Boroondara Bulletin - December 2020 / January 2021

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Join the Christmas festivities

Enjoy a variety of in-person and online activities for the whole family this holiday season.

Shop, dine and support local

Explore the new ways you can support local businesses as they re-open.

Delivering for our community throughout Boroondara

Learn about our achievements over the last four years from our newly elected councillors.

Waste and sustainability

Learn how to reduce waste this holiday season and if there are changes to your bin collections.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson kreynold Wed 2 December 2020

I am truly honoured and humbled to have been elected Mayor and am very much looking forward to working with our new group of Councillors and the City of Boroondara on the many initiatives we have in train including:

  • $80m in capital works projects to meet community needs including the new Kew Recreation Centre and a new community precinct in Canterbury
  • Continued funding of COVID-19 support and relief activities
  • Minimising our environmental footprint by investing more than $4m on a range of initiatives including furthering our municipal climate action plan.

Our Council will be driven by a desire to enhance our open spaces and accessibility, and to protect our biodiversity, heritage and amenity. We have some great work underway such as our Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study, and purchase of 100 per cent clean energy.

Our experience of COVID-19 has sheeted home the importance of having outdoor spaces, walking trails and sporting fields to enjoy. Our health and wellbeing are more important than ever before, and this is intrinsically linked to our environment: where and how we live.

I am committed to building on the special qualities of Boroondara, home to 180,000 residents. We have taken significant steps to realise the vision of our customer first program, which will provide a personalised customer experience in line with a smart cities approach. This means people will be able to interact with the municipality anytime, anywhere, using any device to access things that are important to them in real-time.

Over the past year, we have seen our community bond over renewed support for everything local, and a revival of community spirit. We are in service to our community. It’s timely to re-examine its needs and aspirations, and truly understand them. I encourage you to tell us what is most important to you now in Boroondara and shape our Boroondara Community Plan.

We have the makings of an extraordinary Council. I am filled with hope and optimism for our community and believe we will leave a positive imprint on the Boroondara community.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara

Shop, dine and support local

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We all love our local neighbourhoods – the shops and services we need are close by, they are easy to get to and we see friendly, familiar faces. Plus, a strong local economy is important for fostering a sense of community and keeping our neighbourhoods vibrant.

As many local businesses re-open, let’s support our fellow locals the best we can – they need it now more than ever. Below are some of the new exciting ways you can support local and help to bring the vibrancy back to the streets of Boroondara that we all know and love!

Outdoor tables and chairs sheltered by large umbrellas on a sunny day. In the background the clocktower of Hawthorn Arts Centre can be seen.


It’s now easier than ever to shop and support local Boroondara businesses with the new Love Local Life online directory.

With over 53 shopping strips and more than 5,500 businesses across our neighbourhoods, you can find all your favourite products and services by simply exploring

Many businesses have also adapted under the current circumstances to offer a variety of COVIDsafe options, including click and collect, contactless delivery, outdoor dining and more. The Love Local Life directory allows you to find businesses offering the services that suit you best.

Local businesses need all the help they can get right now, so it’s great to have a new platform like Love Local Life to connect with the community.

Business owners are also excited to be joining the Love Local Life community and are embracing the new free platform to promote their businesses.

“As a new business, established at the beginning of 2020, it’s been quite a year,” said Paolo Tommasini, Director of Co.Lab AV Productions in Kew.

Remember – love local, live local, and shop local whenever you can:

Dine alfresco

We’ve partnered with local businesses and trader associations to enable more outdoor dining across Boroondara by fast tracking permit applications and waiving all permit fees to help local businesses get back into action quickly and safely. You can now enjoy extended outdoor dining space at some of your favourite local restaurants, cafes and bars, on footpaths, businesses’ private land (like courtyards), and public spaces (such as civic squares and parks).

We’ve supported businesses to create more outdoor dining opportunities in some car parking bays by installing ‘parklets’ – temporary spaces to accommodate customers made safe by fencing, traffic safety barriers and planters.

Michael Koutroulis, owner and manager of Santoni in Hawthorn – one of many businesses taking advantage of more outdoor dining – is grateful for the opportunity to extend their trading space to accommodate more customers. “It has been a much needed lifeline. To be able to serve customers and keep everyone safe is great,” he said.

Since businesses were allowed to reopen their doors for COVIDSafe dining, the community response has been incredibly positive. “After being through such a hard year, it’s great to see our community relax and make up for lost time in a safe setting,” Michael said. “It is just great that out of such a dark year, we are all coming together to help each other in new innovative ways, which benefit the community as a whole.”

    Join the Christmas festivities

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    While some of our more traditional Christmas celebrations may not be happening due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are determined to still bring you the usual festive cheer with some exciting events planned.

    For the first time, residents will be able to tune in at 4pm on Friday 18 December to a spectacular Christmas concert from the comfort of home.

    The family-friendly concert will feature lively musical performances from favourites like Sylvie Paladino and other talents from  Boroondara and beyond, plus a special appearance from you know who! You can also enjoy a variety of other in-person and online activities including:

    • Christmas Magic on Glenferrie event with festive lighting and live music
    • Family Christmas cooking classes
    • Christmas storytime events for children
    • Creative activities to make and do at home.

    See the colourful spectacle of Christmas decorations across the municipality, including Hawthorn Arts Centre, Kew Court House and Camberwell Municipal Offices decorated with spectacular lights, and Boroondara’s signature Christmas trees at Beswicke Square, Hawthorn and the Camberwell Library forecourt.

    The Chryssikos family from Camberwell

    Angela and her husband Jim, and their seven-year-old twins, Lucas and Zoe, are among the residents excited about Christmas and all the events happening across the neighbourhood.

    “For Christmas we would normally start the day by opening the gifts Santa has delivered and enjoy a light brekkie at home. Then the rest of the day is about extended family and lots of food!” Angela said.

    “We will also be ensuring that we shop local. We just love the Burke Road shopping precinct and we have tried to support all the local cafes and restaurants throughout the lockdown period. We will continue to do so over the festive season,” she said.

    “Christmas is all about lights, music and magic so we are very much looking forward to Christmas Magic on Glenferrie with festive lighting and live music”.

    Annual Gift Giving Program

    We are pleased to be partnering with local community organisation You Matter for this year’s annual gift giving program.

    You can donate a new book or purchase a gift card from one of our local businesses and the next time you visit your local library, please bring it to leave with staff.

    All books and gift cards donated will be given to local community organisation You Matter, which provides relocation assistance to children and caregivers who have left their family home as a result of domestic violence.

    For more information visit Christmas in Boroondara or call 9278 4444.

    Refreshing your Boroondara Community Plan

    Refreshing your Boroondara Community Plan kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    In 2017, we received over 11,845 responses from the community to help shape the Boroondara Community Plan 2017-27.

    This plan sets out a ten-year vision for the future, guiding our decision making to ensure we deliver what you told us is most important. It informs our budget, policies, strategies and projects, so that your priorities are central to everything we do.

    Much can change in four years. Now, we’re seeking your feedback to refresh the Boroondara Community Plan, to ensure it meets your current needs and aspirations.

    Have your say

    Throughout December and January, participate in a short online survey to tell us what is most important to you, your family and your community now, and in future.

    Have your say at − a new, online engagement platform we’re trialling to make it easier for you to tell us what you think of upcoming Council initiatives, projects and services.

    You may be contacted by Wallis Market and Social Research to complete the survey over the phone.

    For more information

    Email: [email protected]

    Call: 9278 4427

    Website: Boroondara Community Plan

    If you need help to complete the survey in a language other than English, our free interpreting service can help. Call 9278 4002.

    Delivering for our community throughout Boroondara

    Our newly elected councillors are excited about the refresh of the Boroondara Community Plan (BCP). Here they share what we’ve achieved together over the past four years and their commitment to delivering projects and services that will respond to the priorities that matter most to you.

    Cr Jim Parke - Bellevue Ward

    Many important projects have been delivered in Bellevue Ward, which respond to what you told us was important, such as:

    • Development of the award-winning Greythorn Community Hub, where you can access library services, maternal and child health services, a neighbourhood house and other community support services, within a modern and convenient location
    • Improvements at Greythorn Central shopping centre to enhance its amenity and safety
    • Creation of Willsmere Station Community Garden to help build community capacity to live sustainably.

    Your input is key to ensuring we continue to meet the diverse needs of our community. I look forward to hearing from you as we refresh the Boroondara Community Plan.

    Cr Felicity Sinfield - Cotham Ward

    We have delivered many of the BCP priorities within Cotham Ward, including:

    • Renewal of community facilities at the much-loved Kew Traffic School
    • Completion of the Kew Heritage Gap Study to protect heritage properties and precincts, and preserve neighbourhood character for future generations
    • Improving amenity and lighting at Stradbroke and Macleay parks
    • Development of plans to upgrade clubhouse facilities at Rathmines Reserve
    • Ongoing support for our local economy, including works in Cotham Village.

    I have enjoyed working and engaging with you on these projects, and I look forward to listening to your ideas for the future.

    Cr Victor Franco - Gardiner Ward

    As a newly elected councillor, I look forward to ensuring Council delivers what’s important to our community, including:

    • Open, transparent government with effective community engagement
    • A climate action plan establishing us as an environmental leader
    • A cycling strategy providing safe on-street bicycle paths and safety improvements to our shared paths, such as Gardiners Creek and Anniversary Trail
    • Expanding and enhancing our parks and open spaces.

    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it is timely that we consult our community to ensure we provide appropriate support and relief for those in need. The lockdown has seen our community take to our parks, as well as walking and cycling trails, in record numbers. This has created new challenges and opportunities that need our attention.

    Cr Wes Gault - Glenferrie Ward

    As your new councillor and a passionate Boroondara resident, it is pleasing to see some of the projects that are underway and have the potential to revitalise Glenferrie Ward, including:

    • Completion of the Hawthorn Heritage Gap Study to preserve the city’s history and protect heritage properties and precincts, for which Council is currently awaiting the Minister of Planning’s final approval
    • Agreement by the new Council to establish a Glenferrie Precinct Development Plan Advisory Committee. It will oversee completion and implementation of the Glenferrie Place Plan, the Grace Park Masterplan, including the redevelopment of the Tuck Stand, engagement with Swinburne University, Glenferrie businesses including the Glenferrie Traders’ Association and other stakeholders. The committee will help coordinate these initiatives and guide development of the precinct
    • Agreement for the establishment of a Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee to work with officers on development of Boroondara’s Climate Action Plan.

    Though we face ongoing real challenges with COVID-19 and climate change, I am passionate about working on these together and learning about your priorities in Boroondara.

    Cr Di Gillies - Junction Ward

    I endorse Council’s vision for a vibrant and inclusive city, meeting the needs and aspirations of our community, and look forward to the responsibility of fulfilling this. Some projects that contribute to this include:

    • Construction of the new Camberwell Community Centre to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community, now and in future
    • A variety of measures to encourage the community to spend locally
    • A range of activities to preserve the city’s history and protect heritage properties and precincts, including introducing the heritage overlays in the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

    I stand for our community and look forward to hearing your feedback to ensure Council’s vision reflects your aspirations.

    Cr Lisa Hollingsworth - Lynden Ward

    In the spirit of building a vibrant future for Boroondara, I am committed to continuing to improve, protect and deliver what is important to you as voiced in the Boroondara Community Plan, a roadmap developed to achieve the collective vision of our community, by implementing:

    • Shopping centre improvements with activation of placemaking destinations to increase vibrancy and functionality to enhance our sense of community
    • Anniversary Trail through Riversdale Park providing family friendly, off-road access for pedestrians and cyclists catering to all ages and abilities
    • Heritage Gap Studies to preserve the city’s history and protect heritage properties and precincts by introducing heritage overlays.

    I thank you for the opportunity to continue representing your interests, and I look forward to working with you as we build a better Boroondara.

    Cr Jane Addis - Maling Ward

    I am very pleased to continue working with the Maling Ward community to plan and deliver significant projects in our area including:

    • Renewal of community facilities − Balwyn Community Centre, Canterbury Tennis Club, Canterbury Hockey Club and Balwyn Park − and we are about to start construction of the Canterbury Community Precinct
    • The Maling Road placemaking project, which is based on your feedback about what will make Maling Road more inviting for us to shop and meet with our friends
    • Completion of the Canterbury Heritage Gap Study, which introduced heritage overlays into the Boroondara Planning Scheme to protect our heritage properties and precincts.

    It is wonderful to see how these projects have encouraged participation in community life. Your ongoing feedback is important and will help shape our vision to ensure we deliver the things important to you.

    Cr Cynthia Watson - Maranoa Ward

    Many services and initiatives have been delivered in Maranoa Ward over the past four years, including:

    • Completion of the Gordon Barnard Reserve raingarden and treatment works at the Boroondara Sports Complex to help care for our natural environment
    • Improvement of Whitehorse Road shopping precinct and Yerrin Street in Balwyn to enhance shopping ambience
    • Official acknowledgement of the special history of the Maranoa Gardens by formally naming them the Maranoa Botanic Gardens and publishing a Florilegium in collaboration with the Balwyn Community Centre Botanical Art Group
    • Completion of upgrades to the Balwyn East Kindergarten and Balwyn Maternal and Child Health Centre
    • Completion of heritage assessments and the introduction of Heritage Overlays to protect iconic buildings like the Balwyn Cinema.

    I encourage you to have your say on how we can better meet your needs. Let our hopes and dreams ignite our imagination and resilience strengthen our resolve to build a better future.

    Cr Susan Biggar - Riversdale Ward

    The Boroondara Community Plan provides a great opportunity to improve how we live, work and play locally, and your input is important. Let’s build on some recent achievements:

    • Completion of the Hawthorn Heritage Gap Study and progression of the Hawthorn East Heritage Gap Study. Both studies will introduce heritage overlays in the Boroondara Planning Scheme to protect heritage properties and precincts
    • Lighting upgrades, using sustainable and energy-efficient solutions along the Gardiners Creek Trail between Patterson Reserve and Burke Road
    • Improvements to sporting facilities such as lighting at HA Smith Reserve and Burwood Reserve
    • Ongoing support and promotion of shopping local with our phenomenal Boroondara Farmers Market.

    Many of us plan on spending more time in Boroondara, so let’s make it an even better place to live. Get involved and tell us what matters to you.

    Cr Garry Thompson - Solway Ward

    Reflecting on what we have achieved in Solway Ward, I am filled with optimism for our future. During the past four years, together we have:

    • Completed the redevelopment of Ashburton Seniors Centre
    • Begun consultation and design to renew the Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
    • Begun the Glen Iris Heritage Gap Study
    • Supported our local traders through grants and promotion, including funding for the Ashburton Festival
    • Advocated for a better outcome for the Markham Estate public housing redevelopment.

    One thing is for sure: ‘a rolling stone gathers no moss’, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the next chapter.

    Cr Nick Stavrou - Studley Ward

    As a first term councillor, I’m excited to be part of this consultation and to help shape the Boroondara Community Plan. Some of the key projects that have been delivered in Studley Ward include:

    • Completion of the Kew Heritage Gap Study to preserve the city’s history and protect heritage properties and precincts
    • Beginning the redevelopment of the Kew Recreation Centre, transforming it into a modern facility, suitable for all ages and abilities
    • Advocacy for the safety of users of the Walmer Street Bridge and Yarra Boulevard
    • Beginning the design of a regional playground in Victoria Park.

    I look forward to working with you to make Studley Ward and Boroondara the best version of itself for the future of our community.

    Get active this summer

    Get active this summer kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    As Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, we are excited for community sport to recommence and recreation facilities to open up. Here are a few ideas on how you can have fun and get active in Boroondara this summer, while staying COVID-19 safe.

    Leisure and aquatic facilities

    If you’re keen to hit the gym for a workout or dive into the pool, we encourage you to check out one of our three leisure and aquatic facilities.

    Due to COVID-19, additional health and wellbeing measures are in place to protect the community.

    Visit Boroondara leisure facilities.

    Join a local sports team

    Organised sport is a fantastic way to keep active and make connections. There’s a great range of sporting clubs and exercise groups for people of all ages, abilities and interests.

    Visit sporting clubs.

    Skate and BMX parks

    Our skate and BMX parks are great for skateboarding, scootering, and BMX track riding for all ages and abilities.

    Visit skate and BMX parks.

    Hit the local trails

    Five shared walking and bike paths are the perfect place to enjoy nature, jog or cycle all year round.

    Visit cycling and walking.

    Remember to follow the Victorian Government’s social distancing guidelines and practise good hygiene at all times to protect not only your health and wellbeing, but those around you.

    Staying safe around water

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, essential swimming and water safety programs for the community have not been possible. These  programs teach children vital lifesaving survival skills.

    YMCA has a modified learn-to-swim program so children can get back in the water in a fun and safe way.

    Top water safety tips from Royal Life Saving Australia:

    • Children must always be supervised. Don’t assume at a social event that someone else is supervising.
    • Most drowning deaths occur when a caregiver’s attention is divided. Nominate a designated ‘child supervisor’ and rotate the supervision.
    • Buckets, bathtubs, eskies (coolers), fountains, fishponds, drains, inflatable pools, and even pet bowls pose a major drowning risk. It is crucial these are emptied, covered and put away – not left to fill up with water.

    For more information, visit Boroondara Leisure.

    Two swimmers sitting on the edge of the pool. swimming lane stretches out ahead of them.

    Boroondara Arts - What's on

    Boroondara Arts - What's on kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    What's on at Hawthorn Arts Centre

    2020 Boroondara Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Final

    In an Australian first, this year’s Boroondara Eisteddfod moved to an online, digital format.

    Boroondara Arts is proud to present the 2020 Eisteddfod Piano Concerto Final online, featuring performances from three virtuosic young pianists, with one set to receive the coveted Piano Concerto Award.

    Available to view from 6pm Friday 11 December 2020 for a limited time only online at Boroondara Arts.

    Special events

    Start packing your picnics!

    Boroondara’s Summer in the Park is returning in 2021 with 33 FREE COVID-19-safe outdoor events across six weekends in January, February and March 2021.

    Each 90-minute session will have a limited audience size to provide a COVID-19-safe environment. Group bookings will be available for up to five people, with allocated areas including an umbrella and a fantastic view of the performance area.

    • Jazz in the Park - 30 and 31 January 2021
    • Cinema in the Park - 6 and 7 February 2021
    • Classical in the Park - 20 and 21 February 2021
    • Latin in the Park - 27 and 28 February 2021
    • Comedy in the Park - Saturday 6 March 2021
    • Opera in the Park - 13 and 14 March 2021

    Maranoa Botanic Gardens Florilegium – the perfect Christmas gift

    The Maranoa Botanic Gardens Florilegium documents many of the fascinating plants within the Maranoa Botanic Gardens in Balwyn. Through intricate and exquisite botanical paintings created by the Balwyn Botanical Art Group, led by art tutor Margaret Castle, the Florilegium captures the flora of the unique botanic gardens.

    Filled with watercolour paintings and drawings in pencil, pen and ink, this beautiful hard cover publication is the result of extensive research of the plant specimens and the botanical descriptions to accompany each of the illustrations.

    Designed and printed in Melbourne, the Maranoa Botanic Gardens Florilegium is accompanied by gift cards, notebooks and napery featuring the botanical paintings, all available just in time for Christmas.

    For more information, including how to purchase, visit our online shop.

    Boroondara Youth

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    Victorian Youth Month

    Victorian Youth Month is a celebration of young people and an opportunity for them to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It’s also lots of fun and recognises the positive contributions young people make to their communities. Usually held across one week in April, this year’s event is a special month-long celebration until 15 December, with all events taking place online due to COVID-19. Highlights include a virtual silent disco, a youth music event with live performances and online reading events.

    For more information visit Celebrating Victorian Youth Month or call 9278 4608.

    Mentors wanted

    The TAC L2P program is a free, statewide initiative that matches eligible learner drivers with a supervising driver mentor. The program helps learner drivers meet the 120 hours of supervised driving practice required to obtain their probationary licence. This might not be possible if the young person doesn’t have access to a car or supervised driving.

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

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

    Driver giving a thumbs up to the camera.

    Supporting our future leaders

    YMCA Victoria holds a Youth Parliament program each year to empower young people to stand up and be heard in Parliament chambers. This year, Boroondara students Sophie Chiew, Sophia Li and Rino Suwa identified the problem of single-use plastics within their community, drafting and submitting a bill taxing manufacturers of single-use plastics.

    “I’m very passionate about politics and when I read about the program, I was really interested in the opportunity to learn about how State politics operates first-hand,” Sophie said.

    The program provides a unique chance for you to have your voice heard by our State Government, while working alongside other like-minded young Victorians.

    Sophie said the Boroondara Youth team were very supportive throughout the experience. “They created a group of really enthusiastic people who were all amazing to work with – I don’t think we could’ve participated in it without their support.”

    Boroondara Youth are committed to supporting, encouraging and providing opportunities for young people in our community.

    For more information visit Young people or call 9278 4608.

    Three high school aged girls Sophie Chiew, Sophia Li and Rino Suwa sitting on the steps in front of the metal ball sculpture in Hawthorn.

    Waste and sustainability

    Waste and sustainability kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    Reduce your festive waste

    Waste can be a real challenge for many households during the festive season. Here are some simple tips to help reduce waste during this time:


    • Make a shopping list and stick to it – this helps avoid unnecessary purchases and saves money and waste.
    • Shop for seasonal, package-free produce at your local fresh food or farmers’ market for your festive feast.
    • Consider a donation or an experience as a gift instead of physical gifts.


    • Safely refrigerate your leftover food and reinvent it into different meals – there are plenty of delicious and simple recipes available online.
    • Buy a real Christmas tree in a pot and reuse it every year. If you do buy a real cut tree, book in for our free Christmas tree collection service in January.
    • Buy gifts from a charity/op shop or look for products made with recycled materials.


    • Recycle food scraps using your kerbside FOGO bin or home compost bin, turning it into valuable material for your garden to flourish.
    • Put empty, food-free hard plastic containers and bottles, glass bottles and jars, paper wrappings and envelopes, cards and cardboard, tins/cans and foil in your recycling bin.
    • Recycle flexible/soft plastics via the REDcycle collection program, with drop-off bins located at your local Coles and Woolworths customer service desks.

    For more information visit Avoiding waste.

    Bin collection changes this festive season

    Residents with regular Friday collections will have their kerbside bins collected on the following dates, instead of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day:

    • Saturday 26 December 2020 – substitute for Friday 25 December 2020.
    • Saturday 2 January 2021 – substitute for Friday 1 January 2021.

    Please place your bins out the night before collection only.

    Book your free Christmas tree collection

    You can easily dispose of your real Christmas tree this January with a booked collection at no cost to you.

    Collections will operate from Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 5 February 2021. Please note only real Christmas trees will be collected, not plastic.

    Bookings open on Monday 7 December 2020 and close at 2pm Friday 29 January 2021.

    To book your collection visit Book a Christmas tree collection or call 9278 4444.

    Expansion of BPAY payment option

    Expansion of BPAY payment option kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    BPAY is now available for permit applications, making it easier to pay bills online without a surcharge or entering credit/debit card details.

    BPAY is commonly used in the community, and we wanted it to be more readily available for you when paying Council bills including regulatory applications, for example an application for a planning permit.

    BPAY is an electronic bill payment system, which enables payments to be made through a financial institution’s online, mobile or telephone banking facility to organisations that are registered BPAY billers.

    This initiative was delivered by Transforming Boroondara, a program that aims to provide you with a consistent customer experience and more choices for connecting with us.

    For more information visit Transforming Boroondara.

    Hand holding a smartphone which displays the word 'approved'.

    Staying engaged, healthy and happy

    Staying engaged, healthy and happy kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    Our Add Life ambassadors tell us how they’ve been keeping busy during lockdown. Given the Add Life program has been largely on hold during the past few months, it was wonderful to hear how our ambassadors have been keeping fit and having fun during such a challenging time, and sharing these new-found ways with our broader community.

    Balwyn Add Life ambassador Radha Raghunath said encouraging other seniors in Boroondara to stay healthy, happy and engaged was about “looking outside the box”. “Figure out what works for you,” Radha said.

    “We can still borrow books from the library and it is easy to have regular calls with your friends.”

    Radha told us she’s been staying in touch with friends with the help of technology. “I am using the gadgets to the maximum. We have celebrated a few milestone birthdays and a baby christening on Zoom calls. One of our friends even hosted a fun trivia evening with a group of friends,” Radha said.

    Add Life ambassador Radha Raghunath siting at a table outside with a laptop and a mug.

    Add Life ambassador Beryl Jones from Kew said she too had been using technology in new ways. Beryl is a student at University of the Third Age (U3A), an organisation providing courses to retirees and those not in full-time employment. “My U3A Deepdene classes have been via Zoom, which is helpful,” Beryl said.

    As well as keeping her mind active, Beryl said she was conscious of the importance of physical health.

    “From my own perspective I know that remaining active is essential, so instead of attending the local gymnasium I have been walking every day and challenging myself with distances as well as sessions on my exercise bike,” she said.

    Add Life ambassador Beryl Jones sitting on a garden bench.

    The Add Life program is all about staying active and connected as we mature. Search our over 55s website for inspiration on activities, services and information to keep you healthy and happy.

    To add life to your years visit Over 55s.

    What’s on around Boroondara

    What’s on around Boroondara kreynold Thu 3 December 2020

    Summer fun these school holidays

    Keep the kids entertained and kick boredom to the kerb this summer with our summer school holiday program.

    The program is jam-packed full of fun, educational and interactive virtual events and activities. Ranging from Bollywood dancing and National Gallery of Victoria Kids on Tour through to creating recyclable fashion with tie-dying – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

    Whether you’re spending the school holidays at home or at the beach, kids can also explore our library digital collection, including the latest '130-Storey Treehouse' by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as an eBook or eAudio.

    Events and activities include ticketed, low cost and free options, catering to toddlers, children and young people up to 18 years of age. The school holiday program runs throughout January.

    For more information and to book visit school holiday activities.

    Two young boys whose faces covered in sequins.

    Prevent and report fire hazards

    We all play a role in keeping our community safe during the fire season, so it’s important to ensure your property is not a fire risk this summer.

    All residents are required by our Amenity Local Law to keep their property free of fire hazards, by mowing lawns regularly, storing building materials and firewood neatly away from your house and fence lines, and removing dead foliage, leaves and undergrowth from outdoor areas.

    We investigate reports of potential fire hazards, with annual property inspections underway and continuing through to February 2021.

    For information about keeping your property safe this summer or to report a hazardous property visit fire prevention or call 9278 4444.

    Catch up on missed vaccinations

    We know this year has created many disruptions for students, including missing important vaccinations they would usually receive through our Secondary School Immunisation Program. These include:

    • Year 7 – human papillomavirus and diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) 
    • Year 10 – meningococcal ACWY.

    Our immunisation service is offering free catch-up sessions for all Boroondara students. To book an appointment visit our Immunisation page.

    For more information, email [email protected] or call 9278 4711.

    Who is our Citizen of the Year?

    Boroondara’s Citizen of the Year 2021 will be named at Council’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January. The award recognises those who have shown exceptional leadership or commitment towards improving the quality of life for others in the Boroondara community.

    Event details may change in line with directives from the Victorian Government on COVID-19 restrictions.

    For up-to-date information visit citizens and volunteer awards.

    Boroondara Library Service

    Boroondara Library Service has been adapting since COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020.

    Our events have moved to online participation and there has been a greater focus on digital collections such as eBooks, audiobooks, e-magazines and online information resources, as well as book deliveries and Bundle & Collect services.

    As we approach the festive and holiday season, our service delivery may change in line with the Victorian Government’s directions related to COVID-19. We will email members with updates to inform of any changes as they occur.

    For more information visit Libraries or call 9278 4666.

    Pile of books decorated with tinsel and pine cones.

    What’s on at your neighbourhood house

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    If there is an interest or a passion you’d like to pursue, your local neighbourhood house has a range of courses, classes and workshops to explore. Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop your skills or join a social group.

    There are options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community. Get in contact with your local house and find out what they offer.

    English as an additional language

    Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

    Join our enrolment and interview day. Bookings essential for interviews.
    When: 10 am to 2:30 pm, Friday 29 January 2021.

    Drawing and thinking

    Ashburton Community Centre

    Develop your drawing skills with a wide range of techniques.
    When: 10 am to 12 noon, and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Fridays.
    Cost: call for details.

    Introduction to acrylic painting workshop

    Balwyn Community Centre

    Find out if acrylic painting is right for you in this one-off introductory session.
    When: 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday 14 February 2021.
    Cost: $86 (one session)

    CCS approved childcare sessional

    Bowen Street Community Centre

    Three-hour childcare – 9:15 am to 12:15 pm and five-hour childcare – 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, Wednesday and Friday's.
    Cost: on application

    Ceramics is back in 2021

    Camberwell Community Centre

    Multiple classes in hand-building and wheel-throwing with our professional ceramicists.
    When: Classes start from 1 February 2021.
    Cost: $340 (eight sessions) includes all materials and firing.

    Watercolour (beginners to advanced)

    Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

    Learn at your own pace with artist Deb Mawdsley. Tuesdays online.
    When: Tuesdays online.
    Cost: $80

    Occasional sessional childcare

    The Craig Family Centre

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

    Hawthorn Community House

    Hawthorn Community House

    Explore all our wonderful classes and workshops on our website.
    When: Term 1 commences Monday 1 February.
    Cost: Free and low-cost programs available.

    Create your own website

    Kew Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

    Learn how to create a professional looking website.
    When: 1 pm to 3 m, Thursdays.
    Cost: $80 (eight sessions)

    Bee skep workshop

    Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

    Make a bee skep with cane and straw using basketry techniques.
    When: 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 January 2021.
    Cost: $180 (two sessions)

    School holiday program

    Trentwood at the Hub

    Fun activities for primary aged school children.
    When: 1:30 pm to 3:30pm, Tuesday 19 January and Thursday 21 January 2021.
    Cost: contact us for details.

    More information

    Download a copy of the full Short Course Guide at our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.

    Boroondara councillors

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    Cr Garry Thompson, Mayor

    Solway Ward

    Including parts of Ashburton and Glen Iris and Camberwell

    Ph: 9278 4457
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Victor Franco

    Gardiner Ward

    Including parts of Hawthorn East, Camberwell, Ashburton and Glen Iris.

    Ph: 9835 7842
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Cynthia Watson, Deputy Mayor

    Maranoa Ward

    Including parts of Balwyn, Balwyn North and Mont Albert

    Ph: 9835 7846
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Wes Gault

    Glenferrie Ward

    Including parts of Hawthorn and Kew
    Ph: 9835 7849
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Jim Parke

    Bellevue Ward

    Including parts of Kew East and Balwyn North

    Ph: 9835 7840
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Di Gillies

    Junction Ward

    Including parts of Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Camberwell and Canterbury
    Ph: 9835 7843
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Felicity Sinfield

    Cotham Ward

    Including parts of Deepdene, Kew, Kew East, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Canterbury, Camberwell, Hawthorn East and Hawthorn.

    Ph: 9835 7841
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Lisa Hollingsworth

    Lynden Ward

    Including parts of Camberwell, Surrey Hills and Canterbury

    Ph: 9835 7844
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Jane Addis

    Maling Ward

    Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Deepdene and Balwyn

    Ph: 9835 7845
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Susan Biggar

    Riversdale Ward

    Including parts of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East and Glen Iris
    Ph: 9835 7810
    E: [email protected]

    Cr Nick Stavrou

    Studley Ward

    Including parts of Kew
    Ph: 9835 7848
    E: [email protected]