27 March 2024


Like many of you, I hold a deep appreciation for heritage-protected properties. They contribute to the charm and character of Boroondara, connecting the past with the present and giving us a window into the generations that came before us.

The recent arson attack on the Mangarra Road property ‘Shenley Croft’ was an incredible shock. While I feel great disappointment, it has also ignited a strong sense of determination within me to see it rebuilt to its original glory.

In light of this tragic event, I stand firmly in support of our decision as a Council to take swift and decisive action. This iconic heritage home is worthy of resurrection.

We are appealing to Victoria’s Minister for Planning to make amendments to the Boroondara Planning Scheme so that we can protect what’s left of Shenley Croft and enforce reconstruction. 

I urge the Victorian Government to work with us to make this vision a reality.

On a more positive note, I am heartened to see the actions outlined in our updated Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2024–28 coming into reality with an official launch planned for May. In this newsletter you can learn about some of the artwork Council has commissioned for the plan, and read about how we are working to increase participation in art and sport for people with disabilities.

Also in May, we will announce the award winners of Boroondara Volunteer of the Year 2024, recognising the outstanding contributions of our volunteering community who give their time to support local organisations delivering vital services to our community. Keep an eye out for an announcement of the winners, who will be profiled in the next edition of the Boroondara Bulletin.

Signature of mayor and councillor Lisa Hollingsworth, next to an image of her head and shoulders

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