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Ballarat’s own Pop Up Shop

Ballarat’s own Pop Up Shop Author: Melissa WattsCategories: Stories, Community, Environment

Christmas haste leads to Christmas waste - well that's my theory anyway.

Every year I grit my teeth and rue the fact that I am complicit in buying objects that no one really likes. Sometimes Christmas just feels like a waste of time, money and resources. There's e-waste when we replace phones, e-readers and laptops. There's packaging waste when we buy plastic toys with 10 layers of plastic wrap. And let's not forget the batteries.

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Help Run Ballarat Right

Help Run Ballarat Right Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Maybe, just maybe, Farnsy was onto something. Among all those bagpipes, maybe there was a message that we should all be taking on board now. Maybe you're the voice. Maybe you should try and understand it. Then make it loud and make it clear.

And one of the best ways to do that, is as a councillor.

 

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The Boite in Btown Singing a Safe Return Home.

The Boite in Btown Singing a Safe Return Home. Author: Leon DwyerCategories: Stories, Music, Community

Over 1,000 students from regions around Victoria have been collaborating with acclaimed East Timorese singer and songwriter, Ego Lemos (currently in London performing in international concerts that accompany the Olympics). Now Ballarat Locals get the chance to hear this fantastic chorus concert at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts Sunday 26th August at 2pm.

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Ballarat needs diverse women leaders

Ballarat needs diverse women leaders Author: Women with Disabilities Victoria Categories: Issues, Stories, Community

Ms Hayes, who grew up in Ballarat, strongly believes our community needs women leaders with diverse experience, and the two trial sessions Women with Disabilities Victoria are running called "Enabling Women" will be a great opportunity for women with disabilities to come together, learn from one another and take action.

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The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS

The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS 2 Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health

Some things, Australians are just awesome at. Literally, properly awesome, as in, inspiring awe.

Take our obsession with building ‘big' things, for example. The Big Pineapple. The big Prawn. The Big Merino. The Big Rocking horse. The Big Gina Rinehart. **That last one may not actually exist. Yet.** We recognise just how awesome we are, and build something so ridiculously big to celebrate it that it leaves people awestruck.

 

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Ballarat planning goes online

Ballarat planning goes online Author: Paula Lawrence Categories: Community, Environment, Announcements

From this week, all City of Ballarat planning applications that are advertised to residents can be viewed at Council's website

Application details including plans and supporting reports can be viewed online throughout the 14 day advertising period.

 

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Enjoy the Good Food Life

Enjoy the Good Food Life Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Arts, Community, Recipes

Artist Fiona Morgan will be at The Good Life Festival Daylesford on Saturday June 2 freely giving out meatless meals recipes from her soon to be published cookbook. These are recipes that everyone will enjoy not just die hard hippies! Find out how easy and tasty vegetarian meals can be.

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Tweed Ride Fun on Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Tweed Ride Fun on Ballarat Heritage Weekend Author: Liana Skewes - Ladies Classic Bicycle Association Categories: Stories, Community, Transport

You may have seen some funny dressed cyclists on Sunday at Heritage Weekend. This was for a Tweed Ride, organised by the Ladies Classic Bicycle Association of Ballarat. The event was so popular, that we are hoping to make it an offical event of Heritage Weekend next year.

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 Human Rights Photo Competition

Human Rights Photo Competition Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

Budding photographers are being invited by the Australian Human Rights Commission to use their cameras to capture those things that remind people of the importance of living in a fair and equal society, and then enter these photos in the Commission's 2012 human rights photo competition.

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One For The Money

One For The Money 5 Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

The Global Financial Crisis has hit philanthropy hard in Ballarat; not only has there been a marked drop-off in the larger, infrequent donations that the Foundation is based on, but the return they get from investing that donated capital had dropped from an estimated 10 to 20 per cent per annum pre-GFC earning, to an eight per cent post-GFC earning lull. Kate Taylor talks to the Ballarat Foundation's CEO Noel Trengove about supply and demand in our local charities.

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Let's build Big Solar

Let's build Big Solar 2 Author: Jeck Proud Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Environment

Someone said to me the other day, "I think it might be too late to do something about the environment," and for some time after, I felt very deflated, and then I felt like a banana, but that was neither here nor there really. What I did think though, was maybe this is how people are feeling. Maybe people feel helpless. That the chance of major change is neither possible or probable, I disagree. I understand why people would feel this way though.

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Paying for access we're not getting!

Paying for access we're not getting! Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

The Australian Local Government Association - the national voice of Local Government, representing 560 councils across Australia - being a signatory to this important and life-changing document.

Is the BCC even a part of this body? If so, why, eight months after this document was signed, was this particular council's individual members understanding of the word "equity" still so parochial, draconian and sadly lacking in November of 2011?

 

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If I Can Do It!

If I Can Do It! Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Stories, Arts, Community, History

Colin's disability is about the least most interesting thing about him as he's predominantly known as an entertainer. His title of "Australia's Little Giant of Entertainment", Colin was awarded the honour of being named the "Telecom Local Legend for Victoria". Colin new autobiography is a must read.

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Lettter to the Editor

Lettter to the Editor Author: M. Wilson Categories: Stories, Community, Politics, Editorial

The Editor. I wish to endorse the recent letter by David Fawell who voiced concerns about the un professional administration by well paid city officers. Councillors often can only base their decisions on advice provided by council officers.

I base my opinions on the recent Civic Hall farce.

 

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Pollie Profile - Craig Fletcher - Central Ward

Pollie Profile - Craig Fletcher - Central Ward Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Cr Craig Fletcher, Mayor of the City of Ballarat at the time of this interview, describes himself as a "boy from Sebas" and just wants to sit down for a chat. Jon Stanger sat down for a chat with the Mayor, the only thing was that a media minder was also in attendance. This aside, Craig Fletcher comes across as a fairly genuine and forthcoming character.

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Disability-wise

Disability-wise Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Environment, Health, Transport

There is light at the end of the tunnel - but how long is the tunnel?

The Equal Opportunity News informs us that Anne Burgess, who is the Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunities has said:

"On this the International Day of People With a Disability on Dec 2nd, I want to applaud some giant steps, at last, in strengthing the rights of people with a disability."

 

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Convergence

Convergence Author: Tony Dews Categories: Stories, Community, Creative Writing

Out of a gate a man emerges, another appears behind him, watching him almost like a pet dog about to be left behind. The first man looks untidy, disheveled and wearing an old shirt. He wears nothing else other than a pair of thongs.

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Tell Me an Indigenous Story

Tell Me an Indigenous Story 1 Author: jade standing Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

I set out for an adventure on my borrowed stunt-bike one gorgeous, sunshiney day and rode (no-handed) to the bright orange building that is Ballarat's Aboriginal Culture Centre - and found it closed. I then cycled to the University's Sturt St campus and attempted to enter their Aboriginal Education Centre. It had been dispossessed and turned into a canteen. I rode all the way to the Mount Helen campus and tried again. What was the Aboriginal Education Centre is now a shop. Commerce occupies centre space. This is Ballarat's indigenous story.

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Disability Wise with Robyn Perham

Disability Wise with Robyn Perham 2 Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

Robyn Perham brings another interesting perspective to The Ballarat Independent. Is universal access, support for people with disabilities and non-discriminatory language about helping just a few people, political correctness and special treatment or is it simply about equality?

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Daylesford Secondary College's Triple-R Day

Daylesford Secondary College's Triple-R Day 2 Author: Lydia Edwards Categories: Stories, Community, Environment

Year 9 student, Lydia Edwards, writes about the Triple-R Day held recently at Daylesford Secondary College as part of National Recycling Week.

Recently Daylesford Secondary College had a special reduce, reuse and recycle day to celebrate National Recycling Week. The day consisted of activities focusing on sustainability, and a speech from guest Rod Quantock. The idea of the day was to teach students about reducing, reusing and recycling. There were car washing competitions, a relay through recycled materials teaching us about what materials go where, a competition to make a scare crow out of recycled materials and the senior Italian class made a special pizza lunch in the school's wood fire pizza oven. The staff and students were also entertained by school band, The Riff.

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760 celebrate launch of first community wind farm

760 celebrate launch of first community wind farm Author: Hepburn Wind Categories: Issues, Community, Environment, Announcements

The Hepburn Community Wind Farm was declared officially open yesterday when 10 year old Neve Bosher of St Augustine's School in Creswick cut a massive ribbon wrapping the girth of a 68m high wind tower, in front of more than 760 people.

Miss Bosher beat a field of 147 other school children in the region, in a competition to name the 2 REpower wind turbines. Her winning names are Gale and Gusto.

 

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Civic Hall Project Citizens Committee forms

Civic Hall Project Citizens Committee forms Author: Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association Categories: Community, Announcements

Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association Inc (BRRA) has formed a sub?committee called the "Civic Hall Project Citizens Committee". Its purpose is to work on assessing the Council's civic hall proposed project from the perspective of the benefits to the community and the city.

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Council garbage trucks against violence

Council garbage trucks against violence Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

‘Not Violent - Not Silent' and ‘Violence against women stinks' will be the key slogans used as part of a campaign to support White Ribbon Day.

Council's garbage truck fleet will promote the messages in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign to end violence against women.

 

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2011 Inagawa Speech and Cultural Competition

2011 Inagawa Speech and Cultural Competition Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Year 10 Japanese language students from five Ballarat secondary schools will put their language skills to the test today in the 2011 Inagawa Speech and Cultural Competition.

The seventh annual speech competition is sponsored by the City of Ballarat and run by the Ballarat Japanese Teachers Network.

 

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Can You Be Sudanese in Ballarat?

Can You Be Sudanese in Ballarat? 6 Author: Jade Standing Categories: Issues, Stories, Community

Jade Standing's interview with Nyibol Deng, a Sudanese immigrant in Ballarat, is a must-read. A warm light hearted look at us all. You will get to know Nyibol, a remarkable woman and you'll get to know yourself. What is it to be a Ballaratian? Do you know your neighbours? Why is it that some in our comunity go unseen?  Jade's article will make you feel good about yourself, challenge you and entertain you.

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Time for City of Ballarat to talk

Time for City of Ballarat to talk Author: BallaratWalks Categories: Community, Announcements

The Civic Hall Walk (yesterday 23/10/11) was an open and well supported community event. It's estimated that in excess of 500 people attended the walk to show support against the City of Ballarat's proposed $40m redevelopment of the Civic Hall precinct (300 Mair Street).

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Free family fun in the city on Thursday

Free family fun in the city on Thursday Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Fun will be the name of the game in the Phoenix Mall on Thursday (27/10), when families descend on the Ballarat CBD, to celebrate children.

The seventh annual Children's Fun Day will be hosted by Ballarat City Council, along with other family and children's services based in Ballarat.

 

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Storm recovery in Ballarat

Storm recovery in Ballarat Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

The Ballarat municipality was subjected to Saturday's flash storm event.

The City of Ballarat responded rapidly with three teams dispatched to check road conditions and impacts on residential and business areas.

 

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Civic Hall Adaptive Re-Use Statement

Civic Hall Adaptive Re-Use Statement Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

The driver of the 300 Mair Street project was always to unlock a key site in Ballarat's Central Business District for commercial development and job creation.

This site can yield a suite of commercial developments that will deliver almost half the required commercial space for Ballarat's CBD over time with the capacity to house up to 1,500 new jobs and up to 1,000 car parks.

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Town Hall Hosts Legislative Assembly Program

Town Hall Hosts Legislative Assembly Program Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Fast food advertising on prime time television and the future of plastic shopping bags will be debated by Year 5 and 6 students attending an outreach program run by the Parliament of Victoria in the Council Chamber of the Ballarat Town Hall this week.

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Burke and Wills Time Capsule Re-internment

Burke and Wills Time Capsule Re-internment Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

On October 24, 2111, the residents of Ballarat will open a time capsule that will have been buried for 100 years. Inside they'll find an array of 2011 coins; newspapers, and messages of good will from local school children, residents and the Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Craig Fletcher.

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Community Safety Awards announced

Community Safety Awards announced Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Community safety was in the limelight on Wednesday (19/10) with the inaugural Rural and Safety Conference and the announcement of the 2011 Community Safety Awards.

Council hosted the inaugural Rural and Regional Safety Conference on Wednesday 19 October at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

 

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Calling Artists & Curators For Backspace 2012

Calling Artists & Curators For Backspace 2012 Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Arts, Community, Announcements

Local artists and curators are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Backspace exhibition program. The space is available free of charge and no commission is taken on sales.

Backspace arts venue is an exhibition space owned and managed by Council. It provides a professional opportunity for local artists at various stages in their career to present works in a supported setting.

 

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City of Ballarat Youth Awards to be announced

City of Ballarat Youth Awards to be announced Author: Categories: Community, Announcements

The recipients of the 2011 City of Ballarat Youth Awards will be announced at a free event to be held at the Regent Multiplex Cinemas tomorrow night (14/10) at 6.30pm.

The Youth Awards were developed by the City of Ballarat Youth Council and Youth Services, to provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate and recognise Ballarat's many young people who make a positive contribution to the community.

 

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Sign Language comes to local libraries

Sign Language comes to local libraries Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

To mark National Week of Deaf People - 15 to 21 October - Ballarat Regional Library Service will host a number of activities, using the sign language of Auslan,

The National Week of Deaf People (NWDP) is a week-long national celebration of Deaf individuals and the Deaf Australian community.

 

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So Why Did You Come to Ballarat?

So Why Did You Come to Ballarat? 1 Author: Jade Standing Categories: Stories, Community, Humour

As a newly arrived Brit in Ballarat, two questions invariably recur within every new conversation. At some point, the generic friendly stranger will ask, "So why did you come to Ballarat?" This will shortly be followed by a blunt, "So when are you going to leave?" Got to love hard core local disaffection.

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Growth area proposals presented

Growth area proposals presented Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Initial proposals for the remaining three precincts in the Ballarat West Growth Area were presented to landowners and stakeholders today at the Ballarat Town Hall.

Attendees were asked to comment on the plans for the Bonshaw Creek, Greenhalghs Road and Carngham Road precincts which have been updated following the initial consultation session in August.

 

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Bid for wireless CCTV network in Western Region

Bid for wireless CCTV network in Western Region Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

A wireless CCTV camera network may be introduced across the region if a funding application through the State Government's ‘Public Safety Infrastructure Fund' is successful.

The funding application will be made to State Government as part of a collaborative project between the five local government areas of Ballarat, Moorabool, Hepburn, Golden Plains and Pyrenees.

 

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Last chance to rename Willow Island

Last chance to rename Willow Island Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Primary school students in Ballarat have only a week left to submit their ideas on a new name for Willow Island at Lake Wendouree.

The City of Ballarat is running a renaming competition to find a more considered name for the island which was completed in 2008.

 

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Dive in for the Ballarat 24 hour Mega Swim

Dive in for the Ballarat 24 hour Mega Swim Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Health, Announcements

Plans for the ‘MS 24 Hour Mega Swim' are well underway but more swimmers and supporters are wanted.

The City of Ballarat is proud to be supporting the ‘MS 24 Hour Mega Swim', a fun community event that raises money for MS Australia's Go for Gold Foundation which provides scholarships to people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

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Outstanding young people to be recognised

Outstanding young people to be recognised Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Recipients of the 2011 City of Ballarat Youth Awards will be announced at a free event to be held at the Regent Multiplex Cinemas next Friday (14/10) at 6.30pm.

The Youth Awards were developed by the City of Ballarat Youth Council and Youth Services, to provide an opportunity for the community to celebrate and recognise Ballarat's many young people who make a positive contribution to the community.

 

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Bacon, Bogans and Ballarat

Bacon, Bogans and Ballarat 1 Author: Jade Standing Categories: Stories, Community, Humour

Strange, but what can bacon, bogans and Ballarat all have in common? My answer: people, they are all myths. As a Brit recently moved to Ballarat, I have three pressing issues plaguing my brain. Why is ham being marketed as bacon; what is this elusive creature you term the bogan; and am I really in Australia at all or did my airline just fly around Britain for twenty-six hours before dumping me back on English soil?

 

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Holiday fun at libraries

Holiday fun at libraries Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

The Ballarat Libraries school holiday program kicked off yesterday, leaving local children spoilt for choice this break.

Activities will take place on almost every weekday of the school holidays with something for all ages and abilities.

 

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Students feature in Deaf Persons Week animation

Students feature in Deaf Persons Week animation Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Arts, Community, Announcements

Students from the Ballarat Deaf Facility will feature in a large scale animation to be digitally projected on to the Town Hall throughout National Week of Deaf People, 15 to 21 October.

The animation is being created by University of Ballarat Graphic Art student Hannah Shuttleworth and will involve students from the Ballarat Deaf Facility signing "From Little Things Big Things Grow", which is this year's theme for National Week of Deaf People.

 

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Ballarat youth get into the knitty gritty of aid

Ballarat youth get into the knitty gritty of aid 2 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Stories, Arts, Community,

Young people and more experienced knitters have joined together to improve their knitting skills and provide some warmth for African children.

Anyone looking to make a difference and learn some great knitting tips can join the 'Knitty Gritty' team at YHQ. Young people are of course always welcome as it's their space.

 

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Ramsay to take part in Civic Hall meeting

Ramsay to take part in Civic Hall meeting Author: Simon Ramsay MLC Categories: Community, Announcements

The Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay MLC, will be among the panellists at a meeting to discuss plans for the development of the Civic Hall site in Ballarat.

The $40 million dollar project to demolish the Civic Hall, subdivide the land, and build a new Council office on a corner of the site has stirred significant debate and confusion amongst Ballarat residents.

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Council releases Civic Hall risk assessment

Council releases Civic Hall risk assessment Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Economy, Announcements

At its ordinary meeting last night (14/9), Ballarat City Council received a report that consolidated all of the risk analysis undertaken throughout the 300 Mair Street project.

The report said in preparing the Civic Hall Risk Management Matrix, Council officers have engaged in detailed risk management activities to reduce risk factors related to the project since the project's inception.

The matrix outlines key risks to the project, the likelihood of the risks and strategies being used to mitigate potential risks.

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Apex Supports Council Gaming Machine Plan

Apex Supports Council Gaming Machine Plan Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

The Apex Foundation enthusiastically supports Ballarat City Council's request that State Government reduce the number of electronic gaming machines in the city.

Apex Foundation Chairman Jim Hughes said the community group commends City of Ballarat for its community leadership position with regard to the number of electronic gaming machines within the city and their effect on the Ballarat community's health and well being.

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The Ballarat Independent on VoiceFM

The Ballarat Independent on VoiceFM Author: Jon StangerCategories: Stories, Music, Community, Editorial

Ballarat's community media are joining forces to deliver you the best content and give you ample opportunities to have your voice heard and your story told. Leon and Jon from The Ballarat Independent had the honour of being invited as guests of Amy and Lauren on their program 'Tinderbox' on VoiceFM, Ballarat's own community radio station. They brought a special surprise of their own, check out the video here.

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Hepburn Wind a finalist of the Banksia Awards

Hepburn Wind a finalist of the Banksia Awards Author: Hepburn Wind Categories: Community, Environment, Announcements

Hepburn Wind has been announced as a finalist in the 2011 Banksia Awards, Australia's most prestigious environmental awards series.

The Hepburn Community Wind Farm, located in Leonards Hill in Central Victoria, has been nominated as a finalist in the education award category for its pioneering clean energy model and its efforts to catalyse a whole new sector - community owned renewable energy.

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Gaming Policy Framework up for comment

Gaming Policy Framework up for comment Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Residents will have a chance to have their say on the City of Ballarat's draft Gaming Policy Framework, proposed to become part of the Ballarat Planning Scheme.

The draft framework forms part of Council's push to reduce the number of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) in the city, following the adoption of the Gaming Machine Community Policy on 24 August.

 

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Upgrades and Retrofits Ensure DDA Compliance

Upgrades and Retrofits Ensure DDA Compliance Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Issues, Community, Announcements

Two key intersections in Buninyong will be retrofitted in coming months to ensure easier and safer access for people with disabilities as part of a broader program which will see $105,000 spent this year to upgrade Ballarat's pedestrian infrastructure to meet Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA) guidelines.

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Addington-Creswick Road Bridge Works

Addington-Creswick Road Bridge Works Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Transport, Announcements

Work has begun to replace a crossing at Slattery Creek on the Addington-Creswick Road, which was washed out by floods in February this year.

Excavation and removal of the old culvert is complete and preparation works for the new culvert base will begin next week.

 

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Mayor welcomes drop in Ballarat crime numbers

Mayor welcomes drop in Ballarat crime numbers Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

Ballarat Mayor Craig Fletcher has welcomed news that Ballarat's crime rate has dropped almost 10 per cent over the past 12 months.

Victoria Police figures released today showed that overall crime rates in Ballarat had fallen by 9.5 per cent in 2010-11.

 

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Growth area session well attended

Growth area session well attended Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Announcements

More than 85 landowners attended an information session about the Ballarat West Growth Area last night.

Hosted by the City of Ballarat and SMEC Urban, the session provided landowners with an opportunity to have their say on draft layouts for precincts, 1, 2 and 4 of the project.

 

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Major Upgrades to Footpaths

Major Upgrades to Footpaths Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Health, Announcements

A new concrete footpath in Dundas Street Miners Rest linking intersecting streets to the Miners Rest Primary School is the biggest project completed this financial year through the City of Ballarat Footpath Program.

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Students project hearing awareness

Students project hearing awareness Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Arts, Community

Graphic arts students have featured in the statewide launch of Hearing Awareness Week, with their work projected onto the front of Ballarat Town Hall.

Ballarat City Council, University of Ballarat and Deaf Access Grampians have partnered to promote Hearing Awareness Week and give students the opportunity to showcase their work.

 

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BREAZE celebrates feeling The Crunch

BREAZE celebrates feeling The Crunch Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Environment,

Local climate change action group Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) are feeling The Crunch with support from Social Traders and their corporate partners to develop a new social enterprise.

Six new social enterprises will benefit from The Crunch program which will provide mentors and peer support in developing a business model for a new enterprise.

 

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Arch works near completion Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, History, Announcements

Scaffolding will be removed from the Arch of Victory over the coming days.

The final coat of mineral paint has been applied this week with finer weather allowing this process to occur without disruption.

 

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Council in conflict over Civic Hall

Council in conflict over Civic Hall Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

This is article #4 in Jon Stanger's series of #5 reasons Ballarat City Council should reject their current course of action on Civic Hall. The articles, including this one, also read as five ways the current Council is heading off track.

Here Jon puts the microscope, or possibly the blowtorch, to Council's conflicting roles.

 

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No dollars or sense in Civic Hall proposal

No dollars or sense in Civic Hall proposal 1 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Economy

Jon Stanger found so many flaws in Ballarat City Council's plan for Civic Hall that it wouldn't fit into one article, so he broke it down to five. As well as five reasons to reject the current course of action on Civic Hall, it reads as five ways the current Council is heading off track.

Here Jon puts the microscope, or possibly the blowtorch, to the commercial and financial viability of Council's Civic Hall proposal.

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A place for art and self-discovery

A place for art and self-discovery 3 Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Arts, Community

South Street Art Studio is a new venue that opens soon in Ballarat, offering classes in art making, meditation and art therapy.

The tutor, Linda Franklin, loves to share her considerable experience in working with creativity and personal development.

For her, facilitating and enabling others to uncover their natural creative ability has always been a peak experience and a beautiful thing to share.

 

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Getting Civic Hall wrong - Culture and Heritage

Getting Civic Hall wrong - Culture and Heritage 2 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Arts, Music, Community, Politics, History

Jon Stanger found so many flaws in Ballarat City Council's plan for Civic Hall that it wouldn't fit into one article, so he broke it down to five. As well as five reasons to reject the current course of action on Civic Hall, it reads as five ways the current Council is heading off track.

Here Jon puts the microscope, or possibly the blowtorch, to Council's approach to culture and heritage.

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Tender Write series set to begin

Tender Write series set to begin Author: Ballarat City Council Categories: Community, Economy, Announcements

Ballarat businesses will learn the secrets to writing successful tenders through the City of Ballarat's Tender Write workshop series.

The five-workshop series will kick off on Thursday 18 August and will include three hands on workshops to assist businesses in perfecting their tender writing skills.

 

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Civic Hall: Council's got it wrong - consultation

Civic Hall: Council's got it wrong - consultation 3 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Jon Stanger found so many flaws in Ballarat City Council's plan for Civic Hall that it wouldn't fit into one article, so he broke it down to five. As well as five reasons to reject the current course of action on Civic Hall, it reads as five ways the current Council is heading off track.

Here Jon puts the microscope, or possibly the blowtorch, to Council's community consultation process.

 

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Girl Guides Help the Lions Club

Girl Guides Help the Lions Club Author: Cherie Categories: Community

Local Girl Guides have been working to assist an on-going project of another service organisation, the Lions Club. The Guides have collected nearly 52kg of ring-pulls for a project that creates prosthetic limbs.

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Science and Engineering Challenge comes to UB

Science and Engineering Challenge comes to UB Author: University of Ballarat Categories: Community, Announcements

Up to 250 Year Ten Science students will participate in the Science and Engineering Challenge at the University of Ballarat‚s Mt Helen Campus this Friday, 22 July.

Eight local high schools will each enter a team of between 24 and 40 students. The teams will then be divided into eight groups of three to five students.

 

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Pollie Profile - Sharon Knight - Ballarat West

Pollie Profile - Sharon Knight - Ballarat West 1 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Community, Politics

Sharon Knight, a somewhat refreshing addition to politics in Ballarat, represents the electorate of Ballarat West. Having held the position for just over six months, Sharon comes across as genuine and open. Describing the Baillieu government as indifferent and lacking in enthusiasm, Sharon says she sees part of her role as connecting people to politics in a way that suits them.

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Want a Vibrant Arts Community? Let's Brainstorm!

Want a Vibrant Arts Community? Let's Brainstorm! 3 Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Issues, Arts, Community, Make things

Imagine if the Ballarat area had a vibrant arts community. What would that mean to you? What would that look like for you? What if it was as easy to meet other artists as it is for footy players to find a team? What if there was a dedicated arts space? What if studio/ rehearsal/ exhibition space reliably existed? What if experienced artists had a place to share their knowledge? How would such an arts community improve living in the Ballarat area for everyone? Surely you have opinions?

There are many successful working examples of thriving, connected, nurturing artistic communities out there and happening right now. The people of Ballarat & surrounds are invited to gather on Friday July 22 to figure out how we can make this happen here.

 

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Words of wisdom: Audi and Beyond

Words of wisdom: Audi and Beyond Author: Courtney O'Neill Categories: Stories, Community, Transport

For someone who describes themselves as being an average student whilst at school, Romain Marteau is without a doubt one of the most successful people I know.
"Be keen to learn and take every opportunity offered, I wouldn't be here if I hadn't".

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1.5 Hour Shifts - Another Kick For Casuals

1.5 Hour Shifts - Another Kick For Casuals Author: Brett Edgington Categories: Issues, Community, Economy

Recent comments from Commerce Ballarat supporting the announcement of 1.5 hours minimum shift for young casuals fail to see the dangerous precedent created for the many Ballarat workers in precarious employment, says Ballarat Trades and Labour Council, the Ballarat Unions Peak Body, representing over 13,000 union members in the region.

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Hepburn Wind is generating!

Hepburn Wind is generating! Author: Hepburn Wind Categories: Community, Environment, Announcements

As the Government's carbon committee negotiations draw to a close in Canberra, Hepburn Wind, Australia's first community-owned wind farm, located 10km south of Daylesford, Victoria, began exporting energy to the electricity grid today.

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A new era of public art is dawning in Ballarat

A new era of public art is dawning in Ballarat 2 Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Stories, Arts, Community

Public art is not new to this city. Ballarat has a significant collection, many examples of which you can see throughout Sturt Street. These primarily demonstrate our famous heritage from the goldrush era. It is time, don't you think, to ensure that while we appreciate where we have come from, it is important to ensure we are not only looking backwards into history? We are well overdue for the creation of a cultural legacy which equals that of Ballarat's past.

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Girls can do anything!

Girls can do anything! Author: Melissa Pirie Categories: Stories, Community, Make things, Transport

Melissa Pirie, bicycle blogger extraordinaire for BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) discovers it's easier to maintain your bike than you might have thought.

Find out how Melissa and a couple of friends went about sprucing up an old mountain bike to get it back in the bike lane.

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Identifying the Irish in Ballarat

Identifying the Irish in Ballarat Author: Jill Blee Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, History

Ballarat in the first couple of decades of gold was such a melting pot of nationalities. There were English, Irish, Scots, Cornish and welsh as well as people from all over Europe. In the district around Ballarat there were pockets of people who had all come from the same region of the Old World to seek their fortunes in the new. The descendants of the Italians and Swiss are still living in places like Daylesford and Hepburn Springs today.

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The Public Eye - Friend or Foe?

The Public Eye - Friend or Foe? 1 Author: Collin Van UdenCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

As much as we might cry foul over sensationalistic media practices, Collin Van Uden thinks that what passes for "public interest" is -- at least in part -- to blame.

That we have entered into a new epoch of communication can hardly be contested. This internet thing has a lot going for it, most obviously so in terms of the way we share information. So what do we do with it?

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When the city just won't do

When the city just won't do 2 Author: Shannon Martin Categories: Stories, Community, Environment, Health

Moving to a more sustainable life isn't as difficult as you might think...

My partner and I decided back in 2007 after being hooked on British T.V. show River Cottage, that it was the life we wanted to live.

So in late 2009, we packed up our single bedroom terrace cottage in the heart of Sydney's inner west suburb of Erskineville and headed for Creswick just north of Ballarat.

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TBI: What's all the fuss about?

TBI: What's all the fuss about? 1 Author: Leon DwyerCategories: Stories, Community, Editorial

The Ballarat Independent (TBI) is here. TBI is an online media offering for readers in Ballarat looking for a different point of view. TBI won't do stories on road accidents, court reports or knife crime. We are a vibrant, entertaining, controversial and funny online paper with stories that matter to all of us.

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Babushka Bar - a day in review

Babushka Bar - a day in review 1 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Stories, Arts, Music, Community, Venues

It may have been a cold and rainy day in Ballarat, but the fires of creativity were burning at Babushka Bar on Saturday 10 April. Babushka Bar is a new addition to Ballarat, replacing Bar Saloon Bar on Hummfray St North.

Starting with a highly anticipated exhibition opening for Ron McKeegan's visual art, not the talent Ronnie is known for, but if this new exhibition is anything to go by that is likely to change now. Better known as the front man for local bands 23rd of Elvis and 80 Hundred, Ronnie has produced a striking collection of works on paper.

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Is Brendan Gullifer making people sick?

Is Brendan Gullifer making people sick? 3 Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Environment, Health, Politics

If you've read articles by Brendan Gullifer in The Ballarat Courier on wind energy, you would be forgiven for thinking that wind turbines are making people sick, dropping property prices and dividing communities. However there are questions emerging about what causes the biggest impact on people. Are wind turbines the problem, or are Brendan Gullifer, the Landscape Guardians and anti-wind energy campaigners the problem?

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Upcoming Earthship Workshops

Upcoming Earthship Workshops 1 Author: SHARE - http://share.asn.au/ Categories: Stories, Community, Make things, Environment

The Earthship concept is an excellent example of redesigning build environments which the recent workshop held at the local tip demonstrated. People were so inspired that a motion was put forward at our local Council to complete the project and use it as a demonstration site.

SHARE is planning to hold a series of workshops and working bees to complete the project leading up to next year's full training for Earthship building. The project has also elicited interest from several parties who would like to build their own Earthship. If you would like to know more or get involved in the workshops and working bees please contact us on 5309 2664.

 

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Community raises wind turbine

Community raises wind turbine 1 Author: SHARE - http://share.asn.au/ Categories: Stories, Community, Environment

Hepburn Wind has fulfilled its promise of building Australia's first community owned renewable energy project, after a weekend of celebration and turbine construction at Leonards Hill, 10 km south of Daylesford.

Saturday's brilliant weather was the backdrop to a true celebration of community achievement. Around 300 people of all ages including lots of excited children gathered to watch the turbine being raised. The day included local musicians, an SES sausage sizzle, children's entertainment and the constant clicking of cameras.

 

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The Alternative Technology Association is a not-for-profit organization that promotes renewable energy, sustainable building design and water saving. We have 6000 grassroots members across Australia and in New Zealand wh..

Address: Level 1, 39 Little Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000 - Melbourne
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BREAZE is a locally formed group of energetic, forward thinking people who believe that there are more sustainable ways of living on our patch of the planet. If you are concerned about climate change and want to actively..

Address: 2 East Street South, Bakery Hill, Ballarat. -
Phone: (03) 5329 1730 | Email: admin@breaze.org.au... Website: http://www.breaze.org.au/ More

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