Major projects and activities

Major projects

Moving forward with more services available online

Glen Eira City Council is moving many paper-based processes and top transaction forms online to provide greater options for customers.

Customers can now do the following via

    • Submit a request for an animal tag replacement or book a hard rubbish, bundled branch or bulk cardboard collection.
    • Report: dumped rubbish; damage to household bins or missed collection of bins; illegally parked vehicles; missing pets; unsightly building sites; derelict vehicles; overhanging vegetation on private property; or unsightly private property.

Glen Eira Leisure — a new beginning

On 1 October 2017, Glen Eira City Council took over the management of Caulfield Recreation Centre and Carnegie Swim Centre to implement a combined facility management structure with Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).

For the past 13 years YMCA Victoria has been engaged to provide management services to Council for Caulfield Recreation Centre and Carnegie Swim Centre. When the contract ended in September 2017, Council saw an opportunity to take over the management of these sites and extend its offering to the Glen Eira community, increasing value for customers with multiple site memberships, as well as balancing capacity usage across all three sites.

Our continued commitment to open space

Council’s Open Space Strategy 2013−2026 guides the planning, provision, design and management of public open space in Glen Eira. This includes understanding and addressing the open space needs of the existing community and planning ahead to anticipate and meet the open space needs of our growing municipality.

During 2017−2018, we continued our commitment to open space and consulted with the community on a number of redevelopment opportunities, outlined below. This feedback translated into concept plans for seven projects, upon which we have worked with design specialists to prepare final construction designs.

Glen Eira Youth Services — leading the way in engagement

Glen Eira Youth Services provides programs, information and support to young people and their families, who live, work and socialise in the City of Glen Eira.

To ensure Council is able to provide targeted services that are responsive to the ever-changing needs of young people, Youth Services has embarked on one of the largest youth consultation projects conducted by Council.

Major environmental initiatives

Improving our environment — recycling food waste

Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Glen Eira City Council is proud to be one of the first councils in Victoria’s south-east to introduce food waste recycling.

With food leftovers making up almost half of household garbage bin waste in Glen Eira, this new initiative continues to work hard in reducing the 15,000 tonnes of landfill collected by Council each year.

Large carbon emissions reduction in 2017−18

Glen Eira City Council’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2016–2021 set strong carbon emissions reduction targets, with a further 25 per cent reduction in emissions by 2021 and a long-term goal of ‘zero net emissions from Council operations by 2030’.

In-line with this, Council’s 2017–18 carbon footprint decreased by 8 per cent to 9,961 tonnes CO² equivalent compared to 10,837 tonnes the previous financial year. This decrease was due primarily to a 396 per cent increase in solar power generation and an overall decrease in electricity use at Council sites.

Building a sustainable environment

We are passionate about environment, sustainability, community and connection.

In late 2017, Council engaged with the community on a fantastic new initiative to develop a community garden in Glen Eira.

Community gardening received high levels of support from across the community, from a broad range of age groups and suburbs. Based on this feedback, we held a community workshop in June, which explored what a community garden initiative would look like at Moorleigh Community Village in Bentleigh East.

Major consultation initiatives

Engaging with our community — consultation and planning

Council undertook 153 consultations during the 2017−18 financial year.

Community consultation is a vital part of Council’s planning and decision-making process. It helps Council understand community priorities and issues and ensures community involvement.

Community consultation operates through advisory groups and committees; community surveys; questionnaires; focus groups; feedback; submissions; public forums; and individual consultations.

Planning for the future of Bentleigh, Carnegie and Elsternwick

Like most of Melbourne municipalities, Glen Eira City Council has a challenging task of accommodating growth and new development, while creating vibrant and successful centres which enhance and protect the character of the local area.

The State Government has directed population growth to busy centres that are close to shops, services and public transport. In response to this, Council developed a set of robust, long-term plans for our community, referred to as Structure Plans.

Dog agility park — the first in Glen Eira

Following extensive community consultation from October to December 2017, Council approved a concept plan for a new dog agility park to be developed in Caulfield East.

The park, which is an action in the Glen Eira Council and Community Plan 2017–2021, will be developed at The Wedge, located at the eastern end of Glen Eira Road.

The Wedge, which is Crown land, is now managed by Council and funding for the development of the site has been provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Designing the future of Glen Eira

Well located, better designed development across Glen Eira is now more certain with the Council adoption of Quality Design Guidelines.

In 2017 Glen Eira City Council undertook two stages of community consultation to develop Quality Design Guidelines to address concerns over neighbourhood character being lost due to inappropriately located, poorly designed development. These consultations built upon the feedback previously received in the 2016 Planning Scheme Review and considered feedback received throughout the structure planning process.

Major advocacy efforts

Council’s advocacy pays off for local sports clubs

Glen Eira City Council successfully secured funding through Sport and Recreation Victoria’s

2017–18 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund for the following projects:

    • $100,000 for the Moorleigh Village cricket nets/multipurpose facility — this project will see a conversion of the cricket nets at Moorleigh Community Village Reserve into a multipurpose sporting facility providing cricket nets and a range of other sporting activities.
    • $49,500 for the cricket net upgrade facility extensions — this project will upgrade existing cricket training facilities at Victory Park, Centenary Park and East Caulfield Reserve. Each location will have an extra training bay constructed.

New management of Caulfield Racecourse Reserve

On Thursday 21 September 2017, the State Government passed legislation to establish a new, independent governing body for Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

The passing of this legislation enables the 54 hectare parcel of Crown land to be managed more effectively and for the purposes that is was reserved for — recreation and a public park.

Council welcomes extension of interim height controls

A 12 month extension to interim height controls in Bentleigh and Carnegie was approved on 21 December 2017 under delegation from Minister of Planning The Hon. Richard Wynne.

The height controls, which apply to Commercial and Mixed Use zoned land within Bentleigh and Carnegie Activity Centres, were due to expire on 31 December 2017. The new expiry date for the interim controls is 31 December 2018.

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