Boroondara Bulletin - February 2021

Boroondara Bulletin - February 2021 tedwards Wed 20 January 2021


Our Citizens and Volunteers of the Year

Join us in congratulating 2021 Boroondara Citizens of the Year. Well-deserving community members were recognised for their commitment to improving others' quality of life. 

Meet the winners

Get the ball rolling 

Organised sport is a fantastic way to get active and make friends in your community. There's a great range of sport on offer in Boroondara, with something for people of all ages and abilities.

Discover summer sports

Ready, set, go!

The Kew Traffic School has reopened after an upgrade. Bring the children down to check out the changes and have a ride at this much-loved facility. 

Explore Kew Traffic School

Major capital works update

We've continued to make significant progress on several important projects, and invested in sustainability design features.

Learn what's new

What's inside

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson tedwards Wed 20 January 2021
Cr Garry Thompson smiling

Welcome to 2021. The council year is well underway, and we are making headway on a range of initiatives designed to strengthen our community, and provide services and facilities that are high quality, inclusive and meet a variety of needs now and in future.

Capital works are continuing, in order to improve valued community assets. Construction works are underway on:

  • Camberwell Community Centre
  • Canterbury Community Precinct
  • Kew Recreation Centre.

Work will soon begin on upgrading the Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre, and I am pleased to report that works are now complete on the Balwyn Community Centre and Ashburton Seniors Centre.

Our vibrant community is what makes the City of Boroondara the great place it is. I would especially like to congratulate our 2021 Citizens of the Year:

  • Veterinarian Dr Elaine Ong who volunteers her time to care for animals injured in disasters
  • Yvonne Giltinan, founder of the Yarra Gospel Community Choir, which performed online throughout 2020
  • Aidan Dimitriadis, named Young Citizen of the Year, who volunteers at Four Golden Hearts, a group that supports local families.

I commend our Volunteers of the Year. These individuals, groups and organisations embody the community spirit alive and well in our city:

  • Andrew Tynan was named Volunteer of the Year for establishing the Repair Café in the Greythorn Community Hub
  • Susan Laird and Yvonne Giltinan, joint recipients of the COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award  
  • Boroondara Community Outreach, a local not-for-profit Uniting Church mission, received the COVID-19: Outstanding Innovative Program Award.

Thank you to all these deserving recipients for your many contributions. Our community is richer because of you.

In more good news, we are pleased to celebrate more than $700,000 in community grants awarded in 2020. By funding local initiatives, we respond to residents’ needs and partner with groups and organisations that benefit our community in a grassroots way.

For many residents and businesses in Boroondara, Lunar New Year is celebrated on Friday 12 February. I wish you a joyous festival and a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead.





Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara

2021 Citizens of the Year show dedication to their community

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The Boroondara Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards, presented at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony, recognise the work of members of the Boroondara community who demonstrate exceptional leadership or commitment towards improving others’ quality of life. A veterinarian who spends her free time caring for animals impacted by natural disasters, the founder of Yarra Gospel Community Choir and a young community volunteer are the recipients of this year’s awards.

Dr Elaine Ong started doing welfare work as a volunteer vet in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami. She has volunteered as a vet and expert wildlife rescuer in significant bushfires and flood in Victoria for the last 20 years, including the Black Saturday bushfires and recently in the Mallacoota fires. Dr Ong is the founder of Vets for Compassion, a volunteer group that helps displaced and injured wildlife. She has also trained vets who deliver animal welfare work in Bali and China for the last 22 years.

I arrived in Melbourne 40 years ago as a teenager to complete my tertiary studies. I feel a duty to give back to Australia and to the animals that I feel do not have enough voice or support.

Yvonne Giltinan founded Yarra Gospel Community Choir in 2004. Over the past 17 years, she has grown the choir from just four original members to more than 70. A professional musician with 40 years’ experience, she uses her skills and experience to mentor young accompanists and build a supportive community. 

Our choir members really appreciated all the work we did to keep the choir going throughout a most challenging year, so I accept this award for them. Our time together was a lifeline in a year we will never forget. Thank you very much for acknowledging our very valuable work as a singing community.

Young Citizen of the Year recipient Aidan Dimitriadis has spent nearly half his life giving back to his community. The year 5 student volunteers at Four Golden Hearts, a group that supports local families.

His “Build Anything, Be Anything by Aidan” campaign has provided children in need with their own packs of Lego. 

When I heard about the many children who are removed from their home each year in Victoria, it made me incredibly sad. I do my charity not expecting a reward, but the best reward is knowing that I am helping people in a tough situation. I hope to inspire others to do the same.

Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Awards

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2021 Boroondara Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

Andrew Tynan

Andrew established the Repair Café in the Greythorn Community Hub, which helps community members to repair, reuse and repurpose items that would otherwise end up in landfill. Andrew and other volunteers help community members to build their skills to repair everything from sewing machines to computers and furniture.

‘There has been a huge amount of time donated purely through Andrew’s dedicated and passionate drive to make a difference to change from a throwaway society.’ – Nominator Warren Davey

COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award Joint winners

Susan Laird

Susan stepped up in her volunteer role at Servants Community Housing, which provides housing to vulnerable people with complex needs, to manage its COVID-19 response. Susan made sure the organisation had a COVID-19 safe plan and went to lengths to ensure the safety of volunteers, clients and staff. 

Yvonne Giltinan

As founder and choral director of community choir Yarra Gospel, Yvonne and her team mobilised 70 participants to meet online to sing during the pandemic in 2020.

Since 2004, Yvonne has contributed an estimated 10,000 hours volunteering to support local organisations and activities, including the Camberwell High Ex-Students Society and St Mark’s Camberwell.

COVID-19: Outstanding Innovative Program Award Winner

Boroondara Community Outreach

Boroondara Community Outreach, a local not-for-profit Uniting Church mission based in Kew, has gone above and beyond throughout the pandemic. The program distributed 20,000 meals to vulnerable people, as well as providing face masks, hot water, phone charging and internet access to people experiencing homelessness.

Save the date: 2021 Boroondara Volunteer Expo

Wednesday 17 March

Connect with local community organisations and explore the different ways you can get involved, support a cause
or use your skills through volunteering! For more information visit Volunteer expo

Get the ball rolling with summer sport

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If one of your goals this year is to work on your fitness or to try something new, organised sport is a fantastic way to get active and make friends in your local community. There’s a great range of sport on offer in Boroondara, with something for people of all ages and abilities. Check out the list of summer sports below for inspiration.


Pétanque (pronounced ‘pu-tonk’) is a classic boules game similar to bocce, which originated in France. Camberwell Pétanque Club offers opportunities for social play, as well as regular competitive tournaments.

Group playing petanque


To join a competition or take some lessons, why not check out one of the many tennis clubs throughout Boroondara. Or for a casual hit, use the online Book a Court system. 

Woman in purple top and visor serves up the tennis ball smiling

Lawn bowls

Lawn bowls is a fantastic and fun low-impact option for all ages. Hit the rink for a barefoot bowls session with friends, family or workmates, or consider joining a team to compete in the Pennant competition.

Grey bearded man playing lawn bowls on the green grass



Whether you’re a batsman or a bowler, you can hone your backyard cricket skills at one of our many local clubs. There’s junior and senior competitions on offer for all ages and skill levels.

Boy holding cricket bat at the park


Not just for garden parties, croquet can be played many ways including traditional association croquet or golf croquet. Kew Croquet Club offers casual sessions as well as annual memberships.

Bearded man playing croquet on the green grass


Grab a bow and aim for a bullseye at the Kew City Bowmen Archery Club. You can sign up for private lessons, join the club as a member or try your hand at the beginner’s course.  

Young woman in glasses draws back archery bow in park

For a full list of these and many other sporting clubs and locations, visit our Sporting Clubs

Major capital works in Boroondara

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Despite the impacts of COVID-19 in 2020, we have continued to make significant progress on several important projects. In delivering these projects, we are investing in a wide range of environmental sustainability design features to minimise our environmental footprint.

Below are details on projects to improve our highly-valued services and facilities for our community. 

Construction complete

Balwyn Community Centre

The Balwyn Community Centre redevelopment was completed last year, however the centre was unable to reopen due to COVID-19 restrictions. The redevelopment has created a space that meets community needs, with new program areas for arts, crafts, health and wellbeing activities, an occasional childcare centre, an upgraded function centre, recreation zone, upgraded community garden and more. A community event to celebrate the reopening will be held on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Water collected from rainwater tanks is used for flushing toilets, as well as landscape irrigation.  

Ashburton Seniors Centre

We have redesigned and rebuilt the Ashburton Seniors Centre to create a space that is easily accessible, and better suited to deliver activities and services to benefit seniors in our community. Completed in September 2020, the new fit-for-purpose centre is now open.

To reduce indoor air pollutants, at least 95 per cent of all indoor paints, adhesives, sealants, and carpets used, contained low toxic chemicals and meet Green Star credit criteria.  

Upcoming construction

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

We are upgrading the Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre to support the delivery of diverse services valued by centre users. A concept plan for the upgrade was developed following community consultation in April and May 2019. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2021 and expected to be completed by early 2022. Services have been relocated to temporary accommodation at 1 Samarinda Avenue, Ashburton during these works.

90 per cent of construction and demolition waste will be diverted from landfill.

For more information visit Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre

Construction underway

Camberwell Community Centre 

Construction is almost complete for this purpose-built facility to help meet the demand for Camberwell’s popular community programs and activities. The bigger and better facility will house all the current services in the one location, consolidating the Leighton and Chambly sites. It will also contain the relocated South Camberwell Maternal and Child Health Centre, providing this service in the heart of Camberwell for the first time.

LED and other high efficiency light fittings are installed throughout to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

For more information visit Camberwell Community Centre

The Kew Recreation Centre

The Kew Recreation Centre is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will transform it into a modern facility suitable for all ages and abilities, and will cater to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs. This project is outlined as a major infrastructure project in the Council budget at an estimated cost of $67.5m, and is supported by the Victorian Government. Demolition of the old facility is almost complete, with construction due to begin in the coming months. The new building is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels will be installed. It is expected that the aquatic centre will be able to absorb most, if not all of the electricity needed.

For more information visit Kew Recreation Centre

Canterbury Community Precinct

We are redeveloping the existing buildings within the Canterbury Gardens to create a community precinct for early years services and community activities. Works will involve the restoration and upgrade of the former Canterbury Bowling Club pavilion, the Canterbury Maternal and Child Health Centre and the former Canterbury Public Library. It will also include an extension to the former Canterbury Bowling pavilion. These buildings have been designed to provide modern-day facilities while preserving the neighbourhood heritage and character of the precinct. This redevelopment is expected to be complete by mid-late 2022.

95 per cent of the timber purchased will be either green star accredited, sustainably grown or recycled. The timber will be sourced from certified forest schemes.

For more information visit Canterbury Community Precinct

Boroondara Arts - What’s on

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What’s on at Town Hall Gallery

Summer in the Park

We host annual outdoor music concerts in our beautiful parks.
More information

Thanks Boroondara

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Our community plays an integral part in supporting local businesses, which contribute to a vibrant local economy. By shopping locally, you’re not only helping Boroondara businesses, but supporting families, community clubs, organisations and jobs in your neighbourhood.

What it means to shop locally

Local traders have shared what it means to them when our community chooses to shop locally:

By choosing my store, I can support local schools and charities with their fundraising efforts - Michelle


Choosing my small business means I can invest in its growth and secure my family’s future - Joanne


Choosing to shop with me means I can then spend with other local businesses - Paul

Enter our #ThanksBoroondara competition

To say #ThanksBoroondara, we’re giving away an ‘Ultimate Day Out in Boroondara’ worth $3000 to two lucky winners. There are also 50 x $50 vouchers to be spent at local stores up for grabs.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is make a purchase from a local business and upload your receipt at Thanks Boroondara until Monday 22 March.

Celebrating community grants

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Each year, we offer a range of grants, allowing us to work in partnership with community groups and organisations that positively impact our community every day.

By funding local initiatives, we respond to the needs of our residents through supporting projects that foster social connections, improve the health and wellbeing of our community, and contribute to a sustainable future for Boroondara.

Ahead of community grant applications opening in the coming months, we want to highlight and celebrate the grants awarded to community groups and organisations in 2020. During the year, five grant programs were delivered. We are proud to have awarded a total of $712,221 in support of more than 200 applications.

A diverse range of projects are being rolled out across Boroondara as a result, and we thought we’d share a few.

Round 1 – Small (Biannual) Grants*

Australian Vietnamese Association Boroondara Senior Citizens Group was awarded funding to purchase musical instruments to support and encourage participation in their event ‘Happy, Healthy Seniors in Music’.

*The second round of successful Small (Biannual) Grants will be announced this month.

2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants

Balwyn Cricket Club was awarded funding towards a Mental Health Liaison Officer for players and their families, many of who were impacted by COVID-19. Funding also supported players facing financial difficulty to continue to play.

COVID-19 Community Response Grants

Alfred Road Kindergarten was awarded funding to install automatic hand sanitiser and soap stations. This was to improve hygiene and protect staff and children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to extend at-home learning for children who could not attend classes.

2020-23 Triennial Operational Grants

The You Matter Project at Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was awarded funding to enable it to receive and store more donations to help victims of domestic violence re-establish a home.

Commemorative Grants

The 27th Australian Infantry Battalion Association was awarded funding to support the delivery of a play at Kew Court House, commemorating the Second World War and the migration story in collaboration with local schools, the Hellenic RSL, other local RSLs, libraries and the Battle of Crete Commemorative Council.

Applications for our Small (Biannual) Grants open from 1 March, and the 2021-22 Annual Community Strengthening Grants open from Monday 26 April.

For more information visit Community grants or phone 9278 4753

What’s on around Boroondara

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Shop local at 'Love local life' website

It’s now easier than ever to shop and support the wide array of businesses that call Boroondara home with the Love Local Life directory. Connect with and explore the online directory to help you discover unique local businesses, learn more about their personal stories and tap into great products and services available just around the corner. By supporting our local businesses, we can help keep our neighbourhoods vibrant, now and in the future. Love local, live local, shop local whenever you can. 

Stay safe in the heat this summer

Extreme heat can affect everyone, and can cause illnesses that can lead to life-threatening conditions. Here are some tips to keep yourself and those around you safe during the hottest months of the year:

  • Drink plenty of water and provide water for those in your care
  • Never leave children, adults or pets in cars
  • Stay somewhere cool and keep your home as cool as possible
  • Plan ahead and keep up to date with weather forecasts
  • Check in on others and look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, young children, people with a medical condition and your pets. If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.

For more tips and information visit Better Health survive the heat.

Passionate and motivated young people wanted!

We’re looking for young people to join Council’s advisory group, Youth Voice, which helps shape Council’s support and engagement with young people aged 10 to 25.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to

  • build leadership skills
  • develop social networks
  • represent their peers.

If you know a young person who works, lives or goes to school in Boroondara, we want to hear from them. 

For more information visit Boroondara Youth or phone 9278 4608

Rates due

If you haven’t done so yet, you have until

  • Monday 15 February, if you have chosen to pay your rates in full, or  
  • Sunday 28 February, if you’ve opted to pay in quarterly instalments, your third instalment is due.

There are a number of convenient ways to pay your rates. All payment methods are detailed on your rates notice and on our website. If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us to discuss options for a rate deferment or to make a special payment arrangement. 

Parking limits reinstated

From Monday 11 January 2021, parking limits have been reinstated across residential areas and time restricted zones near:

  • hospitals and medical centres
  • Centrelink offices
  • shopping centre car parks.

Paid ticket machines have been reactivated and trader (business) parking permits reintroduced. 

Help shape your community

Since December 2020, more than 4,000 people provided feedback on what was important to them, their family and their community now and in the future.

You will attend two to three workshops in March and April 2021 to consider how we will meet our community’s needs based on the feedback we received.

To complete an expression of interest, visit Engage Boroondara or contact us for more information.

2021 Boroondara Photograph Competition

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The competition theme for 2021 is ‘My Boroondara’, showcasing the people and places that make Boroondara special to you. To recognise what a different year 2020 was, there will be a new category for images taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dig up some old pictures from the past, or take new shots of your corner of Boroondara as it is now.

Entries can be submitted under two categories:

  • Young photographers competition (school-aged category) - enter your best photograph taken from 2017 to today.
  • Open photograph competition (no age restriction) - enter as many photographs as you like from the past or present.

Library staff can assist you in scanning your photos at any of our six branches. Entries are open from now until 11.59pm Friday 30 April 2021.

Competition entries will be added to our Photograph Catalogue and winners announced at our awards night on Tuesday 1 June 2021. 2021 Boroondara Photograph Competition

The 2021 Boroondara Photograph Competition is now open for entries. Help us collect images of Boroondara, past and present, to be in the running for prizes.


What’s on at your neighbourhood house

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Children with hands above head eyes closed yoga position

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.

For more information visit Neighbourhood house and Community Centres.

Intensive English classes

A six-week course, running Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, to improve your speaking, reading and writing in a supportive, friendly environment.

Classes start Friday 19 February from 10am to 3pm.

Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre.

Call: 9885 9401.

Cost: $117 (18 sessions).

Nordic walking

Hear about the evidence-based health benefits of Nordic walking for all ages at our information session on

Tuesday 16 February from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Ashburton Community Centre

Call: 9885 7952

Sessional childcare

Three-hour sessions from 9.15am to 12.15pm Wednesday and Friday.

Five-hour sessions from 9.30am to 2.30pm Wednesday and Friday.

Childcare subsidy approved.

Bowen Street Community Centre

Call: 9889 0791

Cost on application.

Drawing with It Hao Pheh

Learn key elements and techniques of drawing, the fundamentals to any artistic practice each

Thursday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Starting 11 February.

Camberwell Community Centre. 

Call: 9882 2611.

 Cost: $188 (eight weeks).

Cost: Free

Italian for beginners

This class covers reading, writing, grammar and conversation.

Starting Monday 8 February from 1pm to 3pm.

Balwyn Community Centre.

Call: 9836 7942.

Cost: $156 (seven weeks).

Alcohol ink for beginners

Create beautiful and colourful pieces of art. No experience necessary.

Classes start Wednesday 3 February from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Call: 9830 4214

Cost: $145 (two sessions)

Yoga for kids (5-8 years)

Children develop tools to connect with their emotions, build balance and flexibility, and improve spatial awareness and physical strength. Facilitated by industry leaders.

Tuesdays, 4.15pm to 5pm (six weeks).

Starting 16 February.

The Craig Family Centre.

Call: 9885 7789.

Cost: $100.

Persian cooking workshop

Embark on a culinary journey through the wonders of Persian cuisine in this hands-on class.

Sunday 21 February from 2pm to 5pm.

Hawthorn Community House.

Call: 9819 2629

Cost: $55.


An introduction to the world of floristry.

Classes start Thursday 11 February from 7pm to 9pm.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre. 

Call: 9853 3126.

Cost: $350 (seven weeks).

Perfect paella

Learn to cook perfect paella on the barbeque and then enjoy a shared meal.
Friday 19 February – 6pm to 9pm.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre. 

Call: 9890 2467

Cost: $95 (single session).

Chinese brush painting

Learn how to use ink and colour to create paintings on Xuan paper (made from rice).

Classes run each Friday from 9am to 11am.

Starting Friday 5 February.

Trentwood at the Hub

Call: 9006 6590

Cost: $200 (eight weeks).

Environmental initiative – raingardens

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We have created a number of attractive and functional raingardens across our municipality that are helping to reduce the impact of stormwater on our environment.

The latest raingarden at Gordon Barnard Reserve was completed in Spring 2020, where we planted over 2000 indigenous plants and selected species to increase diversity and attract pollinating insects.

Designed to be sensitive to the existing landscape and fit with the natural contours of the land, the raingarden harvests water from a stormwater drain under the reserve. The water then filters through the soil before it is stored in an underground tank. Irrigation of playing fields is one of Boroondara’s highest water uses.

This raingarden provides water to irrigate the reserve’s two ovals and is expected to save 7.5 million litres of drinking water per year.

Excess filtered water is released back to the waterways. The raingarden has an added benefit of reducing pollution entering the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.

Find out about other projects to help better manage Boroondara’s water and waterways. 

Child immunisation tracker available

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Are you looking to enrol your child in childcare, kindergarten or school?

Every child in Victoria is required to receive the mandatory immunisations outlined in the National Immunisation Program Schedule to adhere to the Victorian Government’s ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation. You can use the new immunisation calculator on our Boroondara Families website hub to check which immunisations your child needs and when they need to receive them. All you need to do is enter their date of birth and the tool will provide a tailored immunisation schedule for you. You can also add a reminder to your calendar.

This is just one of the many ways we’re Transforming Boroondara, to make it easier and quicker to access our services, in a way that’s convenient for you. 

For more information and other useful tools and information for children aged up to eight visit Boroondara Families.

Ready, set, go! The track is ready at Kew Traffic School.

Ready, set, go! The track is ready at Kew Traffic School. smilan Thu 21 January 2021

Following recent refurbishments, this much loved community facility is now open.

The site now features a larger, modern party room with a new outdoor barbecue area. A new bike storage shed with an attached maintenance workshop has also been built, complete with a vibrant train mural on the side. Children aged two to ten can attend one of our public play and ride sessions, where they can learn important road safety skills and gain confidence on their bicycle, tricycle or scooter. Or why not book it exclusively for your own private party for a fun and engaging experience?

Continuing to protect our heritage

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Boroondara has a rich and diverse history, proudly displayed by the many properties, precincts, schools, churches and parks in our streets. To proactively identify and protect our heritage, we allocated more than $1m over five years to prepare the Municipal Wide Heritage Gap Study.

Since beginning this study in 2016, nine key suburbs have been reviewed to identify and protect valued heritage properties and precincts. There are two components to each suburb study:

  • a street-by-street assessment of properties not currently included in the heritage overlay
  • implementation of heritage controls to properties recommended for heritage protection by an independent assessment.

The heritage overlay is vital in enabling Council to protect heritage places of local significance. Inclusion of properties and precincts in the heritage overlay triggers planning permit requirements for demolition, alterations and additions, and new buildings, which helps us to protect and retain our important history for future generations.

As we draw nearer to concluding this municipal wide study, we expect to have approximately 5,500 additional properties protected through the heritage overlay as part of this important work.

Current suburb studies

  • Glen Iris – The Glen Iris Heritage Gap Assessment recommended 15 individual heritage places and four heritage precincts be added to the heritage overlay. Consultation with impacted property owners as part of the public exhibition period for this planning scheme amendment is underway. Resident have until 12 March 2021 to submit their feedback (not 8 March as published).
  • Ashburton – The Ashburton Heritage Gap Assessment has been adopted by Council. Authorisation to exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C337 to protect nine individual properties and one precinct by applying a heritage overlay was received from the Victorian Minister for Planning on 27 October 2020. Public exhibition of the amendment is expected to occur in March 2021 for residents and interested stakeholders to have their say.  

What is a heritage overlay?

A heritage overlay is a planning control that seeks to protect places of aesthetic, social or historical importance. The control is applied to either individual heritage places (usually buildings but can include other structures, trees or gardens) or heritage precincts. The inclusion of properties in the heritage overlay ensures new development does not negatively impact on the heritage significance of a place or precinct.

For more information visit Heritage

Boroondara Councillors 2021

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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 Cynthia Watson, Deputy Mayor

Maranoa Ward

Including parts of Balwyn, Balwyn North and Mont Albert

Ph: 9835 7846
E: [email protected]

Cr Jim Parke

Bellevue Ward

Including parts of Kew East and Balwyn North

Ph: 9835 7840
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 Jane Addis

Maling Ward

Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Deepdene and Balwyn

Ph: 9835 7845
E: [email protected]

Cr Nick Stavrou

Studley Ward

Including parts of Kew
Ph: 9835 7848
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 Wes Gault

Glenferrie Ward

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

Cr Di Gillies

Junction Ward

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

Cr Lisa Hollingsworth

Lynden Ward

Including parts of Camberwell, Surrey Hills and Canterbury

Ph: 9835 7844
E: [email protected]

Cr Susan Biggar

Riversdale Ward

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


For the latest information visit Mayor and Councillors