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Top thinkers to hosts for fast-thinker

Top thinkers to hosts for fast-thinker Author: Categories: Stories, Economy, Education

17 August 2012 - Two of Australia's fastest thinkers - one from motor sport and the other from the finance world - are leading a technology and business road show that rolls into Ballarat later this month.

Ballarat Budget Decision Delayed

Ballarat Budget Decision Delayed Author: Categories: Economy, Announcements

The City of Ballarat Councillors tonight voted to delay their consideration of the Draft 2012-13 Budget for Ballarat by two weeks. The Councillors voted unanimously to defer their budget consideration in order to seek further information on the level of additional funding that will be required for

Be a good sport and REACH FOR THE SKY! Author: John BarnesCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Economy, Sport

“Councillors, be brave and reach for the sky.” Cr. Judy Verlin. “Tell 'em they're dreamin'.” Daryl Kerrigan. Daylight robbery of ratepayers could well be the last resort for Ballarat City Council if dreams for the Eureka Sports and Entertainment Precinct get out of hand. S

Facts about people with disability in Australia

Facts about people with disability in Australia Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health, Politics, Economy, Education

Lets get some facts and figures about disability sorted out. According to the ABS, just under one in five Australians, or four million people, are officially recognised by the government as having pensionable disabilities. Of those, 15.6% site a bad back as their disability and 14.8% claim they have

Conroy’s broadband claims unsourced, unjustified

Conroy’s broadband claims unsourced, unjustified Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Economy

Senator Conroy's speech to the National Press Club this week was as sloppy as it was vulgar.

The secret $80m project you should know more about

The secret $80m project you should know more about Author: John BarnesCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Economy, Sport

“...it is a story of discrete liaisons and commercial-in-confidence veils that shield this project from the public view.”

CEO lands Council in the Schinck - again

CEO lands Council in the Schinck - again Author: John BarnesCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Economy

“It was these people who under these circumstances, took the choice to keep Anthony Schinck in the top job. This was a fundamental miscalculation by the leading group of councillors, for which all the councillors are now paying with their reputations.”

Carbon tax a tragedy for democracy

Carbon tax a tragedy for democracy Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Economy, Announcements

A terrible tragedy played out in the Senate this week when Labor and Bob Brown's minority Greens combined to betray the Australian people and vote in a carbon tax. A tragedy for democracy because there was little debate on a toxic tax Prime Minister Julia Gillard had no mandate to introduce. &nbsp

Civic Hall Q&A with Mayor Craig Fletcher

Civic Hall Q&A with Mayor Craig Fletcher Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Economy, Voice FM News alerts RSS

The community has been asking a lot of questions about the proposed demolition of Civic Hall and the $40 million proposed Council development on the site. Jon Stanger put a series of questions to Mayor Craig Fletcher and his responses are published in full here.

Civic Hall public meeting revisited

Civic Hall public meeting revisited Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Economy, Voice FM News alerts RSS

After a weekend rally of over 500 people opposed to a $40 million Ballarat City Council proposal to demolish Civic Hall and build new offices, it's worth revisiting a public meeting organised by the Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association on Sunday 18 September.

NBN Roll out Date Welcomed

NBN Roll out Date Welcomed Author: Categories: Economy, Announcements

Ballarat City Council, Ballarat ICT and leading technology experts have welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that it will begin to roll out the next phase of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Central Ballarat in April next year.

No tax slug relief for Ballarat brewers

No tax slug relief for Ballarat brewers Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Economy, Voice FM News alerts RSS

Small local breweries will continue to be held back or slugged by a tax they say is unfair and restricting growth for small brewing businesses. Current excise regulation allows microbreweries that produce up to 30,000 litres of beer an excise refund, capped at $10,000. However Scott Wilson-Browne f

Ballarat supports World Tourism Day

Ballarat supports World Tourism Day Author: Categories: Economy, Announcements

Ballarat is doing its share to celebrate World Tourism Day, with the city remaining in the top three Victorian tourism destinations. World Tourism Day is being celebrated internationally today, Tuesday 27 September.  

Expression of interest begins for swap meet event

Expression of interest begins for swap meet event Author: Categories: Economy, Announcements

The City of Ballarat is calling for an Expression of Interest seeking individuals and groups to run a swap meet style event in Ballarat. Ballarat has enjoyed the economic benefits of a swap meet over the last few years and accommodation providers and other businesses have expressed their desire to e

Council releases Civic Hall risk assessment

Council releases Civic Hall risk assessment Author: 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 manageme

New laws toss energy jobs to the wind

New laws toss energy jobs to the wind Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Economy

With 1800 megawatts of new wind farms currently approved to proceed within 100 kilometres of the city, Ballarat was in an ideal position to use this one-off burst of activity to establish new jobs in these fields. But the clampdown on development in Victoria, and fears that New South Wales coul

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