City of Boroondara takes out Victorian Sustainable City award
The Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities and Clean Beaches Awards have named the City of Boroondara as Sustainable City of the Year 2012.
The City of Boroondara was singled out for incorporating sustainability in its practices and fostering awareness in the wider community.
Council projects and initiatives recognised by the Awards included:
- implementing biodiversity protection and awareness initiatives, including the Backyard Biodiversity project, Biodiversity Strategy and corridors plan
- conducting practical Living for our Future workshops and the Sustainable Living Festival
- reducing energy use and carbon emissions
- providing exceptional recycling facilities and promoting waste education
- acknowledging local residents' "green" achievements in their homes and gardens via the annual Boroondara Sustainability Awards
- maintaining cultural heritage through the detailed restoration of Kew Court House and Police Station
- embracing water sensitive urban design principles across Council in both large and small projects (for example, Glen Iris Wetlands and a new raingarden at Balwyn Community Centre).
The City of Boroondara also won the Community Government Partnership Award for the Kew Court House and Police Station refurbishment project. The collaborative nature of the project involving several partners such as the Kew Historical Society, Heritage Victoria and others, was deemed an outstanding effort.