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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.

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 W

Ballarat calls for Contributions Tax Refund

Ballarat calls for Contributions Tax Refund Author: Categories: Stories, Announcements

The Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Mark Harris has today called on the Commonwealth Government to refund approximately $1.5 million in contributions tax paid on the Defined Benefits Superannuation Scheme top up in response to Grants Commission funding cuts.

Ballarat needs diverse women leaders

Ballarat needs diverse women leaders Author: 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 on

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.

Victoria leads the way

Victoria leads the way Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Stories

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is one step closer to becoming reality. On 27 July 2012 the Victorian Government agreed to an NDIS trial site in the Barwon region from July 2013. This came after the State's initial refusal to sign up to the scheme citing concerns for ongoing funding. &nb

Tell me your story Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Stories

We all have a story to tell, and here's a chance to tell yours.

Walk into a healthier life

Walk into a healthier life Author: Categories: Stories, Health

The Heart Foundation offers free walking groups in Ballarat and surrounding areas. Join a freee walking group today. the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that 70% of the Australian adult population are exercising at a sedentary to low level.

The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS

The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS 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.

Turning our mind to creative solutions re the "boa Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics

Surely we as a country can think of something that will ease this "illegal immigrants" problem? Putting my mind to a bit of lateral thinking re these boat people turning up on our shores. I'd be interested in your comments on my contribution.

Call For National Disability Insurance Scheme

Call For National Disability Insurance Scheme Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Health, Politics

What is your opinion on this move by the Australian Federal Government? On one hand we're being told that the welfare bill is too high in this country and PWDs have got to get out and get a job to save the day! Now, we're welcoming migrants with disabilities...? I'd be interested in your opinions!

Report after report.. turbines are good for you

Report after report.. turbines are good for you Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Politics

Wind Turbines everywhere; the US, Germany and China. Figures from 2010 show that wind power is used to generate 2.5 per cent of the energy used in the world,  by 2013 it will be 3.35 per cent and up to 8 per cent by 2018. Basically, it's the way of the future. So why is it that this very clean

Breaking News! Poetry is everywhere

Breaking News! Poetry is everywhere Author: Leon DwyerCategories: Stories, Arts, Announcements

Poetry. It doesn't steal headlines - it's rarely in the news. It won't tell you how to invest your money and it won't keep you warm at night (unless with the aid of a match). But it is everywhere in our society - schools, advertising, songs, and with the help of dedicated organisation Australian Po

With love, Shayna – Zucchini Cake?!

With love, Shayna – Zucchini Cake?! Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Recipes

A chocolate chip zucchini and almond cake in the middle of winter? This recipe is dedicated to Kie, fellow gormandiser and foodie adventurer.

Public Meeting At Trades Hall To Fight For TAFE

Public Meeting At Trades Hall To Fight For TAFE Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Announcements, Education

On Sunday 8th July a meeting will be held at Trades Hall Ballarat at 2pm for all people interested in opposing the cuts to TAFE provision and education and training in our region. Everyone is invited, if they want to listen, if they want to speak or if they want to become actively involved.

Liberal Councillors Fiddle While TAFE Burns

Liberal Councillors Fiddle While TAFE Burns Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Education

After grandstanding at last night's Council meeting that politics has no place in Council, Ballarat's Liberal Councillors then split down party lines in sheer hypocrisy, to vote against a motion calling on the Baillieu Government to review its disastrous cuts to TAFE and VET.

From poverty and abuse to success and security

From poverty and abuse to success and security Author: Categories: Stories, Arts

Carolyn Broome, long-time resident of Ballarat ~ a story of one woman's journey from poverty and abuse to success and security.  

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