Boroondara Bulletin - September 2021Boroondara Bulletin - September 2021 ttoth Mon 23 August 2021
Message from the Mayor, Cr Garry ThompsonMessage from the Mayor, Cr Garry Thompson ttoth Mon 23 August 2021
At Boroondara, we strive to put our community at the centre of everything we do, and while there is always room to improve, our strong results in this year’s Community Satisfaction Survey are pleasing.
The City of Boroondara participates in the Victorian Government’s statewide Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey each year. Our index score of 70 for ‘Overall Performance’ places us in the top-performing councils statewide, and we continue to perform in line with or significantly higher than metropolitan
group and statewide averages for councils on all measures.
You rated our performance on environmental sustainability six points higher than last year, with a score of 67, and told us the top-performing service areas you love are libraries, appearance of public places, and recreation facilities.
Many of those dedicated library fans will rejoice at a simple but significant change we have made to perhaps the only drawback to library membership – fines. From the beginning of July, all our libraries have gone fine-free, and any outstanding fines for overdue library items have been wiped.
We have joined the movement towards fine-free libraries that has increased membership and borrowing worldwide. Removing fines takes away a barrier to the rich resources our libraries offer, making them more accessible to those who need them most.
Finally, I’m pleased to reveal that after hearing from thousands of community members, our draft Boroondara Community Plan 2021- 31 is open for public comment. The Community Plan is a key strategic document that outlines your vision for this municipality, and how Council will bring it to life.
I invite you to have your say on these key plans at Engage Boroondara, our new online community engagement platform that makes it easier to give feedback on projects, services and Council initiatives that are open for consultation. It’s another Transforming Boroondara initiative designed to simplify the way you communicate with Council.
Cr Garry Thompson
Mayor of Boroondara
How to care for street treesHow to care for street trees ttoth Mon 23 August 2021
It’s street-tree planting time in Boroondara, and extra Council funds dedicated to planting over the next two years mean more new young trees are coming to a street and park near you.
To ensure leafy neighbourhoods now and in future, we have increased our planting capacity with a dedicated spend of $660,000 to support our park and street-tree planting program. To give new trees the best possible start, we water and maintain them for at least two years after planting. You too can help us care for the trees on your nature strip – both new and mature – to give them the best chance of a healthy life.
Top tips for street-tree care
We water new trees weekly over summer, however pouring an additional bucket of water around the tree once or twice a week during summer will help keep it healthy. To check whether your tree needs watering, feel the soil just below the layer of mulch – if the soil is dry, the tree should be watered.
Take care with mulch
A layer of mulch is spread around the base of all new trees when planted to help retain water and suppress weeds and grasses. Avoid placing mulch right against the trunk as this can cause the base of the tree to rot, and steer clear of using grass clippings for mulch as it can promote weed growth and its high nitrogen content can stress young trees.
Mind the bark
When mowing and using line trimmers, avoid contact with the trunk of the tree. Its bark helps protect the tree from pests and diseases, and damaging it can cause serious harm, especially to our younger trees.
Give it space
Avoid parking cars too close to a tree or storing heavy machinery or materials beneath the tree canopy to ensure the soil doesn’t compact and oxygen can reach the roots.
Keep us posted
Help us care for our street trees by letting us know if there are any issues with the health of a tree and reporting any acts of vandalism via our easy report an issue form.
Three tree species coming to a nature strip near you
Lagerstroemia indica cultivars – crepe myrtle
A small tree for streets with limited space that still need a touch of green. We plant several cultivars with purple, pink and white flowers and attractive autumn colour.
Quercus palustris – pin oak
Providing stunning autumn colour and a large shady canopy, this is one of our most common replacement trees.
Celtis australis – hackberry
This deciduous tree with great autumn colour adds to the diversity of our urban forest.
What's on in BoroondaraWhat's on in Boroondara ttoth Mon 23 August 2021
Please note: COVID-19 restrictions may affect live events. Please confirm details with host organisation and check for website updates.
Try our parenting workshops
Did you know Boroondara Families has information sessions for parents and carers? Workshops cover a range of topics to help your family grow together.
What’s up in the school holidays?
We have loads of fun and interactive activities planned for young people in Boroondara these September school holidays – from circus fun to Mario Kart tournaments, cooking classes, creative arts and lots more.
Running from Saturday 18 September to Sunday 3 October, our free or low-cost sessions are delivered by educators and local facilitators to suit all abilities, interests and family budgets. Many activities will be delivered online if face-to-face sessions are not permitted under COVID-19 restrictions.
We also hope to open the Youth Hub at Hawthorn Arts Centre in the holidays. COVID restrictions permitting, it will open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. Young people aged 10 years and over are invited to come and play Nintendo Switch, Xbox, pool or table tennis. You can also use our free wi-fi, catch up on study or simply hang out.
The full school holiday program will be available in early September.
Visit our School holiday activities page for more information.
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 courses, classes and workshops to explore. Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop skills or join a social group. We have options for children through to senior members of our community. Contact your local house to find out what’s on offer.
Introduction to volunteering
Gain confidence, knowledge and skills to work in a volunteer role – 12pm to 2:30pm Mondays from 4 October.
Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning Centre
Call: 9885 9401
Cost $50 (eight weeks)
Coil basket workshop
Learn to sew a coiled rope basket with fabric scraps. Baskets can be used as fruit bowls or to store crafts – 10am to 1pm, Friday 8 October.
Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: 9889 0791
Cost: $55 (one session)
Squiggle Kids playgroup
Music and painting (ages two to five) for confidence and fine motor skills, with occupational therapist. 9:30am to 10.15am Tuesdays from 12 October.
Craig Family Centre
Call: 9885 7789
Cost: $140 (nine-week program)
Aged care: making an informed decision
Navigate the financial implications of various aged-care options. Suitable for family members and those considering aged care. Includes a light supper. 7pm to 9pm, Friday 22 October.
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: 9890 2467
Join us for this quarterly event featuring an art and craft market, sausage sizzle, plant stall, sweet treats, workshops and more – 10am to 2pm, Saturday 18 September.
Ashburton Community Centre
Call: 9885 7952
Bands and burgers in the park
Join us for an evening in Central Gardens filled with live music, kids’ activities, food trucks and more – 5pm to 8:30pm, Friday 8 October.
Hawthorn Community House
Call: 9819 5758
Cost: gold-coin donation
Building construction skills
Introduction to building construction industries for low-level literacy and numeracy students. Contact centre for details.
Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: 9853 3126
Dogs in parks: tips for ownersDogs in parks: tips for owners ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
We all have a role to play in ensuring our parks and shared areas are a welcoming and safe space for everyone.
Our community members love their dogs – and with new dog registrations in Boroondara soaring in the past 12 months there are new furry friends in
Being a responsible dog owner means more than just giving your pet what it needs, it’s also about how you manage your dog around other people and animals, including in off-leash parks.
Here are some easy tips for dog owners:
- Carry dog waste bags with you and pick up after your dog.
- Ensure you and your dog vacate any ovals when sports teams are practising or playing a match to ensure the safety of both the players and your pet.
- Keep an eye on your dog – your pet should not worry or threaten any person or animal, and must respond to voice commands or hand controls when off-leash to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Remember to check Council signs to ensure you are aware of the specific park rules.
We thank all the responsible dog owners in our community who are helping to keep our parks enjoyable places for everyone to visit.
How to support local businesses in lockdownHow to support local businesses in lockdown ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect takeaway dinner, special meal ingredient or online buy, Boroondara’s shopping precincts have plenty to offer.
Boroondara is home to more than 50 shopping strips filled with boutique retailers and diverse dining options. Now more than ever, it’s important to support our businesses – whether that’s in person when COVID-19 restrictions allow, or via online shopping or takeaway.
Fresh produce markets
Make your way through Camberwell Fresh Food Market to select from fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, rare cheeses, and other delicacies. Many traders offer click and collect or delivery options as well as contactless payments. If produce straight from the farm is your thing, head to Boroondara Farmers Market at Patterson Reserve, Hawthorn East.
It’s held on the first, third (and fifth) Saturday of the month and is permitted to operate during lockdowns. Shop for everything from herbs to honey, eggs, olives, cakes, bread, wine and beer.
Take it away
Many of our much-loved hospitality businesses have been able to continue operating despite restrictions by offering takeaway coffees, meals, produce boxes and grocery items. Check out what your favourite business has to offer online, or give them a ring.
Shop virtually or buy a voucher
Navigate Boroondara’s shopping strips virtually via our Love Local Life directory. This website lists more than 550 Boroondara businesses, from retail to food and beverage, hair and beauty, health and professional services.
If you can’t visit in person right now, explore your options for sourcing exceptional products and services in your neighbourhood a little later, or enquire via email or phone about buying items or gift vouchers online.
Hawthorn Makers Market, held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on the first Sunday of each month if restrictions permit, has an online market offering products from many of its makers.
Shop virtually or buy a voucher
Navigate Boroondara’s shopping strips virtually via our Love Local Life directory, listing more than 550 Boroondara businesses. Explore your options for sourcing exceptional products and services in your neighbourhood, or enquire via email or phone about buying items or gift vouchers online.
For more information, visit our Shop local page.
Boroondara libraries go fine freeBoroondara libraries go fine free ttoth Wed 25 August 2021
Libraries are a much-loved Council service, which is why Boroondara Library Service no longer has fines for overdue items.
We have seen how important our library services are to the local community, particularly during the challenges of the past year. Moving to a fine-free model removes barriers and encourages people to return to their local library, and new members to join, so that everyone can enjoy our services.
As part of this initiative, an outcome of Council’s 2021-22 Budget, outstanding overdue fines for library items are wiped – meaning you can start anew at your local library without a backlog of overdue fines.
Now is a great time to join or reconnect with your local library for a wide selection of books, DVDs and online resources, along with study facilities and programs for all ages. You can join for free online.
Why cut fines?
According to the Australian Public Library Alliance, library fines undermine the provision of free and universal access to information.
People who can least afford to pay fines are often the ones who need the library service the most, and there is no evidence that overdue fines encourage meaningful compliance.
Get set for a circular economyGet set for a circular economy ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
Bundling up your soft plastic bags and wrappings to take back to the supermarket for recycling might seem like a simple task, but when they emerge reborn as part of a road or park bench, they become a vital component of the circular economy.
A circular economy reduces waste and keeps resources in use longer. It’s about moving away from the linear approach of ‘make, use and dispose’ to a more sustainable circular approach where we remake and reuse.
This approach increases the value of our resources by ensuring fewer materials are used and less waste is generated, which in turn reduces landfill waste, greenhouse gas production, pollution and biodiversity loss.
Australian businesses and organisations are turning their manufacturing capability and supply chains to ‘closing the circle’. One company is ‘upcycling’ plastic milk bottles into plastic shopping baskets and trolleys. Another has developed plastic railway sleepers using agricultural waste and polystyrene, and another targets single-use plastic by delivering cleaning and other products to homes in containers made from ‘ocean waste’ plastic, which customers return to be cleaned and refilled.
The Victorian Government recently launched its circular-economy policy Recycling Victoria, with a 10-year plan that directs local government actions. Its plan includes standardising kerbside bins and accepted materials, introducing FOGO (food organics and garden organics) kerbside collections, introducing a separate fourth bin for glass collections, and rolling out a container deposit scheme. It also aims to support manufacturers to make new products using recycled materials, and expand waste-to-energy initiatives for material that can’t be recycled.
We can all play a role in bringing more circular thinking into how we manage our waste and consumption at home. This includes buying items that are
reusable or contain recycled content, buying second-hand items, visiting a repair cafe, and ensuring you are putting only the correct items in your bins. Our handy A to Z guide can help.
Boroondara Arts - What's onBoroondara Arts - What's on ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
What's on at Town Hall Gallery
What's on at Hawthorn Arts Centre
Fix it at our Repair CafeFix it at our Repair Cafe ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
Repair cafes challenge our linear ‘throw-away culture’ by fixing perfectly good items that would otherwise be sent to landfill before their time.
At Boroondara’s North Balwyn Repair Cafe, based at Greythorn Community Hub, volunteers can show you how to fix your broken, faulty or damaged items free, including tools, furniture, jewellery, electrical appliances, toys and clothing. They also have repaired and rescued items to give away.
“Whether the item is functional or nostalgic, we love helping to give these items a second life – or an extended one at least,” said organiser Andrew Tynan.
We love seeing the joy of the visitors leaving with a repaired item and hopefully a new skill – or at least an increased awareness of the types of repairs that are possible if you try.
The Repair Cafe’s ‘Bring, Learn and Mend’ sessions have been held for almost three years and in that time they have saved more than half a tonne of ‘waste’ from being sent to landfill. Volunteers teach tips, tricks and techniques to repair items, help the community understand safe repair practices, and give visitors confidence to fix things themselves.
Join a Learn and Mend session
Greythorn Community Hub, 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North.
The third Sunday of each month from 10am to 12:30pm.
The next date is Sunday 19 September.
For more information, visit the North Balwyn Repair Cafe Facebook page.
Try these 10 simple fixes
Tempted to throw out that ‘broken’ toaster, vacuum cleaner or necklace?
Before you do, try these fixes from the team at the North Balwyn Repair Cafe:
- Vacuum cleaner turning off while you’re using it? Often the filter is blocked and needs a good clean.
- If your toaster won’t heat up or the lever refuses to stay down, it might be because crumbs are covering the sensor or catch mechanism.
- Got a hard-to-budge screw or nut? Sometimes you can break the bond by tightening it slightly before you try to loosen it.
- If you have a broken beaded necklace but no tools to repair it, restring it with elastic or thread.
- Patch small holes in clothing by hand, with decorative stitching and fabric to make a feature.
- Flatscreen TV stopped working? Sell it cheaply or give it away for parts that can be reused.
When changing batteries, always check and clean the metal contacts with a cotton bud and rubbing alcohol if you have it.
Sewing machine not working properly? Check for a bent needle, or lint in the bobbin carrier. Keep it lubricated too.
When tightening screws, use a screwdriver that fits the screwhead well. Using the wrong size can damage the screw and make it hard to remove.
Excellent resources on the internet can help with almost any fault. Enter the product name and ‘problem’ or ‘not working’ into a search engine.
Bringing new life to our public spacesBringing new life to our public spaces ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
We’re upgrading some of our key precincts to bring a sense of ‘place’ to your Boroondara.
Placemaking is the collaborative approach we’re taking to improving Boroondara’s public spaces. We’re listening carefully to the needs and aspirations of our communities and responding with projects to enhance the vibrancy and economic viability of our centres, create opportunities for social connection and improve our community’s health and wellbeing.
Local communities have a connection to their public places and help bring them to life. This is why we are working with them to co-design vibrant spaces where people feel a sense of belonging.
Since Council’s placemaking program began in 2019, a number of projects have commenced that aim to create people-focused streets filled with arts and activity, build lively local economies, consider sustainable access, preserve and enhance local heritage and character, and remain ‘green at heart’ for a healthier city.
What’s new in Maling Road
From laneway upgrades to art installations, we’re delivering on the Maling Road Place Plan. Visit our Maling Road placemaking project page for more information.
Next up, Camberwell Junction
Camberwell Junction is one of Boroondara’s key activity centres. Home to the Camberwell Fresh Food Market, the iconic Camberwell Sunday Market, a broad mix of retailers, boutique eateries, lively wine bars and the magnificent Rivoli Cinema, ‘the Junction’ presents a world of opportunity for locals and visitors alike to connect and explore a historic shopping destination within Melbourne’s inner-east.
Have your say and help shape the future of your precinct by sharing your vision for Camberwell Junction and what you love most about it.
A plan for Glenferrie
Shaped by the voices of more than 1700 people, the draft Glenferrie Place Plan is the guiding document for the future of this precinct, setting out key
initiatives to achieve the community’s vision for the area.
Sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed about the release of the draft Glenferrie Place plan.
Get ready for summer sportGet ready for summer sport ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
Summer is around the corner, and community sport is a great way to stay active during the warmer months.
Boroondara is home to a wealth of high-quality sportsgrounds and leisure facilities, and a wonderful grassroots sporting community. It’s little wonder our community sport participation rates are consistently high. With the sporting seasons ticking over to summer, now is the perfect time to join a local club.
Let Wimbledon champ Ash Barty inspire you onto the court for a leisurely or competitive hit at one of Boroondara’s 22 clubs.
Swimming is a great low-impact way to stay active year-round – and cool in summer. Our pools are open for lap swimming, aqua aerobics and lessons.
Hop, skip and long jump your way to Stradbroke Park in Kew East, home to Kew Little Athletics Club.
Boroondara is home to an active bowls community, with clubs in Ashburton, Camberwell, Balwyn North, Glen Iris, Hawthorn and Hawthorn East.
Cricket is great for staying active and social. Our thriving cricket community has 24 clubs across Boroondara.
Kew Croquet Club offers competitive croquet and coaching. Or get a group together for a hit of social croquet.
Let us help with the cost
If the cost of joining a club is holding you back, Council offers Individual Participation Grants to help cover the cost of fees. To be eligible, you just need to live in the City of Boroondara, hold a government means-tested card, and choose an eligible Boroondara sporting club (not for profit).
For more on the participation grants, visit our Individual participation grants page.
Fly through our new Kew Recreation CentreFly through our new Kew Recreation Centre ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
Construction of the new Kew Recreation Centre is underway and we are on track to open the doors to this new state-of-the-art facility in mid-2023.
A recently released 3D fly through of the centre features all the final design elements, including the aqua-play area. Throughout the community consultation process, we heard a lot of feedback about the desire for more spaces for different water activities, such as warm-water exercise, swimming lessons, lap swimming and children’s play areas.
We are delighted to have met our community’s requests with this final design, and look forward to delivering a fun and engaging space that caters to a wide range of health and wellbeing needs.
Visit our Kew Recreation Centre page for more information.
Nominate for Boroondara Volunteer AwardsNominate for Boroondara Volunteer Awards ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
More than a quarter of Boroondara’s residents generously give their time to help others.
If you know of an exceptional person or program that deserves recognition, you can nominate them for the Boroondara Volunteer Awards.
Yvonne Giltinan (pictured) was recognised for her volunteer efforts leading community choir Yarra Gospel, as the joint winner of last year’s COVID-19: Outstanding Local Hero Award. Yvonne mobilised the choir’s 70 participants to meet online to sing together during the pandemic, investing hundreds of hours organising virtual rehearsals and concerts to keep the choir’s community spirit alive.
If you know a volunteer like Yvonne, or a wonderful volunteer-led program, put them forward for recognition. Nominations for the Boroondara Volunteer Awards are now open to all Australian citizens who volunteer for a community organisation in Boroondara.
Nominate for the awards
There are three award categories:
- Boroondara Volunteer of the Year – acknowledges the outstanding contributions of a volunteer in the City of Boroondara.
- Volunteer Program Impact Award – recognises a volunteer program that has achieved significant outcomes for the Boroondara community.
- COVID-19 Recovery: Local Hero Award – recognises the outstanding achievements of a volunteer who has helped the community recovery effort through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nominations are open until Friday 8 October, and winners will be announced at an International Volunteer Day celebration on Thursday 2 December.
To nominate someone for the awards, visit our Enter our Volunteer Awards page.
New system for Accessible Parking PermitsNew system for Accessible Parking Permits ttoth Tue 24 August 2021
The applications and renewals process for Accessible Parking Permits (previously known as Disabled Parking Permit) has recently moved to a statewide system and is now managed through VicRoads.
If you have previously had an Accessible Parking Permit issued by City of Boroondara, this remains valid until the identified expiry date. When it comes time to renew your permit or to apply for a permit for the first time, you can apply via the VicRoads online portal.
If you need help with your application, ask your doctor or healthcare provider for support when seeking their endorsement of your application.
For more information, visit out Accessible Parking Permits page.
Have your say on our 10-year community planHave your say on our 10-year community plan ttoth Wed 25 August 2021
After hearing the views of more than 5000 community members late last year and early this year, we are proud to present the draft Boroondara Community Plan 2021-31 for public comment.
The draft Boroondara Community Plan incorporates our 10-year Community Vision, the Council Plan 2021-25 and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-25.
This key strategic document outlines what the community values most in the City of Boroondara and demonstrates how Council will implement this vision.
The feedback we received during community consultation confirmed we are on the right track in delivering what’s most important to you, and are reflecting the needs and aspirations of our community.
It confirmed the seven priority themes that emerged in 2017, when we heard from 11,845 people, are still relevant to people in Boroondara today.
Read and have your say on our Engage Boroondara website.
Tell us at Engage Boroondara
We’re making it easier for you to have your say on our projects and services with the launch of Engage Boroondara, our new online community engagement platform.
This easy-to-use online platform allows you to give feedback and share your thoughts on Council initiatives open for consultation. You’ll be able to access surveys, resources and other valuable materials about developments in your local community.
Police raise alarm on scammersPolice raise alarm on scammers ttoth Wed 25 August 2021
Phone and online scammers are stealing money and personal information from local residents, police say.
Inspector Craig Pearson, Boroondara Local Area Commander, said scammers often work in teams and claim to be from legitimate businesses, banks and utilities. Some use forged documents and create a sense of fear.
“They may ask you for remote access to your computer to help them ‘Catch the hacker’,” he said. “They are the hackers. Do not provide remote access to your computer. Just like a burglar, if you didn’t invite them into your home, don’t let them in.”
Inspector Pearson said that in a recent incident, a 95-year-old Hawthorn woman told a scammer she didn’t have a computer and didn’t drive, so the scammer had a taxi pick her up and drive her to a bank. “She was told to keep it secret from her family and that transferring her money was the only way to keep it safe.”
If you suspect a scammer has contacted you, talk to your family, call local police, and keep up to date with the latest scams at Scam Watch.
Boroondara CouncillorsBoroondara Councillors ttoth Wed 25 August 2021
Cr Garry Thompson, Mayor
Including parts of Ashburton and Glen Iris and Camberwell
Cr Jim Parke
Including parts of Kew East and Balwyn North
Cr Felicity Sinfield
Including parts of Deepdene, Kew, Kew East, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Canterbury, Camberwell, Hawthorn East and Hawthorn.
Cr Victor Franco
Including parts of Hawthorn East, Camberwell, Ashburton and Glen Iris.
Cr Wes Gault
Cr Di Gillies
Cr Lisa Hollingsworth
Including parts of Camberwell, Surrey Hills and Canterbury
Cr Jane Addis
Including parts of Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Deepdene and Balwyn
Cr Cynthia Watson, Deputy Mayor
Including parts of Balwyn, Balwyn North and Mont Albert
Cr Susan Biggar
Including parts of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East and Glen Iris
Cr Nick Stavrou
Including parts of Kew