Boroondara Bulletin - March 2020

Boroondara Bulletin - March 2020 dkran Thu 6 February 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the Boroondara Bulletin

Welcome to the March edition of the Boroondara Bulletin. Although the days are cooling down, the events and activities in Boroondara are still running hot.

Join us at the Sustainable Living Festival and Rhythm and Harmony in the Park, and get involved in our placemaking events and our school holiday activities.

In between these, get ready for the introduction of our Food Organics and Garden Organics collection service, renew your pet registration and read about how we've increased Boroondara's significant tree list.

Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival

Join us for hands-on, family-friendly activities that showcase how to incorporate sustainable living choices and actions into your everyday life. Find out more about the festival.

Mental health at football club

Hawthorn Amateur Football Club has risen from tragic circumstances to implement a Player Wellbeing Program to focus on player's mental health. Read more about the program.

Community grants available

Apply for grants of up to $10,000 to go towards projects and initiatives that strengthen our community, like the Tooronga Village Community Garden project. Learn more about Community Strengthening Grants.

Boroondara Urban Design Awards

Nominations have opened to recognise excellent design and high-quality architecture for residential and non-residential developments in Boroondara. Find out more about the awards.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.

We know that caring for our environment is important to you. We heard this message from you, when we had the community-wide conversation which informed the Boroondara Community Plan. 

Guided by the current ‘Our Low Carbon Future Strategy’, Council has undertaken a range of initiatives to minimise our environmental footprint, including practical action to reduce waste by using recycled materials in Council works, applying minimum 5-Star standards to building projects over $1 million and joining with 45 other Victorian councils to participate in a tender to purchase renewable electricity. 

It is time for us to have a new conversation together to ensure we have a sustainable environment in Boroondara. A new Climate Action Plan will replace the current strategy. For any community plan to be truly effective, we need to know your thoughts on what local initiatives you would like to see within our City. Your ideas will help us develop a plan to provide practical, everyday solutions and actions to improve our environmental sustainability. 

As we work together on the Climate Action Plan, Council will not be standing still. We will keep implementing policies to reduce pollution, protect biodiversity, invest in renewable energy technology, and develop more efficient waste management strategies. Council’s sustainability projects have been making a significant difference for over a decade and we will continue to take actions which make a positive impact on our environment. 

Consultation for the Climate Action Plan is important for Boroondara and I strongly encourage everyone to have their say when conversations begin. Together, we can continue making Boroondara a great place to live, work, study and play for generations to come. 

To stay informed about the Climate Action Plan, email [email protected].

Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara 

Get ready for our Food Organics and Garden Organics collection service

Get ready for our Food Organics and Garden Organics collection service dkran Wed 19 February 2020

From Monday 4 May 2020, our Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside bin collection service will commence for residents in single dwellings and in blocks of up to 3 units.

This means residents in these dwellings can start putting food waste and garden waste in the same bin.

Between March and May 2020, these residents will start to receive: 

  • a 7-litre bench-top kitchen caddy made from 100% recycled plastic 
  • 1 year’s supply (150) of Council-approved compostable caddy liners made from 100% corn starch 
  • a FOGO information booklet 
  • a ‘Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO), Recycling and Waste Guide’ 
  • a 2020-21 fortnightly waste collection calendar. 

Residents with an existing green waste bin will have their lid swapped over from an orange lid to a lime-green lid. This will become their FOGO bin.

Residents who do not currently have a green waste bin will receive a new 120L FOGO bin with a lime green lid for their food and garden waste.

Expressions of Interest: FOGO Community Champions Program

Want to help us spread the word about our new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service? We are seeking expressions of interest for volunteer FOGO Community Champions to support the rollout. 

We’ll turn you into a FOGO champion who can teach your family, friends and networks about how the service works and how it helps the environment. 

If you are passionate about sustainability and tackling food waste (or if you know someone that is) please email [email protected] or call 9278 4444 and mention ‘FOGO Community Champions Program’ to register your interest.

Green waste bin lid swap

Residents in single dwellings and in blocks of up to 3 units who have a green waste bin will have their orange bin lid swapped over to a lime green FOGO lid.

Between March and May, we ask you leave your green waste bin out until 5pm on the day of your regular collection. 

This will give our team additional time to swap the lid over before FOGO commences. We can only swap lids if the bin is presented on the kerb — we can’t enter your property.

More information

To read more, see Food Organics and Garden Organics.

Book your April bundled green waste collection

Recycle your autumn prunings with a booked bundled green waste collection. Each residential property can book 1 collection for April, which can be used to recycle up to 2 cubic metres of bundled and tied green waste.

Bundles must be securely tied with string/twine (non-plastic only) and neatly stacked to guarantee pick up.

The collections will commence on Monday 30 March and end on Friday 1 May 2020.

Boroondara Arts - What's on

Boroondara Arts - What's on dkran Wed 19 February 2020

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

Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival

Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Join us for plenty of fun, hands-on, family-friendly activities, showcasing just how easy it is to incorporate sustainable living choices and actions into your everyday life.

When: 8am to 12.30pm, Saturday 21 March 2020
Where: Boroondara Farmers Market, Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East

Whatever your interest - from growing native edibles, composting or beekeeping, through to renewable energy - this festival has something to inspire all ages.

Ride your bike to receive the ‘green carpet’ treatment, including secure on-site valet bike parking and a free bike safety check while you enjoy the festival.

What's on show

Animals of Oz native animal show

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing wildlife. Find out what is threatening the survival of our local animals and what you can do to help protect them.


Get your face painted by our talented artists, make your own pedal-powered smoothies and discover the wonderful world of water bugs and beetles. You can also have your photo taken in a real garbage truck!

Worms not waste

Meet the team from Compost Revolution and get expert advice on worm farming and composting. Learn more about the exclusive festival discount on compost bins and worm farms, including free delivery to your door.

Busy bees

Learn how to create a bee-friendly garden and make your own native bee habitat ‘seed bomb’ for your home. Discover how to keep productive honey bees in your backyard and see the live honey beehive display.

Django Rhythm

Sit back and relax to the sounds of French gypsy jazz by this popular local band.

Green cleaning

Hear all about environmentally-friendly cleaning products and make your own to take home.

Edible gardening

Get expert advice on growing your own edible plants in your backyard.

Electric bikes

Test ride an e-bike. Helmets will be provided but you are also encouraged to BYO.

Water wise gardening

Get to know all about low-maintenance, water saving wicking beds, backyard irrigation systems, and how to choose and install water tanks, plus much more.

Waste education

Meet our Waste Education Team, learn about the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service and have your tricky recycling questions answered.

Energy smart

Speak to an expert from the Australian Energy Foundation (formerly Positive Charge) about bill busting, installing solar, battery storage and much more.

More information

For more information, see Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival or call 9278 4011.

Hawthorn Amateur Football Club gets wings

Hawthorn Amateur Football Club gets wings dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Many of our local sporting clubs are forging unique pathways to promote inclusiveness among its members. One such club is the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club, where member Sarah Ward volunteers as Player Welfare Manager.

Tragic circumstances led Hawthorn Amateur Football Club to focus on mental health through the creation of their revolutionary Player Wellbeing Program, WINGS. In 2010, the club community was touched by several losses to suicide including that of a player, former player, and father of a player.

The shock rippled through the club and prompted them to take action. As a result, a platform for mental health discussion called WINGS was established, encouraging players to seek support in regards to their wellbeing.

Sarah Ward is the volunteer Player Welfare Manager for the club, whereby she encourages players to achieve their personal best and provides guidance and support to those who reach out for help. 

Sarah said that touching base regularly with players is a necessary part of her role. 

“Everyone is going through highs and lows in life and naturally tackling issues in their own different ways,” Sarah said. 

“The most important skill to utilise is active listening and appreciating that every person, whether they realise it or not, requires a different approach.” 

Club President, Pat Clancey, explained how the program has significantly evolved from its infancy as a breakfast with a guest speaker. 

“Now, we run an awareness match during Mental Health Week every year and raise funds to send three club members to mental health first aid training every year,” Pat said. 

“We also have a fund which can be accessed by players and members who may be struggling. The funding can be used for sessions with a councillor or psychologist subsidised directly by the club.”

For Pat, creating an inclusive environment for players has been an important journey and has sparked the creation of regular club events like soup night on Tuesdays and a full club dinner on Thursdays. 

“Making players comfortable is a big part of our culture,” Pat said. 

The club has continued to share their journey with WINGS over the past 10 years, inspiring other clubs in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and other sports, like the Hawthorn Cricket Club, to follow their lead. 

To find out more about how you can build support for mental health into the ethos of your sports club, contact Beyond Blue or Headspace

For more information on our sporting clubs, contact our Recreation and Wellbeing Department on 9278 4797.

Enjoy hundreds of events this autumn

Enjoy hundreds of events this autumn dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Have you heard about the Over 55s section on our website? It features activities, services and information for staying healthy and happy in Boroondara.

On the site you can create tailored searches for activities that suit your lifestyle, including creative courses, exercise classes, opportunities to socialise and outings in the community. 

There’s over 700 events and activities on offer in Boroondara this autumn, including: 

  • Hone your green thumb and join the Kew Garden Club where you can learn tips and tricks from interesting speakers. 
  • Join a regular cycling group and hit the road with U3A Hawthorn.
  • Improve your technology skills and learn how to get the most from your phone, computer or tablet with a free session at Bowen Street Community Centre.
  • Stay active and meet new people by joining the walking group at Boroondara Sports Complex.
  • Enjoy live music and dancing every Monday at BASSCare’s Marwal Centre.

See Add life to your years to start browsing today or call 9278 4777.

Annual Community Strengthening Grants

Annual Community Strengthening Grants dkran Wed 19 February 2020

In 2018-19, a total of 90 community projects received funding through our grants program. Some of these grant recipients share their story.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre – Bees Wax Paper project

The centre’s Studio Art Group received grant funding to produce bees wax wraps as an alternative to single-use plastic. The multiple-use wraps are made from fabric dipped in bees wax, which can be wrapped around food to keep it fresh. 

Project leader, Jess Kritzer, said that the grant has allowed participants to see their artwork in a new and exciting form.

“The wraps are then shared among the community who will benefit from a product that can contribute to global sustainability,” Jess said.

Our Tooronga Village – Community Garden project

Grant funding allowed 600 residents of a local apartment complex to tap into underground rainwater tanks and use recycled water to care for their organic community garden. 

Resident, Robyn Golder, said that retired gardeners living in the complex appreciate being able to follow their dreams of tending to a garden even though they now dwell in apartments. 

“Friendships and connections have also grown from the passion and vision the residents share for the community garden,” Robyn said.

Salvation Army Camberwell – Migrant Pronunciation Classes

The grant has been used to assist the Salvation Army Camberwell in expanding their migrant pronunciation classes. These classes provide assistance for people with English as a second language, who are facing social and employment barriers, to help them improve their communication skills. 

Project leader, Norman Gale, said that in many cases the classes helped participants in job interviews to better understand what was being said to them, and in turn for them to be better understood through their pronunciation. 

“We hope that as a result of the classes participants feel welcomed and feel part of our community,” Norman said.

Apply now

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for new, one-off projects and initiatives that strengthen the Boroondara community. Not-for-profit community organisations, groups and clubs can apply for grants under 6 streams:

  • Active Community
  • Creative Community
  • Healthy Community
  • Life-long Community
  • Sustainable Community
  • Vibrant Retail Precincts.

Applications for this round of grant funding open from 9am, Monday 2 March and close at 11.59pm Monday 13 April 2020.

For more information or to apply, see Annual Community Strengthening Grants.

Want to improve your English conversation? 

Want to improve your English conversation?  dkran Wed 19 February 2020

English Conversation Club is held regularly at our libraries for adults wishing to improve their English language speaking, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

All sessions are free and provide our community with a safe and friendly forum to practise speaking English in a group setting, with the help of a qualified volunteer tutor.

In addition to giving attendees a space to practise their English conversation, the group also provides an opportunity for attendees to form new friendships and build connections within their local communities. 

Experienced tutor, Di Juracich, said that for those who speak English as a second language, English Conversation Club often becomes an important support network. 

As well as participants gaining a lot from their experience with the club, volunteer tutors also find the experience rewarding. 

Liz Gibson, who tutors English Conversation Club at Kew Library, said she takes great pride in seeing the gratitude students share for the help they receive through the classes. 

“I have learnt so much about different cultures and the different reasons people have for coming to Australia,” said Liz. 

“It’s great to be able to help build attendees' confidence in speaking English.” 

Sessions run weekly throughout school terms from 2pm to 3pm on Monday at Camberwell Library, Tuesday at Ashburton Library, Wednesday at Hawthorn Library, Thursday at Balwyn Library and Friday at Kew Library. 

No bookings are required, so please drop in to a session most suitable to you.

For more information, see Libraries or call 9278 4666.

School holiday fun this autumn

School holiday fun this autumn dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Autumn school holidays

Are you looking for some fun and unique ways to bust boredom these school holidays? We have a range of events for young people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, from story times to craft activities. Our program is delivered across Boroondara including at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, libraries and Kew Court House.

Nominate for the Boroondara Urban Design Awards

Nominate for the Boroondara Urban Design Awards dkran Fri 21 February 2020

Nominations have opened to recognise excellent design and high quality architecture for residential and non-residential developments in Boroondara (completed in the last 2 years).

Nominations close Friday 15 May 2020.

For more information and to nominate, see Boroondara Urban Design Awards.

2018 joint award winner: 33 Lisson Grove, Hawthorn

2018 award winner: 121 Power Street, Hawthorn

Significant tree list grows

Significant tree list grows dkran Tue 21 January 2020

Boroondara’s trees are a huge part of our City’s character and are highly valued by our community. To help with the ongoing protection and management of our trees, we established a Significant Tree Register in 2001.

In October 2019, we resolved to add another 182 trees to the register, bringing the total to 1,193 across Boroondara. Before being added to the register, trees are assessed against specific criteria set by the National Trust of Australia which examines their size, age, rarity, ecological value, and cultural and historical significance.

Significant trees are protected under Council’s Tree Protection Local Law, so a permit is required by anyone wishing to remove or prune a significant tree, or conduct works within the tree’s protection zone.

A significant tree can be a single tree, an avenue of trees or a hedge, and can be on either private property or public land.

To find out if a tree is protected and requires a permit, see our protected trees page or call 9278 4888.

Making easements easy

Making easements easy dkran Tue 21 January 2020

You may not think about them often but your property’s stormwater drainage and access to drainage easements are vital. An easement is a section of land to which Council or other nominated agencies or authorities have access rights.

There is about 700km of stormwater drainage in Boroondara. If it gets blocked, flooding can occur, potentially causing water damage to backyards, garages and sometimes homes that might be many houses away from the blockage.

That’s why councils or other nominated agencies (including VicRoads or Melbourne Water) have access rights to inspect the easements on your private property and ensure they are in working order.

Do you have an easement within your private property boundary?

Not all blocks have easements; your land title generally contains this information.

If you have an easement on your land, here are some things you should be aware of to help protect your property:

  • Keep easements clear of obstacles. Habitable structures are not allowed to be built over easements, however we may allow temporary, removable or lightweight structures. If you plan to build over an easement you will need to lodge a Building Over Easement application. If we need to access the easement to perform maintenance work, you may be required to remove the objects at your own expense.
  • Avoid planting within or near easements to prevent damage to underground pipes and access pits, and to allow us easy access if required for maintenance work. If your easement is covered by plants, we will need you to remove them before our visit. If we need to excavate, we will reinstate the area with top soil and seed (we do not reinstate original plantings). 
  • Ensure that the access pit (manhole) is visible at ground level and has reasonable working space around the lid. We can provide you with a free placard to fix to your fence to help staff find the access pit more easily.

For more information, see Drains and stormwater or call 9278 4444.

Have your say on the draft Yarra Strategic Plan

Have your say on the draft Yarra Strategic Plan dkran Thu 27 February 2020

After discussions with communities, Traditional Owners, landholders, local councils and stakeholders, the state government has released its draft Yarra Strategic Plan for public feedback. 

Since 2016, the City of Boroondara has been a member of the Yarra Collaboration Committee, the governance group overseeing development of the strategic plan. The plan is designed to holistically protect and enhance the entire Yarra River corridor and its surrounding parklands for future generations.

We encourage residents to provide feedback on the whole-of-river-actions survey via the interactive plan and survey, which also includes the chance to win a $200 voucher. The consultation closes 22 March 2020.

For more information and to have your say visit Imagine the Yarra.

What's on at your neighbourhood house

What's on at your neighbourhood house dkran Wed 19 February 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. 

Introduction to ESL Tutoring

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

Learn English as a Second Language teaching strategies, grammar, pronunciation rules and more.
When: 10am to 12.30pm, Wednesdays
Cost: $85/$20 (10 sessions)

Art for all abilities

Ashburton Community Centre

A safe space to explore a range of tools and mediums to express yourself at your own pace.
When: 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays
Cost: $200 (8 sessions)

Italian for beginners

Balwyn Community Centre

Start your language journey! This new class is suitable for the absolute beginner.
When: 1pm to 3pm, Mondays
Cost: $200 (9 sessions)

Toilet training tips for parents of toddlers

Bowen Street Community Centre

Practical steps that will assist in helping your child achieve toileting independence.

When: 9am to 11am, Thursday 4 June
Cost: free
Bookings: 9889 0791

Love playing cards?

Camberwell Community Centre

Join our social 500 card “drop-in” group. Suitable for experienced card players.
When: 1pm to 3pm, Fridays
Cost: $2 per session

Acting sustainably - how green is my garden?

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Gardening without pesticides.
When: 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday 15 April 2020
Cost: $20

Occasional/sessional childcare

The Craig Family Centre

Facilitated by qualified early childhood educators. Children enjoy a range of activities. Childcare subsidy available (CCS).
When: 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday
Cost: $72 per session

Persian cooking workshop

Hawthorn Community House

A culinary journey through the wonders of the Persian cuisine.
When: 2pm to 5pm, Sunday 19 April 2020
Cost: $55


Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

An introduction to the world of floristry.
When: 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays
Cost: $350 (7 sessions)

Local conversations - Gabriel Gate

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Join us for our second Local Conversations with guest speaker Gabriel Gate.
When: 6pm to 7.30pm, Friday 17 April 2020
Cost: $10 (including light refreshments)

Manga drawing for children

Trentwood at the Hub

For children aged 12 plus. Learn to draw basic manga style faces.
When: 4pm to 5pm, Mondays
Cost: $90 (3 sessions)

More information

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

Council meetings, notices and events

Council meetings, notices and events dkran Wed 19 February 2020

Council meetings in March

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

Date and time Meeting
6.30pm, Monday 16 March 2020 Services Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 23 March 2020 Urban Planning Special Committee
6.30pm, Monday 30 March 2020 Council

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.



Harmony Day - Rhythm and Harmony in the Park

Celebrate cultural diversity in Boroondara with an evening of live music, food and activities.

Enjoy food trucks, henna hand painting, lantern making, and more.

It's your place - Glenferrie Road

Help shape the future of the Glenferrie Precinct in Hawthorn. Learn about placemaking events and activities on offer this month.

Renew your pet registration

If you have a dog or cat over the age of 3 months, it must be registered with Council and renewed each year. Registering your pet is required by law. It also helps us reunite you with your furry friend if they go missing.

Pet registrations must be renewed by Thursday 9 April 2020.

We have recently made the registration and renewal process easier for pet owners.

Boroondara Councillors

Boroondara Councillors dkran Wed 19 February 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.

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 Cynthia Watson, Mayor

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 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 Jane Addis

Councillor Jane Addis

Maling Ward
Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills and Balwyn
Ph: 9278 4457 or 0409 267 902
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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Your feedback is important dkran Wed 19 February 2020

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