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update Councillor Judith Voce | April 2014 Dear Resident, esident, nt, t, Summer has passed and we are now enjoying autumnal warmth and changing colours in the landscape – a perfect time of year for outdoor activities at any level of participation. I encourage you to take the time to enjoy the many different public open spaces we have in Cotham Ward. Alongside Council statutory meetings, and other internal and external meetings that are a regular part of my Councillor role, I have the pleasure of attending many community events that contribute to the richness of life opportunities in Boroondara. Some recent examples are the North Balwyn Multicultural Festival,

the 9th Betty Collins Challenge Cup hosted by the North Balwyn Bowls Club, the Deepdene U3A 4th Annual General Meeting and the Ecumenical Service which is part of the Kew Community Festival that is held over two weeks in March. In fact, the Kew Community Festival, which is a very important part of our community life, celebrated its 40th festival this year. What a wonderful contribution by so many volunteers over all those years! In February I had the pleasure of attending Genazzano FCJ College’s 125th Eucharistic Celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Congratulations

Genazzano on this significant milestone in your history. A number of residents and sporting organisations have taken the opportunity to contact me to discuss various issues of concern and I welcome this interaction. Please take the time to read about what is happening in our part of Boroondara as well as some of the city-wide items of interest. Until next time, my best wishes to you all,

Cr Judith Voce

Walk, Rest, Talk to be rolled out in Kew Walk, Rest, Talk is a public seating project designed to encourage older pedestrians to walk more often, become more connected and assist in the reduction of pedestrian accidents. By placing seats at regular intervals, older residents can take rest breaks during their walk, reducing fatigue.

The new seats will be installed by the end of May and will be inscribed with “Walk, Rest, Talk”.

After the first phase of Walk, Rest, Talk saw the roll out of 17 new public bench seats in Balwyn in 2012, phase two will see another nine seats installed in Balwyn and 10 seats installed in Kew.

A local resident who benefited from the project’s first phase said the words “Walk, Rest, Talk” provided inspiration to get out into the world instead of thinking it is safer to stay at home.

Letters outlining the proposal to install new seats have been sent to residents in Cotham Road, and Edwards Street and Alfred Street in Kew.

Once the seats are installed, brochures with a map of the walking circuits and pedestrian safety messages will be produced. The program has been a partnership between Council, Balwyn Evergreen

Local residents using the Walk, Rest, Talk brochure, which maps a Balwyn walking circuit.

Senior Citizens Centre and St Vincent’s Community Rehabilitation Centre in Kew. For more information contact Ros Winkler, Community Development Officer on 9278 4715 or .

Cr Judith Voce

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Cotham Ward Update | April 2014

Traffic and parking near Macleay Park You may have noticed some changes around the Macleay Park area. In March and early April, Council installed two raised flat top speed humps, one raised pedestrian zebra crossing and along the western side of the access road a new path has been made with lilydale topping. This was the first stage of implementing the traffic and parking strategy for Macleay Park and Myrtle

Park which aims to improve pedestrian safety and access within the park. Stage Two of the strategy will involve the construction of a small roundabout and changes to a few car parking spaces near the two ovals. The design is currently being finalised and construction will soon follow. Macleay Park is home to the North Balwyn Cricket Club, St Barnabas

Planning protection for shopping strips Boroondara has taken another step towards tightening its planning scheme to allow for appropriate development and protecting what we love about the look and feel of our great City. Earlier this year, Council received the Panel report for Amendment C108 to the Boroondara Planning Scheme, which covers the City’s 31 neighbourhood shopping centres and three commercial corridors. We are pleased with the Panel Report in that it supports an emphasis on preserving the established ‘main-street’ character and heritage buildings within the neighbourhood shopping centres. The Panel has also agreed to mandatory street wall heights and the need to provide setbacks behind the building facades to reinforce the existing and preferred streetscape character. Council is also very pleased to have Panel approval to remove public car parks and associated built form controls from the amendment, given that there is no intention for the car parks to be redeveloped by Council. This was a very contentious issue throughout the consultation period. We are disappointed, however, that the Panel preferred discretionary maximum building heights which could


be negotiated on a case-by-case basis during planning permit applications, rather than the certainty of prescribing mandatory height controls as suggested by Council. The Panel was generally supportive of the revised Amendment C108 provisions and recommended it be adopted, subject to some changes. Their report can now be viewed at au/amendmentc108-panel-report . The Panel’s recommendations, along with the final form of the amendment, will be considered by Council in May and affected owners and occupiers, including submitters, will be invited to attend the meetings on 5 and 26 May. This is the last stage in the process for either introducing or abandoning the permanent planning provisions for the City’s neighbourhood shopping centres and commercial corridors into the Boroondara Planning Scheme. Council’s resolution on 26 May will be reported to the Minister for Planning for a final decision.

Cricket Club, Boroondara Cricket Club, Melbourne Baseball Club, North Balwyn Baseball Club, Boroondara Netball Association, North Balwyn Auskick and Boroondara Eagles Soccer Club. For more information about the works phone Masha Patikirikorale, Project Engineer, on 9278 4541.

Paint, battery and light disposal Boroondara has recently become a permanent Detox Your Home venue. This means that residents can dispose of paint, household batteries and compact fluorescent lights all year round by taking the items to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre in Camberwell during regular business hours. Please bring along your rates notice to confirm you are a resident. On Saturday 23 August, the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre will host an annual collection service where householders can dispose of potentially dangerous household chemicals safely and easily. Both the permanent collection and annual collection are free and available to any Boroondara resident. We partner with Sustainability Victoria to provide these services. For more information about waste and recycling phone 9278 4444 or visit waste-recycling .

Kew Tennis Club renewal

Davis Street Kindergarten The Davis Street Kindergarten in Kew is undergoing a $180,000 renewal project to upgrade air conditioning, replace glazing and conduct a minor internal refurbishment. There has been extensive internal consultation with the kindergarten committee about the project and construction is due to commence in late April.

Historic Kew Tennis Club to get an upgrade.

Having been established in the 1880s, Kew Tennis Club is one of the oldest tennis clubs in Victoria. The club sits in a delightful parkland setting off Adeney Avenue with an attractive period-style clubhouse, and currently has 220 club members, including 70 juniors. Council is supporting the Kew Tennis Club by allocating $30,000 to a renewal project this financial year, with a proposed budget allocation of $300,000 to the project for 2014–15. The design phase has commenced and the project

will go to tender in June. Construction will occur in the 2014–15 financial year, pending budgetary approval. For more information about the Kew Tennis Club renewal project phone 9278 4784 or email . For more information about Kew Tennis Club visit .

Davis Street Kindergarten has been part of the Kew community since 1959 and has the largest gardens of any kinder in the area. The kinder offers Reggio Emilia-inspired three and four-year-old kindergarten programs delivered by caring and qualified teachers in bright, welcoming and inspiring classrooms and two stimulating, fun outdoor play areas. For more information about the renewal project phone 9278 4784 or email . For more information about Davis Street Kindergarten’s services phone 9817 1492 or visit .

Mount Street shopping strip improvements Following community consultation in 2013, the concept designs for a range of improvements to Mount Street Shopping Centre have been prepared. Implementation of the improvements is planned for the 2014–15 year subject to Council’s annual budget allocations. The proposed improvements include: • •

introducing vegetation to the streetscape for increased shade widening the shared path on the south side of Dean Street to encourage cycling and walking upgrading street furniture

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removing excess signposts from the footpath installing stainless steel bicycle parking hoops creating an attractive place to sit on the corner of Dean Street.

For more information about the improvements to the Mount Street shopping strip phone 9278 4835 or visit .

Local kids will benefit from a $180,000 upgrade at Davis Street Kindergarten.


Cotham Ward Update | April 2014

Kew Cricket Club notches 150

Victoria Park gates to be restored The historic Victoria Park gates will be restored this financial year. The gates were constructed in 1872 and were originally the front gates to the Kew Asylum (also known as Willsmere). They were relocated to Victoria Park in the 1940s. Previous paint treatment to the gates resulted in water damage, so the current restoration project is focusing on ensuring the stonework remains in a good condition for many years to come. We look forward to the gates being restored to their former glory.

In brief Boroondara Urban Design Awards

The tradition continues at Kew Cricket Club.

Kew Cricket Club recently celebrated its 150th birthday. The club’s initial home ground was a field at Victoria Park without proper ovals or turf wickets. Records from the time indicate the gentry of Kew enjoyed the Club’s social functions but displayed little dedication to success on the field. In 1888–89 Victoria Park became the club’s permanent home. Turf wickets for the club were constructed in 1922–23 and 1932–33 by the City of Kew, and the club was admitted to the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association in 1922. Three players stand out as outstanding champions of the club: Stan Thompson (1921–1954), Ken Jeans (1939–1961) and Jack Carr (1965–1991). Stan and Ken captained First XI premiership teams, and Stan played a record 284 matches for Kew. Ken has the unique distinction of taking a hat-trick in consecutive matches against Balwyn and Williamstown in 1953–54. Jack made 4140 runs and took 251 wickets during his 145 First XI matches.


The former City of Kew and now City of Boroondara has supported the Kew Cricket Club with quality playing and pavilion facilities in a wonderful parkland setting. In fact, the Victoria Park North pavilion recently benefited from a $1.8 million upgrade. Kew has received great support from many sponsors and patrons over the years. It is worthy of note that former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, was a Patron of the Club during his time as the Member for Kooyong. Sir Robert always made a personal annual donation to the Club. Kew can proudly claim many players who have played district and first class cricket, including five Test players: Bransby Cooper, Hugh Trumble, Colin Guest, Gary Cosier and Jeff Moss. For more information about the Kew Cricket Club phone Vaughn Roberts on 0412 122 362 or visit .

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The third Urban Design Awards are now open, with people able to nominate creative local projects that complement Boroondara’s neighbourhood character. Nominations are being accepted in five categories covering residential, commercial, apartment, institutional and heritage conservation. Nominations close Friday 9 May. For more information visit or contact Sylvia Georges on 9278 4821 or sylvia. .

Cash prizes for budding writers Entries for the 16th annual Boroondara Literary Awards will open on Monday 5 May. A prize pool of over $2,000 is available in the Young Writers section, with close to $3,000 available in the Open Short Story section. Winning entries will be published in the annual anthology Word You Up. For more information about the literary awards phone 9278 4036 or visit www. .

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