Words are important. They create a story in our mind's eye. Thats why it's important for the correct terminology to be used in relation to people with disabilities.
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
An extraordinary story about a sex worker and her clients with disability. Nominated for the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Documentary 2011.
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?
An iconic Ballarat bicycle store has been revived with an added dose of caffeine.
It's been a debilitating week full of unease and inconvenience for embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the dysfunctional Labor-Green Government.
The Victorian Government has decided to cut $481 million dollars out of the VCAL budget over the next 4 years. Melissa Watts explains the potential impact of these cuts and why it matters.
Robyn Perham says the Ballarat City Council keeps discriminating against her. She wants to form an action group to fight it.
'Wind Energy, Myths and facts' is a short animated film which has been created in response to the common myths and confusions that threaten the future development of wind farms.
The University of Ballarat is leading a campaign to establish an Australian History Network within the region.
A bid by the architects behind Ballarat's Civic Hall development to win over public opinion has fallen on deaf ears. Melbourne based Lyons this week revealed changes to the original plans for the City of Ballarat-funded $40 million development.
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.
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.
Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association Inc (BRRA) will hold a second community meeting regarding Council's proposed civic hall redevelopment project. The meeting is being organised in conjunction with the City of Ballarat.
Belinda Coates from the Ballarat Greens explains her involvement in the Civic Hall issue and says it is not a new issue for the Ballarat Greens, having spoken out in 2010.
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 r
CFA community meetings are scheduled for November in the Ballarat region so residents can learn about fire risk in their area and how to turn awareness into action. Check out the extended video interview Victoria's new top fire chief did with The Ballarat Independent here.
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.
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
Approximately 520 residents marched from Ballarat Town Hall to Ballarat Civic Hall, to show their disagreement with the $40 million dollar demolition and redevelopment of the Ballarat Civic Hall.