a ballot by the Willsmere Station Community Garden group and Council. The plots are only available to Boroondara residents.

More information

To register your interest visit Willsmere Station Community Garden by Friday 31 May 2019. For more information, email [email protected] or call 9278 4083.

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Bringing a new glow to the Hawthorn Arts Centre

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Over the last 130 years, the chandeliers at the Hawthorn Arts Centre have lit countless balls, weddings and many other events.

Given their age, the chandeliers have been in need of restoration.

We’ve undertaken meticulous works to make the chandeliers more energy efficient while retaining their heritage value. As part of our energy performance contract project, we replaced 200 halogen and florescent lights across all three chandeliers with 24 modern LED lights to reproduce the traditional colour, also offering a range of colours for that not-so-traditional event.

The chandelier upgrade, as well as the upgrade of an additional 800 light fittings to LED across the centre, will save enough electricity to power 15 homes, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and saving money.

If you haven’t visited the centre recently, we invite you to drop in and see the improvements for yourself.

More information

For more information about our energy performance contract project or sustainability efforts visit Boroondara Waste & Environment or call 9278 4873.

The perfect space to enjoy the outdoors in Camberwell

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Everyone is invited to a celebration on Saturday 11 May 2019 to mark the official opening of the beautiful new pond redevelopment at Fordham Gardens, Camberwell.

Family and friends are invited to bring along a picnic and enjoy the festivities which will include musical performances by Siena College and Boroondara Scouts and Guides. Free barista coffee and beverages will be available!

The upgrade was the result of extensive consultation with the community and has added many eye-catching and environmentally-friendly new features to the pond area, including:

  • aquatic plants
  • enhanced landscaping and garden beds
  • feature boulders
  • a refurbished cascade rock design
  • recycled water from Grace Park (in Hawthorn).

The new pond, surrounded by open lawn areas and shady gum trees, now offers the perfect space to enjoy the outdoors, socialise, or walk the dog.

The garden, which is a handy five-minute walk to Hartwell Shopping strip, is available to hire for weddings and other celebrations for up to 100 people.

Find out more

Find out more about Fordham Gardens or book this amazing space for your next event.

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Join us for the Fordham Gardens redevelopment opening

When:      12:45pm to 3pm, Saturday 11 May 2019
Where:     Fordham Gardens, Camberwell Road, Camberwell
Cost:        free

Bookings for the opening are not required.

New waste truck rollout

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Have you seen our new waste truck fleet?

We’re pretty excited about them and hope you are too.

Every year, our waste trucks perform around 4.5 million bin lifts during waste and green waste collections. The new trucks have a long life cycle and are hard wearing.

They also have a range of efficiency features and emission reduction technology making them cheaper to run and better for the environment.

Other upgrades that will help us deliver service improvements include a shorter wheel base, making it easier for us to navigate some of the City’s tight and narrow streets, and ‘extenda slide’ long-reach arms, meaning they can now collect bins that were once inaccessible.

Reducing waste doesn’t need to be a chore.

Why not make a game of it by challenging 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 encourage your friends to get on board.
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Volunteers making a world of difference

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From Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May 2019, Australia will celebrate National Volunteer Week while recognising this year’s theme Making a World of Difference.

It is a theme which local volunteer Elissa (pictured) feels strongly about. Once a week, the retired human resource manager gives her time to make a difference in the lives of people from Boroondara as one of the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre’s volunteer referral officers.

Volunteering makes you useful. And it’s nice to feel useful to others.

In this role, Elissa connects with prospective volunteers who are wanting to invest their time in a passion-project, share a professional skill, find roles to work around busy lifestyles and learn how they can give back.

Elissa enjoys the feeling of connectedness to the community in her volunteer role and said she feels like she is part of a village.

“While I have the satisfaction of knowing I’m helping the broader community I also enjoy the personal aspect of working one-on-one with locals to empower them to make a difference,” said Elissa.

From being treasurer of the local kindergarten, sorting clothes in an opportunity shop, refereeing a game of soccer through to developing a local community organisation’s website, over a quarter* of Boroondara residents generously volunteer their time for the benefit of others.

The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre offers a variety of services for people wanting volunteer roles and activities, including a Volunteer Skills Bank, where people with professional skills can lend their knowledge to support local community organisations in specialised projects and roles.

With nearly 60 per cent of local resident workers with a Bachelor, or higher degree, Elissa believes the Volunteer Skills Bank plays an important role in making it easy for professionals to support community organisations and make a difference locally.

“Many community organisations would struggle to operate without the time, effort and knowledge of volunteers,” said Elissa.

* Census 2016

More information

Are you inspired, like Elissa, to make a world of difference?

For more information about the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre and how you can volunteer, see Volunteering or call 9278 4550.

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Council meetings and notices

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Bulk leaf collection underway

The annual bulk leaf collection service has begun.

The service helps to collect fallen leaves along selected streets in Boroondara replacing the monthly street sweeping during April, May and June.

To download your street’s bulk leaf collection schedule, prepare for a collection, or find out more about the service, visit Autumn leaf collection

If you would like a copy of the schedule posted to you, call 9278 4444.

Council meetings in May

Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.

Date and time Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 6 May 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 13 May 2019 Services Special Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 20 May 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 27 May 2019 Council

For up-to-date information about meetings or to obtain copies of agendas and minutes, visit Council meetings or call 9278 4471.

Have your say: North East Link’s Environment Effects Statement

Have your say: North East Link’s Environment Effects Statement tmurphy1 Mon 15 April 2019

The Victorian Government is progressing the North East Link.

As part of the planning approval processes, North East Link Project have prepared an Environment Effects Statement (EES). The EES is a collection of studies and reports that identify important issues about the project’s environmental, social and economic impacts on the community.

Have your say

The document is on public exhibition from Wednesday 10 April to Friday 7 June 2019.

During this period, Boroondara residents can:

  • view the EES report at Boroondara libraries, including maps and a summary of key issues
  • collect a USB with the report and maps from Boroondara libraries, the Greythorn Community Hub library lounge and our customer service centres
  • visit North East Link Project on our website
  • visit to have your say to lodge a submission about the EES.

What’s on at your Neighbourhood House

What’s on at your Neighbourhood House tmurphy1 Mon 15 April 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. For bookings and more information visit a centre, call, or go online.

To find out what's happening in your neighbourhood download a copy of the full Short Course Guide. Printed copies are also available at Boroondara libraries.

Introduction to barista skills and the service industry

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Coffee making, customer service, team work, career pathways and more
When: 10am to 3pm, Fridays from 31 May 2019 (five sessions)
Cost: $100/$60

Kids’ healthy cooking

Ashburton Community Centre
A fun, interactive, class where kids participate in preparing a range of healthy foods (eight to 12 years)
When: 4pm to 5pm, Thursdays from 2 May 2019
Cost: $90

Advanced drawing workshop

Balwyn Community Centre
This workshop will look at graphic techniques to convey surface, texture and light. It is aimed at those wishing to take their skills to the next level
When: 10am to 4.30pm, Sunday 26 May 2019
Cost: $160 (one session)

Neighbourhood House Week

Bowen Street Community Centre
Free activities include genealogy, craft and open playgroup
When: from Friday 10 May 2019
For details, call 9889 0791

Walking in autumn

Camberwell Community Centre
Enjoy a brisk walk, talk and coffee. Join a group and explore historic, leafy Camberwell in autumn
When: 9.30am to 10.30am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost: free with $15 annual membership

Play music

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
A musical playgroup that connects the young with the young at heart
When: 10.30am to 11.15am, Fridays from 3 May 2019
Cost: $135 (nine sessions)

Art and craft program kids (eight to 11 years)

The Craig Family Centre
Learn different techniques each week, explore different materials and mediums. Materials provided
When: 4.15pm to 5.45pm, Mondays.
Cost: $22 (per session)

Women’s hormonal health

Hawthorn Community House
Learn how food and diet can have a positive effect on supporting women’s hormonal health. We’ll make some snacks on the night and take-home recipes
When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 14 May 2019
Cost: $25

Book now

Mat pilates

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Build core strength, stability and develop endurance
When: 8.30am to 9.25am, Thursdays from 2 May 2019
Cost: $145 (nine sessions)

The art of acrylic jewellery workshop

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Create your own unique earrings and necklaces using acrylic. All materials included
When: 7pm to 9pm, Friday 24 May 2019
Cost: $75/$65 (centre member)

Contemporary still life painting

Trentwood at the Hub
Learn to paint still life objects using acrylics. Suitable for beginners and those who would like to expand their skills
When: 10am to 12noon, Fridays from 10 May 2019
Cost: $102 (eight sessions)

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Boroondara Councillors

Boroondara Councillors tmurphy1 Mon 15 April 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?

If you are unsure which ward you reside in, see our Ward map or call 9278 4444 to find out.


Councillor Jane Addis

Cr Jane Addis, Mayor 

Maling Ward
Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills and Balwyn
Ph: 9278 4457 or 0409 267 902
E: [email protected]





Councillor Jim Parke

Councillor Jim Parke 

Cr Jim Parke

Bellevue Ward
Including parts of Kew East and Balwyn North
Ph: 9835 7840
E: [email protected]






Councillor Felicity Sinfield 

Councillor Felicity Sinfield 

Cr Felicity Sinfield

Cotham Ward
Including Deepdene and parts of Kew, Kew East, Balwyn and Balwyn North
Ph: 9835 7841 or 0418 793 573
E: [email protected]





Councillor Coral Ross

Councillor Coral Ross

Cr Coral Ross

Gardiner Ward
Including parts of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Camberwell and Glen Iris
Ph: 9835 7842 or 0438 005 225
E: [email protected]





Councillor Steve Hurd 

Councillor Steve Hurd 

Cr Steve Hurd 

Glenferrie Ward
Including parts of Hawthorn and Hawthorn West
Ph: 9835 7849 or 0417 708 182
E: [email protected]




Councillor Jack Wegman 

Cr Jack Wegman

Junction Ward
Including parts of Hawthorn East, Camberwell and Canterbury
Ph: 9835 7843
E: [email protected]





Cr Lisa Hollingsworth

Councillor Lisa Hollingsworth

Councillor Lisa Hollingsworth 

Lynden Ward
Including parts of Camberwell, Glen Iris and Canterbury
Ph: 9835 7844 or 0417 908 485
E: [email protected]






Councillor Cynthia Watson

Cr Cynthia Watson

Maranoa Ward
Including parts of Balwyn, Balwyn North and Mont Albert
Ph: 9835 7846 or 0419 488 204
E: [email protected]





Councillor Garry Thompson

Councillor Garry Thompson 

Cr Garry Thompson

Solway Ward
Including parts of Ashburton and Glen Iris
Ph: 9835 7847 or 0417 153 512
E: [email protected]






Councillor Phillip Healey

Cr Phillip Healey

Studley Ward
Including parts of Kew and Kew East
Ph: 9835 7848 or 0437 374 773
E: [email protected]




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