Key projects and activities

Our COVID–19 response and recovery

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at a Council Meeting on Tuesday 7 April 2020, Councillors endorsed a $7.3 million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Package to support residents and ratepayers during COVID-19.

The Package provided immediate and ongoing financial support for individuals, local businesses, local community groups and sporting clubs that were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Throughout the pandemic, we had an important role to play in supporting community resilience, providing financial relief and in ensuring that the most vulnerable in our community were protected from further harm.

A Community Vision for a future Glen Eira

We are developing a Vision with our community that will provide a clear direction towards a future Glen Eira. Our Glen Eira 2040 Community Vision will guide our strategic actions to achieve this future.

We conducted a comprehensive community engagement process and received more than 3,000 responses to our questions. We listened to the voices of our community members and understand their aspirations and priorities for the future.

New active spaces to enjoy

Getting active through social and unstructured sport and play is a great way for young adults to connect and exercise. This year we redeveloped these five parks, playgrounds and open spaces to support the physical activity of our community.

Joyce Park in Ormond is one of our much loved and utilised open spaces. When Glen Eira McKinnon Bowls Club recently converted a turf bowling green to a synthetic green, the remaining turf green was transformed into this new active play space. The space includes a double-sided hit-up wall for any type of rebound activity; two basketball rings and a netball ring; a soccer goal for half-court activities; and a table tennis table. The Federal Government invested $476,558 of the $1.01 million investment in the new space.

Helping businesses to go plastic-free

We delivered our first plastic-free trial throughout the Glenhuntly Road shopping centre in Elsternwick, to help businesses eliminate or reduce their use of single-use plastics. Reducing our use of single-use plastics is an important way to live more sustainably and prevent ocean pollution.

The six-month trial involved working closely with 18 food and retail businesses in the shopping centre to replace single-use plastic items, such as water bottles, food ware (cutlery, cups, plates, bowls), straws, plastic lined coffee cups/lids, takeaway containers and plastic bags with re-usable alternatives. The trial coincided with the Victorian bag ban on 1 November 2019.