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-
The Victorian Government's back-peddling on climate change action is alarming, says the Alternative Technology Association (ATA). The ATA is concerned about the dumping of the state's target of cutting carbon emissions by 20 per cent over the next decade, particularly as it follows plans to expand
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 p
21 March 2012 VicRoads will hold an information session about projects to improve safety and trafficflow along Ballarat-Buninyong Road this week. VicRoads Regional Director Western Victoria Ewen Nevett said community members areinvited to attend the information session on Saturday 24 March in Mt C
How the rise of independent online media threatens to give way to the fall of journalistic ethics and responsibility. No, no, no, don't click the ‘back' button yet, I may not have an appearance by George Clooney like the Kony 2012 campaign but this stuff is important, and it's all about you.
Valerie migrated from Scotland as a child in 1949. This story is a memoir, written for her writing group in response to the topic: 'milestones'.
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 p
Picking tomatoes faster than you can use them? Try making this Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza!
March 8 is International Women's Day, and every year people from all over the world celebrate it in their own way. International Women's Day began in 1911, spurred by a National Women's day that began in the United States of America two years earlier. Last year the event was celebrated in 100 count
Work has now begun to progressively turn off all Metcard ticket vending machines across the metropolitan public transport network in Victoria, with machines at stations on the Williamstown, Werribee and Sydenham lines the first to stop selling Metcard tickets.Concession passengers need to prepare fo
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
This week the Art Gallery of Ballarat launched the Sir Cecil Beaton exhibition to commemorate Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee. Dispersed between the photographs are copies of letters written to Beaton from the royal family, and an audio visual display. These assist the viewer to get a cohesive sens
Climate change parliamentary secretary Mark Dreyfus yesterday suddenly scrapped the scheme, which provided a $1000 rebate for solar hot water systems and $600 for heat pumps.
Ballarat primary school pupils will battle it out in the pool this Sunday for a chance to take on western Victoria's best at the regional championships in Horsham next month. But pupils are already at a disadvantage, and they haven't even stepped onto the blocks.
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. &
Ballarat people and institutions have just played lead roles in protecting Victoria's public health and environment. TBI breaks the news ahead of the pack.
A chocolate cake containing chilli and beetroot? Drowned in ganache and topped with candied beetroot? Now that's what I call a truly decadent culinary experience!
"GIRLS as young as 11 are committing suicide at an unprecedented rate in Northern Territory indigenous communities." "that girls now account for a previously unheard of 40 per cent of all suicides of children under the age of 17." "Aboriginal women are being hospitalised for assault at 80 times th
Ex Parenthesis is a new creative writing journal of short stories, poems, pictures, sketches and reviews to be published quarterly. It will feature the work of local writers and artists, both published and undiscovered.
20 people occupied a drilling rig belonging to Mantle Mining over the proposal for an open pit coal mine at Bacchus Marsh and stopped exploratory drilling in Bacchus Marsh today.