Boroondara Bulletin - April 2021

Boroondara Bulletin - April 2021 tedwards Thu 25 March 2021
A man smiles while holding a roll of FOGO caddy liners

Where to buy your FOGO liners  

Find out where to buy your own or take advantage of our special Council offer.

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Community Strengthening Grants - opening soon 

Got a great idea for an activity that helps build community bonds? Discover how to apply for the next round of Community Strengthening Grants

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Win an iPad and a pair of AirPods

Take our communications survey and go into the draw to win this great prize. 

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What’s on at our local markets

Supporting small businesses is more important than ever, and Boroondara’s markets are a great place to start. 

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

We live in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful municipalities, with many parks and gardens supporting a wealth of plants, wildlife and birds.

Our ongoing community consultation to develop our Climate Action Plan shows that protecting the environment continues to be a high priority for our community.

Over the years, we have taken many steps to reduce waste and pollution, including purchasing renewable electricity, using recycled materials in road surfacing, and protecting our significant habitat trees to name a few.

Last year, we introduced the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste collection service. One year on, the community has embraced the transition and together we are diverting more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill.

Being conscious of our waste – by separating recyclables from rubbish, using the FOGO bin and taking e-waste to our local drop-off stations – we’re each able to make a contribution to a cleaner, less wasteful world. Another way to reduce waste and your carbon footprint is to shop more mindfully. Visiting Boroondara’s Farmers Market and Camberwell Fresh Food Market is a wonderful way to support local traders while buying locally and seasonally.

For those of you who are fascinated by our local flora and fauna, the City Nature Challenge, which asks people to document plants and animals over a weekend in April and May, is a great activity to encourage appreciation and protection of our local wildlife corridors that are home to native plants, animals and birdlife.

As we look towards the future, I believe we are in a good position to continue to make a difference and work with our community to reduce our city’s environmental footprint.

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Cr Garry Thompson

Mayor of Boroondara

Tell us what you think about how we communicate with you

Tell us what you think about how we communicate with you tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

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    Boroondara Arts - what's on

    Boroondara Arts - what's on tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    What's on at Town Hall Gallery

    What's on at Hawthorn Arts Centre

    Building stronger communities

    Building stronger communities smilan Thu 25 March 2021

    From tunes to tech, our Annual Community Strengthening Grants program opens a world of opportunity for community organisations and groups to offer new experiences for the Boroondara community to enjoy.

    Music lovers will get a chance to try their hand at the ukulele later this year as part of Community Music Victoria’s Ukulele Festival at Ashburton Community Centre, one of 61 projects awarded funding through Council’s 2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants round.

    Community Music Victoria’s mission is to facilitate the development of skills, opportunities and networks necessary for participatory and accessible music-making.

    Program Delivery Coordinator, Margaret Crichton, said: “The grant funding will enable us to run a vibrant event where participants can try something new, enhance and expand their skills, and connect with the local music community through a series of workshops for beginners through to more experienced ukulele players, and more.”

    Margaret said the event will provide opportunities for interaction, learning and active living through creative endeavours for the local community:

    We are excited to demonstrate the power of music as a social connector, encouraging sharing across ages and cultures without prejudice or judgement. This sharing of knowledge, diversity and culture enriches local communities and creates social connections.

    Tech-fans from diverse backgrounds will be given a platform to share their experiences and ideas this year, thanks to another successful 2020- 21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants application. Connected Community HackerSpace, a group of hardware hobbyists and software enthusiasts who meet regularly in Hawthorn, are set to deliver a series of diversity talks this year.

    The technology talks and workshops will offer an opportunity for groups such as those interested in disability assistive technologies, international students or those who speak a language other than English, and people on the autism spectrum, to learn and share their experiences.

    Treasurer Lachlan Maher, said:

    “While Connected Community HackerSpace has always had a very inclusive policy, this goes beyond by actively seeking out and supporting minority groups, encouraging them to relate their ‘maker’ experiences.”

    From tunes to tech, our Annual Community Strengthening Grants program opens a world of opportunity for community organisations and groups to offer new experiences for the Boroondara community to enjoy.

    Council’s Annual Community Strengthening Grants program is an opportunity for us to partner with many community organisations and groups across Boroondara, providing important funding for activities that strengthen our community.

    In the 2020-21 Annual Community Strengthening Grants round, we awarded more than $292,000. These grants span six different streams and were awarded to support projects in the following categories:

    • Active Community – Sports and Recreation
    • Life-long Community – Opportunities for Over 55s
    • Creative Community – Arts and Culture
    • Healthy Community – Health, Safety and Wellbeing
    • Sustainable Community – Environmental Sustainability
    • Vibrant Retail Precincts.

    Annual Community Strengthening Grants for the 2021-22 funding round open at the end of this month. We are committed to providing all local organisations and groups the tools they need to give their grant applications the best chance at success.

    Applicants are encouraged to consider eligibility and guidelines, register to attend a Grant Writing Session or sign-up to receive an alert when grant applications open on 26 April 2021.

    More information

    To find out more visit Community Strengthening Grants or call 9278 4444.

    Get your complimentary FOGO liners

    Get your complimentary FOGO liners smilan Thu 25 March 2021

    It’s been almost a year since we first introduced our Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service, and together we are now diverting more than 70 per cent of waste from landfill – including more than 235 tonnes of food and garden waste (or 25 waste truck loads) each week thanks to the incredible effort of our residents

    We know many of you are starting to run low on compostable kitchen caddy liners, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help you find and buy the correct liners. Remember, you can also choose to use newspaper or paper towels to line your caddy, or simply use no liners at all.

    Purchasing liners

    Only liners which meet all the following mandatory requirements can be used:

    • lime/light green in colour only
    • made from 100 per cent corn starch
    • labelled as ‘compostable’
    • display both AS4736 and AS5810 symbols.

    You can purchase approved compostable caddy liners from various suppliers, including supermarkets, hardware stores and online. Some examples include:

    • 8 Litre Compost-A-Pak® Liners – available from Compost-A-Pak or Woolworths supermarket (these are supplied in your FOGO starter pack)
    • Multix Greener Mini Plant Based Compostable Bags – available at Woolworths
    • BioBag 8L Rolls – available from BioBag online
    • Maze 9L Slim Compostable Bags – available at Bunnings Warehouse
    • Cardia Compostable 8 Litre Kitchen Tidy Bags – available from Cardia Bioproducts.
    Using incorrect liners or plastic bags will contaminate the FOGO material.  Even a single contaminated FOGO bin can result in a whole truckload being diverted to landfill. Together, we’ve made great progress in reducing landfill waste, so let’s keep up the good work and keep FOGO contamination-free.

    Special offer – Council-issued liners

    Receive one complimentary roll of FOGO bin liners per household on presentation of the token found exclusively in the print edition of the April 2021 Boroondara Bulletin.

    If you have not received a copy by Monday 12 April or have opted out of receiving the print Bulletin, please contact us on 9278 4444 or  email [email protected] so we can assist.

    Collection locations

    Liner rolls are available for collection from Monday 29 March 2021 until Tuesday 29 June 2021.

    Present your collection token at one of the following locations to claim your liners:

    If you are unable to collect your liners due to personal circumstances, please call us on 9278 4444 to arrange for delivery.

    For more information visit FOGO bin 

    Take the City Nature Challenge

    Take the City Nature Challenge tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    We have joined the 2021 City Nature Challenge and you can too. From 30 April to 3 May, become a citizen scientist and have fun connecting with nature. It’s as simple as taking photos of any wild plants and animals you see in Boroondara and uploading them to the iNaturalist app.

    Run by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences, the City Nature Challenge is a global project to find and document plants and wildlife in cities.

    By participating, you’ll show the world the amazing animals and plants that call Boroondara home, while also providing data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

    We are joining forces with six councils in the Eastern Metropolitan region (Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Stonnington and Whitehorse) to take part in the challenge. In 2020, 244 cities in 40 countries took part in the challenge, with more than 41,000 individuals participating.

    More than 815,000 observations were made and more than 32,000 species were recorded, including more than 1300 rare, endangered and threatened species.

    To join the challenge, download the free iNaturalist app, look out for wild plants and animals and upload photographs of your sightings to the app between 30 April and 3 May. Council will be offering City Nature Challenge guided walks over the weekend of the challenge (bookings essential), where experts will be on hand to help you spot, learn about, and record your sightings.

    Let’s show the world the incredible wildlife and plants.

    For more information and to book visit City Nature Challenge.

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    Discover Boroondara's markets and shop locally

    Discover Boroondara's markets and shop locally tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to support local traders is to visit one of Boroondara’s four vibrant markets. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking to stock up on fresh produce, discover second-hand treasures or find handmade products.

    Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening at our markets

    Camberwell Fresh Food Market

    Great for one-stop shopping for fresh food

    The Camberwell Fresh Food Market has been known for its fresh, seasonal produce since it opened in 1929. Featuring a traditional butcher, fishmongers, florist, fruiterers, deli and even a pet produce store, the market continues to be much-loved by locals and visitors.

    Sharon Lane has been coming to the market since she was a child. She says "This market has always been so friendly with a great local community feel and it has everything here I need in the one place."

    Camberwell Sunday Market

    Great for discovering the unknown

    Every Sunday since 1976, the large car park in Camberwell Junction behind Burke Road has been transformed into a vibrant bazaar with stallholders
    selling an eclectic mix of pre-loved, antique and vintage treasures. This iconic market has become a part of many locals’ weekends, and is the perfect place to grab a coffee and browse all kinds of bric-a-brac.

    Boroondara Farmers Market

    Great for: Local, seasonal and artisan produce

    Farmers and producers come from all over Victoria to sell their products at the Boroondara Farmers Market. Buy seasonal produce, curry pastes, fresh pasta, seafood, meats, flowers and more at this Victorian Farmers Market Association accredited market. Pets also welcome. 

    Hawthorn Makers Market

    Great for finding the perfect gift or something for yourself!

    The Hawthorn Makers Market is one of Melbourne’s oldest makers markets. It’s the perfect place to find individually designed and handcrafted items including boutique clothing, cards, jewellery, homewares, plants, beauty products and much more.

    More information

    For more information on market dates, times and locations visit our Boroondara Markets or phone 9278 4444.

    Discover your past

    Discover your past tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    Take part in the Australian Heritage Festival and uncover fascinating details about your ancestry and local area.

    Boroondara resident Biruta Don always wanted to know more about her home, a Victorian house in Hawthorn East built in 1886. With the help of Boroondara Library Service resources and staff, she was able to find a wealth of information about the builder and its design.

     “I discovered our house plan from 1886 in a book in my local library, written by the builder’s daughter, Marjorie Bishop,” said Biruta, referring to One man in his time: Edward Bishop, master builder 1844-1902. Biruta later went on to meet Marjorie in person, and asked her to sign her personal copy of the book.

    Encouraged by her success researching her home, Biruta took the opportunity to learn more about her family using Boroondara Library Service resources. “Through the library I was introduced to Trove (Australia’s free online research portal), which has a wealth of newspaper information. Using Trove, I found an article from a 1955 Echuca newspaper describing a truck accident my relatives were involved in. Luckily, they all survived,” Biruta said.

    If you’re keen to explore your neighbourhood or family history, your local library is a great place to start. This month, as part of National Trust’s annual Australian Heritage Festival, Boroondara Library Service is offering a program of events designed to help you make the most of its many resources.

    This year’s festival theme is Our Heritage for the Future and whether you’re already a local and family history enthusiast, or are just starting to take an interest, there are many resources to help you find out more about our City.

    To find out more about our local and family history resources visit Boroondara Family History.

    Local resident Biruta Don outside a heritage house

    Shrines of remembrance

    Shrines of remembrance tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    More than a century after the end of the First World War, Boroondara’s war memorials offer commemoration and contemplation.

    Every part of Australia was impacted by the First World War, and Boroondara was no different. Before the war had even ended, a movement to create memorials to recognise the sacrifice and service of more than 416,000 Australians who had enlisted had gained momentum.

    Boroondara’s memorials include cenotaphs, obelisks, and statues in local parks and important civic locations (highlights pictured above). Many were designed by notable architects and built by master craftsmen.

    Since then, Boroondara’s memorials have become an important part of the municipality’s history and remain a focus for Anzac Day commemorations.

    Next time you pass a memorial, take the time to stop and read the inscriptions and names.

    For anyone with an interest in local war history, there is a list of recommended reading on suggested reading on Boroondara's War Memorials, or contact Boroondara Library Service for help with further research.

    For more information visit Boroondara's War Memorials  or phone 9278 4444.

    Transforming Boroondara

    Transforming Boroondara tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

    You have told us you that you expect contemporary customer services. Whether you prefer to connect with us via our digital channels, in person or over the phone, this transformation is about providing you with a consistent customer experience every time.

    PayPal payment options now available

    We know that your time and financial security is important to you, which is why we are excited to offer PayPal as a new payment option.

    PayPal will be progressively rolled out across all online forms over the coming months and retrospectively to existing forms, enabling you to make payments online at the click of a button.

    PayPal is a secure and fast online payment transfer. It also avoids some of the significant processing fees and surcharges of other payment methods. The introduction of PayPal is a significant step in our Customer Transformation plan, ensuring you have access to consistent and safe payment experiences across all channels. PayPal payment options now available.

      Whether you prefer to connect with us via our digital channels, access services in person or over the phone, when it comes to making payments, you have plenty of safe and secure options for making payments:

      • via payment portal on our website
      • direct debit
      • Australia Post
      • BPAY telephone & internet banking
      • telephone
      • mail
      • in person.

      See what we’ve already achieved and what's planned:

      Smart forms for your convenience
      New ways to provide feedback and have your say on ideas and consultations
      Connect with us via live chat
      Log in to a customer portal customised for you
      24/7 online self-service options so you can request Council services and view information.

      What's on around Boroondara

      What's on around Boroondara tedwards Thu 25 March 2021

      Celebrate the reopening of Balwyn Community Centre

      Join us at the upgraded Balwyn Community Centre at 412 Whitehorse Rd, Surrey Hills on Saturday 1 May between 10:30am and 1pm to celebrate its reopening. Check out the centre’s new features while enjoying food, coffee, live music, activities and interactive programs for all ages.

      For details and more information visit the Balwyn Community Centre upgrade page or phone 9278 4794.

      Photograph Competition

      This year's theme is My Boroondara and entries are open until Friday 30 April. Submit your photographs showcasing Boroondara’s places and people to be in the running for cash prizes. Entries still open for the Boroondara Photograph Competition.

      For details, visit Boroondara Photo Competition.

      What’s on at your neighbourhood house

      If there’s 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. We have options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community. Get in contact with your local house and find out what’s on offer. 

      Download a copy of the full Short Course Guide.

      Structured playgroup

      Weekly games, stories, music and play activities for toddlers and preschoolers,
      led by a childhood educator

      Tuesdays 9:30am to 11:30am.

      Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
      Call: 9830 4214
      Cost: $20 per session

      SARA: Financial wellbeing for women

      Learn about managing money, debt, budgeting, saving and support services.

      Tuesdays 10am to 12:30pm from 20 April

      Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
      Call: 9885 9401
      Cost: $10 (ten sessions)


      Beginners welcome. Free Come and Try session using our Ukes.

      Thursdays 9:15am to 10:15am from 22 April.

      Trentwood at the Hub
      Call: 9006 6590
      Cost: $135 (ten weeks)

      Language conversation

      Would you like to be able to hold a conversation in French, Italian or Spanish? Various times available.

      Thursdays from 22 April.

      Bowen Street Community Centre
      Call: 9889 0791
      Cost: $20 (ten sessions)

      Build your own website

      Design a basic website for your small business.

      Fridays 10am to 12pm from 23 April.

      Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
      Call: 9853 3126
      Cost: $180 (3 sessions)

      Yoga for families

      A gentle yoga class for parents and their baby or toddler (0-5 years).

      Fridays 9:15am to 10am from 23 April.

      Ashburton Community Centre
      Call: 9885 7952
      Cost: $160 (eight weeks)


      Learn to rest – a yoga workshop

      A beginner-level workshop to relax your body and quiet your mind through the practice of yoga, on and off the mat.

      2pm to 3:30pm, Sunday 25 April.

      Hawthorn Community House
      Call: 9819 2629
      Cost $30

      Movies, Musicals & Popstars!
      (Grade 4-6)

      Learn the fundamentals of acting, singing and movement. Develop the confidence
      to sing out loud and perform! Mondays 

      5:30pm to 6:30pm from 26 April.

      Craig Family Centre
      Call: 9885 7789
      Cost: $160 (eight weeks)

      New Camberwell Centre - Open house week

      Visit our new centre and enjoy free taster classes, centre tours, artist talks and other surprises. Registration

      From Tuesday 27 April.

      Camberwell Community Centre
      Call: 9882 2611
      Cost: Free

      Sourdough breadmaking workshop

      Learn step-by-step, ask questions and receive notes to take home.

      10am to 1pm, Wednesday 28 April.

      Balwyn Community Centre
      Call: 9836 7942
      Cost: $90 (one session)

      Sashiko stitching

      Learn the relaxing art of hand stitching in decorative Japanese style.

      7pm to 9pm, Friday 7 May.

      Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
      Call: 9890 2467
      Cost: $80 ($70 members)

      Boroondara Councillors 2021

      Boroondara Councillors 2021 smilan Thu 25 March 2021

      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, Chair of the Urban Planning Delegated Committee

      Bellevue Ward

      Including parts of Kew East and Balwyn North

      Ph: 9835 7840
      E: [email protected]

      Cr Jane Addis, Chair of the Services Delegated Committee 

      Maling Ward

      Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Deepdene and Balwyn

      Ph: 9835 7845
      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 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]