Boroondara Bulletin - September 2019Boroondara Bulletin - September 2019 tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Welcome to the September edition of the Boroondara Bulletin
It's the end of winter! The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. With school holidays just around the corner, discover the plethora of activities we have on offer.
Also in this edition, read about our recycling and sustainability initiatives, get up-to-date with our advocacy on the North East Link project, find out about our Small Business Sparks grant winners and have a sneak peek at the line up for the upcoming Seniors Festival.
Inside this edition
Recycling and reusing in action
What do our roads, playgrounds and community garden beds have in common? They've all got recycled materials in them. Learn about our recycling and sustainability initiatives.
Get wild in Boroondara
Boroondara Wild is back by popular demand and in time for the school holidays. It's jam packed with fun activities that encourage exploration and creativity in nature. Explore the great outdoors.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award. The award recognises inspirational volunteers who are making a positive impact in Boroondara. Nominate a volunteer.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane AddisMessage from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
You will have seen in the news that the alliance of Boroondara, Banyule and Whitehorse Councils continue to advocate strongly on behalf of our communities at panel hearings for the North East Link Inquiry and Advisory Committee.
Our expert witnesses have begun to present their in-depth analysis of the environmental effects of the Victorian Government’s proposed Option A.
The Government has not properly explained the rationale behind its preference for Option A, nor has it considered the true impact and cost of this project on the community. We are trusting that the Victorian Government is approaching these hearings in a spirit of true consultation and will consider alternatives that do not carry the same risks.
Residents along this proposed route face unacceptable disruption to their homes, local roads and community facilities. In response to their concerns, the Alliance has presented an alternative that avoids much of the environmental and social impact, strongly supported by expert research and analysis.
The many Councils, community groups, subject matter experts and individuals presenting have invested much time, effort and passion into their submissions and their concerns and suggestions deserve consideration.
The North East Link project is too important and affects too many lives to just be waved through without proper oversight and examination.
The Inquiry and Advisory Committee runs until 13 September 2019 at the Veneto Club in Bulleen and is open to the public. Make sure to check our Facebook page for the time of presentations from our expert witnesses, concerned residents and community groups.
You can see our joint submission at number 716 on the Engage Victoria website.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara
The 2019 Local Government Community Satisfaction SurveyThe 2019 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
The results are in
We have again received a high performance rating from our residents, with an overall performance index score of 71 out of 100. This is above the state-wide average (60 out of 100) and that of Victorian metropolitan councils (67 out of 100).
The top performing services were our public spaces, recreational facilities and waste management and these scores have remained high over many years.
We want to continue to lead community satisfaction across Victorian local government and will focus action in areas important to our residents, such as improving our waste management and environmental sustainability services.
For more information on the Community Satisfaction Survey, and to read the full report, see our Community Satisfaction Survey page.
Waste and recycling in focusWaste and recycling in focus tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
New recycling process for Boroondara
The City of Boroondara and our contracted recycling collection agency Cleanaway recently reached agreement with VISY to receive and process 100 per cent of the City’s kerbside recycling collections.
This is an ongoing arrangement and means recyclable material collected in Boroondara will not be sent to landfill.
It’s important that we recycle correctly and avoid contamination.
What has changed?
- Please do not put soft/flexible plastics in your recycling bin as VISY does not recycle soft plastics.
- Paper napkins and paper hand towels cannot go in your recycling bin. If you have a compost bin, you can tear them into small pieces and put them in there, or simply put them in your household waste bin.
- Soft/flexible plastics can be dropped off for recycling at a REDcycle collection point at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.
- Electronic waste cannot be placed in your rubbish bins.
Recycling: what goes in your bin?
Items must be clean, dry and loose. DO NOT put your recycling in bags.
- glass bottles and jars
- steel cans
- plastic bottles and containers
- cardboard boxes (squashed)
- milk and juice cartons
- aluminium cans, foil and trays
- paper (e.g. newspapers, magazines and mail)
- empty aerosol cans
DO NOT put these items in your recycling bin. They contaminate your bin and may result in your bin contents being sent to landfill.
- bagged material
- soft/flexible plastics
- garden waste
- food waste
- clothing and footwear
- paper napkins
- paper towels
Get smart on reducing food waste
We can all play our part to cut the amount of waste we generate across Boroondara.
Here are some simple tips to avoid food waste filling your bins:
- Shop smart. Plan your meals, make a shopping list and stick to it.
- Shop at your local farmers market. Get fresh, seasonal, loose produce and support farmers directly. Or if you have space, grow your own.
- Buy bulk, loose food. Only buy what you need and use your own bags or containers.
- Get your subsidised compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin.
Recycling and Waste Centre temporary closure
The Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre at 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, will soon undergo major works to extend its roof. This is expected to commence late September/early October and means the waste centre will close for approximately 4 weeks.
The work enables us to comply with new Victorian Government policy and will also provide:
- safer drop-off conditions for site users
- greater flexibility for collecting materials for recycling
- safer working conditions for staff and contractors.
Did you know?
- Australia’s food waste could fill 32 MCGs a year.
- One in 5 bags worth of groceries ends up in the bin, which is equivalent to around $3,000 worth of groceries per Aussie household each year.
- If food wastage were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.
- When organic waste breaks down in landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Source: Presentation - Fighting Food Waste - Cultivating Community
For more details about waste management in Boroondara, see our waste and environment page.
Recycling and reusing in actionRecycling and reusing in action tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
What do our roads, playgrounds and community garden beds have in common? They’ve all got recycled materials in them. It’s all part of our commitment to improve our City’s environmental sustainability.
As you visit our many playgrounds, you’ll find we use rubber surfaces, which in addition to protecting our little ones when playing, are a great way of using recycled materials.
The majority of our playground ‘soft fall’ rubber surfaces use recycled rubber from tyres and our Play Matta tiles are made of recycled products including rubber.
Using recycled products reduces waste, conserves energy and eliminates the emission of greenhouse gases, which are produced during the manufacture of original materials.
We also use other approved recycled materials for play equipment, like steering wheels and track glides.
Last financial year, as part of our road resurfacing and road refurbishment program, we laid 18,190 tonnes of asphalt. Of this asphalt, 20 per cent was made up of recovered asphalt from Council roads. Additionally, 1,926 tonnes of the asphalt laid included recycled plastic bottles and fly ash.
This financial year, for works involving long stretches of road, we will also use asphalt containing materials such as recycled soft plastic bags, glass and leftover cartridge toners. By using this asphalt, for every kilometre of road we are stopping 530,000 plastic bags, 168,000 recycled glass bottles and leftover toner from 12,300 used cartridges going to landfill.
Using recycled plastic in asphalt also has other benefits, including improving the durability and strength of our roads.
Other examples where we use recycled materials
- Some of the original site stone will be reused in the rebuild of the Canterbury Wall project.
- Seats and bins in shopping centres and parks are often repainted and reused.
- Recycled timber is used in community garden beds and boardwalks, modified wood products for battens on seating and on rubbish bin storage enclosures.
- Recycled timber pallets obtained from purchase of pavers and other materials are crushed and used for mulch.
- Recycled fine crushed rock is used for all civil projects and is made from crushing up concrete footpaths and concrete kerbs which have been removed. This is used as a base for new concrete footpaths and backfilling of new drainage pipes.
Green waste collectionGreen waste collection dkran Fri 16 August 2019
Bundled green waste
We can help recycle your spring prunings with a booked bundled green waste collection. Each residential property can book 1 collection in October, which can be used to recycle up to 2 cubic metres of bundled and tied green waste.
To guarantee collection, bundles must be securely tied with string/twine (no plastic) and neatly stacked for collection. Green waste collections begin in the week of Monday 30 September 2019 and end on Friday 1 November 2019.
Book online from Monday 16 September 2019 or call 9278 4444.
Boroondara Arts - What’s onBoroondara Arts - What’s on tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Boroondara Seniors Festival 2019Boroondara Seniors Festival 2019 tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Residents aged 65 years and over are invited to try something new, socialise and become more involved in their local community.
The much-anticipated Victorian Seniors Festival is just around the corner.
Boroondara is proud to be an age-friendly City, so throughout the month of October we encourage our community of over 65s to get involved in some of the many exciting events and activities on offer.
To see a complete schedule of festival activities happening throughout Boroondara and to book, see our Seniors Festival page.
Boroondara Library ServiceBoroondara Library Service tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Enjoy upgrades to your libraries
If you are visiting one of our libraries in the coming weeks you may notice some innovations that will improve your experience as a library user.
We are refreshing computers and other equipment, including:
- our public computers
- self-serve kiosks
- upgrading the system to book a public computer
- upgrading software that manages printing, copying and scanning in our libraries.
Before the end of 2019, we will have new self-service kiosks installed for borrowing library items and computer screens that will display items so you can see each book as it moves through the returns chute. These changes will make borrowing and returning books much easier and allow you to conveniently manage your library membership and transactions.
Following the upgrade of new equipment we will continue to introduce improvements to offer you the best experience across our 6 libraries.
Access over 30,000 films and TV series for free
Boroondara Library Service is now providing members access to a free, diverse catalogue of films and TV shows through streaming platform, Kanopy.
Kanopy features over 30,000 titles including documentaries, a selection of Cannes film festival films, educational content, popular Australian movies and world cinema titles. There’s also a separate selection of children’s content, Kanopy Kids, which showcases a range of helpful categories like Story Time, TV Series and Classic Tales, as well as educational documentaries.
There is a limit of 10 movies per month, but Boroondara Library Service members have unlimited access to television series.
How to use Kanopy
- Open Kanopy on your preferred digital device:
• download the app and watch from your tablet or smart phone
• stream on your desktop web browser
• view from your smart TV web browser or connect your device to your television with Apple TV, Google Chromecast or a HDMI cable.
- Log in with your membership card details.
- Browse the collection and watch your favourite TV shows and films.
Small Business Sparks grantSmall Business Sparks grant dkran Mon 26 August 2019
Announcing the grant recipients
The grant program aims to help local small businesses deliver innovative solutions that will benefit the local economy and wider community.
Applications for the grant were open earlier this year and we are pleased to announce the local businesses that were successful in their application for the associated projects.
For more information about the grant, see our Small Business Sparks grant program page.
2019 grant recipients
Overhear Coffee And Food
Toorak Road, Camberwell
Mural and arcade upgrade, including installation of skylight and safety upgrades.
The FoodStore Café
Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Façade improvements including café signage, installation of seating furniture, dog area and bike racks.
Red Moon Contemporary Art Glass Gallery (pictured)
Canterbury Road, Canterbury
Advertising and social media campaign.
Melbourne Collaborative Alliance
Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East
Customer Data Management and Automation software tools.
Auburn Road, Hawthorn
Software purchase, installation of four glass panels and purchase of 48 specialised yoga blankets.
Big Tiny House Co
Development of two dollhouses based on Boroondara architecture including heritage features.
Dr Louisa Hoey
High Street, Kew
Positive psychology and mental health promotion program for girls aged 8-11 years.
Aussie Aths Pty Ltd
Toorak Road, Glen Iris
Digital and traditional marketing campaign.
High Street, Ashburton
Purchase of equipment to streamline production.
Purchase of equipment to streamline production.
Edgecombe Street, Kew
Purchase of a sample range of children's swimwear designed and made in Australia.
Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris
Establish an online platform service providing high quality dietary information to those who are unable to attend a practice.
Walk to School 2019Walk to School 2019 tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Help kids build healthy habits
It’s almost that time of year again, when thousands of Victorian primary school children will join the popular VicHealth Walk to School program.
The Walk to School initiative is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and families active. During October, primary school children are encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to and from school so they can help build healthy habits for life.
The program is a great way to help children achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day, as well as make a positive difference to our health, environment and community.
Why not take the opportunity to walk to school with your kids and enjoy the chance to talk with them and teach them road safety skills, while getting active yourself? Now is the time to ensure your school is on board. Chat with other parents and check with the school office if your school has registered to participate.
Once again, we are supporting and encouraging local schools to participate by offering a range of incentives for children, parents and teachers.
Last year, 21 primary schools across Boroondara took part in the program. Help make Walk to School even bigger and better in 2019.
Get wild in Boroondara this springGet wild in Boroondara this spring tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Have you heard about Boroondara Wild?
It’s a great initiative which encourages families to get outdoors and explore the natural world that’s right on our doorstep.
Boroondara Wild is back by popular demand just in time for the spring school holidays with a passport jam-packed full of fun ideas and activities to encourage exploration, discovery, creativity and relaxation in nature.
Get a head start and visit one of the 266 picturesque parks and gardens throughout Boroondara. Whether you are taking a relaxing stroll, discovering flora and fauna or planning a family picnic by the river, we have the perfect spot for you!
To find a park or garden near you, see our Parks and Gardens page.
Get lost in a maze
Home to a wooden maze, a stone observation tower with picturesque views and an extensive playground, Beckett Park has everything you need for a great day out.
This park adjoins Maranoa Gardens and is an important revegetation site for indigenous plant species.
Hill ‘n’ Dale Park features large and small concrete wave and box-style jumps perfect for BMX riders and skaters.
There are also walking and cycling trails that connect the park to Summerhill Park, Ferndale Park, Back Creek Reserve and Gardiners Creek.
Home to the iconic Studley Park Boathouse, Yarra Bend Park is the perfect place to spend a day on the river.
Hire a rowing boat and go paddling, or enjoy a picnic in one of the many picturesque spots along the Yarra River.
Take a history lesson
Featuring a stone cross and war memorial shrine (also known as a cenotaph), Surrey Gardens pays homage to our history.
It was one of the first places in Australia to feature a First World War memorial, as well as two cannons, affectionately known as ‘Brook’s Babies’, which commemorate the end of the Boer War.
Keep the kids entertained this holidayKeep the kids entertained this holiday tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
2020 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award2020 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Do you know an inspirational volunteer who deserves to be recognised for their efforts in the Boroondara community?
You can now nominate them for the 2020 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award.
Last year, retired accountant John Lagzdins was recognised as Boroondara’s Volunteer of the Year.
John shares his time across 6 local community organisations to improve community safety, encourage greater participation in physical activity and support families affected by addiction.
If you know someone like John who is making an impact in the Boroondara community, nominate them today.
Nominations opened on Monday 12 August and close at midnight on Friday 11 October 2019.
2020 Citizen of the Year Award2020 Citizen of the Year Award tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Do you know an inspirational Boroondara citizen who should be recognised for their leadership, contribution and commitment to our City?
You can nominate them for the Citizen of the Year Awards in the following categories:
- Citizen of the Year Award
- Young Citizen of the Year Award.
Nominations open on Friday 13 September 2019 and close Friday 8 November 2019. Award winners will be announced at the annual City of Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on Sunday 26 January 2020.
For more information on our selection criteria and how to make a nomination, see our Enter our Citizen of the Year awards page.
Summer vegetable gardening workshopSummer vegetable gardening workshop tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Grow your own vegetable patch
Spring has finally sprung, the birds are singing, the sun is out and the soil is warming up, which is why now is the perfect time to start thinking about your summer vegetable garden.
There are many benefits to tending your own vegetable patch, like reaping a harvest of delicious, fresh seasonal veggies. Gardening also provides stress relief and exercise, and if your patch is in a community garden, a bit of weeding can become a great social activity.
To help get your summer veggie patch in order, join one of our free workshops on summer vegetable gardening. Gain practical advice on what to plant, how to prepare your patch and how to control common pests.
There are limited places available and bookings are essential.
What’s on at your neighbourhood houseWhat’s on at your neighbourhood house tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 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 (PDF, 486 KB). Printed copies are also available at Boroondara libraries.
21st century PA
Create professional business documents - learn alignment, spacing, formatting, banners, charts and more.
When: 12.45pm to 3.15pm, Thursdays from 5 September 2019
Cost: $30 (2 sessions)
Learn more about materials, mediums and colour from a professional artist. Beginners and experienced artists welcome.
When: 10.30am to 12.30pm, Mondays
Acrylic painting class
Learn proper technique and discover the joys of acrylic painting.
When: 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays
Cost: $197 (9 weeks)
CCS approved childcare sessional
When: 9.15am to 12.15pm, Wednesday and Friday
Cost: cost on application
When: 9.30am to 2.30pm, Wednesday and Friday
Cost: cost on application
Yoga and pilates in springtime
Unwind and strengthen the body after work.
When: 5.45pm to 7pm or 7pm to 8.15pm, Thursdays from 10 October 2019
Cost: $140 (9 sessions)
Get fit and make friends. Fast and slow-paced groups.
When: 9.30am to 11am, Thursdays
Cost: free for Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre members
Art and craft program (7-11 years)
Learn different techniques each week, explore different materials and mediums. Materials provided.
When: 4.15pm to 5.45pm, Mondays
Cost: $22 per session
Short stories book club
For older people to meet and discuss short stories, discover new authors and explore literature.
When: 10.30am, Tuesdays fortnightly
Cost: $40 (registered for My Age Care)
Bring harmony and balance back to your body, mind and soul.
When: 8.15am to 9.15am, Tuesdays from 3 September 2019
Cost: $16 per session
Kids holiday program – pets and kids
Clicker Training – this workshop introduces children to clicker training, a fun and effective way to communicate with your dog.
When: 9am to 10:30am, Friday 4 October 2019
Fabulous food five ingredients
Fun cooking class with no experience necessary. Learn to cook simple dishes and enjoy the food as well.
When: 11am to 1pm, Mondays from 7 October 2019
Cost: $162 (9 sessions)
For more information, locations and contact details, see our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.
Council meetings, events and noticesCouncil meetings, events and notices tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 2019
Council meetings in September
Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.
|Date and time||Meeting|
|6.30pm, Monday 2 September 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm, Monday 9 September 2019||Services Special Meeting|
|6.30pm, Monday 16 September 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm, Monday 23 September 2019||Council|
Boroondara CouncillorsBoroondara Councillors tmurphy1 Wed 14 August 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