Boroondara Bulletin - July / August 2021

Boroondara Bulletin - July / August 2021 nmelin Mon 5 July 2021

Have your say on our action plan

Our draft Climate Action Plan is open for community consultation until 4 August. Tell us what you think.

Have your say on climate plan

Reconciliation Strategy

Be part of our Reconciliation Strategy

We’re developing a strategy to formalise our commitment to reconciliation in Boroondara.

Share your ideas


How you rated our Council services 

Find out how Boroondara community members rated our services and where we performed best.

Find out more 

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson

Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Safeguarding our precious environment is a high priority for our community, which is why I’m pleased to reveal that our draft Climate Action Plan has been adopted by Council and is open for community consultation.

It targets specific initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, and comes on top of significant steps we’ve already taken, including the introduction of FOGO collections and 100 per cent green energy, which have brought us within arm’s length of net zero carbon within Council operations. The next phase will consider broader initiatives for Council and the community, and I encourage you to express your views in the consultation process.

Meanwhile our individual efforts make all the difference, and with single-use plastic making up a third of Victoria’s litter, Plastic Free July prompts us to think right now about what we buy and how it’s packaged.

In mid-winter our thoughts turn to keeping warm indoors, and this month you can get the inside story on some of Boroondara’s most significant properties as part of Open House Melbourne. Explore the Italianate splendour of Willsmere or Villa Alba in Kew, or see the inner workings of the Hawthorn Tram Depot or Boroondara’s Camberwell Civic Precinct, opening its doors under the Open House scheme for the first time. A cosy library makes a favourite midwinter hideaway too, and National Family History Month coming up in August is the perfect time to delve into your family’s stories with the help of Boroondara Library Service’s genealogy resources and a little friendly assistance.

 Finally, we’re looking forward to implementing our newly adopted 2021-22 Budget, a carefully considered investment in the future of our community.

Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara


See inside Boroondara’s iconic buildings

See inside Boroondara’s iconic buildings nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

We’re throwing open the doors of significant buildings in Boroondara as part of Open House Melbourne (OHM), the annual event where Melburnians have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and explore iconic buildings. 

Discover the architecture and heritage of the Hawthorn Arts Centre, Kew Court House, Camberwell Civic Centre and Library and more. Learn the fascinating history of these buildings from local historians, join in-person and virtual tours, sketching workshops, children’s activities and more.


It’s imperative that young people understand the past. 


Tay Creggan in Hawthorn is considered one of Victoria’s best examples of a Queen Anne Revival home. Construction began on Tay Creggan, Scottish for ‘house built on a rock’, in 1893 and many famous individuals visited the house over the years, including Anna Pavlova, members of the Ballet Russes, and the late Princess Margaret (1930-2002), sister of Queen Elizabeth II. Today the building and grounds are the site of Strathcona Girls Grammar’s year-nine campus.

Karyn Murray, Head of Tay Creggan, said the year-nine students have been preparing activities for the OHM weekend. “Strathcona is running student-led tours showcasing Tay Creggan and its history. Students have also curated displays of Strathcona uniforms since the school’s inception and will work in the kitchen to provide afternoon tea to visitors for a donation to our charity, FORaMEAL, Canterbury Rotary Club’s meals program,” Karyn said.

The opening of Tay Creggan and other buildings in Boroondara is an opportunity for the community to discover and connect with local heritage. Karyn believes learning about local history through initiatives such as OHM is particularly important for young people: “It’s imperative that young people understand the past and how it impacts their life to this day,” she said.


What’s open in Boroondara

Camberwell Civic Precinct
8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hawthorn Tram Depot
Junction of Power Street and Wallen Road, Hawthorn

Kew Court House
188 High Street, Kew

Lyon Housemuseum Galleries 
217-219 Cotham Road, Kew

Preshil Junior School
395 Barkers Road, Kew

Tay Creggan
30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn

Villa Alba Museum
44 Walmer Street, Kew

1 Wiltshire Drive, Kew

Finalising our Climate Action Plan

Finalising our Climate Action Plan tedwards Tue 6 July 2021

After hearing from the Boroondara community, Council has developed a draft Climate Action Plan to deliver on the issues that are important to you.

Our draft plan recognises the real and increasing threat to our environment, our health and wellbeing, and the quality of the lives of current and future generations as the result of our changing climate.

Our proposed 10-year plan calls for action by individuals, businesses and all levels of government. This includes continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieving net zero carbon neutrality in council operations by 2022, with broader community emissions reduced by 30 per cent by 2030.

To view our draft plan and have your say before 4 August, visit Engage Boroondara

Time for a reconciliation strategy

Time for a reconciliation strategy nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

We’re developing a strategy to formalise our commitment to reconciliation in Boroondara.

This is a significant step towards achieving reconciliation on a local scale, with consultation underway to explore our community’s vision for reconciliation. Consultation will consider issues that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, ways we can strengthen relationships with key organisations and groups in this space, and our community’s overarching vision for reconciliation.

Local resident, artist, writer and priest, Reverend Glenn Loughrey, welcomes the development of the Reconciliation Strategy.

As an Aboriginal person living in the Boroondara area, I am encouraged by Council’s commitment to pursue a reconciliation process. I look forward to working with them and seeing what comes to fruition.

You’re invited to share ideas about what reconciliation means to you this month. Your feedback will inform the draft Boroondara Reconciliation Strategy, which is expected to be released in late 2021.

For more information and to get involved, visit our reconciliation strategy page or call 9278 4444

Community Satisfaction Survey results are in

Community Satisfaction Survey results are in nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Each year, the City of Boroondara participates in the Victorian Government state-wide Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey. The survey is completed by a representative sample of Boroondara community members, asking them to rate their satisfaction with a range of Council services. 

Our results

The results for this year’s Community Satisfaction Survey are in and we are pleased to report we have achieved an index score of 70 on ‘Overall Performance’ this year. This places Boroondara in the top-performing councils metro and state-wide. We continue to perform in line with or significantly higher than metropolitan group and state-wide averages for councils on all measures evaluated.  

The top-performing service areas you love – and which are unchanged from the 2020 results – are: 

  • libraries
  • appearance of public places
  • recreation facilities.

You’ve also been connecting with us via multiple methods of customer-service options including our website, which is an increasingly popular avenue for contacting us. Exceptional customer-service delivery and being able to resolve your queries remains a focus area for Council.

The results also show you continue to place great importance on waste management and environmental issues. These are key areas we have focused on in the last year with initiatives such as our Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service. Pleasingly, you have rated our performance on environmental sustainability this year significantly higher, with a score of 67, up by six points. These will continue to be focus areas as we move ahead.

Next steps

Your opinion matters to us. We are Transforming Boroondara to put you at the centre of everything we do. Over the next year, we will continue to challenge ourselves to do better and work towards continuing to improve the experience you have when interacting with us. 

Green light for Budget 2021-22

Green light for Budget 2021-22 nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

The Budget 2021-22 – which aims to balance the needs and priorities of our diverse and growing community, now and into the future – has been adopted by Council. 

The Proposed Budget 2021-22 (including Mayoral and Councillor allowances) and Revenue and Rating Plan 2021-25 were presented at a council meeting on 26 April, and the Proposed Budget was made available for public review and comment. Council received 37 submissions, with 11 presenting in support of their submission at the Council meeting on 7 June. We thank every person who took the time to review the Proposed Budget and prepare a written submission. The feedback is valued and plays an important role in helping us to ensure the budget delivers on what is important for our community.

The 2021-22 Budget and the Revenue and Rating Plan were adopted by Council on Monday 28 June. Officers will submit a further report to Council detailing opportunities to allocate additional funds of up to $1 million in the 2021-22 financial year for implementation of initiatives included in the Climate Action Plan once it is adopted.

On behalf of the community we will deliver the support, investment and infrastructure our community needs to thrive, while remaining in line with Council’s commitment to sustainable budgeting, responsible financial management and the Victorian Government’s rate cap for 2021-22. We will deliver what we promised, with significant investments to progress important projects including the redevelopment of Kew Recreation Centre and the Canterbury Community Precinct, while the Heritage Gap studies will continue the important work of reviewing and protecting our heritage properties and places. 

The Budget 2021-22 encompasses many other significant projects, including major building works and fulfilling our commitment to improving our environmental sustainability, and ongoing investment in vital services and community infrastructure.

To read an outline of all our major projects for 2021-22, visit our Budget 2021-22 page.

Explaining how your rates are spent

Explaining how your rates are spent nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Council rates are the contribution each ratepayer makes towards the cost of maintaining over $3.6 billion of local assets and infrastructure, and delivering high-quality community services.

Boroondara property owners will receive their annual valuation and rate notices from late July until early August 2021. Your rates pay for delivery of Council’s services, asset renewal and capital works.

There are three options for payment of rates: a lump-sum payment, four instalments, or 10 monthly direct debits from your nominated bank account. Payment of rates can be made conveniently and securely online, with all payment methods detailed on the rates notice and on our website. If you opt for one lump sum payment, you’ll be eligible for a 2 per cent discount on the total rates bill, provided payment is made in full, at the reduced amount, by 31 August 2021.

Alternatively, the amount can be paid in full by 15 February 2022, but the discount will not apply.

Where do my rates go?

In the May Boroondara Bulletin we showcased the major projects being funded in this year’s Budget 2021-22. But what else are your rates spent on? Council rates go towards the cost of maintaining our local assets and infrastructure, and delivering high-quality services for the community.

The table below shows how your rates will be allocated in 2021-22, as a proportion of every $100 spent.

For more information, visit our rates page or call 9278 4444.

For every $100 of expenditure, we deliver the following services:

Capital works and
priority projects


Environment and
waste management


Health, aged
and family services


Parks, gardens and
sports grounds


Library, arts and
cultural services


Planning and


Local laws


Roads, footpaths,
safety and drainage


and customer service


Engineering and
traffic management


Rates and
property services


Leisure, recreation
and civic centres*




*Excludes operating expenditure for five externally managed recreation centres. 
 These figures include an allocation of corporate services, governance, risk management, building maintenance and  public lighting across these service areas.

Say goodbye to plastic waste this July

Say goodbye to plastic waste this July nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

This month, millions of people around the world will say goodbye to plastic waste as part of the global Plastic Free July movement.

We’re encouraging you to get involved too. Every step, no matter how big or small, makes a difference towards having cleaner streets, communities and oceans.

Victorian Government statistics show single-use plastic items make up about one-third of the volume of the state’s litter, causing harm to our health, wildlife, and the environment. These items can be easily avoided or replaced with reusable products.

Tips to avoid single-use plastics

There are many ways we can avoid single-use plastics in our everyday lives, including:

  • bringing your own reusable cup and containers when visiting your local cafe
  •  taking reusable shopping bags, produce and bread bags with you when you go grocery shopping
  • avoiding unnecessary packaging by buying unpackaged or loose products, or filling your own containers
  • carrying a reusable bottle, cutlery and straw.

Put your soft plastics to good use

In some cases, disposable plastics just can’t be avoided. In those instances, it’s important to remember to recycle your plastics correctly.

While hard plastic bottles and containers such as milk bottles, margarine tubs and yoghurt pots are accepted in your kerbside recycling bin, soft/flexible plastics such as plastic shopping bags, bread bags, wrappers and chip packets are not accepted.

Instead, you can recycle soft/flexible plastics by dropping them off at a REDcycle collection point at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. The material is recycled and turned into products such as playground equipment, park furniture, bollards, and is even added to asphalt to seal roads.

 If you’re uncertain whether an item is a soft/flexible plastic, a good rule of thumb is this: if you can scrunch the plastic into a ball in your hand, then it is a soft/flexible plastic and should be REDcycled.

Every step, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

It is helpful to make sure your plastic items are as dry and empty as possible before you drop them off at the collection point.

For more information and to locate your closest drop-off point, visit

Not sure how to dispose of an item correctly? Just ask our new chat bot!

Our new Waste bot can help, with quick, convenient answers to all your waste questions.

Our chat bot is part of our efforts to transform Boroondara, providing you with more opportunities to interact with Council and access information easily.

Ask Waste bot

Reducing single-use plastics in your business

If you’re a local business owner wanting to reduce your single-use plastics, we’re here to help. To reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to landfill each year, the Victorian Government will ban single-use plastics at bars, cafes and restaurants by 2023. This includes plastic straws, plates, cutlery, drink stirrers, and polystyrene containers.

However, you can make the switch sooner to benefit your business, customers and the environment.

There are many different ways you can reduce single-use plastics in your operations, including:

  • considering what you are giving out and which plastic items you can avoid or replace
  • reducing or replacing single-use packaging materials
  • encouraging your staff to get involved – brainstorm the ways you can reduce single-use plastics in your business
  • sharing the message and getting your customers on board – the more people who are aware of the issue and the solutions, the bigger the impact.

Learn more about Plastic Free July and how you can reduce plastic waste.

Plastic-free business pilot program

As part of Plastic Free July, we’re running a pilot program with hospitality and food traders in Camberwell to help them reduce or avoid single-use plastics in their operations.

We’re working with the Boomerang Alliance and partnering with the Camberwell Centre Traders Association and Camberwell Fresh Food Market to deliver the program, which will be launched in July.

Over eight months, participating businesses will work with a dedicated consultant who will help identify single-use plastic items to eliminate, reduce and/or replace with a more sustainable alternative. Traders will be able to trial and test environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternatives that best suit their business and will help make a positive impact on the environment. If successful, we will look at rolling out a program to support all businesses in Boroondara to reduce single-use plastics.

By shopping locally, you can help support our businesses on their journey to reducing single-use plastics.

Stay warm safely this winter

Stay warm safely this winter nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Simple safety strategies can help prevent the tragedy of carbon monoxide poisoning, and reduce air pollution from wood smoke.

Gas heater safety

Keeping your gas heater in top condition and knowing how to recognise carbon monoxide gas is important. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide gas, but it can make you seriously unwell. Symptoms of poisoning including headache, nausea, vomiting, flushing, muscle pain and weakness, among others.

Severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can result in seizures, loss of consciousness or even death.

Poisoning occurs when an open-flued gas heater is faulty or blocked, so getting your gas heater tested and serviced by a qualified gasfitter at least once every two years is an essential safety measure.

Top safety tips:

  • book your regular heater service every two years
  • always turn your gas heater off at night – they should never be left running while you sleep
  • a carbon monoxide alarm can be a useful back-up measure (but doesn’t replace the need for regular gas heater servicing)
  • never use portable outdoor gas appliances, such as barbecues, indoors.

For more information, visit the Health Vic website.

Wood fire etiquette

If not operated correctly, woodfired heaters can cause respiratory problems for you and your neighbours.

Common causes of excessive smoke include burning wet, green or treated timber, not enough air (smothering the fire), and inadequate air circulation (over-stacking or using large logs).

How to use your wood heater:

  • let the fire burn brightly with a good flame
  • refuel the fire before it becomes coals and never close the vent/ choke all the way down
  • inspect and clean the flue/chimney at least once a year
  • refuel with smaller, dry logs.

For more information, visit the EPA Victoria website or call Health Services on 9278 4444.

Discover your family stories

Discover your family stories nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Genealogy can tell you more about your past than just the names of your ancestors. It can help answer your questions about who you are, where you came from, and where you might want to go. 

August is National Family History Month, so it’s a great time to make use of the wealth of genealogy resources, new technology and assistance available at Boroondara Library Service to delve into your family history. Lindy Smith is one Boroondara resident who has been researching her family history since the start of 2020, when she joined Boroondara Library Service’s Family History group.

At one of the library workshops Lindy attended, she learned how to use Trove, an online research portal, to investigate her family history. “My first success came when I found a presentation album from the company my great-grandfather worked for in 1888. It contained the most wonderful photos of the employees, the building they worked in and of city streets and parks at that time. In the front was a letter, and one of half a dozen signatures at the bottom was that of my great-grandfather. Seeing the album gave me such a buzz,” Lindy said.

Since then, Lindy has uncovered even more about her ancestors and encourages anyone who wants to learn about their past to start researching with the help of their local library.

“Learning through the Family History library group how to use all the resources available for genealogy research and having a group of people to ask for assistance or share successes with has been wonderful. I would suggest that this is the best way to get started. Our librarians have a wealth of knowledge and they are only too happy to share with us,” Lindy said.

Learn how to research your family history

Enter the Boroondara Literary Awards 2021

There’s still time to submit your story!

Held each year by the City of Boroondara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages.

The competition categories include the Young Writers’ Competition and the Open Short Story Competition. The latter includes the Keith Carroll Award for the best entry submitted by a Boroondara resident. As well as cash prizes, winners will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology.

Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday 27 August. Entry is free.

For more information, please email [email protected] or contact our Literary Awards Coordinator on 9278 4036.


Make planning your home project easier

Make planning your home project easier nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Planning applications can be complex and time-consuming, but Boroondara’s interactive guide breaks down the steps to help you navigate the process with ease.

Planning applications help Council determine the suitability of a proposed project while minimising the impact on neighbourhood character and amenity. All our assessments are made against the planning controls, standards and policies in the Boroondara Planning Scheme.

Each year, we receive around 1200 planning applications and 800 applications to amend permits. We know it can be challenging to figure out which planning and building permits may be required when you’re working on a home project. To make life easier for you, we’ve created an online interactive planning guide to simplify the process.

Whether it’s a new pergola, shed, a demolition or a new build, our interactive guide is designed to help you quickly identify which permits may apply to you.

How it works

Simply visit Do I need a permit? to open the virtual house environment. Click on the icons to find out which projects may require a permit, and learn more about environmental sustainability as you plan your building works.

Did you know?

When considering redeveloping a property or changing the land use, you need to consider the planning scheme controls, policies and standards. Did you know Council offers pre-application advice to help you plan for your application?

Learn more about Planning permit applications.

For more information or assistance, please email [email protected] or call 9278 4888.

What's on in Boroondara

What's on in Boroondara tedwards Tue 6 July 2021

Boroondara bee series

Honey bees and Australia’s native bees play a critical role in our environment. They pollinate many of the crops we eat and without them, we can grow less food. Life is getting harder for our bees, with climate change, loss of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, chemical use, parasites and diseases all impacting on global bee numbers.

Fortunately there are things we can do to help. Attending one or more of our three August bee workshops could be a great way for you to start. This series will take you into the fascinating world of bees. Learn about the importance of bees, how to identify different species, the needs of different types of bees, how to create habitat for them in your own backyard, and how to set up and manage your own honeybee hive and produce your own honey.

Invite family and friends and book into one, two, or all three workshops.

Attracting pollinators to your garden

When: Thursday 5 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Parkview Room at Council Offices in Camberwell

Make booking

Bee keeping for beginners

When: Thursday 12 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Parkview Room at Council Offices, Camberwell

Make booking

Bee keeping - beyond the basics

When: Thursday 19 August from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Parkview Room at Council Offices, Camberwell

Make booking

NAIDOC Week 2021

Celebrated from 4 to 11 July, this year’s NAIDOC Week theme – Heal Country! – encourages everyone to embrace First Nations cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia's national heritage, and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

To mark the occasion, we have rescheduled a special, sold-out community event which was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions in early-June to be celebrated this NAIDOC Week. 

Learn more


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. Contact your local house and find out what’s on offer or download a copy of the full Short Course Guide.

Playgroups (ages 0-5)

Help your child develop socially, and connect with other children, parents and families. Playgroups
include music, craft, yoga and more. Various times and fees.
Craig Family Centre
Call: 9885 7789


A classic game of strategy and skill. New players welcome – Fridays, 10am to 12pm. Contact centre for details.
Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9830 4214
Cost: $5 per session

Futuresteading: Live like tomorrow matters with Jade Miles

Grow, store, eat, preserve and share food that deepens the connections you have with your household and those around you. Includes a copy of Futuresteading and vegetable garden tour – 12pm-3:30pm, Saturday 12 September.
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9890 2467
Cost: $95

Yoga vinyasa

Experience yoga at a faster pace with dynamic, fluid movements. Each posture links back to the breath, creating a flowing, moving meditation. Suitable for all levels – 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Tuesdays from 13 July.
Camberwell Community Centre
Call: 9882 2611
Cost: $150 (10 sessions)


Chinese brush painting

Learn how to create beautiful paintings on traditional xuan paper with award-winning artist Echo Wu – 10am to 12pm, Wednesdays from 14 July.
Ashburton Community Centre
Call: 9885 7952
Cost: $250 (10 sessions)

Language conversation

Converse with others in French, Italian or Spanish. Thursdays from 15 July.
Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: 9889 0791
Cost: $20 (10 sessions)


An introduction to the world of floristry – 7pm to 9pm, Thursdays from 15 July.
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: 9853 3126
Cost: $350 (seven sessions)

Meditation and mindfulness

Are you new to meditation and mindfulness? Join us in a relaxing workshop – 2pm to 5pm, Sunday 18 July.
Hawthorn Community House
Call: 9819 5758
Cost: $55

Find a job or change your career: pathways to employment

For people looking for work or wanting to get back into employment or study – 9:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesdays from 27 July.
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Call: 9885 9401
Cost: $85 (five weeks)

French cooking workshop

Join Marie-Emilie from Le Pot de Moutarde for a French cuisine workshop – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday 17 August.
Trentwood at the Hub
Call: 9006 6590
Cost: $60

Personal training sessions

Learn how to use the outdoor gym equipment at Balwyn Community Centre with a qualified personal trainer – 10:30am to 11:30am, Wednesdays from 18 August.
Balwyn Community Centre
Call: 9836 7942
Cost: $80 (two sessions)

Boroondara Arts - what's on

Boroondara Arts - what's on tedwards Tue 6 July 2021

To come

Hawthorn Arts Centre


Beginners’ weaving with Rachel

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday 17 August

Sketch it as you see it – streetscape sketching workshop

2pm to 4pm
Saturday 24 July

Boroondara Creative Network: creative toolkit

12pm to 2pm
Saturday 17 July

Paper Peony Workshop

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday 20 July

For more information, visit our arts page.

Special events

The Boroondara Eisteddfod

The Boroondara Eisteddfod celebrates 30 years of competition and performance. Enjoy the immense talent within our musical community.

Piano Concerto Final
2pm, Sunday 25 July
Hawthorn Arts Centre

Learn more

Maling Road Winter Art and Light Walk

Take a walk along Maling Road and discover magnificent neon light and art installations. Lights on until 10pm

16 to 18 July

Opening night celebration:
5pm to 9pm, Friday 16 July
Maling Road, Canterbury


2022 Boroondara Arts Initiative

Applications for the Boroondara Arts Initiative 2022 program open in mid July, with funding support for individual or multiple artists.


Made in Boroondara

This new program provides opportunities for local performing artists to become part of the Boroondara Arts season program.

Learn more

Registering your pet, pool or spa

Registering your pet, pool or spa nmelin Tue 6 July 2021

Register your pet

Have you registered your pet yet? All cats and dogs over the age of three months must be registered with Council annually.

Microchipping and registering your pet is required by law, but it also helps us reunite you with your furry friend if he or she goes missing.

Plus, your registration fees help us continue to create great environments for your pet within the community, including off-leash dog parks, Council’s Pet Expo and education for animal owners.

As part of our effort to Transform Boroondara and make your life a little bit easier, it’s now quicker than ever to register, renew and pay online using our pet registration form.

Register your pet 

Register your pool or spa 

Did you know that property owners must register their pools and spas with Council? This is a new regulation required by the Victorian Government, which came into effect from 1 December 2019 under the Building Regulations 2018.

Registrations were due by 1 November 2020. If you have yet to register your pool or spa, or if you have installed a new one since this date, you must register it immediately.

Infringements of up to $1652 may apply for failure to register.

Register your pool or spa online

Did you know you can now register your pool or spa quickly and easily online? This is part of our efforts to transform Boroondara, providing you with more convenient options for how you interact with Council.

Learn more

Keeping Boroondara beautiful

Keeping Boroondara beautiful tedwards Tue 6 July 2021

We can all play a role in keeping our local places and spaces beautiful.

If you notice an issue in a public space that needs attention, we’d love to hear from you. It could be anything from an overflowing bin to a damaged footpath.

Whatever the issue we appreciate your help in keeping our community beautiful and safe to live in. Use the Report an issue form on our website. 

This new form is part of our efforts to transform Boroondara, making your interactions with Council seamless and convenient. Here’s to keeping City of Boroondara beautiful for this generation and those to come. 

Boroondara councillors

Boroondara councillors nmelin Thu 8 July 2021

Cr Garry Thompson, Mayor

Solway Ward

Including parts of Ashburton and Glen Iris and Camberwell

Ph: 9278 4457
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 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 Jane Addis

Maling Ward

Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Deepdene and Balwyn

Ph: 9835 7845
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 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]

Council and committee meetings

Be involved in decision making at the Boroondara council and committee meetings