Boroondara Bulletin - February 2020Boroondara Bulletin - February 2020 dkran Fri 31 January 2020
Welcome to the February edition of the Boroondara Bulletin
Welcome to the first 2020 edition of the Boroondara Bulletin! We have so many exciting things coming up this year, including our new placemaking project on Glenferrie Road, the Sustainable Living Festival and a jam-packed arts schedule. Also in this edition, read about our upcoming Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection.
Cook for a cause
Make a difference and join Boroondara Cooks, a meal-sharing program that connects you with nearby older residents to share a portion of your home-cooked meal. Learn more about the Boroondara Cooks program.
Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia WatsonMessage from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson dkran Thu 16 January 2020
Welcome to the February edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.
This summer has brought great tragedy to rural and regional areas in Australia, with catastrophic bushfires causing the unspeakable loss of lives and homes for many families.
Our thoughts are with every Australian who has suffered loss, and we commend the selfless firefighters and volunteers who put themselves at risk to protect people and property.
Boroondara has a proud history of supporting our fellow Victorian councils during times of disaster and we will continue to provide ongoing assistance for the recovery operations.
In more positive news, the Victorian Government has decided to remove its contentious Amendment C299 from the Boroondara Planning Scheme, a loophole which allowed the demolition of heritage properties in Boroondara.
Council and the community fought hard for the removal of this Boroondara-specific amendment, and we are relieved it is no longer a threat to our much loved and cherished heritage.
Finally, we are drawing closer to the May commencement of Boroondara’s new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection.
During consultation for the Boroondara Community Plan you told us keeping waste out of landfill was a priority. We listened to your feedback and are introducing this new service as part of Council’s Waste Minimisation and Recycling strategy. Make sure you get ready for the introduction of FOGO by reading the FOGO guide in this bulletin.
This service is a big step to reducing waste in our community. We look forward to working in partnership with you to reduce our environmental footprint in Boroondara.
Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara
Cook for a causeCook for a cause dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Make a difference to the life of someone in your local community with a meal.
Boroondara Cooks is a meal-sharing and community-strengthening program that supports older residents who live in their own home but aren’t always able to cook for themselves.
The program connects local Boroondara residents who are happy to regularly share an extra portion of their homecooked meal with an older resident who lives close by.
I think it’s satisfying that you’re helping and connecting with the community. All you need to do is share a meal, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy.
Susan Cook has been an active member of the program for a number of years now and delivers meals to 87-year-old Clare Hanrahan.
“I had retired and thought I couldn’t sit around doing nothing. My daughter and I attended the Boroondara Volunteer Expo where I was introduced to someone involved in the program and I went from there,” Susan said.
Clare initially read about the program in the Boroondara Bulletin, with a further recommendation from a friend who said it was “absolutely marvellous”.
Since meeting, Susan and Clare have forged a strong friendship, with Susan bringing an extra portion of her home-cooked meals to Clare’s flat every Tuesday evening.
“It’s been lovely meeting Susan and I feel like I know her. She’s a good friend and we always have a nice chat,” Clare said.
“She’s a very good cook and all of her meals are wonderful – she even brings me dessert! I am very lucky to be partnered with her.”
The program goes beyond sharing a plate of food; it helps reduce social isolation among older residents by creating meaningful connections and provides a point of contact for them.
New kitchen and garden waste collection coming soonNew kitchen and garden waste collection coming soon dkran Thu 23 January 2020
In May 2020, we will launch one of the biggest service enhancements for Boroondara residents in decades - the FOGO bin collection.
The FOGO service will keep residential food waste out of landfill by accepting food and garden waste in the same bin. This waste will be turned into useful products for improving soil, growing healthy gardens, and supporting food production, all while reducing the environmental impact and costs which come with landfill.
Why is FOGO being introduced?
The Boroondara community has told us reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfill is a key priority.
At present, the average Boroondara waste bin contains 46% food waste and 6% garden waste, which currently goes to landfill.
Through the introduction of FOGO, we will be able to help residents divert up to 19,000 tonnes of food and garden waste per year from landfill and avoid thousands of tonnes of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The FOGO process
FOGO supports the 'circular economy', keeping resources in use for as long as possible. Instead of going to landfill, your FOGO waste is turned into soil conditioner which is used to grow food... and round and round it goes again!
Preparing you for FOGO
FOGO is a large project requiring a lot of preparation and will be implemented in two stages.
Properties that fall into our Stage One rollout will receive a number of items between March and May 2020, including:
- a FOGO information booklet
- a benchtop kitchen caddy (100% recycled plastic tub and lid)
- one year's supply (150) of Council-approved compostable caddy liners
- an updated 'FOGO, Recycling and Waste' guide, and a new waste collection calendar.
Stage Two properties can expect to receive these items after May 2020, with more information provided in the coming months.
Change of lid colour
Residents who currently have a green waste bin:
Your existing green waste bin has an orange lid. This will be replaced with a lime green lid, transforming this bin into your FOGO bin.
Residents who do not currently have a green waste bin:
You will receive a new additional bin with a lime green lid. This will be your FOGO bin.
Stage One residents can expect to see changes to bin lids between March and May 2020.
Your FOGO service in action
From May 2020, FOGO collections commence for residents in single-dwelling properties and units in blocks of up to 3, who currently receive our kerbside collections.
Between May 2020 to June 2021, FOGO collections commence for residents in units or apartments consisting of 4 to 15 dwellings, who currently receive our kerbside waste collections.
FOGO (lime green lid)
Your FOGO bin (previously fortnightly green waste) will be collected weekly.
Waste (dark green lid)
With around half your current waste bin expected to be diverted to your FOGO bin, waste bin collections will be swapped to fortnightly.
Recycling (yellow lid)
Recycling bin collections will remain weekly, alongside your FOGO bin.
Bin capacity increased
The majority of households within Boroondara will see an increase in bin capacity as a result of Council implementing the FOGO service. Here are 2 examples of common scenarios:
Sally currently has a 120 litre waste bin collected weekly and a 240 litre green waste bin collected fortnightly. Combined, this gives her household 480 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Once FOGO is introduced, Sally will have her 120 litre waste bin collected fortnightly and her 240 litre FOGO bin collected weekly, giving her 600 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Increase = 120 litres
Brian currently has a 120 litre waste bin collected weekly and does not have a green waste bin. This gives his household 240 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Once FOGO is introduced, Brian will have his 120 litre waste bin collected fortnightly and his new 120 litre FOGO bin collected weekly, giving him 360 litres of bin capacity per fortnight.
Increase = 120 litres
Note: the above calculations exclude weekly recycling bin collection.
Council will work with residents to ensure our waste and recycling services continue to meet the needs of our community. Tailored solutions will be provided for those who have shared bins in Council-serviced units and apartments.
Fighting food waste: Just Eat ItFighting food waste: Just Eat It dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Everyone loves food, so why does almost half the food we buy end up in the bin? On average, the Boroondara household waste bin contains 46 per cent food waste.
To provoke thinking about waste reduction, we invite you to attend Boroondara’s community film screening of Just Eat It, a multi-award-winning documentary about food waste and food rescue.
Just Eat It explores the universal obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the devastating consequences of these attitudes around the globe.
The film brings farmers, retailers, organisations and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and entertainment for the whole family.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with leading food waste experts.
With limited tickets and lucky door prizes on offer, book early to ensure you don’t miss out!
This screening is being held in support of Council’s new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service. Read more about the launch of FOGO.
When: Saturday 29 February 2020, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre
Tickets: $5 each (includes refreshments)
Tips and tricks: food waste avoidance
Composting is great, but the ultimate goal should be to avoid producing food waste in the first place. Here are our top tips.
Before buying your groceries, consider whether you really need it. Plan your meals, make a shopping list, and stick to it! This helps avoid unnecessary food purchases and resulting waste.
Shop at your local farmers market
Get fresh, seasonal, loose and organic produce, which supports our farmers directly.
Don’t over-serve food
Fight the urge to over-serve family and friends when cooking meals. Use smaller plates to help control portion sizes.
Store food in the right place
Some types of fruit and vegetables prefer to be stored at room temperature, while others last longer in the refrigerator. Take note of how they are stored at the supermarket as a guide on where to keep them at home.
Boroondara Arts - What's onBoroondara Arts - What's on dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Summer in the Park 2020
Summer in the Park is back!
Relax under the trees and listen to enchanting opera, dance the evening away with fiery Latin rhythms, or sit under the stars and enjoy a movie at the outdoor cinema.
Pack a picnic and bring your family, friends and neighbours to enjoy evenings of free sweet summer sounds in some of Boroondara’s most beautiful parks.
|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|
Celebrating Our Citizen of the YearCelebrating Our Citizen of the Year dkran Fri 7 February 2020
The Boroondara Citizen of the Year Awards acknowledge the unsung heroes in our community who generously devote their time to help others.
At the 2020 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, one such hero, Ted Wilkins, was awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ for his exceptional contributions to our community.
Ted Wilkins has been an active member of the community for many years, devoting his time to numerous organisations and community groups including the Rotary Club of North Balwyn, the North Balwyn Uniting Church Council and the Carols Committee of the North Balwyn InterChurch Council.
A long-time Rotarian, Ted has been involved in a wide range of activities raising funds for many charities and community needs, including Rotary’s mental health research fund and the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed.
“The Men’s Shed has been a wonderful thing that has given older people a sense of belonging,” Ted said. “I was 63 when I got involved in the Rotary and I wish I had got into it sooner. The entire organisation does wonderful work which helps Boroondara but also places around the country, and around the world.”
The fact that someone chose to nominate me came out of the blue, I was very surprised and very honoured to be awarded Citizen of the Year.
For over 10 years, Ted’s tireless efforts have also been the driving force behind the delivery of the Carols in the Park event at Macleay Park, from extensive fundraising, to planning, through to on-the-ground event set up and pack up.
“When I first got involved in the event we would see around 1500 to 2000 people attend, now we see up to 5000 people there. It’s such a wonderful event getting people of diverse backgrounds, from all areas of the community, together for a happy picnic event - it’s a great night,” Ted said.
Ted is a generous, reliable and astute person, offering a wealth of invaluable advice drawing on his career of over 40 years in insurance. To this day, he continues to live an active and selfless life supporting his family, organisations and causes.
Meet Verna Woods - City of Boroondara’s Volunteer of the YearMeet Verna Woods - City of Boroondara’s Volunteer of the Year dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Local Balwyn resident Verna Woods was recently awarded 2020 Volunteer of the Year for her tireless work running Balwyn High School’s second-hand book program.
Since establishing the second-hand bookshop in 1989 as an initiative of the Balwyn Chaplaincy Committee, Verna has transformed the way the 2,200 students and their parents access and sell second-hand books.
“When I first started, I was President of the Parents’ Committee. People would just come along on a particular night and trade books with each other and while it was a great community event, it wasn’t sustainable. I thought let’s get out there and see how other schools run their shops,” Verna said.
Verna and her sister visited multiple schools for inspiration and established a new system which has evolved and integrated new technology over the years.
“That’s one thing I love about this role, it pushes me to learn new things and gives purpose to the week. Knowing ‘I can do it’, when I feared I couldn’t manage those e-codes or changing timetables, or upgrading computers (wretched things),” Verna said.
Verna grew up in a culture of volunteering, with the norm in her family to lend a helping hand to those in need. Over the past 3 decades, Verna’s own family have all volunteered in the bookshop at certain points with all of her 6 children attending Balwyn High School.
The second-hand bookstore has been a wonderful resource for Balwyn High School. Thousands of books have been recycled, families have saved and made money through buying and selling respectively and proceeds from book sales have funded a trained Chaplain to provide support and guidance to the students of Balwyn High School.
Fellow bookshop volunteer Helen Schweiger nominated Verna for the award for being a true example of a selfless, humble volunteer.
“Hundreds of parents have made the pilgrimage to Verna’s front veranda to collect a carefully prepared plastic bag full of school books so their child can start school fully prepped. Verna has made, and continues to make, a significant difference to the lives of families in Boroondara,” Helen wrote.
Volunteering is about seeing. Noticing things that could be better, things that could help people, the environment, animals, situations. Seeing, then believing, then doing something about it.
If you are interested in volunteering your time to a community organisation in Boroondara, you can visit our new online portal to create a profile and start searching for volunteering opportunities.
Put Boroondara in the picturePut Boroondara in the picture dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Calling all photographers! Boroondara’s popular photograph competition is back for 2020 and we encourage everyone to get involved.
This year’s competition was launched at our recent Slide Night Boroondara event held on Thursday 16 January at Camberwell Library.
This is the 4th consecutive year that the competition has run. During this time, hundreds of entries have been received featuring people, places and events that have shaped Boroondara into what it is today.
This year’s competition theme is Portraits of Boroondara. We are interested in photographs taken in Boroondara of people who have worked, lived and played here.
This is your opportunity to dig through the historical archives or put your expert camera skills to use to capture some creative shots of your own. Entries can be submitted under 2 categories:
- Young photographers competition (school-aged category)
Enter your best photograph taken from 2017 to today.
- Open photograph competition (no age restriction)
Enter as many photographs as you like from past or present day.
Entries are open until 11.59pm, Thursday 30 April 2020.
Boroondara Library Service staff can assist you in scanning your photos at any of our 6 branches.
For more information and to enter visit Boroondara Photograph Competition: Portraits of Boroondara or call 9278 4666.
Inspiring possibilities in the Glenferrie PrecinctInspiring possibilities in the Glenferrie Precinct dkran Tue 21 January 2020
It’s an exciting time in our City! We are enhancing Boroondara’s public spaces, with projects underway to revitalise the Glenferrie Precinct in Hawthorn.
To achieve this, we are adopting a placemaking approach which involves working closely with our community to develop a shared vision. We want to understand what makes the Glenferrie Precinct special to you, what improvements could be made and how it might evolve.
You are invited to exciting events throughout March. Come along and contribute your ideas for Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn.
Visit the Ideas Zone
Enjoy a pop-up park, comfy seating and activities for the whole family and be inspired by other people’s ideas, as well as sharing your vision for the area. We value your input, so you can expect giveaways in return for your big ideas.
Where you'll find us:
- 11am, Sunday 1 March
Glenferrie Festival (opposite Piccolina Gelateria, 802 Glenferrie Road)
- 5pm, Thursday 5 March
Civic Space on the corner of Burwood and Glenferrie Roads
- 6pm, Friday 20 March
Harmony Day event, 32 Henry Street, Central Gardens, Hawthorn.
Celebrate International Women’s DayCelebrate International Women’s Day dkran Mon 10 February 2020
International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women’s achievements and encourage action for gender equality.
Join us at an inspirational dinner to hear how women can contribute by participating in community and civic life.
This also marks the launch of Tracing Her Steps: Women in Boroondara Local Government, an exhibition that celebrates the women leaders who have served as mayors in the City of Boroondara and former cities of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn.
When: 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday 11 March 2020
Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
Get active in BoroondaraGet active in Boroondara dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Would you like to support your children to become more active and get to school independently? We can give them the skills they need through our Safe and Active travel programs to boost the number of students walking, riding, scooting and skating safely to school.
Here is a snapshot of some of the programs and events coming up which your school can get involved in.
National Ride2School Day
Celebrated nationally on Friday 13 March 2020, Ride2School Day encourages students to get active for their journey to school. We can provide your school with support to run travel initiatives which encourage physical activity including breakfasts and competitions.
Bike Ed for primary schools
Bike Ed is a safe cycling skills program developed by VicRoads, designed to help students in grades 3 to 6 develop the skills they need to ride safely and confidently. We can provide your school with funding to train up to 2 teachers and a relief teacher to run the Bike Ed program in your school.
Walk or Wheel Wednesdays
During Term 2, local primary schools can compete against each other by recording the active travel journeys of each student. We can provide your school with the resources needed. The competition will be held in April with schools required to join by March, so talk to your school this month and get them involved!
Have your say: Boroondara Bicycle StrategyHave your say: Boroondara Bicycle Strategy dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Work is underway on the review and update of our 10-year Bicycle Strategy.
The Bicycle Strategy is designed to drive the development, improvement, and expansion of Boroondara’s bicycle network within a 10-year period, and the current version is being replaced with a new one.
The development of the Bicycle Strategy will align with the Boroondara Community Plan and key themes in the Council Plan 2017-21.
We’re looking for community input to help us identify and understand the pressing issues and problem areas across the City which impact on people’s ability to use Boroondara’s bicycle network.
If you don’t regularly cycle, we still want to hear from you to get feedback from a wide cross-section of our community. This is an opportunity to help promote, build and sustain a cultural shift in thinking towards alternative, sustainable transport options in Boroondara which will enhance our links between neighbouring councils and the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. It’s important you let us know your thoughts.
Community consultation is open until Sunday 1 March 2020.
To have your say and pinpoint problem areas, see Boroondara Bicycle Strategy review or call 9278 4542 for a hard copy survey.
Our commitment to an age-friendly futureOur commitment to an age-friendly future dkran Mon 10 February 2020
Join us for the official launch of our new plan: Add Life to Your Years – Healthy Ageing in Boroondara.
Older adults in the community are invited to enjoy good food and great music, participate in a range of fun activities and visit stalls from local community groups and service providers.
Dr Sally Cockburn (Dr Feelgood) will lead a panel discussion about transitioning into older life and the power of positivity.
This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and find out how you can ‘add life to your years’ in Boroondara.
When: 3pm to 4.30pm, Friday 13 March 2020 (official launch at 3.30pm)
Where: Parkview Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell
What's on at your neighbourhood houseWhat's on at your neighbourhood house dkran Tue 21 January 2020
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.
Return to study
Adults learn how to get back into study patterns, structure essays and reports, know what to expect in today’s classroom.
When: 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Fridays
Cost: $20 (4 sessions)
Local iPad artist, Emily Shannon will guide you through creating amazing art on your iPad.
When: 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays
Cost: Free trials available
New beginners German and Italian classes
Start your language journey! Learn from an experienced teacher in a small, friendly class. Suitable for the complete beginner or up to 12 months experience.
When: Mondays and Wednesdays
Cost: costs vary
Harmony Day concert
Please join us for a morning tea and concert by the George Dreyfus Quartet
Spanish conversation meet-ups
Meet weekly to improve your Spanish conversational skills with like-minded people. Strictly no textbooks.
When: 1pm to 3pm, Saturdays
Cost: $35 (4 sessions)
Acting sustainable: people have the power
Discuss alternative sources of power.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday 18 March 2020
Facilitated by an early childhood teacher and qualified early childhood educator. Includes a weekly half-hour Mandarin session.
When: 9am to 2pm, Mondays and Wednesdays
Cost: $835 per term
A demonstration of some of the authentic foods using only the best seasonal ingredients.
When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 31 March 2020
Social media influencer
An introduction to the social media influencing business.
When: 12pm to 2pm, Fridays
Cost: $60 (7 sessions)
Soy candle making
A hands-on workshop where you get to make your own scented candles, tea lights and melts.
When: 10am to 1pm, Sunday 15 March 2020
Cost: $100, $90 for SHNC members
A group for older people with conversation, guest presentations and activities.
When: 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Fridays
Cost: $5 per session
Council meetings and noticesCouncil meetings and notices dkran Tue 21 January 2020
Council meetings in February
Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.
|Date and time||Meeting|
|6.30pm, Monday 17 February 2020||Urban Planning Special Committee|
|6.30pm, Monday 24 February 2020||Council|
Boroondara CouncillorsBoroondara Councillors dkran Tue 21 January 2020
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.