Boroondara Bulletin - April 2020

Boroondara Bulletin - April 2020 dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Welcome to the April edition of the Boroondara Bulletin

The health and safety of our community and staff is our top priority. In everyone’s best interests, we have temporarily closed a number of facilities and made changes to services to protect us from the risks associated with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page for the latest updates on our response and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

On a positive note, many of our essential services will continue to run as usual including Maternal and Child Health services, immunisation program and waste services. We also have many online services to help you stay connected.

Reduce the risk of COVID-19

The situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is continuing to evolve and it is important to take precautionary measures. Find out more about changes to Council services.

Protect yourself against the flu

Influenza is highly contagious and develops quickly. Your best defence against the flu is getting the vaccine. Learn how to protect yourself against the flu.

100 years of Maternal and Child Health services

The service has made a meaningful difference to the lives of generations of residents. Read more about Maternal and Child Health service in Boroondara.

Cleaner and greener

We're developing a new Climate Action Plan with the community and looking back at our environmental achievements over the last decade. See how we're reducing our environmental footprint.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Cynthia Watson dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Welcome to the April edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.

We are currently experiencing a challenging and concerning time with the progression of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) locally and across the globe. As we think about how this could affect our family and loved ones, many feel anxious and uncertain about the future. Council has activated its Municipal Emergency Management Pandemic Plan to reduce the risk of exposure and prevent the spread of the virus in our community. 

The health and wellbeing of our community and Council staff is our top priority. We have temporarily closed our public libraries, aquatic and leisure facilities, customer service counters, arts and culture centres and youth centre. These closures will remain in place until Tuesday 14 April 2020, with the possibility of being extended. Additionally, all Council-run events have been cancelled until further notice. 

Council will continue operating Maternal and Child Health services, immunisation programs, aged care services and waste collections to ensure the delivery of essential services. 

As we celebrate 100 years of Maternal and Child Health care in Boroondara this year, let us never forget that the provision of this community service was prompted by a terrible influenza outbreak, and significant community concern for the high infant mortality rates experienced. As a mother of young children, I greatly valued the advice and assurance I received from my local maternal and child health nurse at Minifie Park in Balwyn. 

While we navigate the challenges of COVID-19, I extend my thanks and gratitude to all those front-line community workers who are providing essential services, and supporting us all during this difficult time. 

Community connectedness is key, and I encourage you to reach out to your family, friends and neighbours. Support them wherever and whenever you can. We all have a responsibility to follow the instructions for social distancing protocols, to wash hands frequently, and self-isolating if you are unwell. Like links in a chain, if you do not do these things, you become that weak link in the strong and united response we need to have as a community.

My prayers and well wishes are with you all.

Cr Cynthia Watson
Mayor of Boroondara 

Protect yourself against the flu

Protect yourself against the flu dkran Mon 23 March 2020

Influenza is highly contagious and develops quickly. It can leave you feeling ill for weeks, meaning a lengthy period of time off work or school and staying away from family and friends. Your best defence against the flu is getting the influenza vaccine.

With the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), health services and emergency departments are likely to be under pressure. While the flu shot does not provide immunity against coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Health and Human Services is advising all Victorians to get the flu shot to reduce their risk. 

Children, the elderly, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of complications associated with the flu. 

Everyone over 6 months of age should get an annual flu shot to ensure they are protected during the peak flu season, which usually runs from June to September. None of the vaccines available in Australia contain live influenza viruses, so they cannot cause the flu. 

To find out when the flu shot is available near you, see Immunisation or call 9278 4711.

Free flu shots

In 2020 the Victorian Government will fund free flu shots for:

  • all children aged between 6 months to less than 5 years
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged above 6 months
  • pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • all people aged above 6 months who have certain medical conditions which increase the risk of influenza disease complications; for example, severe asthma, lung or heart disease, low immunity or diabetes
  • all adults aged above 65 years.

Anyone else wishing to receive their annual flu shot can attend one of our many immunisation sessions for a cost of $25, with no appointment necessary.

Remembering our local ‘Dam Busters’ hero this Anzac Day

Remembering our local ‘Dam Busters’ hero this Anzac Day dkran Thu 19 March 2020

The City of Boroondara is home to several important memorials commemorating residents who have served in conflicts.

A new one will be added in the lead up to Anzac Day at Bowen Gardens in Camberwell. The new plaque honours Flight Lieutenant RAAF Officer Les Knight DSO, one of Boroondara’s local World War II heroes.

Les Knight lived in Camberwell until he enlisted as a pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force in 1941. Knight was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his role in the ‘Dambusters Raid’ on the night of 16 May 1943.

This daring bombing raid resulted in the destruction of two hydroelectric dams and was immortalised in a 1955 movie, The Dam Busters. 

Knight died on 16 September 1943, aged just 22, when his stricken plane crashed after another bombing raid. Refusing to bail out with his crew, Knight instead continued to pilot the aircraft so that it wouldn’t crash
into the Dutch village of Den Ham. 

Set in landscaped gardens, there are few more pleasant places to contemplate the sacrifice of those who have served in our armed forces.

Camberwell Hockey Club: Masters player won’t retire anytime soon

Camberwell Hockey Club: Masters player won’t retire anytime soon dkran Thu 19 March 2020

The Camberwell Hockey Club epitomises an inclusive, ageless sporting environment, playing host to what is now the largest Masters League of over 35s on the east coast of Australia. 

With more than 200 players, the Masters League has created new pathways for senior players to continue their love of hockey. The league also encourages first time players to join and existing players to be involved in the club in other ways, like coaching junior teams.

Camberwell Hockey Club Masters player, recent retiree and oldest member of the club John Simpson hasn’t always played for the club. Growing up in India, spending 5 years in France and now living in Australia, he says he has been a “nomad” his whole life. 

“I used to play hockey in my younger years but found it hard to fit the sport into my working life because I moved around. Now I’m retired, I’ve loved being able to play regularly with my local club and feel a sense of belonging,” John said. 

“Playing at Camberwell Hockey Club has been an amazing way to build social networks, particularly when I arrived in Australia at 31 years old. It’s also been great for my physical fitness, increasing the strength and mobility of my body.” 

Club President Simon Winter said that it is a fantastic achievement to be playing competitive sport over the age of 70 and they were proud to be able to offer a league for this generation of player. 

“Over a decade ago the club spotted a gap for players aged over 35 years. This sparked an internal competition during summer which quickly turned from 4 teams, to 8, and so on. Now, 15 years later, we’re the biggest Masters League on the east coast,” Simon said.

Blending the ages of over 35s to 75s across all abilities at the club has created remarkable camaraderie and friendships on and off the field.

Sport has no boundaries. If your club has the capacity to accommodate a Masters League or variation on this, we encourage you to do so.

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

Celebrating 100 years of the Maternal and Child Health service in Boroondara

Celebrating 100 years of the Maternal and Child Health service in Boroondara dkran Thu 19 March 2020

This year we are celebrating the centenary of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Boroondara.

The first Baby Health Centre (as they were then known) in the City of Boroondara opened in November 1920 at the Kew Town Hall, 3 years after the service was established in Victoria. Over the last 100 years the service has made a meaningful difference to the lives of generations of residents, providing support to parents and their children.

Today, the service provides free health and developmental checks for children up to 4 years of age, as well as information and advice to new parents. A range of support groups is also offered, including for new parents and Mandarin speakers.

Claire Bayford, a new mother living in Kew, said she has found First Parent group meetings helpful for forming connections with other local parents.

Creating those friendships and networks is really valuable and it’s not something I would have been able to do without Council’s support. 

Mitchell Couchman, a member of the same parents’ group, said he enjoyed hearing that everyone else is going through similar experiences. “It’s good knowing that you’re not alone,” he said. 

For more information, see Maternal and Child Health Service or call 9278 4606.

Food Organics and Garden Organics update

Food Organics and Garden Organics update dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Bin collection frequency changes with FOGO 

From Monday 4 May 2020, our new Food Organics and Garden Organics kerbside bin collection service will commence for residents in single dwellings and in blocks of up to three units. These residents will be able to start putting food and garden waste in the same bin from this date.

To support this new service, the frequency of bin collections will also change from Monday 4 May. Your FOGO bin and your recycling bin will be collected weekly. With food and garden waste being diverted into your FOGO bin, your waste (landfill) bin collection will change from weekly to fortnightly.

Your FOGO bin

Residents who have a green waste bin will have their orange bin lid swapped over to a lime green FOGO lid. We are currently in the process of switching bin lids. Residents who don’t have a green waste bin will receive a new FOGO bin. A FOGO starter pack providing more information about the new service is also being delivered, including a new waste bin collection calendar.

We are committed to supporting residents with their transition to the new FOGO service. Read our tips and find out more at Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO).

FOGO rollout for residents of units and apartments

Do you live in a block consisting of 4 to 15 units or apartments?

Does Council collect your kerbside bins? 

If you answered yes to both questions, you will be part of the second phase of our FOGO rollout, taking place between May 2020 and June 2021. 

We are seeking expressions of interest from residents in the second phase of the rollout who would like to commence FOGO earlier. To determine if your property complex is eligible, please complete the online survey before 1 June 2020 and our Waste Team will be in touch with you. 

To fill out the form, go to Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO).

Cleaner and greener

Cleaner and greener dkran Thu 19 March 2020

As we prepare to develop our new Climate Action Plan with the community, it’s a good time to look back at what we’ve done to reduce our environmental footprint over the past decade through the Our Low Carbon Future Strategy. We have achieved a lot over that time. Below are some key highlights:

Beyond energy efficiency and renewable energy, we have also invested in biodiversity, waste management strategies, water conservation, pollution reduction and sustainable transport initiatives across the municipality. All of this is just the start. The new Climate Action Plan will continue to ensure our City and its residents tread more lightly on the earth.

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

Supporting young people this Victorian Youth Week

Supporting young people this Victorian Youth Week dkran Mon 23 March 2020

We assist young people all year round by offering valuable programs and services to help you be creative, get active, and have your say. Be sure to like ‘Boroondara Youth Services’ on Facebook to take part in virtual activities to celebrate Victorian Youth Week (Friday 3 April to Sunday 12 April 2020) these school holidays.

TAC L2P driving program

The TAC L2P learner driver mentor program is a free, state-wide initiative that matches eligible learner drivers with a supervising driver mentor.

The program helps learner drivers to meet the 120 hours of supervised driving practice required to obtain their probationary licence, which might not be possible if they don’t have access to a car or supervising driver.

We are currently taking expressions of interest for volunteer mentors and eligible young people who would like to take part in the program.

For more information, see TAC L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program or call 9278 4608.

Year 10 students to 'Takeover Melbourne'

One lucky Year 10 student will have the chance to tell a story about their life and represent the City of Boroondara in the ABC’s Takeover Melbourne competition. 

Takeover Melbourne provides a platform for young Melburnians to be heard and to share their experiences, challenges and passions with the rest of the city. 

The winners – one from each council in greater metropolitan Melbourne – will have their stories featured locally and nationally on the ABC. 

They will also attend the Takeover Melbourne Summit for a week of leadership development and have the opportunity to take over some of the city’s biggest institutions, including Melbourne Town Hall. The idea is to empower the students to design a brighter future for their city. 

Competition entries should tell a true story about the student or their community. It could be a personal story about an aspect or moment of their life, a challenge they’ve overcome or something important that has happened in their community. 

Entries are open now and close on Friday 26 June 2020. Winners will be announced in September 2020.

For more information and to enter the competition, see our ‘Takeover Melbourne’ page or call 9278 4444.

Our Youth Support team are here for you 
The Youth Support team are always on hand to provide support for young people. While the 360 Youth Resource Centre is temporarily closed, you can continue to contact the team by emailing [email protected] at any time, or by calling us on 9278 4608 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Award-winning centre provides important community support

Award-winning centre provides important community support dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Community members are the real winners after Greythorn Community Hub, a multi-purpose community facility in Balwyn North, took out the top spot in the Community Assets and Infrastructure Initiative category at the 2020 LGPro Awards for Excellence.

Since opening in September 2018, Greythorn Community Hub has provided people of all ages with a one-stop destination to access valuable services, programs and activities.

The Hub features include:

  • a neighbourhood house
  • a library lounge
  • a maternal and child health centre
  • a childcare facility
  • North Balwyn RSL
  • allied health services.

North Balwyn RSL has been instrumental in contributing to the development of the Hub.

The award recognised our initiative of co-locating a range of much needed community services, as well as demonstrating a new model of collaboration and partnership in the development and management of community assets.

The annual LGPro Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate the outstanding projects and initiatives being delivered by councils across Victoria. Now in their 16th year, they are the key awards for the local government sector. Almost 100 nominations were received across 10 categories this year.

Greythorn Community Hub

A message from Boroondara Neighbourhood Houses

Neighbourhood houses and community centres bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities.

Due to the rapidly changing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking precautionary steps to keep the community and staff healthy and safe, and some centres will close temporarily. We are exploring ways to keep in touch so the community can still feel connected.

For current information about what’s on offer, please contact the individual centre. Contact information is available at

Beyond books

Beyond books dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Story Box Library

Did you know Boroondara Library Service offers Story Box Library. This subscription-based educational website allows children to view stories by local authors and illustrators. The stories are read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.

For more information, see eBooks and audio books.

Scroll down to access the Story Box Library home page.

Kanopy Kids

Your Boroondara Library Service membership provides access to Kanopy Kids. This streaming service showcases a range of films and TV shows under categories such as Story Time, TV Series and Classic Tales, as well as educational documentaries.

For more information, see Kanopy streaming service.

Follow the instructions to access Kanopy, then navigate to the selection of children’s content called Kanopy Kids.

Freegal music streaming

Stream and download free music and videos from a variety of artists, genres and record labels with your Boroondara Library Service membership.

For more information, see Film and music streaming.

A seated woman wearing headphones watches her tablet

Our local wildlife needs you - and your garden

Our local wildlife needs you - and your garden dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Do you want to learn how to make your garden or outdoor space more attractive to wildlife?

Although the City of Boroondara is an urban area, it is still home to an impressive range of wildlife. Furry visitors to our gardens and parks include the grey-headed flying fox, sugar glider and rakali – our handsome native water rat. Feathered friends include the rainbow lorikeet, eastern spinebill, and spotted pardalote.

We are actively protecting these and other unique animals by enhancing our biodiversity zones – and you can play a vital role.

Did you know that by choosing the right plants and wildlife friendly features for your garden you can create valuable stepping stones to help animals move safely between parks and reserves?

Our Backyard Biodiversity booklet can help you plan and create a wildlife friendly garden. The booklet provides information on native wildlife found in Boroondara, and steps for planning a garden using local indigenous plants to provide habitat for wildlife. You can download it below. 

Two women pose while digging in a garden

Wildlife gardening tips to help your garden project succeed

  • Plant a tall, mature eucalypt or wattle tree.
  • Add a patch of natural mulch or leaf litter for beetles and worms.
  • Grow a clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter.
  • Plant nectar-rich plants for honeyeaters.
  • Position a birdbath in a high, sheltered location.
  • Build a frog-friendly pond.
  • Plan a warm, sheltered corner, including some rocks in the sun, for lizards.
  • Sow daisies for butterflies.
  • Plant native grasses and groundcovers as an alternative to lawns.
  • Keep the garden chemical and insecticide free.
  • Keep your cat in at night to protect nesting birds, reptiles and native mammals.

Download our Backyard Biodiversity guide for great wildlife gardening tips

Council meetings, notices and events

Council meetings, notices and events dkran Thu 19 March 2020

Council meetings in April

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

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.

Book now for an April bundled green waste collection

Recycle your autumn prunings by booking bundled green waste collection. Each residential property can book one collection for April, which can be used to recycle up to two cubic metres of bundled and tied green waste.

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

Bookings close on Friday 24 April 2020.

Changes to bin collections over the Easter holidays

Collections normally scheduled for Friday 10 April 2020 will be delayed by one day due to the Good Friday public holiday. These bins will be collected on Saturday 11 April 2020 instead.

The normal collection schedule will resume after this date. Collections for all other days will remain unchanged.

Nominate for the Boroondara Urban Design Awards

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

Nominations close Friday 15 May 2020.
Urban Design Awards winning buildings

Search for volunteer roles online

Use the new volunteering portal on our website and learn how your time can make a difference today.

• Explore over 200 exciting volunteer opportunities
• Find volunteer roles that match your skills, interests and availability
• Register your professional skills on the Boroondara Volunteer Skills Bank

Boroondara Councillors

Boroondara Councillors dkran Thu 19 March 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 Thu 19 March 2020

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