Boroondara Bulletin - October 2019

Boroondara Bulletin - October 2019 dkran Wed 11 September 2019

Welcome to the October edition of the Boroondara Bulletin

Whether you’re young or old there are many fun and exciting events to enjoy this October. Join us to celebrate Children’s Week, Seniors Festival and Community Safety Month.

Also in this edition we've got tips on how to make your recycling efforts count, helpful resources for book clubs and information about our efforts to protect Boroondara's heritage buildings.

Boroondara Seniors Festival

It’s back by popular demand! The annual Victorian Seniors Festival offers the choice of 60 lively events this month exclusive for residents aged 65 plus. Discover what's on during the festival.

Community Safety Month

Enjoy a range of practical, interactive and family-friendly events featuring trusted crime prevention experts to help keep you and your neighbourhood safe. Attend a community safety event.

Become a backyard scientist

Join a journey of backyard discovery by uncovering the unique chirps and croaks on our doorstep with the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count and Frog Census night. Learn more about our sustainability events.

More bang for book clubs

We'll organise the books, the discussion questions and the audio tapes - all you need to do is put up your feet and read! Find out more about starting a book club.

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Message from the Mayor, Cr Jane Addis

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Protecting our City’s heritage 

You may have seen recent media coverage of the demolition of the heritage house at 368 Auburn Road in Hawthorn. This house had been included in an interim Heritage Overlay after our Hawthorn East Heritage Gap Study identified it as having historic significance. 

Usually, inclusion in an interim Heritage Overlay will require the owner to obtain a planning permit prior to acting on an existing building permit. This important step in the heritage process protects properties from demolition and recognises their contribution to Boroondara’s heritage precincts.

However, the Victorian Minister for Planning recently introduced an amendment into the Boroondara Planning Scheme (known as ‘Amendment C299’) which removes the need for a planning permit where property owners have a demolition permit issued prior to the introduction of an interim Heritage Overlay.

Because of the loophole created by the Minister, Council was not able to prevent the demolition of 368 Auburn Road. The Minister’s amendment C299 only applies to the City of Boroondara. No other municipal planning scheme in Victoria is subject to an exemption allowing heritage houses to be demolished in this way. In any other municipality in the state, this house could still be standing.

Council has requested on 5 occasions that the Minister rescind Amendment C299. While this exemption exists, more houses which should be protected under an interim Heritage Overlay are at risk of demolition.

Heritage Gap Studies have commenced for various suburbs across the City of Boroondara. To try to avoid this situation arising again, Council passed a motion on 2 September to suspend any applications for demolition received while a Heritage Gap Study is being completed. It is unacceptable for the minister to create an outcome where new knowledge about a building’s heritage significance should simply be ignored. This circumstance exists only in Boroondara because it is the only Council targeted with this amendment. 

We make no apologies for acting to protect our City’s history. Boroondara residents have told us clearly that they expect us to protect our heritage buildings which keep us connected with our past. Heritage buildings are a large part of what makes our City unique. 

© Photo: James Oaten, ABC News

368 Auburn Road before demolition commenced.

368 Auburn Road after demolition commenced.

Council has allocated approximately $250,000 per year over 5 years to implement the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study, with the total cost of the study exceeding $1 million. You can read more about heritage protection processes on the Heritage page of our website.

Mayor Jane Addis signature

Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara

Skilled Volunteer Meet

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Do you have a professional skill that could assist the local community?

Whether you’re a project manager, IT guru or any other professional, your expertise can provide valuable help to a local community organisation. 

During this networking event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • sign up for a skilled volunteer project
  • join a board or become a committee member
  • connect with 35 local diverse community organisations
  • meet and build networks with like-minded individuals.

When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 15 October 2019
Where: Parkview Room, City of Boroondara Council offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

For more information, contact the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre on 9278 4550 or at [email protected].

Make your recycling efforts count!

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Top tips to recycle right

VISY are receiving and processing 100 per cent of the kerbside recycling collections in Boroondara. This means our recyclable materials are not going to landfill. 

However, it is more important than ever that materials placed in your recycling bins are the correct items and that they are not contaminated. If recycled materials are contaminated, they can’t be processed. This means they get sent to landfill. 

Here are some of our tips to recycle right:

  • Think before you throw it out and use our A to Z guide to learn which waste items go in each bin.
  • Place your recyclable materials into your recycling bin loose and not inside a plastic bag.
  • Rinse your recyclable materials before placing them in the bin.
  • Try to ensure your glass bottles and jars are unbroken where possible. Don’t put broken drinking glasses or glass cookware (e.g. Pyrex) in your recycling bin.
  • Spread the message and share your tips about recycling right with family members, friends and neighbours.

For more information about recycling, visit our Recycling and waste page or call 9278 4444.

Flexible plastics

VISY does not recycle flexible plastics and as a result they can no longer be placed in your recycling bin. A good rule of thumb is if it can be easily squashed into a ball in your hand, it is most likely a flexible plastic. 

Here are some examples of flexible plastics that cannot be put in your recycling bin:

Bread bags

Biscuit packets (wrapper only)

Pasta and rice packets

Plastic bags

Frozen food and veggie bags

Chip bags

Chocolate bar wrappers

To recycle flexible plastics, you can drop them off at a ‘REDcycle’ collection point at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket while doing your shopping. You can avoid flexible plastics by shopping at bulk loose food stores or farmers markets, choosing less packaged options and taking your own bags and containers.

Find your closest REDcycle collection point.

Last call: Bundled green waste collection

Bundled green waste collections end on Friday 1, November 2019. We can help recycle your spring prunings with a booked bundled green waste collection. Each residential property can book one collection for October, which can be used to recycle up to two cubic metres of bundled and tied green waste. Bundles MUST be securely tied with string/twine (no plastic) and neatly stacked for collection. Non-compliant bundles will not be collected.

Boroondara Arts - What’s on

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Each month we stage an array of exhibitions, workshops, performances and special events. To discover the full program, see Boroondara Arts.

Sustainability events

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Become a backyard scientist

Each year we support initiatives where you can get involved to help monitor the health of our wildlife and their habitats. It’s a great way to get outdoors and connect with nature, as well as discover the unique wildlife in our own backyard. Have fun and help protect our local animals by joining the following events.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Support the annual BirdLife Australia’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, running from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 October 2019. 

If you don’t have a backyard, don’t worry, you can count birds in your local park, school yard, along creeks, in the main street of your suburb - in fact, anywhere in the urban area.

By counting the birds you see, you can help BirdLife Australia determine the type of bird species that live where people live. It provides them with a vital snapshot of Australian birds at the same time each year, giving an indication of trends in our bird communities and the health of our environment. 

Register for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

Did you know? Last year, over 2.7 million birds were observed nationally. In Boroondara, 263 residents recorded 9,119 birds and 74 different species!

Frog Census

Get up close and personal with our froggy friends at our Lower Yarra Frog Census night being held in collaboration with Melbourne Water. 

Learn what you can do to help our local frogs, participate in the community frog monitoring program and help us manage frog populations. There’ll be activities for the whole family, including guided monitoring walks around the billabong with frog experts and family-friendly frog activities.

When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Friday 8 November 2019
Where: Willsmere Billabong, Willsmere Park, Willow Grove, Kew East

Bookings are essential. To book, call 9278 4444 or book online.

Solar and battery information session

Thinking about installing solar, but unsure which product or company is right for you?

Join us at our information session with energy experts Positive Charge and have your solar and battery questions answered. This session is part of our commitment to assist our community in reducing their carbon emissions as outlined in Our Low Carbon Future Strategy. 

When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 7 November 2019
Where: Parkview Room, Council Offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Bookings are essential. To book, call 9278 4444 or book online.

Boroondara Library Service

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More bang for book clubs

Book clubs are vital to supporting literacy in Boroondara and offering a way for community members to meet and socialise in a welcoming place.

While there are many titles with multiple copies in the Boroondara Library Service collection to cater to book groups, our staff have found that Book Club borrowers are sometimes unable to get multiple copies of their preferred title during a specified timeframe. Our initiative, Book Group Kits, has recently been developed to solve this issue.

Program Director, Lisa at Kew Library, has built a number of Book Group Kits with 20 different titles to choose from.

Book Club participant, Fiona, is delighted by the new program and the impact it has had on her group.

“Our Book Club has been together for 18 months and initially began as a way of reconnecting with friends from our children’s primary school,” Fiona said. 

For us, being involved in a Book Club is about being part of a community activity which is fun and social.

“The kit has been wonderful because it provides each group member with their own book, a list of discussion questions, audio tapes and the opportunity to read topical sources of literature by different authors. Now, each member doesn’t have to source their own book,” she said.

The process is simple. Groups send a Book Group Kits enquiry to Book Club Program Director, Lisa via the Ask A Librarian portal. When the books are next available, members can simply collect the reserved kit in an easy to carry bag from the Kew Library.

Kits are issued for 60 days. 

Fiona said the best part is that the group can return the kits to any Boroondara Library during opening hours.

“The libraries team then takes care of the rest for us, where they return the kit to Kew Library for another group to enjoy.”

The Book Group Kits have been a great success so far, with positive feedback received from many Book Club members.

“The new kits have been so popular, so we are looking to expand the program as a result, with more titles and kits to be added to the collection,” Lisa said.

We encourage more Boroondara book clubs to take advantage of this fantastic program.

See the full list of current Book Group Kit titles.

For more information about reserving a Book Group Kit, call 9278 4666 or Ask A Librarian.

‘Get into it’ this October

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This month, we celebrate the ongoing contributions of our over 65s community with the return of the annual Victorian Seniors Festival.

We have over 60 events and activities on offer in Boroondara encouraging older residents to expand their knowledge, socialise, get creative and most importantly, improve their health and wellbeing.

An advocate for leading an active lifestyle, Glenyse has become committed to her health, increasing her strength, improving her mindset and building social connections.

“Since taking a step back from working, I have loved going to my local gym - Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre,” she said.

“It was important for me to find something to do rather than simply sitting at home. My lifestyle has formed around the gym.”

Glenyse attends the centre 6 days per week. Here, she meets with friends for group training sessions each morning, followed by catching up over a cup of coffee at the café before getting on with the rest of her day.

When you are with like-minded people like the women I meet with at the gym, you invigorate and motivate each other to lead an active life. 

We are committed to advocating for opportunities for people of all ages in our community to feel healthy and maintain a sense of community. For Glenyse, this sense of community plays a large part in what she loves most about going to the gym.

This year’s Seniors Festival theme is ‘get into it’. Glenyse has proven that getting into it can improve not only your health, but also provide an opportunity to build meaningful connections within your community.

“If you spoke to most of the girls I go to the gym with in my age group, they wouldn’t classify themselves as seniors. They would say ‘I feel like I’m still in my 40s’, because age hasn’t impacted their lives at all,” Glenyse said.

“We have all made a commitment to fulfil an active and healthy life. It’s just a mindset.”

“There are many come and try sessions being held throughout Seniors Festival, so come and give it a go for yourself,” she said.

Join us in celebrating the Seniors Festival this October, with over 60 free or low cost events and activities to get involved in across Boroondara.

The Seniors Festival is a chance to recognise the valuable contribution over 65s have made and continue to make in our community, so come and try something new, expand your knowledge, socialise and improve your health and wellbeing.

Collect your free Boroondara Seniors Festival Program from Camberwell Customer Service Desk, libraries, Hawthorn Arts Centre, neighbourhood houses or Boroondara leisure and aquatic centres.

More information

For more information, contact the Active Ageing Strategy and Development team on 9278 4777 or at [email protected].

Community bus service

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Jump on board the community bus

We offer a range of bus transport services and programs for seniors aged 65 years and over living in Boroondara. These services have been trusted and valued in the community for over 20 years and are ideal for those who are living independently at home and looking for opportunities to socialise with others.

Our community bus service provides door-to-door transport to shopping centres, recreation centres, local libraries or specialised seniors services and programs.

We also run an excursion program which offers varied, all-day excursions once a month, picking clients up from their home and dropping them back at the end of the day.

Excursions include visits to galleries, historic homes and gardens, museums and movie screenings, followed by lunch.

Enthusiastic excursion participant, Trudi Beiber from Balwyn North, has been part of the program for over two years and absolutely loves it.

“My husband suffers from dementia, so it’s been a great outlet for me to be social and mix with others my own age,” Trudi said.

“Each outing involves a different activity or venue but some of my favourite excursions have been visiting the antique shops and listening to talks on road safety and driving tips for seniors.

“It’s a great day out and I always look forward to the next excursion!”

To access the community bus service or participate in the excursion program, Boroondara residents must be 65 years or over and be approved for the Commonwealth Home Support Program by My Aged Care.

Learn more about accessing My Aged Care services.

Family events and activities

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Children’s Week runs from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 October 2019

It celebrates every child’s right to enjoy childhood. During this week, children are encouraged to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities through a range of free events and activities held in Boroondara. Events running across our libraries and community centres include free child restraint checks, story time sessions and play gym sessions.

The spookiest time of the year is almost here!

Halloween is just around the corner, falling on Thursday 31 October. Our local shopping centres will be getting into the spirit by running a range of events and activities sure to entertain the whole family.

Find out what tricks or treats you can find close to home by checking out our website – it’s going to be spook-tacular! With 53 shopping centres across the City, there’s always something on offer just a moment away. From mouth-watering cuisine to the latest in fashion, discover what you can find at your local shopping centre.

Walk, ride or scoot to school

This month, thousands of Victorian families will join VicHealth’s popular Walk to School program. It’s a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and families active by encouraging children to walk, ride, or scoot to and from school, to help build healthy habits for life.

It’s not too late to get your school involved. By joining, they’ll be in the running for great prizes including a smoothie blending bike.

Emergency Services Family Fun Day

Join us at Boroondara Farmers Market, Patterson Reserve, to celebrate Community Safety Month and Children’s Week. Meet emergency services workers and see inside their vehicles, enjoy interactive safety activities, cuddle native animals, tackle the climbing wall and check out the farmers market.

Community Safety Month

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Help build a stronger and safer Boroondara

In October we celebrate Community Safety Month and we are hosting a range of interactive events and information sessions that highlight how we can work together to keep our community safe.

Top tips to protect your property

Our community’s safety and wellbeing is our priority. Here are our top tips and preventative measures for keeping yourself, your family and friends safe:

  • Ensure all your doors and windows are locked at home.
  • Lock your mailbox to prevent theft of personal documents and arrange a friend to collect your mail when you're on holiday.
  • If you have tools in a lockbox in your car or garage, keep them locked away so they can't be stolen or used to gain entry into your home.
  • Take valuables with you when leaving your car, or remove them from view.
  • Don’t leave your valuables in view and unattended when you are in a public space.

What’s on at your neighbourhood house

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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.

Run your own business

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

Learn the ins and outs of starting a business. Be inspired to begin.
When: 10am to 12.30pm, Tuesdays from 8 October 2019
Cost: $85 (8 sessions)

Life drawing

Ashburton Community Centre

Learn to draw the human figure, proportion and form, light and shade, gesture and expression. 
When: Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings
Cost: Free trials available

Oil painting class

Balwyn Community Centre

Fall in love with oil painting! Learn basic through to advanced skills in painting with oils.
When: 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Tuesdays from 8 October 2019
Cost: $175 (8 weeks)

Individual computer help

Bowen Street Community Centre

Need more skills in using your Mac, phone or PC? One-hour sessions, various times and days. Call to book.

Cost: $10 per session

Clay time for kids

Camberwell Community Centre

Join award-winning ceramist Leana Kim for an introduction to working with clay for kids aged 8 to 12.
When: 4pm to 5.30pm, Tuesdays from 15 October 2019
Cost: $225 (8 sessions)

Planting time

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Join us for a talk on what to plant in October by owner of Acorn Nursery, Tony Allsop. Talk will be followed by a “garden to plate” afternoon tea.
When: 1.30pm, Tuesday 8 October 2019 
Cost: free


The Craig Family Centre

Come along and get strong in this floor-based Pilates class.
When: 9.15am to 10.15am, Thursdays from 3 October 2019.
Cost: $7 per session

Diabetes and diet

Hawthorn Community House

Join an inspiring and informative talk about diabetes, building confidence and empowerment to lead a healthy life.
When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 15 October 2019
Cost: $25

Small business

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Develop skills to operate your own small business.
When: 10am to 1pm, Fridays from 11 October 2019
Cost: $90 (10 sessions)

Holiday program – pet clicker training for kids

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Introduce kids (aged 6 to 15) to a fun and effective way to communicate with your dog.
When: 9am to 10:30am, Friday 4 October 2019
Cost: $25

Contemporary still life painting

Trentwood at the Hub

Have fun learning to paint with bold brush strokes and wonderful acrylics.
When: 10am to 12pm, Fridays from 11 October 2019
Cost: $125 (10 sessions)

More information

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

Council meetings

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Council meetings in October

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

Date and time Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 7 October 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 14 October 2019 Services Special Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 21 October 2019 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 28 October 2019 Council Presentation of the Annual Report

For up-to-date information about meetings or to obtain copies of agendas and minutes, see our Council and committee meetings page or call 9278 4471


2020 Citizen of the Year Award

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
* Young Citizen of the Year.

Nominations close on Friday 8 November 2019. Award winners will be announced at the annual City of Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on Sunday 26 January 2020.

Boroondara Councillors

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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 Jack Wegman

Councillor Jack Wegman 

Junction Ward
Including parts of Hawthorn East, Camberwell and Canterbury
Ph: 9835 7843
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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