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Tell Me an Indigenous Story

Tell Me an Indigenous Story Author: 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

Scarlet Road - documentary preview

Scarlet Road - documentary preview Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Arts, Community

An extraordinary story about a sex worker and her clients with disability. Nominated for the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Documentary 2011.

Disability Wise with Robyn Perham

Disability Wise with Robyn Perham 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?

Inconveniences for the Prime Minister

Inconveniences for the Prime Minister Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Announcements

It's been a debilitating week full of unease and inconvenience for embattled Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the dysfunctional Labor-Green Government.

Disability apartheid alive and well in Ballarat

Disability apartheid alive and well in Ballarat Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

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' animated film

'Wind Energy, Myths and facts' animated film Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Announcements

'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.

Push for Australian History Network in Ballarat

Push for Australian History Network in Ballarat Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, History, Announcements

The University of Ballarat is leading a campaign to establish an Australian History Network within the region.

Civic Hall architects respond to backlash

Civic Hall architects respond to backlash Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

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.  

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.

Second Civic Hall meeting with BRRA and Council

Second Civic Hall meeting with BRRA and Council Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community

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.

Letter to the editor... 'Greens on Civic Hall'

Letter to the editor... 'Greens on Civic Hall' Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Announcements

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.

760 celebrate launch of first community wind farm

760 celebrate launch of first community wind farm Author: 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 r

Top fire chief - not just grassfires to watch

Top fire chief - not just grassfires to watch Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health, Voice FM News alerts RSS

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.

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.

Can You Be Sudanese in Ballarat?

Can You Be Sudanese in Ballarat? Author: 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

Ballarat Marches to Save Civic Hall

Ballarat Marches to Save Civic Hall Author: Leon DwyerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

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.

Bacchus Marsh locks the gate to coal mining

Bacchus Marsh locks the gate to coal mining Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Politics, Voice FM News alerts RSS

At a packed full community meeting of 150 people in Bacchus Marsh on Tuesday night, the Moorabool Environment Group announced they had joined the Lock the Gate Alliance. This alliance consists of landholders, community groups and people across Eastern Australia who are concerned about Coal Seam Gas

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