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update Councillor Kevin Chow | April 2014 Dear neighbours, De urs With so much happening in our vibrant suburbs, it’s a great time to be living in Solway Ward.

Club Diamantes Circus, Solway Choir, Club, Redline and Jugularity.

In February I attended the Ashburton Community Festival in High Street. The street parade was fantastic, colourful and highlighted our wonderful community spirit.

Thank you also to the Ashwood Permaculture Garden, Ashburton Honey Supplier, Ashburton Food Forest and Ashburton Community Garden for their Sustainable Ashburton exhibition, See, Learn, Taste.

Thank you to all who performed on the day including the Flare Dance Group, Ashburton Primary, The MIK MAKS, the Time Wasters, Bethany Fisher, the Combined Schools (Glen Iris, Solway, Ashburton) Rock Band, Choir and Dance

The Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre major renewal project is progressing well, with many local residents and users of the facility attending information sessions and providing feedback last year.

Your feedback has influenced the final all concept designs, with work due to commence in the middle of the year. At the time of print, Council was still awaiting a decision from the Minister for Planning on the new residential zones. Please be assured that each household will be notified by Council of the outcome from the Minister for Planning when this occurs. Best es wishes s es

Cr Kevin Chow

$3.6 million family centre upgrade Construction will begin on an exciting $3.6 million project to improve facilities at the Craig Family Centre in Samarinda Avenue, Ashburton. The project will address the current ageing and functional limitations of the existing building and provide additional capacity to provide early years services to the Ashburton community.

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creating outdoor play spaces replacing the switch board and wiring installing an electronic access system installing rainwater tanks to supply water to toilet systems.

A design for Craig Family Centre’s early years spaces is currently under development in consultation with the Craig Family Centre membership and services on the site.

Construction is expected to begin in September and finish by June next year. The centre will remain operational.

Concept plans for the early years facilities were released in March for public comment.

For more information about the upgrade, contact Adel Calache, Senior Project Architect, on 9278 4540 or email .

Work includes: • constructing new early years facilities for 66 children.

For more information about the Craig Family Centre, phone 9885 7789 or visit .

The Craig Family Centre will be improved and updated.

Solway Ward

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Cr Kevin Chow


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Solway Ward Update | April 2014

Vibrant new Ashburton Library and Ashburton Community Centre open for business The $6.1 million project to create a vibrant new Ashburton Library and Ashburton Community Centre is now complete. The library features new spaces and state-of-the-art equipment, including self check-out facilities, a wonderful new children’s area with an outside deck, increased study space and a larger meeting room. All the regular library events are back upand-running including author talks, book talks, English Conversation Club, children’s storytimes and Sing Baby Sing sessions. The community centre is offering an exciting array of events, workshops, courses and programs for every age and interest. You can learn to paint or draw, or de-stress with meditation, yoga or Pilates. For kids, the centre offers art lessons and cooking lessons. The centre also has walking groups, knitting, dancing, languages, upholstery, French polishing and seniors’ fitness classes. Class sizes are small, facilitated by qualified professionals and are affordable.

The reinvigorated Ashburton Library is a fabulous community facility.

For more information about Ashburton Library, phone 9278 4666 or visit . For more information about Ashburton Community Centre, phone 9885 7952 or visit .

Winton Road Food Forest Would you like to help grow fresh and healthy fruit and nuts on public land in your local area? The Food Forest Ashburton Group is a local community group that established and maintains the Winton Road Food Forest at 38 Winton Road near the Gardiners Creek bike trail. The group holds working bees on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9am to 11am, except during the summer holidays.

The food forest is a sustainable and communal initiative, with fruit and nut trees planted with supportive understory in a portion of Winton Road Reserve. The initiative aims to increase local food security, reduce food miles, demonstrate sustainable urban agriculture and develop community connectedness.

The food forest is managed by a group of dedicated residents for the benefit of the local community. It is supported by the Craig Family Centre, the Boroondara Gardiners Creek Lions Club and Council.

You can find out more about the group on Sunday 4 May from 10am to 3pm at a special open day at the Winton Road Food Forest.

For more information phone Petra on 0420 961 695 or email or www. .


Pied Piper on the move The Pied Piper Toy Library will be moving from the Craig Family Centre to Lexia Street House in June. Council has allocated $231,000 for an internal refit of Lexia Street House to provide enhanced accommodation to the toy library. Construction will occur during April and May. The Pied Piper Toy Library is a notfor-profit organisation which provides over 2,000 quality toys for members to loan and use. Skilled coordinators are available to provide advice and assistance regarding age-appropriate toy selection. For more information about the Pied Piper Toy Library, phone 9885 2052 or visit . For more information about the upgrade to Lexia Street House, contact Fiona Currie, Senior Project Architect on 9278 4538 or .

Dorothy Laver West Pavilion refurbishments The Dorothy Laver West Pavilion off Dunlop Street is currently being refurbished with works due to be completed in mid-April. The works include extensions and alterations including an upgrade to airconditioning, a major internal refurbishment and an extension to include new amenities. The pavilion and the reserve are named after Dorothy Laver, who served on the Camberwell City Council from 1969 to 1971 and from 1972 to 1975. Cr Laver was Mayor of the Camberwell City Council from 1973 to 1974. The Dorothy Laver West Pavilion is a sports pavilion with a social

room. The room seats 30 to 40 people and it is available to be used by seasonal sports tenants, and is also suitable for meetings or small functions. For more information about hiring the Dorothy Laver West Pavilion, phone Sports Services on 9278 4595. For more information about the pavilion refurbishment, phone Neville Boyd on 9278 4784 or email .

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 amendmentc108-panel-report .

Clubhouse project rolling along Council is spending $400,000 to upgrade the Ashburton Bowls Club in Samarinda Avenue. The club provides all levels of bowls competition, from beginners to elite bowlers and has a proud history dating back to 1955. Ashburton Bowls Club has at its core a friendly and fair culture for people of all backgrounds, genders and capabilities. The existing building is a solid brick structure in fair condition, but it has accessibility issues and needs to become more energy efficient and have its glazing upgraded. Council works on the building include: • • • • • •

upgrading change rooms and showers installing an electronic locking system upgrading disabled access pathways reviewing the floor structure and replace or restump as required upgrading kitchen joinery and finishes installing energy efficient water fittings and lighting, including movement sensors.

Works expected to begin late March and be completed by June this year. For more information about the works phone Adel Calache, Senior Project Architect, on 9278 4540 or email .

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.

Ashburton Bowls Club to be upgraded.


Solway Ward Update | April 2014

Have your say on local issues In brief Would you like join a 1000-member strong panel of people with an interest in Boroondara? Want to make a difference, but don’t have time for formal meetings? We are now recruiting new members to join the Boroondara Community Voice Panel. Council regularly asks the Panel for their views and opinions on important local issues through online surveys and a forum. The views of the Panel help shape the decisions that Council makes.

Boroondara Urban Design Awards 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 .

As it all happens online, you can respond to the surveys and post on the forum at your convenience at any time of day or night.

Cash prizes for budding writers

All members’ views are equally important and we encourage healthy discussion and deliberation so that Council can better understand the range and diversity of views in our community.

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.

In the last year, the Panel had impact and influence on important local topics such as the Hawthorn Arts Centre branding, the continuation of the booked hard waste trial and the urban biodiversity strategy.

recreation and to arts and culture. Sign up now to make a difference.

It only takes about 30 minutes of your time a month to participate. Coming up next will be topics relating to sport and

For more information or to join the Panel call 9278 4444 or visit .

For more information about the literary awards phone 9278 4036 or visit www. .

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Solway Ward Update - April 2014