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We live in a region where there are many interesting and attractive neighbourhoods.  We have received many articles from people living in these areas .

Some are published here.  Many more are published as separate items within our Eastsider Extra Blog.

Go to the Eastsider Extra Blog here, scan the Categories list in the side bar to that page, then click on the neighbourhood that interests you.  You will be amazed by the contributions about the diversity and pleasant aspects of these areas.

Hart of Hartwell Mural

Pictured artists Angharad Neal-Williams and Nicole van Dijk stand in front of a section of the ‘Hart of Melbourne’ mural.

Bob Stensholt, HART Committee

On Toorak Road near the junction with Camberwell Road is a new community mural, the Hart of Hartwell.

The idea of a community mural was conceived in the depths of COVID by the Committee of the Hartwell Association of Residents and Traders (HART). Led by former President Hans Vanderstadt, HART saw this as a community resilience project as Hartwell came out of the long lock-ups. HART sought funds from Boroondara Council, the Victorian Government and Ashburton Community Bank.

As planning proceeded, Boroondara Council under the leadership of local Councillors Victor Franco, Garry Thompson and Lisa Hollingsworth undertook to manage, develop and fully fund the project as a major art installation on council land.

Council employed top artist Angharad Neal-Williams who worked with over 250 local students from Camberwell South Primary School, Glen Iris Primary School, Hartwell Primary School and St Dominic’s Primary School to create colorful artwork centred around Hartwell, its shops, its walks and green features.

Their artwork now sits alongside Angharad’s own illustrations in the mural as graphic artist Nicole van Dijk has transformed the images into the beautiful and vibrant 55-metre-long collage.

On 29 June, the 55-metre-long Mural was launched by Boroondara Mayor Lisa Hollingsworth together with local State MP Matt Fregon. It is now on full display in Hartwell. Thanks to J A Cain for lending their premises for the launch on what was a very rainy day and to HART and the Council for refreshments and activities for the kids.

The mural certainly adds extra colour and life to the variety of retail stores, eateries and professional services within the Hartwell shopping village. Come and see it and be amazed.

Photo courtesy of City of Boroondara.

Does Melbourne Need Two Burwood Stations?

Julia Blunden

The new station being built on the Suburban Rail Loop near Deakin University is constantly referred to in the media and on the site as Burwood Station. This is despite the fact that there is already a longstanding Burwood Station on the Alamein line.

A much better name for the new station would be Deakin, as it will service the university. If this is considered unsuitable for some reason, my Melway shows that the relevant area is actually called Bennettswood.

I have taken advantage of at least two opportunities for feedback on the planned SRL to point out this issue to the Suburban Rail Loop Authority. I have had a phone call from the local member, Matt Fregon, acknowledging the validity of my concern, but no response whatsoever from the SRLA.

It is almost as if the SRL is being built in a parallel universe with no connection to the existing rail network.

What can be done to prevent the needless confusion of having two stations on different lines, but in fairly close proximity to one another, with the same name?

Julia Blunden, Ashburton

A New Heart for One of Victoria’s Oldest Cemeteries

Alyson Crawford

The new, architecturally designed Garden of Reflection is now open at the historic Boroondara General Cemetery in Kew, known also to some as Kew Cemetery.

Designed by Lisa Ellis, the Garden of Reflection is a tranquil and inviting memorial landscape. A sculptural piece at the heart of this area was bequeathed by beloved local artist, the late Leopoldine Mimovich OAM, whose sculptures are a unique and recognisable part of the Kew landscape.

Boroondara Cemetery Trust CEO, Haydn Robins encourages community members to use the space for quiet reflection and remembrance. ‘Thoughtfully designed memorial gardens like the Garden of Reflection provide comfort, peace of mind, and a place for quiet contemplation’ Mr Robins said.

‘Whether your loved ones are with us or somewhere else, we all experience grief at some time in our lives, and people have told us it’s really helpful to have somewhere quiet to come and find peace.’

The Garden of Reflection was officially opened in October 2023 by Ms Jess Wilson MP.  High demand for memorial positions in the Garden of Reflection reflects the important place Boroondara General Cemetery plays in the local community, and only a limited number of positions remain in the historic cemetery.

The prices of graves and cremated remains memorials in public cemeteries are indexed annually, and the next price increase will come into effect on 1 July. Various options are available to suit every need, from tranquil garden crypts to traditional graves and cremated remains memorials.

To find out more about the historic Boroondara General Cemetery., go to https://boroondaracemetery.com.au/, phone: (03) 9853 7025 or email admin@boroondaracemetery.com.au

Alyson Crawford is Manager, Corporate Services Boroondara Cemetery Trust

All images supplied by Boroondara Cemetery Trust

Now is the time for planting. Get along to Bungalook Nursery to choose your local native plants

Margaret Witherspoon

Bungalook Nursery has an overwhelming abundance of indigenous (local native) plants thanks to our volunteers who have been propagating a great variety of trees, shrubs and ground covers over the summer and autumn months.

Entirely run by volunteers, the nursery supplies plants to our local bushland parks, Whitehorse City Council, schools and community organisations and an increasing number of home gardeners.

We are delighted that enthusiastic children at a local school have been building a frog hotel.  Their teacher came to collect a selection of plants assisted by two of our volunteers.

Bungalook Nursery is located at 107 Fulton Road, Blackburn South. We are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am until 1pm and on the last Saturday of every month (except December) from 10am until 12.30 pm.

Come and browse or maybe buy a few plants for your garden. Tubestock – $2.00 with a few specials $4.00.  Limited species, 15cm pots – $5.00.

For more details email: wcipp@yahoo.com.au   web: https://www.wcipp.org.au  or phone 0473 122 534 or scan the QR code here

Vermont Reserve Redevelopment

Rob Wilson. Secretary , Vermont Football Club

The redeveloped and extended Vermont Reserve oval was officially opened on Monday 15 April, after seven months of work and an investment of $2.1m. Whitehorse Councillors and staff were in attendance at the opening, along with officials from Vermont Football Club, Vermont Eagles Junior Football Club, Vermont Cricket Club and Vermont Primary School. The ground renewal project included a $340,000 contribution from the State Government.

The ground redevelopment included:

  • An extension of the sporting field of 5 metres in length and adjustments to width, increasing the sports field area from 13,270m2 to 13,800m2.
  • Safety netting behind both goals to improve protection of the play space and cars from footballs and cricket balls.
  • A concrete perimeter footpath to allow for improved useability of the reserve, providing the option for perimeter walkers/runners to stay off the grass.
  • Perimeter synthetic grass around the western boundary line to maintain a viable surface in a high use area for the winter season.
  • Extended synthetic cricket wicket run ups to reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

The ground was last updated over 30 years ago. Since then, the surface had not been maintained to satisfactory conditions, due to increased usage. It was closed for training and matches for several weeks during last season. Vermont Reserve was the smallest and narrowest oval out of all of the premier sporting fields in Whitehorse prior to the redevelopment.

The renewal has now maximised the area working within the perimeters of carparks, pavilion, cricket nets, playground and boundaries and now compares favourably to other nearby sporting fields. It is home to over 700 senior and junior players from the Vermont Football Netball Club and over 300 players from the Vermont Cricket Club. The oval and open space is also used by the 765 students from Vermont Primary School, as well as many community members who casually use the ground.

Thank you to Steven Bolt from Evergreen Turf who delivered the oval upgrade project and to Justin Quinn, Sportsfields Coordinator from Whitehorse Council, who managed the project from start to finish. Thanks also to Whitehorse Councillor, Prue Cutts, for all her support pushing and promoting the redevelopment over the past 18 months.






Representatives from the City of Whitehorse with members of the Vermont Football Netball Club, Vermont Cricket Club and Vermont Primary School.

The Village Balwyn North kicks goals and scores runs for local sporting clubs this winter

Let’s kick some goals and notch up some runs on the board this school holidays and throughout the whole month of July with shoppers invited to vote for their favourite local sporting team and submit their entry at the North Balwyn Village shops.

Throughout the whole month of July, every purchase from any shop at Balwyn North Village puts a favourite sporting team in the draw to win one of two $500 prizes towards a local sporting team’s fundraising efforts.

The sponsorship money is proudly donated by the North Balwyn Village Traders Association.

All shoppers have to do is write the name of their favourite local sporting team listed on posters around The Village shopping precinct, on a purchase receipt from any shop at North Balwyn Village and drop it off at these shops at The Village:

  • Amandas Boutique – 91 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North
  • Meat in a Box – 68A Doncaster Road, Balwyn North
  • Salzano’s Delicatessen – 73 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North
  • Signorelli’s Fruit and Vegetables – 79 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North
  • Stanley & Stone – 68B and 72 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North

So while it might be chilly outside, North Balwyn Village shops is warming up the shopping experience with fundraising support for favourite local sporting clubs.

Save Boroondara’s Bluestone Heritage: a progress report

George Demetrios

Whilst other Councils (Stonnington, Whitehorse, Merri-bek, Yarra, Glen Eira, Port Phillip, Hobsons Bay) treat their bluestone laneways and bluestone kerb and channels as heritage, and conserve them accordingly, Boroondara still treats its bluestone heritage as an engineering issue.

Council views Boroondara’s historic bluestone laneways and bluestone kerb and channels as ‘road material’, ignoring the heritage significance that Boroondara’s bluestone laneways and bluestone kerb and channels hold for the local community.

Petitioning the City of Boroondara

The group Save Boroondara’s Bluestone Heritage has created a petition on this issue. It calls on Council to undertake a bluestone heritage study, prepared by a qualified heritage expert, to identify, document and protect the aesthetic, social and historical values of Boroondara’s original bluestone kerb and channels and bluestone laneways. It is available at https://www.change.org/p/save-boroondara-s-heritage-bluestone-kerb-channels-and-laneways-30ecb034-d213-4c73-b7f4-3e350f8f8ca3

This petition will be presented to Council as part of the consultations on Boroondara’s Draft Road Materials Policy. At this stage, the group plans to present it at the June 24 Council meeting.

Have your say on heritage matters in Boroondara

Boroondara Council recently opened community consultation on their new Heritage Strategy. Many residents consider protection of the City’s historic bluestone laneways, bluestone kerb and channels and bluestone crossovers a necessary part of the City’s future heritage work program.

An online survey on the Heritage Strategy is available via Boroondara’s Engage website at https://engage.boroondara.vic.gov.au/. Boroondara Council officers will also hold pop-up meetings to discuss the new Heritage Strategy on:

  • Tuesday 11 June 2024, from 11am to 1pm Ashburton Library, 154 High Street Ashburton;
  • Monday 17 June 2024 from 4pm to 7pm Camberwell Library, 340 Camberwell Road Camberwell.

George Demetrios is Convenor of Save Boroondara’s Bluestone Heritage

Further Update:

Two petitions, with a combined total of over 500 signatures, were submitted on behalf of the residents group, Save Boroondara’s Bluestone Heritage, to be tabled, at the Boroondara Council meeting, that will take place on Monday, June 24, 2024.