Ride to Work Day in Boroondara Wed 16 October in Chandler Park

Ride to Work Day is on Wednesday 16th October and the Boroondara breakfast runs from 6.30am to 9am.

There will be free breakfast, marquees and port-a-loos, and lots of good company and useful information.

There new location this year is in Chandler Park, just behind the Guide Dogs on the Main Yarra Trail  [map].  
Anyone riding a bike is welcome – you don’t have to be riding to work.

There delicious free breakfast for anyone on a bike includes:

  • A coffee barista
  • Yummy egg and bacon sandwiches, 
  • Bicycle powered fruit smoothies, 
  • Fresh fruit
  • Freshly baked muffins

Kew locals supporting local farmers in the Year of the Farmer


Boroondara Open Space Strategy consultation


The City of Boroondara are currently reviewing their draft Open Space Strategy, which covers plans for the future of our municipal parks, gardens and sports fields.
Public information sessions will be held on:
  • Wednesday 8 February, 6.30 – 8 pm, at Ashburton Library
  • Saturday 11 February, 10.30 am – midday, at Balwyn library
  • Monday 13 February, 6.30 – 8 pm, at Kew Library
Public feedback will be received until 29 February.

Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival - 18 February 2012

This year's Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival has lots of interesting topics and items on sustainable living.  More details.

Ashburton cogeneration plant opened by Mayor Heinz Kreutz

Boroondara's recently elected Mayor Heinz Kreutz, opened the Ashburton cogeneration plant on Thursday 15 Decemb er 2011.  The plant uses natural gas in a piston engine to generate electricty for the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.

Heat generated by the engine is used to heat the swimming pool.  A standard German-made cogeneration unit was installed in the existing equipment room.

The plant will save carbon emissions equivalent to taking 300 cars off the roads, and saves ratepayers $70,000 per year in electricity bills, and was commissioned as part of Boroondara's Our Low Carbon Future strategy.  

Carolyn Ingvarson and Mick Nolan (from Lighter footprints) and Peter Campbell attended this event, and congratulated the City of Boroondara for this energy and money saving initiative that also reduces our carbon emissions.

Following this successful pilot, similar cogeneration plants will be used in other locations within the City of Boroondara and elsewhere.


Boroondara Sustainability Network meeting - Our Low Carbon Future Strategy

  • Date: 7pm Tue 15 November 2011.
  • Venue: Boroondara Room, Council Offices,  8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell (Melway 59 J1)
  • Purpose of meeting: An opportunity to provide input to the Our Low Carbon Future strategy for 2012-2015


Carolyn Ingvarson, Heinz Kreutz, Mick Nolan, Peter Campbell (minutes), Robert Brown, Mathew Dixon (Council), Nicola Hoey (Council), Michaela Skett (Council), Jenny Henty.

Ashburton Food Forest proposed - meeting Saturday 19 November

A group has formed to do an enviro project in Ashburton and we have decided to propose a food forest.  The group was initiated and is led by Shau Teo of the Craig Family Centre's Sustainable Neighbourhoods Project in Ashburton.  And so far the council seems rather interested.

If you are interested in joining the project, to read the proposal, or to express your interest in it happening to the council, contact Shau on 9885 7789 or via email

Upcoming event - Eco Living Centre briefing

The remaining consultation session for Boroondara Sustainability Network members is coming up in November:

Eco Living Centre consultation, Date: 7pm Wed 30 November 2011.

This is a consultation session on the future use of the Boroondara Eco-living Centre to guide operational planning.

For further details see the Calendar

Neighbourhood Character Study - have your say

The City of Boroondara has been holding Neighbourhood Character Study consultation sessions about the look and feel of Boroondara's residential areas.

These sessions have been well attended and the detailed comments provided will be collated to inform the preparation of Neighbourhood Character Precinct Profiles. - which will in turn inform future planning decisions and approvals made by Council.
You can also access a feedback form from the project website: http://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/your-say/ncs
Queries about the project can be  directed to Juliana Aya, Senior Strategic Planner on 9278 4987 or via email strategic.planning@boroondara.vic.gov.au

Spring into Spring: Learn how to prepare garden beds to grow healthy veggies and herbs

Alamein Neighbourhood & Learning Centre is offering a course about how to prepare garden beds to grow healthy veggies and herbs.

When: Fridays 1.00-3.30pm From 19th August 10 sessions $111.50 including materials.  Alamein NLC. 98859074
We also offer other horticulture courses from time to time, some of which are funded. In addition to this Alamein has community garden plots, which are rented out to residents for a nominal fee.
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