Key projects and activities

Inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan is Council’s vision to embrace our First Nations People for their experiences of the past, resilience in the present and aspirations for the future. The Plan was adopted on 16 October 2018 and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and history, and promotes a more inclusive and engaged community through involvement in new activities and initiatives, to employment and inclusion strategies.

See Inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan under way 

New Integrated Transport Strategy

Our Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) aims for a 50:50 share of car and non-car trips by 2031. The ITS works around four new premium transport corridors: efficient driving routes; express public transport routes; safe cycling streets; and great walking and shopping streets. These innovations will increase walking, cycling and public transport trips, and improve parking and traffic flows. Everyone will have a shorter travel time. We have worked on a number of pilot projects this year to help achieve this, including the Pedestrian Safe Neighbourhood Pilot and Safe Cycling Corridor Pilot.

See New Strategy to transform travel

New Community Safety Plan

Our Community Safety Plan 2018–2022 was officially launched on 6 September 2018 and identifies the safety issues that matter most in Glen Eira. We are working with Victoria Police, the Department of Health and Human Services, TaskForce and Neighbourhood Watch to promote and enhance safety in Glen Eira through the newly developed Glen Eira Community Safety Committee. A big focus for this year has been our Driving it Down campaign, which aims to reduce car theft.

See New safety plan to strengthen Glen Eira

Structure Plan update

We have adopted Structure Plans outlining our shared, long-term vision for Bentleigh, Carnegie, Elsternwick and East Village. We want to best accommodate growth and improvements in these centres, while still preserving and protecting their neighbourhood character. The Structure Plans consider development, future land use, transport and parking, buildings, employment and open spaces. Draft planning controls for Carnegie, Bentleigh and East Village were endorsed by Council in late 2018.

See Structure Plans to support our growing population

Food waste recycling service success

The recycling of food waste in Glen Eira has been a very successful initiative. More than 65 per cent of households participating in a recent survey said they were recycling food scraps. We have reduced garbage going to landfill from 31,000 tonnes in 2016–17 to 28,000 tonnes in 2018–19. By sending less waste to landfill we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions from waste by 3,800 tonnes CO2 equivalent and food scrap processing has produced compost for farms, as well as our parks and gardens.

See Food waste recycling paying dividends

New Community Engagement Strategy

Our Community Engagement Strategy 2018–2021 outlines our community engagement process and how you can be involved in decisions that are important to you. The Strategy upholds the guiding principles of our Community Engagement Policy and is informed by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Framework. We consulted on 54 projects during 2018–19 with 11,120 responses.

See Giving a voice to the Glen Eira community

Council statistics

1,357,495 Library loans. Illustration of girl carrying library books
Library Loans

Glen Eira Libraries are more than just a library. We have shaped our four library branches — Caulfield, Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh — into community spaces where people can meet, connect through technology, discover new ideas, share skills and be creative. They are also technology hubs where you can use digital resources, find e-books, digital magazines and newspapers and learn how to connect online. We are proud to offer an innovative and engaging service to 56,488 library members. To join our library service, visit Glen Eira Libraries website.

1,313,394 2017—18 | 1,357,495 2016—17

People came to our community events

Bringing our diverse community together, including furry friends, is one of our top priorities. We hold a range of cultural events, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year, including Groove and Graze — a series of three evenings with live music and food trucks — and the Storytelling Festival, which spotlights more than 40 events in different venues across Glen Eira with an illuminating lineup of writers, artists, experts and entertainers. Other events include Party in the Park, our major curated exhibitions in Council’s Gallery and a program of National Reconciliation Week events.

For more information, visit the Arts and Culture page on our website.

*Accurate counts for outdoor event audiences and an increase in patronage through public space events at the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival.

54,475* 2017—18 | 45,354 2016—17

Participants in Youth Services Programs and Events

Glen Eira Youth Services offers a range of events, programs and support services to young people aged 10 to 25 to maintain their health and wellbeing, and to help them connect with each other and their community. Our 15 youth programs include: Girl Up — an initiative for girls to work on a range of projects and develop strong leadership and communication skills; a Youth Leadership Team — 12 volunteers who organise and lead the production of major Glen Eira youth events; and a Healthy Relationships Program — for secondary school students in Glen Eira to learn about healthy and unhealthy peer relationships. The service conducts more than 280 educational sessions per year.

For more information, visit the Glen Eira Youth Services page on our website.

9,630 2017—18 | 6,538 2016—17

16,476 Maternal and Child Health Key Ages and Stages visits. Illustration of a pram
Maternal and Child Health Key Ages and Stages visits

Our Maternal and Child Health Service provides free help to Glen Eira families with children from birth to under school age. The Service provides 10 Key Ages and Stages visits from birth to three-and-a-half years-of-age for all children and their families in Glen Eira. The consultations are conducted by registered nurses and look at the child’s health and wellbeing achievements at each of the 10 stages. There are 5,973 children from across Glen Eira enrolled in the service and we received 1,621 birth notifications in 2018–19. Birth notices received over the last two financial years have averaged 1,616 compared to 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 where they averaged 1,814.

For more information, visit the Maternal and Child Health Service page on our website.

15,100 2017—18 | 16,476 2016—17

11,575 Immunisations. Illustration of a doctor

Immunisation protects children and the community from harmful and contagious diseases. We provide free vaccinations to the Glen Eira community as part of the National Immunisation Schedule. Our biggest focus is on providing immunisations for children aged six weeks to four years and through school programs for adolescents aged 12 to 16. We also administer catch-up immunisations for people under 20 years moving to Australia from overseas.

For more information, visit the Immunising your child page on our website.

*Immunisations decreased as the HPV9 vaccination has been improved and now only requires two doses to be given in the adolescent school program, down from the previous three doses.

11,534 2017—18 | 11,575 2016—17

43,393 Meals delivered. Illustration of a hot meal.
Meals delivered and provided*

Our Delivered Meals Program is for people in Glen Eira who are nutritionally at risk or who have decreased capacity to prepare their own meals. During 2018–19, there were 257 people who used this service.

We also provide lunch to some participants of our Social Support Program. This Program provides frail older people and people with disabilities with opportunities for friendship through social activities, including gentle exercise, craft activities, outdoor activities and music therapy. During 2018–19, there were 132 people who used this service.

For more information, visit the Delivered Meals page on our website.

*Combined Delivered Meals Program and Social Support Program group meals.

40,628 2017—18 | 43,393 2016—17

1.5 million Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre annual visits. Illustration of a person in lifting weights
Glen Eira Leisure visits*
Glen Eira Leisure offers fitness, recreation and relaxation for all ages and abilities across three sites — Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC), Caulfield Recreation Centre and Carnegie Swim Centre. GESAC is the largest site and one of Australia’s premier sports and aquatic facilities providing state-of-the-art equipment, an indoor sports stadium, Olympic sized swimming pool and group fitness training facilities. GESAC’s aquatic services are centered around its four pools and include a Swim School Program, an aquatic wellness area to relax and rehabilitate, and a swim squad for dedicated lap swimmers.

For more information, visit the Glen Eira Leisure website.

*GESAC (1,581,859), Carnegie Swim Centre (87,789), Caulfield Recreation Centre (75,391).

**GESAC (1,541,980), Carnegie Swim Centre (90,674), Caulfield Recreation Centre (49,061). We took over management of the Caulfield Recreation Centre and Carnegie Swim Centre and combined with GESAC to form Glen Eira Leisure in October 2017.

***GESAC figure only.

1,681,785** 2017—18 | 1,500,000*** 2016—17

1,997 new dwellings approved. Illustration of a single storey house
New Rateable Residential Properties

Glen Eira continues to see an increase in housing density with standalone houses gradually being replaced by townhouses and apartments. In 2018–19, there was a decrease of 443 houses. The number of newly rateable units and townhouses increased by 667 and newly rateable flats and apartments increased by 1,121.

Newly rateable residential property figures indicate that from 2016–17 to 2017–18* there was a decrease of 668 houses, an increase of 854 units and townhouses and an increase of 2,096 flats and apartments.

*Rating valuations for properties prior to 2018 were conducted every two years. Rating valuations for properties are now conducted annually.

2,090 Street trees planted. Illustration of a tree in the street
Street Trees Planted

Being green and leafy is an important part of Glen Eira’s character. We’ve increased the number of street trees from 30,000 to more than 50,000 over the past 20 years. We also replace around 1,000 street trees and plant 1,000 more in vacant sites each year. In addition to this, we undertake regular monitoring of street trees’ health to ensure they are thriving and do not pose any risk to public safety or property.

For more information, visit the Street trees page on our website.

2038 2017—18 | 2090 2016—17

(23,810 tonnes)
Total waste recycled 45.3 per cent (13,225 tonnes)
Total Waste Recycled

Our new food waste recycling service allows residents to recycle food waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill. In 2018–19, we reduced our garbage going to landfill by around 3,000 tonnes. This means our greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere have reduced by 3,800 tonnes CO2 equivalent.­

We collect recyclables through fortnightly collections of our combined food waste/green waste bin and our recycling bin for glass, plastics, metal and paper. We also provide residents with three hard rubbish, branch or cardboard collections per year for larger amounts of waste. Glen Eira recycles nearly half of its waste.

For more information, visit the Rubbish and recycling page on our website.

44.3% 24,044 tonnes 2017–18
45.3% 13,225 tonnes 2016–17

Service delivery

Services that Council delivers for every $100 of rates and charges revenue (2018–2019):

Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.
Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.
Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.
Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.
Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.
Please note: this represents the services
that are funded by rates and charges,
including the waste charge.