Boroondara Bulletin - June 2019Boroondara 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 AddisMessage 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.
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.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara
Boroondara Arts What’s onBoroondara 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.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 25 June 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
What’s on at Kew Court House
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.
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.
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
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
This celebratory performance features winners, alumni and standout performers of the 2019 Boroondara Eisteddfod, creating a memorable evening of exhilarating music.
When: 7pm, Friday 14 June 2019
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Boroondara Literary AwardsBoroondara 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 insideadog.com.au, 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 timeTackling 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.
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!
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 smallThe 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.
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Mandatory E-Waste Recycling from Monday 1 July 2019Mandatory 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:
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.
- Drop off e-waste at one of six e-waste collection banks across Boroondara (small items only). See E-waste for details.
- If your kerbside bins are collected by Council, you can book a hard waste collection from your home for all e-waste items.
- Visit ewaste.vic.gov.au to find nearby drop-off sites run by other councils.
- Ask your retailer if they will take back your old e-waste when you buy replacement items.
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.
The Living Classroom with Sam CrosbyThe 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
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 playSimple 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.
Register your overseas immunisation recordsRegister 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.
For more information please:
Council meetings and noticesCouncil 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|
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 HouseWhat’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
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
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
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
A welcoming environment for families, providing opportunities to explore, play and develop friendships in the local community.
Cost: membership fees apply
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
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
Kindergarten teacher-facilitated playgroup session where families meet and children enjoy a variety of activities.
When: 9.30am to 11.30pm, Mondays
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
Gain a solid foundation in coffee making skills - contact centre for June dates.
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
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)
For more information, locations and contact details, see our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.
Boroondara CouncillorsBoroondara 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?
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