Boroondara Bulletin - June 2019

Boroondara Bulletin - June 2019 dkran Fri 10 May 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Boroondara Bulletin

In this edition, read about the important role street art plays in reducing graffiti, the big impact microplastics are having on our waterways, and our Mayor’s Message highlighting sustainability initiatives helping protect our wonderful parks and gardens.

You can also take part in our Council communication methods survey for the chance to win a Kew Traffic School voucher!

What’s inside this edition

Street art tackles graffiti

A two-storey world of colour awaits visitors to Auburn Village thanks to a new mural by renowned street artist Mike Makatron. Read more about Boroondara street art.

Microplastics cause big problems

While many of us know plastics are entering our oceans, we may not fully understand the impact of microplastics on our local environment. Learn more about this important issue and find out how you can help.

Tips for happy dog play

We’ve got a few important tips to make sure your dog is safe and happy when playing in our beautiful parklands. Read our dog safety tips here.

Communications survey - how do you like to receive news and updates from Council?

Take part in a survey about how you like to receive news and updates from Council. Read on to have your say and for the chance to win a Kew Traffic School voucher!

Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis

Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis dkran Fri 10 May 2019

In Boroondara, our urban and natural environments often coincide.

Council is responsible for maintaining 595 hectares of open space including areas of the Yarra, Gardiner and Koonung Creek corridors. And with over 240 parks, gardens and reserves, as well as tree-lined streets under our care, we have a dedicated program maintaining over 130,000 trees which contribute to our reputation as one of Melbourne’s leafiest municipalities.

Council works proactively alongside our community to lead initiatives and actions to ensure our natural environment remains healthy and sustainable; with a focus on maintaining and steadily increasing the biodiversity of these corridors by around a hectare a year.

Community involvement in protecting and enhancing our environment is important, and there are many community groups in Boroondara that are making a real contribution to protecting biodiversity in our parks and reserves. These groups work to restore and protect indigenous vegetation and to refresh and maintain vegetation in important natural areas.

Each year we encourage thousands of residents to become more engaged through a wide range of expert-led, sustainability workshops, seminars and field days. Since their introduction, almost 3,500 people have participated in Council’s Living for our Future programs where they learn valuable practical skills and gain know-how about critical issues like water reduction, energy savings, growing food and reducing household waste. If you are interested, your club, school, kindergarten or community organisation can host one of these workshops. For details, see Host a sustainable living workshop.

We are also featuring special articles on e-waste, microplastics and our educational Living Classroom event.

On Wednesday 5 June 2019 we celebrate World Environment Day. It’s a timely reminder that we can all make a collective difference in our own backyard. If you want to help be an agent of change I would encourage you to find your local environment group to get involved. 

Mayor Jane Addis signature

Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara

Boroondara Arts What’s on

Boroondara Arts What’s on dkran Fri 10 May 2019

What’s on at Hawthorn Arts Centre

Boroondara Creative Network Gathering

Boroondara Creative Network gatherings are an opportunity for artists and arts administrators from all disciplines - both professionals and hobbyists - to network, share creative ideas and learn something new from guest speakers.

A light lunch is provided.

Cost: free event, bookings essential
When: 12.30pm to 2pm, Saturday 8 June 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre

Chinese Brush Painting

Join award-winning artist, Echo Wu, to learn the delicate brush strokes and techniques used in Chinese brush painting. An enjoyable workshop designed for all skill levels.

All materials provided.
Suitable for ages 16 plus.

Cost: $40/$35
When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 25 June 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre

What’s on at Kew Court House

Mistaken Identity

Jazz pianist, Steve Sedergreen, first started the outfit Mistaken Identity in the late 1980s with his brother, multi-saxist, Mal. For one night only at Kew Court House, the siblings will riff and banter as brothers do best, and in the process perform some of the best contemporary jazz around.

Cost: $32/$27
When: 8pm, Saturday 29 June 2019
Where: Kew Court House


The Parlour: Grainger at Home

Boroondara’s Percy Grainger was a megastar of the European, North American and Australian stages in the early 1900s, attracting sell-out audiences for his piano recitals. Grainger at Home is an exciting new work by opera ensemble, The Parlour, exploring the private and creative life of this acclaimed composer, lyricist and performer.

Cost: $32/$27
When: 8pm, Saturday 6 July 2019
Where: Kew Court House


What's on at the Town Hall Gallery

Community exhibitions: Yesterday

Reflecting on the uncomplicated nature of growing up in the 1960s, Bradley Flood offers us a personal study of an era when time was plentiful and life was simple. Filled with his memories of growing up in this decade, his exhibition Yesterday draws attention to everyday objects and ordinary scenes of family and home life.

Featuring: Bradley Flood
When: Tuesday 4 to Sunday 30 June 2019
Where: 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
Where: Town Hall Gallery


Community Exhibitions Program 2020: Applications Now Open

Town Hall Gallery offers a dedicated gallery space to support local artists and community groups, free of charge. Successful applicants benefit from curatorial advice, mentoring, promotion, career development, and the opportunity to exhibit work to a broad audience. Artists who live, work or study in Boroondara are invited to apply for the 2020 Community Exhibitions Program at Town Hall Gallery.

When: applications close Sunday 30 June 2019

Special events

Encore Concert

This celebratory performance features winners, alumni and standout performers of the 2019 Boroondara Eisteddfod, creating a memorable evening of exhilarating music.

Cost: $15/$12
When: 7pm, Friday 14 June 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre

Boroondara Literary Awards

Boroondara Literary Awards dkran Fri 10 May 2019

Hear from one of our judges

The Boroondara Literary Awards competition is now underway. With the Literary Festival upon us and submissions for the Open Short Story Competition and Young Writers’ Competition still open until Friday 30 August 2019, we thought it was timely to introduce you to one of our esteemed judges.

A Literary Awards Judge for the second year running, Lili Wilkinson, is the acclaimed author of 12 books, including Green Valentine and Pink. She is the creator of, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the State Library of Victoria.

Armed with a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, Lili now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers and young people.

After judging the Young Writers prose category last year, Lili said she was impressed with the level of thought and awareness young people have about the world around them.

“Last year’s entries proved to me that young people are doing a lot of thinking … about the environment, how to make our planet healthy, about poverty and homelessness. They think about body image, gender identity and sexuality,” said Lili.

“Most importantly, young people think about empathy, listening, being heard, the importance of kindness and equality, and about hope.

It was an honour to read such brave and beautiful storytelling from young writers - by sharing their writing they make us better people.

Lili is one of 3 authors that will make up the Boroondara Literary Awards judging panel for this year. One lucky winner will also receive the Keith Carroll Award, given to the best entry from a Boroondara resident.

Now in its 21st year of partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the Boroondara Literary Awards offer an extraordinary opportunity for young people to express themselves.

For more information or to submit an entry, see Boroondara Literary Awards.

Tackling graffiti, one mural at a time

Tackling graffiti, one mural at a time dkran Fri 10 May 2019

As you make your way around Boroondara’s shopping centres and train stations you can’t help but notice a number of colourful murals that add vibrancy to our City.

Our murals’ striking colours and themes are a great addition to our City’s streetscapes, improving amenity and creating a place which the community can enjoy. More importantly, they discourage graffiti and vandalism around our shopping centres.

Council partners with the Victorian Government, local businesses, schools, scout groups, Victoria Police and other public authorities to deliver mural projects throughout Boroondara. Here’s a few that have been freshly painted.

Auburn Village

The wall along the pedestrian laneway between Auburn station and Auburn Road was often covered in graffiti.

A new world of colour now greets commuters and visitors at Auburn Village. Painted by renowned Melbourne street artist Makatron, with the help of a grant from the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program, the mural has a nature theme, showcasing local plants and native wildlife. The intricate details provide a burst of life and colour and also play an important role in reducing graffiti tagging. 

Makatron received a lot of positive feedback from local residents, visitors and traders as the mural took shape, with locals complimenting his work and commenting on how different the laneway to the station appeared.

“This is a legacy to the community we can all be very proud of - we’ve all played a part in bringing it together”

- Peter Selar, President of Auburn Traders' Association

Linda Crescent, Hawthorn

At the recent Glenferrie Road Festival in March, three artists painted a mural on the wall of the Coles supermarket on Linda Crescent as tens of thousands of people swirled around them. The temporary mural was organised by Boroondara’s FReeZa Committee, a youth program which gives young people in Boroondara opportunities to get involved in arts, music and cultural events and activities across the City.

The artists were joined by a group of Swinburne University students who painted the mural throughout the day. Each artist applied a different artistic discipline, which they used to put their own individual take on the mural’s theme - flora and fauna through a youth lens.

Hartwell Shopping Centre

Juddy Roller Collective artist, Dvate, created a mural on the Hartwell underpass which reminds us of the area’s ‘old time’ charm and sparks some great memories for the community and visitors. After researching the history of the local neighbourhood and surrounds, Dvate put together an eye-catching artwork that celebrates Hartwell’s rich architectural and social history, featuring pre-settlement bushland and the flora and fauna of the area.

The mural features the Outer Circle Railway steam train, a nod to the speed and progress of Hartwell in the 1930s, and the former Regal Theatre which once stood proudly at the corner of Toorak and Camberwell roads from 1937 until 1959.

We continue to work with local businesses to make Boroondara’s shopping centres, laneways and public spaces more welcoming and vibrant through street art. Watch this space!

Reporting graffiti

Graffiti is an amenity issue for Council and our community. It is an eyesore, a waste of time and uses precious resources to remove it. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards acts of graffiti vandalism. Collaborations and a multi-faceted approach are integral to successful management of graffiti, like creating murals at local hot spots.

If you see graffiti in your local area, we encourage you to report it to the relevant authority.

For more information, visit our Graffiti removal page, call 9278 4444 or use the Snap Send Solve app (free to download from iTunes and Google Play store).

The effects of microplastics are not so small

The effects of microplastics are not so small dkran Fri 10 May 2019

While we know plastic is entering our ocean and rivers at a growing rate, a lot of us may not know about microplastics and their impacts on the environment.

Microplastics are small pieces of plastic which can be up to 5mm long. They can be smaller than the size of human hair and invisible to the naked eye. They are commonly found in toothpaste, detergents, facial cleansers, cosmetics, and can also occur from the breakdown of plastic bottles and bags.

These tiny particles easily pass through water filtration systems, and eventually end up in our waterways. This is posing a threat to our aquatic and bird life which are mistaking microplastics for food, and in turn can affect our own diets.

Want to learn more?

Join us at an upcoming session with Dr Nicole Kowalczyk, Yarra Riverkeeper Association Education Manager, and hear about the serious effects of microplastics at a local level and how they are impacting our Yarra River. You will learn where microplastics come from, the result they are having on our aquatic ecosystem and what you can do to reduce this plastic entering our waterways.

Where: Kew Seniors Centre
When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 26 June 2019

Free event, but bookings are essential. For more information, call 9278 4011.

Plastic Free July

As a community, we need to think smarter about how we reduce the amount of plastic we’re using at home, in the office and in local businesses. We can all make a difference by taking simple actions like not using a straw, buying a reusable coffee cup, bringing our own bags to the shops and paying attention to what’s in the items we’re buying. 

Why not challenge yourself during this year’s Plastic Free July? Give up single-use plastic for a day, a week, or a month by signing up to Plastic Free July

Did you know? 

Australians use up to 10 million plastic bags everyday – an astonishing 4 billion every year. Approximately 150 million of these end up in our oceans and waterways.*
*Sustainability Victoria.
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Mandatory E-Waste Recycling from Monday 1 July 2019

Mandatory E-Waste Recycling from Monday 1 July 2019 dkran Fri 10 May 2019

From Monday 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from going to landfill.

The new law means you can’t put e-waste in any of your kerbside bins - all e-waste items must be kept separate. You can then get rid of your e-waste using any of these five options:

  1. Drop off e-waste at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre at 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell. The centre accepts all e-waste, but charges apply for larger items and whitegoods. To avoid any surprises, please check our website before your visit.

  2. Drop off e-waste at one of six e-waste collection banks across Boroondara (small items only). See E-waste for details.
  3. If your kerbside bins are collected by Council, you can book a hard waste collection from your home for all e-waste items.
  4. Visit to find nearby drop-off sites run by other councils.
  5. Ask your retailer if they will take back your old e-waste when you buy replacement items.
Don’t forget: make sure you wipe your personal data from all devices like mobile phones and laptops!

Electronic waste (e-waste) refers to any item with a plug, battery, cord or alternative power source which is no longer working or wanted. Examples of e-waste include toasters, power cords, TVs, hairdryers, rice cookers, DVD players, power tools, batteries, computers, chargers and whitegoods.

Many electronic items contain hazardous materials. If these end up in landfill, chemicals can potentially leach into groundwater and soil or be released into the air, creating long-term environmental contamination and health issues. E-waste also contains a number of precious resources which should be recovered and recycled.

For more information, visit our E-waste page or call 9278 4444.

The Living Classroom with Sam Crosby

The Living Classroom with Sam Crosby dkran Fri 10 May 2019

Nurturing happy, healthy and nature-connected kids

Join us for an exciting event featuring experienced nature educator, author and researcher, Sam Crosby. Sam will talk about the benefits of mentoring and supporting children of all ages to spend time outdoors.

Suitable for parents, educators and carers, you will hear how risks associated with nature play are beneficial, and learn fun and practical activities that will support outdoor learning, challenges and adventures. 

Sam is the Coordinator of Education and Community Programs for the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands in Sydney, and co-author of Australia’s first recognised bush-training program for Early Years practitioners, Early Years Bush Connections. She is also the recipient of a Botanic Gardens Foundation and Friends scholarship and has studied nature kindergartens and forest school practices in Denmark and in the UK.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
When: 7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 12 June 2019
Cost: $10.20

Communications survey - how do you like to receive news and updates from Council?

Communications survey - how do you like to receive news and updates from Council? tmurphy1 Tue 21 May 2019

Tell us what you think about Council’s communication methods

We value your feedback. We want to understand how useful you find our communication methods and your preferred way to receive information from us.

Your feedback will be used to help us shape how we provide information about Council-wide services to you.

This survey closed on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Simple tips for happy dog play

Simple tips for happy dog play dkran Fri 10 May 2019

Boroondara dog owners can let their furry friends stretch their legs at one of our many designated ‘off leash’ dog friendly spaces.

These spots are the perfect place to get some fresh air, soak in some sunshine and enjoy our beautiful parklands.

Remember though, if you decide to take your pooch to an off-leash park, you can help everyone to have a good time by following some simple rules:

  • carry a leash at all times
  • pay attention - don’t allow your dog to worry or threaten any person or animal
  • bring your dog under your control immediately if it threatens any person or animal
  • keep your dog at least 30m away from in-use barbecues or picnic areas, public meetings or sporting events
  • ensure your dog is not in a playground and is on a leash within 10m of the perimeter of a playground
  • pick up after your dog with a suitable plastic bag and place it in a bin (avoid a fine for not cleaning up after your pet).

You also need to be aware of your dog’s safety at all times, especially when park maintenance is taking place. Dogs and lawn mowers don’t mix - if you see our maintenance crews working in the area, please keep your distance.

For more information visit Off-leash dog parks or call 9278 4444.

Dog sitting near its owner at the park
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Register your overseas immunisation records

Register your overseas immunisation records dkran Fri 17 May 2019

Have you, or someone in your family, had immunisations overseas? We can help you to get the details on to the Australian Immunisation Register.

You can easily register the details on our website, at a time and place convenient to you. Simply ensure you have the overseas immunisation records and your Medicare card (if you have one), before you start.

Once the information is registered you will be able to request a current Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register, which may be required for childcare, primary school, university or travel.

No Jab, No Play

The Victorian Government’s No Jab, No Play legislation aims to reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases through boosting immunisation rates. It’s vital that immunisation records are kept up to date, as incomplete records impact services you may be receiving, such as the child care subsidy and other Centrelink benefits.

More information

For more information please:

Council meetings and notices

Council meetings and notices dkran Fri 10 May 2019

Council meetings in June

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

Date and time Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 3 June 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 11 June 2019 Council
7.30pm, Monday 11 June 2019 Services Special Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 17 June 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 24 June 2019 Council

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


    We're bringing the library to you

    Boroondara Library Service offers a service to residents at their home who are unable to physically visit our libraries due to age, frailty, disability or limited mobility.

    This free service provides a regular delivery of books, magazines, DVDs and CDs selected by Boroondara Library Service staff according to specific tastes and preferences.

    A Boroondara Library volunteer will deliver and exchange the items to your place of residence on a regular basis.

    For more information:

    What’s on at your Neighbourhood House

    What’s on at your Neighbourhood House dkran Fri 10 May 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 download a copy of the full Short Course Guide. Printed copies are also available at Boroondara libraries.

    Introduction to iPads

    Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

    Learn how to navigate iPads. Use shortcuts, features, VOIP, apps, photos and more.
    When: 12.45pm to 2.45pm, Thursdays from 6 June 2019
    Cost: $85 (8 sessions)

    Slow flow yoga

    Ashburton Community Centre

    Join Laura in an all-levels class designed to get you moving and connecting with your breath.
    When: 9.30am to 10.30am, Thursdays
    Cost: free trials available for members

    Occasional child care

    Balwyn Community Centre

    Let your child thrive! We provide occasional care in a safe and nurturing environment.
    When: 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday
    Cost: sessions are available in two, three or five-hour blocks

    Playgroups – including grandparents and dads

    Bowen Street Community Centre

    A welcoming environment for families, providing opportunities to explore, play and develop friendships in the local community.
    Cost: membership fees apply

    Learn Spanish

    Camberwell Community Centre

    Learn the key words, fundamental grammar rules and pronunciation tricks with our native speaking tutor.
    When: 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays from 18 July 2019
    Cost: $196 (nine sessions)

    Walk and talk

    Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

    Warm up this winter with a walk around the beautiful gardens and streets of Canterbury followed by a cuppa.
    When: 9.30am to 11am, Thursdays
    Cost: free for centre members

    Facilitated playgroup

    The Craig Family Centre

    Kindergarten teacher-facilitated playgroup session where families meet and children enjoy a variety of activities.
    When: 9.30am to 11.30pm, Mondays
    Cost: $185

    Mediterranean diet

    Hawthorn Community House

    A background on the Mediterranean diet, its health benefits, affordable ways of shopping and cooking delicious meals that are easy to prepare.
    When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 11 June 2019
    Cost: $25

    Book now

    Barista lessons

    Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

    Gain a solid foundation in coffee making skills - contact centre for June dates.
    Cost: $100

    Random weaving

    Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

    Create a contemporary basket using a modern basketry technique. All materials included.
    When: 10am to 4pm, Sunday 16 June 2019
    Cost: $110 (non-members), $100 (members)

    Rendezvous to write

    Trentwood at the Hub

    A great group for older people to explore your personal history and develop writing skills.
    When: 1pm to 3pm, Thursdays fortnightly from 6 June 2019
    Cost: $30 (five sessions)

    More information

    For more information, locations and contact details, see our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.

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    Boroondara Councillors

    Boroondara Councillors dkran Fri 10 May 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.

    Cr Jane Addis, Mayor 

    Councillor Jane Addis

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







    Cr Jim Parke

    Councillor Jim Parke

    Councillor Jim Parke 

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








    Cr Felicity Sinfield

    Councillor Felicity Sinfield 

    Councillor 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]







    Cr Coral Ross

    Councillor Coral Ross

    Councillor Coral Ross

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







    Cr Steve Hurd 

    Councillor Steve Hurd 

    Councillor Steve Hurd 

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


    Cr Jack Wegman

    Councillor 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]







    Cr Cynthia Watson

    Councillor Cynthia Watson

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








    Cr Garry Thompson

    Councillor Garry Thompson

    Councillor Garry Thompson 

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







    Cr Phillip Healey

    Councillor 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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