Boroondara Bulletin - December 2019/January 2020Boroondara Bulletin - December 2019/January 2020 dkran Tue 12 November 2019
Welcome to the December 2019/January 2020 edition of the Boroondara Bulletin
Our shopping centres and markets are offering unique culinary delights and gifts with personalised service to help make your celebrations that extra bit special. As well as being a time of fun and festivity, the Christmas break is also a time to look out for others and stay healthy. Discover how in the December 2019/January 2020 Bulletin.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia WatsonMessage from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson dkran Tue 12 November 2019
Welcome to the December 2019/January 2020 Boroondara Bulletin, my first as Mayor.
We live in a special place where people care deeply about our City. We treasure our parks and gardens, our heritage homes and our vibrant public spaces. I share your passion and care for Boroondara and it is my privilege to serve the community. You are at the heart of everything I do.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to deliver the little things we value every day – borrowing a library book, immunising your child, picking up your rubbish bin. I am excited by the opportunity to continue the work of those who built and cared for the beautiful City we love. I am also proud to lead an exceptional group of Councillors, who are committed to achieving good outcomes for the community.
We have a busy 12 months ahead of us with some major projects in the pipeline, including:
- the commencement of food organics and garden organics collections, commonly known as ‘FOGO’. From May 2020, residents will be able to put food waste and garden waste in the same bin, removing an estimated 19,000 tonnes of waste from landfill annually
- the redevelopment of the Kew Recreation Centre, with a final floor plan to be released for community feedback before the end of 2019
- continued work on Phase 1 of the Boroondara Customer First Program, a long-term initiative to fundamentally change and improve the way residents deal with Council. The Customer First Program will make engaging with us as simple as possible, whether you are online, in person or on the phone.
On behalf of us all at the City of Boroondara, I hope you enjoy a restful Christmas break with friends and family and wish you all the best for the New Year.
Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara
Celebrate Christmas in BoroondaraCelebrate Christmas in Boroondara dkran Wed 13 November 2019
Christmas is almost here, and there’s an abundance of ways you can enjoy the festive season in Boroondara. See the magnificent Christmas trees at the Hawthorn Arts Centre and Camberwell Library. Inside the Camberwell Library you’ll also find the Book Giving Tree where you can leave a book for children in need. Watch the magical light displays illuminating Council buildings across the City, or discover our residential streets that are renowned for their glittering light displays. Also, don’t forget we have 53 unique shopping centres and markets that have everything you need this Christmas.
Christmas Windows Competition
Our annual Christmas windows competition is back by popular demand.
Retailers across the City will be dressing up their shopfront windows with colourful Christmas displays, making our unique shopping centres a magical place to shop this festive season.
Vote and go in the running to win one of 5 shopping vouchers worth $200 each and support your local businesses. To participate, simply post a picture of your favourite store’s Christmas window decorations on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #boroondarachristmas and mention the name of the store.
The competition will run from Friday 29 November to Friday 20 December 2019.
Join the festivities
There’s always something happening at our shopping centres and Christmas is no exception. Here’s a snapshot of some of the festivities across Boroondara.
The Twilight Christmas Market is coming to Fenton Avenue from 6pm to 9pm, Friday 6 December 2019. There’ll be activities for the whole family including free rides, gift stalls, choirs, a visit from Santa and more. Get your family photo with Santa (fur babies welcome) from 10am to 2pm, Saturday 7 and 14 December 2019, Kew Court House.
Santa will be visiting Ashburton Village on Saturday 14 and 21 December 2019 and the last few days before Christmas. Enjoy the unique Christmas decorations and music, which will fill the streets.
The KristKindl festival is returning from 4pm to 9pm, Friday 6 December 2019. This free event has something for the whole family, including quality food, live entertainment and a visit from Santa!
The Village Balwyn North
Enjoy Christmas celebrations from 10am to 1pm, Saturday 7 December 2019, including Christmas music with The Three Kings, a special visit from Santa and more. You can even enjoy a free ride on a Harley just by making a purchase at any store.
The Christmas Family Day will return from 11am to 3pm, Saturday 14 December 2019. There’ll be roving street entertainers, activities and more. You can even have a free trip with Santa aboard an antique fire engine.
Greythorn Shopping Centre
Enjoy a festive feel as you do your shopping with colourful Christmas decorations adorning Greythorn Shopping Centre. With a wide shopping selection and special offers, you can pick up the perfect gift for your loved ones right around the corner from home.
Carols have been sung all around the world for centuries, making these events an extra special tradition to celebrate with family, friends and your local community. We are supporting a number of carols events across the City through the Triennial Grants program.
Carols in Canterbury Gardens
Where: Canterbury Gardens
When: 6.30pm Sunday 1 December 2019
Come along for a family-friendly event featuring great local talent, a sausage sizzle and kids activities including face painting and an animal farm.
Family activities from 6.30pm, carols from 7.30pm.
Multicultural Carols in Bowen Gardens
Where: Bowen Gardens
When: 4.30pm Sunday 8 December 2019
Enjoy entertainment for the whole family including kids activities and a special carol service sung in English, Mandarin and French.
Family activities from 4.30pm, carols from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Carols at Grace Park
Where: Grace Park
When: 5pm to 7pm, Sunday 8 December 2019
Bring a picnic or enjoy the barbecue while Boroondara Brass provide a festive program featuring choirs, soloists, local primary schools, and of course a visit from Santa.
Boroondara Arts - What's onBoroondara Arts - What's on dkran Wed 13 November 2019
Summer in the Park
Following the huge success of last year’s Summer in the Park, the popular event is back to bring you free outdoor entertainment across Boroondara.
Relax under the trees to enchanting opera, dance the evening away with fiery Latin rhythms or sit under the stars and enjoy a movie at the outdoor cinema – there’s something fun and exciting for everyone.
Pack a picnic and spend the balmy Melbourne summer nights with your family, friends and neighbours enjoying six evenings of sweet summer sounds in some of our most beautiful parks.
|Jazz in the Park||St James Park, Hawthorn||5pm, Saturday 1 February 2020|
|Soul in the Park||Greythorn Park, Balwyn North||5pm, Saturday 8 February 2020|
|Opera in the Park||Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury||5pm, Saturday 15 February 2020|
|Cinema in the Park||Riversdale Park, Camberwell||5pm, Saturday 22 February 2020|
|Latin in the Park||Victoria Park, Kew||5pm, Saturday 29 February 2020|
|Funk in the Park||Markham Reserve, Ashburton||5pm, Saturday 14 March 2020|
Stay safe this summerStay safe this summer dkran Wed 13 November 2019
While summer is a time of celebration and fun for many, the hotter days can also come with increased health and safety risks. Ensure this summer is a happy and healthy one by following some simple safety tips. Also remember to check on our older and younger neighbours, friends and relatives, particularly those with medical conditions, as well as keeping a special check on our furry and feathered friends.
New laws for swimming pool and spa owners
On 1 December 2019, the Victorian Government is introducing regulations to improve safety standards of pools and spas.
All owners will be required to register their pool or spa with Council and have it inspected and certified every 3 years by a registered building surveyor or inspector.
The new requirements aim to prevent the drowning of young children. In Victoria, pools and spas are the most common location for drowning deaths of children aged 5 and under. At least 80 per cent of pool and spa barriers in Victoria don’t meet safety standards.
Registrations commence 1 December 2019 and existing pools and spas must be registered by 14 April 2020*.
Once you have registered, we will contact you to confirm your pool or spa registration and outline the next steps.
* This date may change when the legislation comes into effect on 1 December.
Keep your house safe from fire
Victoria is one of the world’s most fire prone areas. All residents are required by our Amenity Local Law to keep their property free of fire hazards.
Dry, long grass, cuttings, leaves, firewood and rubbish around your property are all potential fire hazards and should be cleared before summer begins.
The potential risk of fires starting and spreading to neighbouring properties is significantly reduced when properties are well-maintained. To reduce fire hazards:
- maintain your lawns by mowing them regularly
- store building materials and firewood neatly, away from your home and fence lines
- remove all dead foliage and undergrowth from outdoor areas.
Remember your furry friends
- Ensure pets have plenty of shade and access to water that can’t be knocked over.
- Walk your dog in the cool of the early morning or evening (if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for theirs).
- Place an ice pack or frozen bottle in small animals' cages.
- Ensure your dog is never left in the car.
- Put a shallow dish of water in a shady spot for the local wildlife.
Add life to your yearsAdd life to your years dkran Wed 13 November 2019
With the warmer months upon us, there are so many ways that our community of over 55s can keep happy and healthy in Boroondara. Our online section for over 55s, Add Life to Your Years, allows you to search over 700 health and wellbeing events, services and activities in your local area.
Summer school with U3A
Keeping your mind active is so important. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a community self-help organisation, which provides a range of adult education courses and recreational activities for retired and semi-retired people.
U3A Hawthorn is holding its Summer School during the month of January. Classes are free and available for members who have paid their annual registration, so consider joining today.
At Summer School, you can learn about everything from the development of metropolitan Melbourne through to the history of Boeing’s activities in Australia.
For more information about U3A and how you can get involved, see Add knowledge to your years.
Holiday fun with grandchildren
Finding things to entertain the grandkids over the school holidays can be tricky. Lucky for you, our school holiday program is filled with exciting free and low-cost activities for you and your grandkids to enjoy together.
For the birds
An activity for all to enjoy? Come and learn to identify some common birds and make your own birdwatching kit.
When: 2pm to 3pm, Thursday 9 January 2020
Where: Hawthorn Library, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
What’s under the water? Coral, mermaids, fish? Design your own aquarium and include your favourite underwater scene.
When: 2pm to 3pm, Thursday 16 January 2020
Where: Kew Library, Corner Cotham Road and Civic Drive
Summer fun in the school holidaysSummer fun in the school holidays dkran Wed 13 November 2019
Are you looking for ways to keep the children engaged this summer?
Whether they’re a budding artist or an avid reader, we have a range of fun, free events and activities for young people of all ages to enjoy this January.
Visit the 360 Boroondara Youth Resource Centre
When: 10am to 6pm from Monday 6 January 2020
Where: 360 Boroondara Youth Resource Centre (open weekdays)
Yet to check out the new space? It’s a great place to come and meet other local young people and make new friends. Come and play a game of table tennis or battle it out on the Xbox!
King Neptune’s Under the Sea Adventure
When: Monday 13 January to Wednesday 15 January 2020
Where: Boroondara libraries
Join King Neptune’s special friends on a journey to Marvellous Me Island to celebrate diversity and acceptance.
NGV Kids on Tour
When: 10am to 2pm, Tuesday 14 January 2020
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
NGV Kids on Tour is a National Gallery of Victoria initiative that offers children and families the opportunity to engage with art. For the first time it will be hosted at our very own Hawthorn Arts Centre. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in free, hands-on activities and workshops.
Easy ways to reduce waste this ChristmasEasy ways to reduce waste this Christmas dkran Wed 13 November 2019
During the festive season, waste can be a challenge with leftover food, packaging and present wrappings filling our bins. Here are some simple tips to reduce your waste this Christmas.
Save money and shop smart by making a shopping list and sticking to it to avoid unnecessary purchases.
Shop for seasonal, packaging-free produce at your local farmers market or fresh food market. You’ll avoid waste, support farmers and get the freshest produce for your Christmas feast.
Safely refrigerate your leftover food and reinvent it into different meals. There are hundreds of delicious and creative recipes online.
Why not buy a real Christmas tree in a pot and reuse it every year? They look fantastic. If you do buy a cut real tree, ensure to book our free Christmas tree collection service in January.
Put empty, food-free and loose items in your recycling bin including hard plastic containers and bottles, glass bottles and jars, paper present wrappings, envelopes and cards. Please remember foil wrapping, tape and ribbons are not accepted.
Don’t forget flexible/soft plastics (eg. plastic bags and plastic food wrappings) are no longer accepted in your recycling bin. However you can take these to Coles and Woolworths supermarkets for recycling.
Book your free Christmas tree collection
Free Christmas tree collections operate from Monday 30 December 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020. Please note only real Christmas trees can be accepted, not plastic.
Bin collection changes this festive season
Residents with regular Wednesday collections will have their kerbside bins collected on the following dates, instead of Christmas and New Year’s Day:
- Saturday 28 December 2019
(instead of Wednesday 25 December 2019)
- Saturday 4 January 2020
(instead of Wednesday 1 January 2020).
Please place your bins out on the night before collection only.
Make a difference with your skillsMake a difference with your skills dkran Wed 13 November 2019
On Thursday 5 December 2019 we celebrate International Volunteer Day to recognise our community volunteers.
The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre, also known as the BVRC, runs the Volunteer Skills Bank, which aligns skilled volunteers to suitable projects and roles within community organisations. It also provides community organisations with a chance to promote skilled volunteer opportunities for free.
A volunteer who recently completed a skilled role is Fahad Bhatti, a practising Occupational Health and Safety specialist. Fahad had previously volunteered in Pakistan educating underprivileged children and was seeking a meaningful way to give back to the community.
“I am really passionate about working for a cause that can make a difference in the community, as well as meeting new and interesting people,” said Fahad.
Karen Hansen, The Epilepsy Foundation’s Volunteer Manager, needed someone with professional skills to evaluate safe workplace practices, ensuring they were in place for staff, volunteers and clients.
The BVRC team were able to connect Fahad and Karen, which provided Karen with invaluable support for the specific project and allowed Fahad to share his expertise and refine his skills in a new workplace environment.
“If you can’t donate money to charity, donate your time,” Fahad said.
“You can make a difference in the community by doing something you’re passionate about.”
Caring for our street treesCaring for our street trees dkran Wed 13 November 2019
Boroondara is renowned far and wide for its leafy streetscapes and shady, green parks and gardens.
Our trees provide much-needed shade and environmental benefits such as air pollution removal, storm water interception and carbon cleansing. They also help us experience the seasons, connect with nature and enjoy a sense of wellbeing.
Each year, our Parks and Infrastructure team have the large undertaking of caring for Boroondara’s 110,000 public trees, with more than 50 per cent of these trees lining our nature strips.
Over the summer, part of the team’s job is to ensure that any newly planted trees are mulched and then watered every week.
We know our community highly values trees and the contribution they make to our streets because we see residents helping out by watering our trees when the summer heat arrives. Both we and the trees are grateful for this, and we encourage our community to continue this practice.
Keep your cool this summerKeep your cool this summer dkran Wed 13 November 2019
We all know the common sense tips of drinking plenty of water, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen, but have you thought of doing the following to keep cool this summer?
- Catch a movie or do some retail therapy at one of 53 air conditioned shopping precincts in Boroondara.
- Keep your home cool with simple energy saving tips. Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website or call the Australian Energy Foundation (formerly Positive Charge) for free, personalised energy advice on 1300 236 855.
- Find some shade at one of our 5 libraries or our cool, airy art spaces, or consider chilling out at our local neighbourhood houses and youth centres. Why not take a dip in one of our 4 public swimming pools – there’s one near all of us. Read on for more about the different features and summer events that are on offer at each of them.
Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre
With an indoor and an outdoor 25-metre pool and two spas, there is no shortage of recreational choices at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre. Ashburton is home to a popular toddler pool, which is perfect to help build young children’s confidence around the water.
Boroondara Sports Complex
There are 3 pools at Boroondara Sports Complex for members and non-members to enjoy, including a dive pool – the only pool of its kind in Boroondara. The dive pool is open from now until the end of March. It features a 1m and a 3m springboard, as well as a 5m diving tower for the thrill seekers.
Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Hawthorn’s outdoor 50-metre pool is open 7 days a week. The pool is perfect for lap swimming, with 9 full-sized lanes. Patrons can also enjoy using the lounge chairs located around the pool to relax and enjoy the summer sun.
Boroondara Leisure and Aquatic Centres – Summer of Fun
From now until Tuesday 31 March 2020, Boroondara leisure and aquatic facilities invite you to enjoy fun activities for the whole family including inflatables, barbecues and entertainment. Visit Boroondara Leisure Facilities for up-to-date event information or call 9278 4797.
Kew Recreation Centre
Offering a great pool for kids over the age of 5 who are confident in the water. Open 7 days a week throughout the summer holidays, a visit to Kew Recreation Centre will make for a perfect school holiday outing for the whole family.
While you are there, find out what the plans are for the Kew Recreation Centre redevelopment, with construction due to begin mid-2020.
For more information, including location and contacts for your local Boroondara leisure and aquatic facilities, see Leisure centres and pools.
Boroondara Library Service – dive in to our summer book lists
If you prefer sitting in air-conditioned comfort with a great book, Boroondara’s libraries are the place for you this summer. Our dedicated librarians have prepared some great summer reading lists for children and adults alike, with titles that are sure to entice.
90 days of summer – junior
Enjoy a summer of fantastic stories with the best new Australian fiction for kids. Discover cool new authors and new titles in your favourite series.
Try great stories like Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee and The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble. Solve mysteries with new books Undercover by Jacqueline Harvey and Jinxed! The Curious Curse of Cora Bell by Rebecca McRitchie. Laugh out loud with Real Pigeons Nest Hard by Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, Hopping Weird! by Anh Do or The 117 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths.
90 days of summer – adult fiction
Choose from fast-paced action with Blood River by Tony Cavanaugh or The Collaborator by Diane Armstrong, or chill out with something a bit lighter like Star Crossed by Minnie Darke or The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell.
There is so much new Australian fiction to enjoy these holidays, and we have gathered 90 of the best titles to celebrate 90 days of summer.
An evening of visible mending – Sashiko styleAn evening of visible mending – Sashiko style dkran Tue 19 November 2019
Join us for a relaxing evening of sewing with Gaye Naismith from the Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling.
In this hands-on workshop, Gaye will talk you through the Sashiko stitching technique – a decorative hand sewing style that originated in ancient Japan.
Come along to this friendly community event and practice creative stitching approaches to bring your old favourites back to life.
When: 7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020
Where: Hawthorn Library, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
What’s on at your neighbourhood houseWhat’s on at your neighbourhood house dkran Wed 13 November 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.
English as a second language
Interested in studying and improving your English in 2020? Join one of our exciting classes. Interviews essential.
A passive practice of yoga, Yin is designed to nourish the joints and create space in your body and mind.
When: 10.45am to 11.45am, Thursdays
Cost: Free trials available
Have fun and get fit! Dance-inspired fitness for older adults. A great option if you don’t have a gym membership.
When: Morning and evening classes, Wednesdays from 5 February 2020
Cost: $152.50 (10 weeks)
Child Care Subsidy-approved childcare sessional
- 9.15am to 12.15pm, Wednesdays and Fridays (3 hour care)
- 9.30am to 2.30pm, Wednesdays and Fridays (5 hour care).
Cost: on application
Absolute beginners: Spanish and German
It's never too late to learn a new language. We are taking expressions of interest now for new Absolute Beginners classes starting in February 2020.
Free trial class
Come and try a free tai chi or yoga class at our centre in January. Call us to register your interest.
Cooking with kids
Come with your child and learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Take home or eat your creation.
When: 12.45pm to 2.30pm, last Thursday of every month
Cost: $15 ($10 Concession)
Painting in the garden
Painting outdoors in the beautiful Central Gardens. Start with some studio work and build skills to confidently paint outdoors. All materials provided.
When: 9.30am to 11.30am, Wednesdays from 10 February 2020
Cost: $250 (10 sessions)
An introduction to the world of floristry.
When: 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays from 6 February 2020
Cost: $350 (7 sessions)
Buying and selling on eBay and Gumtree
A great way to shop for Christmas all from the comfort of your own home.
When: 10am to 12.30pm, Tuesdays from 3 December 2019
Cost: $65, $55 for SHNC members (2 sessions)
Bring your broken household goods and a repair café volunteer will help you fix it. Fixing instead of disposing is good for your budget and good for the environment.
When: 10am to 12pm, 3rd Sunday of the month
For more information, locations and contact details, see our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.
Council meetings and noticesCouncil meetings and notices dkran Wed 13 November 2019
Council meetings in December
Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.
|Date and time||Meeting|
|6.30pm, Monday 2 December 2019||This meeting has been CANCELLED|
|6.30pm, Monday 9 December 2019||Council|
|6.30pm, Thursday 12 December 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|7.45pm, Thursday 12 December 2019||Services Special Committee|
|6.30pm, Monday 16 December 2019||Urban Planning Special Committee|
Boroondara CouncillorsBoroondara Councillors dkran Wed 13 November 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.