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Citizen of the Year reflections page 3 Now showing at a park near you page 7 Get out and about pages 8 & 9 Council’s holiday opening hours page 14

Support local traders pages 4 & 5

Front cover: Keegan and Brahman at Swoon in Auburn Village. Turn to pages 4 and 5 for our special feature on shopping locally.

Message from the Mayor I am very excited about the coming year and look forward to serving the community to the best of my ability as the 19th Mayor of the City of Boroondara. I thank my fellow Councillors for their confidence and trust in electing me. I am looking forward to meeting many of you during the year, and hearing from you firsthand what you would like Council to achieve on your behalf. Council is a team effort – Councillors, officers and the community working together for the wellbeing of our community. I am delighted to be part of such a strong team. The year ahead will be full of challenges. We need to complete the Boroondara planning jigsaw. There are three pieces

in the jigsaw. Our residential zones are currently with the Planning Minister awaiting ratification, while plans for our local shopping centres will be heard by an independent planning panel. The final piece is the structure plans for our major shopping centres. Together the three pieces make the complete planning picture of Boroondara. I am passionate about our community and improving its wellbeing. We have an ageing population and I am particularly keen to ensure that Boroondara is an age-friendly city. Another goal would also be to make sure that Boroondara is also a wonderful City for our youth, disabled and disadvantaged. I was pleased to take part in the Boroondara White Ribbon event on 22 November, as I believe it is extremely important that we shine a light on domestic violence.

It is a society wide issue that transcends socio-economic boundaries and happens in silence behind closed doors. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the recently opened Hawthorn Arts Centre. If you have not been to the magnificent new Centre, formerly the Hawthorn Town Hall, I urge you to visit. The opening exhibition, Marker: 10 Years of the Town Hall Gallery Collection, runs until 4 January. I hope that you enjoy this edition of the Boroondara Bulletin. I look forward to working with you during my Mayoral term. Best wishes for the festive season and I hope you all have a wonderful 2014.

Councillor Coral Ross Mayor of Boroondara

What’s on at Town Hall Gallery this summer? The first exhibition in the new gallery spaces, Marker: 10 Years of the Town Hall Gallery Collection, winds up on Saturday 4 January, so be sure to take a look before it closes. While in the gallery, pick up a copy of our six-month program for a sneak peek of what’s to come in the first half of 2014. Our next exhibitions, Singular Impressions: Monotypes by Wayne Viney and New Ground: Contemporary Printmaking, are open from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 22 February.

The inaugural exhibition on our Community Project Wall, Celebration: VATMI Art & Design, also finishes on 4 January. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the wonderful work VATMI does to support artists of all abilities. The Town Hall Gallery also now features a retail store, The Emporium, which offers distinctive designer and artisanal goods from local and international makers.

This exhibition will feature contemporary paintings that focus on youth in urban environments, and closes on Saturday 1 February. For more information about exhibitions, The Emporium and our fantastic public programs, visit .

Opening on Tuesday 7 January on the Community Project Wall is Escapism by local artist Richard Green.

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A year to be remembered

Terry Rolleston with his wife Helen, children and grandchildren on Australia Day 2013.

Camberwell resident Terry Rolleston talks about a memorable year as the 2013 Boroondara Citizen of the Year.

When I joined Rotary 20 years ago, I was drawn to the organisation by its overriding objective, “Service Above Self”. Since joining, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in many projects that have helped out the local community. The four major areas of community work that I’ve been involved in have been with the Boroondara Family Network, Boroondara Farmers Market, Boroondara Cares and the Parkinson’s Victoria Annual Walk and BBQ. I felt incredibly honoured when I was awarded Citizen of the Year in January 2013, and decided to do all that I could to support Council’s decision by being a visible awardee and by speaking about the many benefits of community work.

One of the most enjoyable parts of being Citizen of the Year has been attending the citizenship ceremonies in Camberwell and, more recently, at the new Hawthorn Arts Centre in October 2013. For those who have not been to a citizenship ceremony, it is a very special event for those people who have decided to pledge their allegiance to a new country. As a proud Australian, I find the ceremonies extremely moving. The City of Boroondara plays an important role at these ceremonies, as do the Australian and Victorian government representatives, who support the Mayor with words of encouragement to the new recipients. An excellent video presentation of I Am Australian is also shown, and all candidates are presented with their

Citizenship Certificate, an Australian flag and a native plant. It has been an absolute privilege to attend these ceremonies in an official capacity, and to see the expressions of unbridled excitement and pride on the faces of Boroondara’s new citizens. May I thank the City of Boroondara for honouring me as Citizen of the Year for 2013. It has been a wonderful experience for me and my wife, Helen, who has been a great support in moving me around in my wheelchair, which I need to use as I have Parkinson’s Disease. The 2014 Citizen of the Year will be announced on Australia Day, and I wish them my heartiest congratulations, and hope they have an enjoyable and successful year – just as I did this year.

[ inbrief ] Council meetings For up-to-date information regarding meetings or to obtain copies of agendas and minutes, visit au/council-meetings or phone 9278 4471. Meetings are held in the Council Chamber located at 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell. All welcome.

Monday 9 December

6.30pm Services Special Committee

Thursday 12 December 6.30pm Council meeting Monday 16 December

6.30pm Urban Planning Special Committee


Celebrating local traders The great thing about shopping locally is that your dollar is staying in your community. You will be supporting the businesses that make Boroondara a community that’s a little different, a little more colourful and a great place to live. You will be helping to support the people who own and run their own businesses and provide local jobs, which in turn helps our local economy thrive and that means a more prosperous and vibrant community. The benefits aren’t just financial either – you are also supporting businesses that will provide you with unique products, services and experiences. You can access specialist knowledge and skills

and enjoy personalised and informed service that is far more prevalent in our small local businesses and shopping strips than found in cavernous malls. From the larger neighbourhood shopping precincts in Ashburton, Balwyn, Camberwell, Kew and Hawthorn, to unique pockets in other parts of the City, there are more than 2,000 shops to choose from that cater to all your shopping needs.

Did you know that if every Boroondara resident aged between 18 and 69 spent just $2 more a week in a local business, our local economy would benefit by more than $10.7 million a year? That’s impressive! Wherever you are in Boroondara over the holiday period – and indeed all year – think local first.

Left to right: Brigita at Bird’s Gallery in Kew; Darren at Salena Cellars in Balwyn North; Sarah at Funtastic Parties in Greythorn; and, Lesley at The Peppermill in Burwood Village.


Clockwise from top left: Chris and Phil at the Glen Iris Pantry; Alexandra and Payal from Portobello in Camberwell; Jenny at Vigorella in Ashburton; and, Lindsay at Maling Road Antique Market in Canterbury.

Boosting business in Boroondara The City of Boroondara is committed to fostering a vibrant business community, and offers a range of services, projects and initiatives to help local businesses prosper.

Business e-newsletter A recent initiative of the Economic Development team, the new monthly newsletter will pop up in your inbox and provide up-to-date information your business needs to know about. From upcoming local workshops to information about what’s happening further afield, including seminars, business events, business trends and links to resources, the newsletter has what you need to stay ahead of the game. Sign up now at www.boroondara. .

Business Boroondara Network Since 1999, Council has been helping local business people connect through the Business Boroondara Network. The network has a diverse membership, including small and larger businesses, and many valuable relationships have been formed.

Regular networking events are held each month in a relaxed and friendly environment, and new members are always welcome.

Business mentoring service This year, Council launched Engage Learn Prosper, a free mentoring service for new and established business owners that is designed to assist local businesses address challenges and explore opportunities. The one-hour sessions are conducted by accredited mentors from the Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre and held on the second Wednesday of the month in Camberwell.

Christmas decorations To brighten up our trading precincts this holiday period, 16 local shopping centres will be adorned with more than 300 tinsel trees, big red bows and bells.

In addition to the shopping strip decorations, the Camberwell Civic Centre, Hawthorn Arts Centre and Kew Court House will be illuminated in red, green and gold during the festive season.

Events, seminars and workshops Council regularly hosts training sessions and special events to help local businesses and traders build skills and develop knowledge to enhance their businesses. All events are publicised on Council’s website via the business events link.

It’s Your Place This authentic community forum asks local people to blog about their favourite local thing to do. Whether it’s visiting a favourite shop, or having a coffee or meal at a regular cafe or restaurant, It’s Your Place is all about encouraging people to engage with their local area.

For more information on each of these initiatives, visit or contact the Economic Development team on 9278 4814.


Sustainability Awards profile The 2012 Boroondara Sustainability Awards unearthed a host of local schools that are leading the way when it comes to sustainability. In this edition we profile Trinity Grammar, which received the Silver Award for Community Leadership.

In an effort to promote environmental awareness both within the school and in the wider community, Trinity Grammar has organised student-led ECOgroups for the past five years. In 2013, the Senior ECOgroup (years 7 to 12) and Junior ECOgroup (years Prep to 6) was each made up of eight students. In 2012, the Senior ECOgroup helped organise a Year 7 Environment Day, which saw around 160 students attend six workshops on various topics. On the day, students attended presentations from a range of environmental groups, including CERES

Environment Park, EnivroCom, the Gould League and Vox Bandicoot. In 2011, the Senior ECOgroup coordinated a school-wide fundraising campaign for Conservation Volunteers’ Wild Futures program, which saw $526 raised to help protect endangered species. Here are some other initiatives that led to Trinity collecting the Silver Award for Community Leadership: • Senior and Junior ECOgroups promoted environmental competitions on the topic of endangered species, for which students could express themselves through art, multimedia or writing

All aboard the catchment crawl Explore local water catchments by bike on this familyfriendly summer holiday event. Led by knowledgeable Council staff, the ride includes a number of stops to explore natural features of Gardiners Creek and the Yarra River catchment. Participants will learn about the biodiversity of our waterways and how we can help protect these vital natural assets. When: 9.30am to 12pm, Thursday 16 January Where: the group will meet at Summerhill Park in Glen Iris Places are limited so bookings are essential. To make a booking or download a full listing of sustainable living workshops and events, visit www.boroondara.vic. or phone 9278 4011.


Trinity students with Gardening Australia host Costas Georgiadis at the Sustainability Awards ceremony in April 2013.

• the Senior ECOgroup organised speakers from Conservation Volunteers to speak to Year 9 students • ECOgroup students organised showbags for the Year 7 Environment Day • ECOgroup students put on a BBQ and designed posters to promote the Wild Futures campaign and raise awareness for the cause. Keep an eye out for the February 2014 Boroondara Bulletin to read our next 2012 Boroondara Sustainability Awards profile, which will feature Hawthorn West Primary School.

Sustainability showcase Come along to the Boroondara Farmers Market on 15 February to get involved at the Sustainable Living Festival. There will be heaps of fun, hands-on and family-friendly activities to inspire your own sustainability actions at home. From beekeeping to wildlife gardening, bikes to solar electricity, and backyard chooks to being water-wise, there will be something for everyone. When: 8am to 1pm, Saturday 15 February Where: Boroondara Farmers Market, Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East Cost: Gold coin donation to the Farmers Market For more information, visit sustainable-living-festival or contact the Environment and Sustainable Living team on 9278 4347.

Now showing: Summertime Cinema

Boroondara Bulletin

For the third year running, the City of Boroondara is offering a triple treat of films in local parks during December. Held on consecutive Saturdays at parks in Camberwell, Hawthorn and Kew, the 2013 Summertime Cinema program presents an eclectic mix of films. Everyone is invited to bring along a blanket, pack a picnic or purchase food from one of the mobile food vans on-site. From 8pm, pre-screening entertainment will warm up the audience before each film commences just after sunset. Cinephiles taking in last year’s Summertime Cinema session at Burwood Reserve.

Exit through the Gift Shop (M)

Roman Holiday (G)

The Goonies (PG)

When: 8pm, Saturday 7 December

When: 8pm, Saturday 14 December

When: 8pm, Saturday 21 December

Where: Riversdale Park, Riversdale Road, Camberwell

Where: Creswick Street Reserve, Creswick Street, Hawthorn

Where: Eglinton Reserve, Eglinton Street, Kew

A film by street artist Banksy, this is the story of street art as told from an insider’s perspective, giving a revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide.

On a visit to Rome during a goodwill tour, Princess Ann escapes from her royal duties in a bid to experience the Eternal City like an ordinary citizen. This is a much-loved, Oscar-winning classic starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

A group of misfit kids search for buried treasure in a bid to save their neighbourhood, the Goon Docks, from demolition. The Goonies is a timeless cult classic that continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

For more information, call the Arts and Culture team on 9278 4770 or visit . Keep an eye out for the return of the popular Summer Music Series in February 2014.

A happy new year for Hawthorn Arts Centre The Hawthorn Arts Centre kicks off its 2014 program with two highly anticipated performances. Cinderella

David Helfott

A classic children’s story will be brought to life in a magical pantomime that will be equally adored by children and adults.

A pianist whose prodigious talent was immortalised in the Oscarwinning Shine, David Helfgott will perform a sublime program at the end of January.

When: 2pm, Wednesday 22 January and 11am, Thursday 23 January Cost: $20

When: 8pm, Friday 31 January Cost: $50 full and $42.50 concession

For more information and to book, phone 9278 4770, visit the Hawthorn Arts Centre itself or go to .

Rising jazz star comes to town This month, Kew Court House is hosting a performance by divine jazz performer, Kate Kelsey. A recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Kate has built a reputation as one of the most vibrant and dynamic entertainers of the next generation of Melbourne jazz performers. Performing the final Either Side of Noon concert for 2013, Kate has excelled as a pianist, vocalist, saxophonist and composer, and will be bringing a program containing a mixture of jazz and soul classics. When: 1.30pm, Wednesday 18 December Where: Kew Court House, 188 High Street, Kew Cost: $15 (plus booking fee). For ticket sales, visit noon or phone 8683 5500 during business hours.


Out and About your guide to local events

Contact us

This handy guide can be pulled out for easy reference.

If you have a community, not-for-profit event that you would like to promote in Out and About, complete a form at, call 9278 4015 or email .

Friday 6 December Victorian Chorale’s 20th anniversary concert 7.30pm, Auburn Uniting Church, Oxley Road, Auburn. Victoria Chorale and Mario Dobernig present Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio and well-loved Christmas carols. Cost: $25 and available at . Details: .

Burwood Christmas Festival

$22 concession, five or more $20 each. Details: 0423 129 371 or .

Possums’ 25th birthday and Christmas celebration 10am to 1pm, Possums Playgroup and Little Learners, 23 Mary Street, Kew. Come along for a children’s Christmas service followed by Possums’ 25th birthday celebration. Details: 9853 6620.

Carols in Canterbury Gardens

4.30pm to 8.30pm, Burwood Uniting Church, corner Warrigal Road and Hyslop Street, Glen Iris. Featuring Animals of Oz, the Potted Palms Salon Players, the Follow the Star display and Christmas Tree Forest. Details: Felicity 0449 751 402 or .

6.30pm, Canterbury Gardens, corner Canterbury and Balwyn roads, Canterbury. Join in this annual Christmas celebration and enjoy great local talent, face painting and an animal farm. Carols starts at 7.30pm and there will be plenty of food available too. Details: Lyn 0413 086 163.

Saturday 7 December

Monday 9 December

Weekly English conversation classes

Over 50s exercise group

9.30am to 11am, Camberwell Baptist Church, 460 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East. Weekly English conversation classes for newcomers to Australia. Cost: no charge. Details: .

Wednesday 11 December

Camberwell Baptist Church Family Fun Day 1pm to 4pm, corner Wills Street and Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East. A range of activities for kids, including rides, a petting farm, market stalls, nativity photos and a carols service at 4pm. Details: .

Sunday 8 December Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club 2.30pm, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Come along for an energetic extravaganza of fiddles, dancing and pipes, showcasing the vibrant Scottish duo Ross Couper (fiddle) and Tom Oakes (guitar), who are coming all the way from the Shetland Islands. Cost: $25 adult, $20 and $12. Details: 9598 5896 or 0402 442 511.

Free community BBQ and carols at Ashburton Uniting 5pm, Ashburton Uniting Church, 3 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton. The BBQ starts at 5pm and carols will be sung from 6.30pm. Come along and get into the Christmas spirit. Details: David 9809 1795.

Christmas Here and Christmas There 2.30pm, St James’ Anglican Church, 1461 High Street, Glen Iris. Glen Eira City Choir concert featuring conductor Jane Elton Brown, organist Christopher Cook and soprano Shu-Cheen Yu. Cost: $25 adult,


11am to 12pm, Kew location (provided upon enquiry). Improve muscle strength and balance. Classes every Monday and Wednesday. Details: Wendy 0438 369 951

Camberwell Film Society 7.30pm, Camberwell Community Centre, 33 Fairholm Grove, Camberwell. Screening and discussing classics of cinema, as well as recent local and international releases. This month’s film: In The Good Old Summertime (1949). Cost: annual subscriptions $50 for single, $95 for double, $15 for three-screening pass. Details: Bill Kerr 9347 6969.

Apple Users Society of Melbourne – retirees and others meeting 10am to 12pm, Balwyn Baptist Church, corner Whitehorse and Parring roads, Balwyn. Getting the best out of your Apple Mac, iPod, iPad or iPhone. Cost: free. Details: 0421 126 175 or .

Saturday 14 December Carols in the Park at Macleay Park 6pm, Macleay Park, corner Belmore Road and Buchannan Avenue, Balwyn North. Featuring entertainment from Boroondara Brass, The Open Door Singers, soloists Emily Xiao Wang, David Rogers-Smith and Jessie Singleton, North Balwyn Primary School choir and motorcycle stuntman David Russell, who will return on his faithful Suzuki Sleigh as Santa. The evening will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus and fireworks. Family Funtime will precede the carols from 6pm with a sausage sizzle. Details: Tim Blowfield 9857 8100.

Treasures and Tastes @ Trinity Christmas Market 9am to 1pm, Trinity Hall, 175 Union Road, Surrey Hills. Special hand-crafted Christmas gifts and jewellery, health and beauty products, cards, children’s clothing, Christmas cakes and puddings, preserves, fruit and vegetables, wine and plants. Details: 0447 733 949.

Sunday 15 December Carol service at Holy Trinity 7pm, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, corner Union Road and Montrose Street, Surrey Hills. Come and join the Holy Trinity Christmas Choir in singing a selection of popular carols and hear readings about the Christmas Story. Details: 0433 304 444.

Swinburne Chorale album launch 5pm, Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street, Hawthorn. Swinburne Chorale launch their 13-track album, Our Land, Our Country, Our Home, at this concert. The album features original songs by choir leader Sarah Mandie, as well as quintessential Australian songs by John Williamson, Paul Kelly and Archie Roach. Cost: $15 and albums will be on sale on the night for $15. Details: Wendy 9815 0560 or .

Saturday 21 December Boroondara Farmers Market 8am to 1pm, Patterson Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn. Stock up on meats, fresh fruit and vegetables for Christmas Day. The market also offers seasonal organic produce, meat, herbs, honey, eggs, bread, olives, cakes, dips and sauces, even wine and beer. Cost: $2 donation. Details: 9278 4444.

Thursday 16 January Men’s Probus Club of Balwyn Central 9.30am to 12pm, St Barnabas Church Hall, 86 Balwyn Road, Balwyn. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of every month and feature a guest speaker plus regular outings and 12 diverse interest groups. Cost: free or $42 pa if you choose to join the club. Details: Mike 9830 4650 or .

Camcare Christmas Charity Card and Gift Shop Shop 21, Camberwell Fresh Food Market, Riversdale Road, Camberwell. Camcare’s annual Christmas card and gift shop is open until Saturday 14 December. Come along between 10am and 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 9831 1900.

What’s on at your local Neighbourhood House There are 10 neighbourhood houses in Boroondara and here are some examples of the programs on offer. For more information on the closest one to you, call 9278 4444 or visit .

Ashburton Community Centre

Children’s creative dance


Ashburton Community Centre will be back on High Street in 2014. Come in and see friendly, familiar faces in the fully renovated, purpose-built facility adjacent to the library. The current courses you love, including painting and group fitness, will still be there, as well as some new courses including gluten-free cooking, kid’s fitness and philosophy. Ashburton Community Centre is a welcoming place for you to find friends, learn new skills and try something new. Details: 9885 7952.

Surrey Hills NC 9.30am to 11.45am, Tuesdays or Fridays for toddlers to five years; 4pm to 4.45pm, Mondays for those aged five to eight. Cost: $104 (eight weeks). Details: 9890 2467.

Surrey Hills NC 7pm to 8pm, Thursdays.

Afghan pop-up café Craig Family Centre 1pm, Wednesday

4 December. Enjoy traditional Afghan cuisine prepared by the Afghan Women’s Group. Eat in or take-away options available. Money raised will be returned to the Afghan Women’s Program. Bookings essential. Cost: $15 per person. Details: 9885 7789.

Alamein’s Men’s Shed Alamein NLC 10.30am to 1.30pm,

Tuesdays or 10.30am to 2.30pm, Thursdays. Details: 9885 9401.

Art for kids Hawthorn Community House 4.30pm

to 6pm, Wednesdays. Suitable for children five to eight years. Cost: $127, concession $115 (nine weeks). Details: 9818 2629.

Balance back to exercise Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre 9.30am to 10.25am,

Tuesdays. Cost: $100 (eight weeks). Details: 9853 3126.

Ballet for pre-schoolers Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre 4pm to 4.45pm, Mondays. For

four-year-olds. Cost: $80 (seven weeks). Details: 9853 3126.

Belly dancing Hawthorn Community House

6pm to 7pm, Thursdays. Great way to have fun and get fit. Cost: $96 (nine weeks). Details: 9819 2629.

Bridge Balwyn Community Centre

Monday evenings, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Partner required. Details: Chris 9729 7314.

Childcare Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Three and four-hour sessions, Mondays to Thursdays from 29 January. Cost: $315 to $440. Details: 9830 4214.

Christmas party Alamein NLC 12pm to 2.30pm, Wednesday 4 December. Come and enjoy a two-course Christmas lunch. Bookings essential. Cost: $15 per person. Details: 9885 9401.

Computer for beginners Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre 11.30am to 1.30pm, Thursdays. Cost: $165 (eight weeks). Details: 9853 3126.

Computer courses 2014 Bowen Street Community Centre

Friday classes. Internet and email, Microsoft Word for beginners and intermediate level. Details: 9889 0791.

Dial a shopping bus Alamein NLC 10am to 2pm, Mondays

and Fridays. Details: 9885 9401.

Drawing and painting Hawthorn Community House

9.30am to 11.30am, Wednesdays. Cost: $84 (nine weeks). Details: 9819 2629.

Fit ball Balwyn Community Centre

8.30am to 9.15pm, Thursdays. Strengthen core, improve balance and develop overall cardio fitness. BYO fit ball. Cost: $95 (nine weeks). Details: 9836 7942.

French for travellers Camberwell Community Centre

10am to 12.30pm, Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January. Cost: $150 (five days). Details: 9882 2611.

Individual computer Help Bowen Street Community Centre

Between 1pm and 3pm, Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 December. One-hour sessions led by volunteers. Cost: $10 per session. Details: 9889 0791.

Introduction to Certificate III in Children’s Services

Cost: $84 (seven weeks). Details: 9890 2467.

Occasional child care Hawthorn Community House 9.30am to 12.30pm, Mondays to Thursdays. Cost: $33 per session. Details: 9819 2629.

Playgroups Surrey Hills NC 9.30am to 11.30am, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Cost: $32 (eight weeks). Details: 9890 2467.

Rhythm and soul choir Hawthorn Community House

7.30pm to 9pm, Mondays. Cost: $141 (nine weeks). Details: 9819 2629.

Sewing Camberwell Community Centre

9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January. Cost: $150 (five days). Details: 9882 2611.

Small group fitness training Balwyn Community Centre 6.15pm

to 7pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Cost: $95 one session, $142.50 two sessions (nine weeks). Details: 9836 7942.

Tai chi for beginners Camberwell Community Centre 11am to 12pm, Tuesdays. Cost: $70 (seven weeks). Details: 9882 2611.

Twilight market Alamein NLC 4.30pm to 6pm, Thursday 5 December. Gifts made by the Alamein Men’s Shed. Details: 9885 9401

Walking Bowen Street Community Centre

10.30am to 11.30am, Thursday 5, 12 and 19 December. Enjoy a one-hour walk around Camberwell. Cost: gold coin donation. Details: 9889 0791.

Watercolour Balwyn Community Centre 10am to

12pm, Mondays and Thursdays; 1pm to 3pm, Mondays; and 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Thursdays. Suit all levels. Cost: $166 (nine weeks). Details: 9836 7942.

Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre 9.30am to 12pm, Fridays. Cost:

Writers workshop

Italian for beginners

fortnightly. Expert tuition and help for writers. Cost: $80. Details: 9830 4214.

$85 (eight weeks). Details: 9853 3126.

Balwyn Community Centre

1pm to 3pm, Thursdays. Cost: $171 (nine weeks). Details: 9836 7942.

Italian for travellers Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

3pm to 5pm, Wednesdays. Cost: $153. Details: 9830 4214.

Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre 10.30am to 12.30pm, Thursdays

Zumba Camberwell Community Centre

4.30pm to 5.30pm and 5.45pm to 6.45pm, Wednesdays. Cost: $70 (seven weeks). Details: 9882 2611.


Finding your way in Camberwell New pedestrian signs are being installed at Camberwell Junction as part of the Principal Pedestrian Network Demonstration project. A mix of map signs and directional signs will make it easier to find your way around when walking in this popular shopping precinct. Wayfinding signs help people identify places of interest and foster a sense of community and place. Studies have indicated that signs not only assist those who currently walk, but also encourage more people to walk. The signs will include a heritage panel with pictures that provide a historical perspective of life in Camberwell. At certain locations, the heritage panel will be replaced with a map for children, illustrating places of interest such as playgrounds, the fresh food market and library. The pedestrian wayfinding signs have been funded in partnership with the Australian Government’s Liveable Cities Program (as part of the Principal Pedestrian Network Demonstration project) and the Camberwell Marketplace Development Fund. They are expected to be installed in early 2014.

Julianne De Silva has been a School Crossing Supervisor in Valley Parade, Camberwell South for the past three years.

School crossing supervisor recruitment drive Over the past few months, the City of Boroondara has engaged the community to boost its campaign to recruit school crossing supervisors. School crossing supervisors perform an absolutely essential role helping children travel safely to and from Boroondara’s 57 schools each morning and afternoon. A shortage of school crossing supervisors is an issue facing many metropolitan councils and, having tried a range of traditional recruitment methods, Council has been engaging the wider community to help attract people to the important role. We held a number of workshops in October and November 2013, and even conducted a competition asking local school kids to film a short video about school crossing supervisors.

Many residents, both young and old, have had some form of interaction with school crossing supervisors over the years and understand their importance. Our supervisors often become a much-loved and valued part of the community they support. The role is perfect for people who want a flexible working arrangement of 45 minutes in the morning and the same in the afternoon. There are 108 supervised school crossings across the City, the second highest number of any municipality in Victoria. Supervisors are paid between $21 and $23.50 an hour. If you, or someone you know, are interested in becoming a school crossing supervisor, contact the Local Laws team on 9278 4887 or

Planning that speaks to everyone In an effort to demystify the planning process for all Boroondara residents, Council has produced a range of videos in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese. The videos cover the following: how to apply for a planning permit and why they are required; Boroondara’s tree pruning and removal laws; and, how planning laws are enforced. Council believes the easily accessible and detailed videos will help simplify the planning process for local residents. The new planning videos can be viewed at planning-building .


Your say

This page provides information on a selection of past, present and future community consultation opportunities. For more information, visit, follow us on twitter @Boroondara or phone the Engagement team on 9278 4956.

Year in review In 2013, Boroondara residents provided feedback on a range of important projects and strategies.

Hard waste collection trial In the first half of 2013, the community was asked what they wanted from a hard waste collection service. Residents told us that two pre-arranged collections a year was a more convenient method for collecting hard waste. Consequently a booked waste service will be in effect for the next five years.

Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre renewal project

Boroondara Community Voice Panel

Throughout 2013, Council has used community feedback to develop plans for a planned renewal of the City’s most popular family recreation centre, Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre. The renewal is expected to begin from the middle of 2014.

In 2012, Council established the Boroondara Community Voice Panel, which allows residents across the City to voice their opinions and help shape Council decision making on important issues.

Urban Biodiversity Strategy

Boroondara Sports Complex

In June 2013, the Urban Biodiversity Strategy was adopted following a comprehensive consultation process. You told us that you enjoy living near natural areas and having the ability to retreat to nature, even in built-up suburban areas. Residents were also concerned about the loss of biodiversity and the protection of our precious natural areas.

In the second half of 2013, the local community has had a number of opportunities to inform plans to consolidate the Balwyn Leisure Centre and Boroondara Sports Complex. Council held two open-house sessions and offered various other consultation opportunities to ensure members and users could have their say.

Have your say Help us build a more inclusive community Council is asking for input on its Community Building Plan 2014–16, which aims to make our community more inclusive for people of all abilities.

In the second half of 2013, the panel achieved a significant milestone when the 1,000th member signed up. Panel members were recently thanked at a cocktail party at the new Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Some of the areas that are important in creating an inclusive community include transport, health, employment, sport, recreation and leisure, education and training, advocacy, family and carers, and communication technology. You can provide feedback until Monday 16 December. Complete a short survey now at your-say or request a hard copy by phoning 9278 4777. For more information, contact David Williams, Metro Access Officer on 9278 4777 or .

What’s been happening? Council is in regular contact with the community on a range of issues. Here are some recent activities: Cultural Diversity Plan 2014–18

We invited you to help develop our second cultural diversity plan, which will provide the guiding principles and actions for fostering a harmonious and inclusive community.

Improving access to Camberwell Junction

The community was recently given the opportunity to comment on the draft Camberwell Junction Access and Parking Precinct plans.

School crossings supervisors

Boroondara is home to a great number of schools and we have been asking the community to help our campaign to recruit more school crossing supervisors. See the story on the opposite page to find out more.

Community hub in Balwyn

We recently asked residents and key stakeholders to contribute ideas about the activities and programs that could be included, as well as design considerations, for a new community hub in the City’s north. Residents will have further opportunities to comment once draft concept plans have been developed.


Staying healthy in the heat As we venture further into summer, it is important to think about what you can do to look after yourself in extreme heat.

Come along to twilight Christmas market The popular Hawthorn Craft Market is holding a special pre-Christmas twilight market on Friday 13 December at the Parkview Room in Camberwell. Many of the usual stallholders will be there on the night and visitors will be able to choose from a great range of gifts, including beauty and health products, cards, fashion and jewellery, plants, and unique children’s toys. There will also be food and refreshments available, as well as live entertainment. Come along and support craftspeople by buying your Christmas gifts at this one-off twilight market. When: 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Friday 13 December Where: Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell (next to the library) For more information, visit www.boroondara.vic. or phone 9278 4444.

While hot weather can affect anyone, some people in the community, such as the young and elderly, are especially vulnerable. Here is a collection of tips that you can use to reduce the impact of heatwaves: Stay hydrated – even if you’re not thirsty, drink plenty of water. If your general practitioner has advised limiting your fluid intake, be sure to find out how much you can drink during hot weather. Avoid fizzy, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks. Dress for summer – dress in lightweight clothing. Lightcoloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight and will help you maintain normal body temperature. Minimise sun exposure – keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you really need to be in the sun ensure you wear a hat and sunglasses, along with sun screen to help prevent sunburn.

If possible, ask a friend or family member to run your errands during this time.

Prepare your home – arrange for your air conditioner to be serviced during spring so that it is in tip-top condition for the summer months. Portable fans are also useful to draw in cool air, or exhaust warm air from a room. Drawn curtains, awnings and blinds can also help keep your home cool. Seek medical advice – if you are feeling unwell during hot weather, seek medical advice from your GP or phone Nurse-OnCall on 1300 60 60 24. Dial 000 for life-threatening emergencies. Remember outdoor pets – pets can be particularly vulnerable in the heat. Ensure they have access to shade and plenty of cool water to last the day. If you would like further information on managing in the hot weather, visit the Victorian Government website at, alternatively you can contact Health, Ageing and Disability Services on 9278 4777.

Celebrating volunteers the world over International Volunteer Day falls on Thursday 5 December and it is the perfect time to reflect upon the important contributions volunteers make in Boroondara. The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre (BVRC) would like to take this opportunity to extend its appreciation and thanks to the dedicated volunteers in our community. No matter whether you give up an hour a week or an hour a day, you are having a positive impact in our City.


Volunteers are all around us and there is no doubting the benefits they bring to the community. They give their time and skills to help meet needs in a range of areas, including at schools, churches, sporting groups, community centres, community groups and organisations, and parks and gardens. If you would like to try something new in 2014, give volunteering a go. It gives you an opportunity to have fun, meet new people, gain experience and learn new skills.

The BVRC provides information and referral services to help people find volunteer work in a range of roles. To find a role that suits you, contact the BVRC on 9278 4550 or visit .

Boroondara Bulletin

Fireproof your property this summer

Celebrating diversity Our City is home to people of many faiths and backgrounds, and in December and January we celebrate a number of important dates.

Religious observances

7 January – Coptic Christmas

1 December – First Sunday of Advent

The Coptic Church celebrates Christmas on this day.

Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths and special ceremonies.

8 December – Immaculate Conception This Catholic feast day commemorates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all her life.

Bodhi Day

The Holy Nativity Feast Eastern Orthodox Churches that use the Julian Calendar celebrate Christmas on this day.

14 January – Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday This date marks the birthday of Muhammad, regarded by Muslims as a messenger and prophet of God.

Fire prevention is a year-round responsibility and, with summer now upon us, residents should ensure their property does not pose a fire risk. While the fire season tends to run between late November and the end of April, the devastating New South Wales bushfires in October illustrated that nothing can be taken for granted. Seasonal conditions can change in a heartbeat and it is important to note that fire poses a risk in all parts of Melbourne, not just rural areas. An unsafe property not only poses a risk to those residents living in it, but also to neighbouring houses, especially if the long grass or vegetation runs along fences. The following tips will help you fireproof your home: • clear overgrown dry grass and weeds on vacant blocks

This Buddhist holiday commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma, experienced enlightenment.

19 January – Coptic Epiphany

• keep unmanaged grass and weeds under 150mm in height

Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of God in human form as Jesus Christ.

• ensure flammable materials are stored safely

25 December – Christmas Day

Special dates and celebrations

• cut back overhanging tree branches close to buildings

24 December – Carols By Candlelight on Christmas Eve

• keep woodpiles away from the house.

Carols By Candlelight is a community event especially for children. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a rug, light a candle and join in singing Christmas carols in the season of peace and goodwill.

In the coming months, Council officers will conduct inspections and alert any residents of properties that do not comply with safety regulations.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, peace on earth and goodwill. Christmas lights and trees are displayed, carols sung and children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus and gifts.

1 January – Feast of St Basil St Basil was one of the greatest leaders and thinkers of the Orthodox Christian church. In many Greek homes, a special cake is baked on the eve of St Basil’s Day with a gold or silver coin hidden inside.

5 January – Birth of Guru Gobind Singh, 10th Guru On this day people of Sikh faith honour the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 until 1539.

19 January – World Religion Day Observed in more than 80 countries, the aim of World Religion Day is to foster interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasising the common elements underlying all religions.

26 January – Australia Day The nation comes together to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.

Should a property be deemed a fire risk, Council will issue a Fire Prevention Notice to the owner. Residents can ensure their property is safe by following the guidelines listed above. If you notice a property that does not comply with fire safety regulations, phone the Local Laws team on 9278 4444.


Council’s Christmas service hours Boroondara Youth Resource Centre Will close on Tuesday 24 December and reopen on Thursday 2 January 2014. Christmas tree collections Be sure to book your Christmas tree collection from Monday 16 December. Council will collect the trees from 6 to 31 January 2014 and residents must pre-book. Call customer service on 9278 4444 or complete a booking form online at christmas-trees . Customer Service It will be business as usual for Customer Service over the Christmas period. Camberwell and Hawthorn Customer Service will operate from 8.30am to 5.15pm (cashiers close at 5pm). After hours emergency calls will be automatically transferred to our after-hours service. Customer Service will only be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. On these public holidays, calls to 9278 4444 will be automatically transferred to the emergency after-hours service.

Health, Ageing and Disability Services Normal operating hours, however, the office will be closed on public holidays. Only essential personal care will be provided on public holidays. For more information, phone 9278 4777.

Immunisations The final session for 2013 is on Friday 20 December, and the first session of 2014 will take place on Friday 17 January. Kew Occasional Care The last day of Term 4 for Kew Occasional care is Friday 20 December 2013 and Term 1 will commence Wednesday 29 January 2014. For session times and hours call 9859 6459. Maternal and Child Health Services This service will continue to see all families who require an appointment and home visit all new babies. All visits will be by appointment only. For more information, phone 9278 4606. The 24/7 Maternal and Child Health advisory telephone line will also be available on 13 22 29.

Meals on Wheels Where meal delivery falls on a public holiday, meals will be delivered prior to that date. Clients will be provided with a delivery schedule for these meals closer to Christmas. For more information, phone 9278 4777. Neighbourhood houses These opening hours will vary, please contact the individual centres for more information. Waste and recycling The Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre will be closed and waste will not be collected on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December) and New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January). The scheduled Christmas Day collection will be undertaken on Saturday 28 December 2013 and the New Year’s Day collection will take place on Saturday 4 January. Collections will return to normal on Monday 6 January 2014. Affected residents will also receive a letter advising them of these changes.

Aquatic and leisure centres

Ashburton Pool & Recreation Centre

Balwyn Leisure Centre

Boroondara Sports Complex

Kew Recreation Centre

Tuesday 24 December

6am to 4pm


5.30am to 9.30pm

6am to 4pm

Wednesday 25 December



9am to 12pm (pool only) Closed

Thursday 26 December

8am to 8pm


8am to 8pm

8am to 8pm

Friday 27 December

6am to 10pm


5.30am to 9pm

6am to 9.30pm

Saturday 28 December

8am to 8pm


6am to 8pm

6am to 8pm

Sunday 29 December

8am to 8pm


8am to 8pm

8am to 8pm

Monday 30 December

6am to 10pm


6am to 8pm

6am to 9.30pm

Tuesday 31 December

6am to 4pm


5.30am to 4pm

6am to 4pm

Wednesday 1 January

12pm to 8pm


12pm to 8pm

12pm to 8pm

Thursday 2 January

6am to 10pm

9.30am to 11.30am and 7pm to 9pm

5.30am to 9pm

6am to 9.30pm







Tuesday 24 December

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

9am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

Wednesday 25 December






Thursday 26 December






Friday 27 December

10am to 6pm

10am to 6pm

9am to 5pm

10am to 6pm

10am to 6pm

Saturday 28 December

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

Sunday 29 December

2pm to 5pm

2pm to 5pm

2pm to 5pm

1.30pm to 5pm

2pm to 5pm

Monday 30 December

10am to 6pm

10am to 6pm

9am to 5pm

10am to 6pm

10am to 6pm

Tuesday 31 December

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

9am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

10am to 5pm

Wednesday 1 January







Boroondara Libraries

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Summer reading launch

Christmas storytimes Come along and listen to enchanting Christmas stories at a Boroondara library in December.

Storytimes are fun, free and no bookings are required. Please note, these will be final dates for 2013. Regular programs will resume in February and March 2014.

Ashburton Library Preschool Storytime – 11am, Thursday 12 December

Balwyn Library Tinytots – 10.30am, Thursday 5 December Preschool Storytime – 11am, Tuesday 10 December Chinese Bilingual Storytime – 11am, Friday 13 December

Camberwell Library Preschool Storytime – 11am, Monday 9 December Bedtime Storytime – 7pm, Monday 9 December Tinytots – 10.30am, Friday 13 December

Hawthorn Library Bedtime Storytime – 7pm, Thursday 5 December Tinytots – 10.30am, Wednesday 11 December Preschool Storytime – 11am, Friday 13 December

Kew Library Sing Baby Sing – 2pm, Monday 9 December Tinytots – 10.30am, Tuesday 10 December Preschool Storytime – 11am, Wednesday 11 December

Immunisations December 2013 9.30am to 11.30am • 4 and 18 December – Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library, Kew • 9 December – Conochie Hall, Canterbury • 11 December – Balwyn Community Centre, Surrey Hills • 19 December – Ashburton Support Services, Ashburton 10am to 12pm • 6, 13 and 20 December – Auburn Uniting Church, Hawthorn

• 10 December – Balwyn Community Centre, Surrey Hills • 17 December – Council offices, Camberwell

January 2014 9.30am to 11.30am • 20 January – Parkview Room, Council offices, Camberwell • 23 January – Ashburton Support Services, Ashburton • 29 January – Marwal Centre, Balwyn North 10am to 12pm

2.30pm to 4.30pm

• 17, 24 and 31 January – Auburn Uniting Church, Hawthorn

• 16 December – Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library, Kew

5.30pm to 7pm

5.30pm to 7pm

• 21 January – Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library, Kew

• 3 December – Ashburton Support Services, Ashburton

• 30 January – Marwal Centre, Balwyn North

Come along to Camberwell Library on Thursday 5 December and help library staff celebrate the joys of summer reading: • Adult Storytime – come and listen to the first chapters of the Summer Reads books and reserve a copy if you like the sound of one. • Your summer reads – bring your own list of favourite books for 2013 or the books you are planning to read over summer and share them with others. • Enter our book trivia competition to win a prize. • Lucky dip book prize – we have selected some great summer reading books for you to borrow, which are all wrapped up so you have to take a chance! When: 11am to 1pm, Thursday 5 December Where: Camberwell Library courtyard (weather permitting)

Make a Splash these school holidays Summer is here, school is done, now come to the library for some summer fun! Splash! is the theme for the library’s January school holiday program and the Youth Services team have lots of summery activities and enthralling performers lined up. The summer school holiday program will run between Monday 6 and Friday 17 January, and programs are now available. Bookings can be made online from 10am on Monday 16 December.

Celebrating Ashburton Library’s return A week of special events will take place between Monday 9 and Friday 13 December to mark the reopening of Ashburton Library and Ashburton Community Centre. There will be a series of activities at the library, including a Family History session, Summer Reads book talk, Sing Baby Sing class and circus skills activity for school-aged children. The community are also welcome to drop in to the Ashburton Community Centre between 10am and 2pm each day to pick up a program for 2014. Classes will recommence on 28 January.

Boroondara Library Service Ashburton 154 High Street, Ashburton Balwyn 336 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn Camberwell 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell Hawthorn 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn Kew corner Cotham Road and Civic Drive, Kew Enquiries and bookings: 9278 4666 or visit


Contact us Telephone: 9278 4444 Fax: 9278 4466 After hours emergency: 9278 4444 Free interpreting service: 9278 4002 For speech or hearing impaired: National Relay Service TTY 13 36 77 Speak and Listen 1300 555 727

Which Ward do you call home? If you are unsure which Ward you reside in, phone 9278 4444 or visit to find out.

Boroondara councillors Mayor, Cr Coral Ross Gardiner Ward Including parts of Hawthorn, Hawthorn East, Camberwell and Glen Iris

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The material contained in the Boroondara Bulletin is in the nature of general information only and readers should obtain more specific information from the City of Boroondara.

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