Latest media releases and statements


Draft Council Plan, proposed Rating Strategy and Budget now available

At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday 26 April 2017, the City of Boroondara’s draft Council Plan 2017-21 (including the Strategic Resource Plan 2017-21), proposed Rating Strategy 2017-21 and Budget 2017-18 were presented.

27 April 2017

Shutter speed photo competition

Do you have photographs featuring transport in Boroondara? If so, you could win some great prizes with Boroondara Library Service’s Shutter Speed Photo Competition.

10 April 2017

Public housing wanted in Ashburton

In response to the Victorian Public Tenants Association (VPTA) article on Markham Estate be assured that the City of Boroondara is not against the proposal to replace public housing at Markham Estate. Both Council and the Ashburton community want more public housing.

30 March 2017

Victorian Government weakens protection of Boroondara’s neighbourhood character

Council is deeply concerned with the Minister for Planning’s decision to change the residential zones.

28 March 2017

A Tribute to Marika Ninou

Local Musicians Stavrina Dimitriou, Dean Georgalas, Achilles Yiangoulli, Con Kalamaras and Jim Haritonas will present a live tribute to the iconic Marika Ninou for one night only at Kew Court House.

27 March 2017

The Letter String Quartet present original work for Oracle Marker

Modern chamber group The Letter String Quartet will grace the stage at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Saturday 23 April for Oracle Marker, a concert of original works for string quartet, voice and electronics.

23 March 2017

Entries now open for the 2017 Boroondara Eisteddfod

It’s time to tune up your instruments and practice your scales as entries for the 2017 Boroondara Eisteddfod are now open to young musicians and singers.

23 March 2017

Positive meeting with Minister for Planning about Markham Estate redevelopment

The City of Boroondara welcomes a commitment by Planning Minister Richard Wynne that a proposed housing development in Markham Avenue Ashburton must comply with the Victorian Government’s Better Apartment Design Standards.

8 March 2017

Sod turn marks beginning of significant community project

The first sod has been turned on the North East Community Hub project, which will deliver a new multipurpose facility and open space for people in the City’s north.

6 March 2017

From Vienna to Buenos Aires

A musical cross-cultural friendship spanning the past decade, join Italian virtuoso guitarist Massimo Scattolin and Melbourne cellist Josephine Vains for an intimate program to delight the classical senses.

2 March 2017

Fem Belling celebrates debut album at Kew Court House

Award-winning jazz musician Fem Belling will take to the stage at Kew Court House on Saturday 8 April, following the release of her debut album NOW THEN on February 26.

1 March 2017

Yours Truly

Yours Truly is a wartime inspired love story of those who left and those who were left behind. Set against the backdrop of World War II and 1940s rural Australia, this critically acclaimed production uniquely combines dance and drama to tell the powerful story of three couples separated by war.

27 February 2017

Reaching for the Sky

Town Hall Gallery is thrilled to present Reaching for the Sky by Helen Bushell, an exhibition celebrating a lifetime dedicated to creating and flying kites.

27 February 2017

Melbourne Ballet Company’s celebrates 10th anniversary with Being and Time at Hawthorn Arts Centre

Melbourne Ballet Company returns to the Hawthorn Arts Centre in March 2017 to present an exhilarating contemporary ballet, Being and Time, marking the Company’s ten year anniversary.

22 February 2017

Transparency missing in Government process on Markham Estate

The City of Boroondara has again opposed amended plans for a residential development in Markham Avenue Ashburton by the Victorian Government agency, Places Victoria.

21 February 2017

Boroondara Arts presents Party Art Prize

The Party Art Prize (PARTY) offers two opportunities to secure $1,500 to present work from any creative discipline (excluding those deemed to be of a concert nature) at the Kew Court House during 2017.

16 February 2017

NIMA award-winner Gawurra plays at Kew Court House as part of his first national tour

Melbourne-based via Arnhem Land, singer-songwriter Gawurra will take to the stage at Kew Court House on 28 March as part of his first national tour. This intimate performance in the beautiful, historic venue is set to be a standout among a number of appearances at major festivals, including Womadelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Gathering festival.

15 February 2017

Join the Boroondara FReeZA Committee

Are you a young person interested in gaining experience and learning about the music industry?

15 February 2017

Acknowledgement of Country

Boroondara Council adopted its Councillor Code of Conduct on Monday 13 February 2017. Included in the Code of Conduct is a protocol with respect to an Acknowledgement of Country.

15 February 2017

Volunteering Showcase in Boroondara

Are you looking to volunteer in 2017? Come along to the 12th Annual Boroondara Volunteer Expo and learn about the many ways you can make a difference.

8 February 2017

Boroondara holds MAV to account

The City of Boroondara resolved on 7 November 2016 to not appoint a representative to the Municipal Association of Victoria the peak body for local government in Victoria (MAV) owing to concerns regarding serious governance deficiencies at the MAV and has nothing to do with gender.

31 January 2017

2017 Boroondara Citizen of the Year Award announced

The 2017 Boroondara Citizen of the Year Awards were announced at the Boroondara Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Thursday 26 January 2017.

27 January 2017

Try tennis this February at your local club

A number of tennis clubs around Boroondara will open their courts for free during the month of February. From Wednesday 1 February to Tuesday 28 February participating clubs will be open on a variety of days and times to give local residents, who are not currently members, the opportunity to have a hit of tennis and get to know their local clubs.

25 January 2017

The City of Boroondara improves online services

As part of its move to improve its offer of online services, The City of Boroondara has released a catalogue of online forms, enabling residents to book various services via the internet.

13 January 2017

Boroondara rejects Victorian Government’s proposal for Markham Estate redevelopment

The City of Boroondara resolved at its Urban Planning Committee on 19 December to oppose the Victorian Government’s proposal for the Markham Estate redevelopment in Ashburton.

21 December 2016

Victorian Government’s funny money

Council’s assessment of the Markham Estate redevelopment has revealed that the Victorian Government is selling land to itself and using the value of the land to inflate the number of private dwellings to be built to pay for the cost of building public housing.

16 December 2016

Costly lesson for builder

Two new townhouses at 42 Normanby Road, Kew, have been demolished because they did not comply with Council’s planning permit.

7 December 2016

Boroondara launches major consultation program

The City of Boroondara has embarked on one of its largest community consultation programs. The consultation will inform the development of Council’s 10-year Boroondara Community Plan, which will guide future services.

28 November 2016

City of Boroondara rejects plans for increased density

City of Boroondara has formally rejected an Infrastructure Victoria recommendation that local council planning schemes be changed to further increase densities in established areas.

28 November 2016

Community anger is building over Markham Avenue proposal

More than 150 angry Ashburton residents attended a public meeting organised by the Ashburton Residents Action group last night to hear about a massive residential development proposed by the Victorian Government in Markham Avenue, Ashburton.

23 November 2016

Our community demands to be heard on the Markham Estate redevelopment

At the first Markham Estate redevelopment information session on Wednesday 16 November, there was a large turnout of residents keen to let the State Government know of their concerns about the massive development planned for the site in Markham Avenue Ashburton.

21 November 2016

Cr Coral Ross appointed interim President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

The City of Boroondara congratulates Cr Coral Ross on her appointment as interim President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) until March 2017.

11 November 2016

Media statement from Cr Garry Thompson Solway Ward Councillor

“It’s such a shame that the merit of a project to provide much-needed social housing is compromised by a government which is unwilling to genuinely work with Council and the community.

11 November 2016

Council led project wins Premier's Sustainability Awards

The City of Boroondara has again received accolades for its environmental work, winning the Government category in this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for a project studying biodiversity monitoring in Melbourne’s east.

28 October 2016

New planning fees, a win for ratepayers

After many years of lobbying by Boroondara and other councils for a fairer arrangement for ratepayers, the Victorian Government has introduced a new schedule of planning fees.

27 October 2016

More work required for Better Apartments Draft Design Standards

In its response to the Victorian Government’s Better Apartments Draft Design Standards, Council has called for the establishment of standards relating to minimum apartment size and external building design, and better management of potential impacts on adjoining properties.

25 October 2016

City of Boroondara releases Annual Report 2015-16

The City of Boroondara’s Annual Report 2015–16, released today, details achievements and challenges for the year, and how Council met the objectives and commitments in its Annual Plan and Budget for 2015–16.

13 September 2016

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