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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2009
Construction of Stage Two of the Eureka Centre will begin before the end of
the year. Council has received $10 million in grants from the State and
Federal governments to fund the redevelopment of the existing centre. The
Eureka Centre will be renamed the Eureka Centre for Australian Democracy,
and will tell the story of the 1854 Eureka uprising.
The Eureka Centre will feature innovative and cutting edge exhibits and
installations which will be specially designed to tell the Eureka story in an
Residents, special interest groups and individuals will have the chance to
provide feedback on the overall design and theme of the project during
detailed community and sectoral consultation process. Project architects
will be fully briefed on the themes and events of Eureka, before begining
detailed design work on the building.
Three project teams are being established to manage different parts of the
project. They will:
• oversee the design and construction process;
• determine the displays and exhibits to be included in the facility; and
• consider how the centre will operated from a business point of view.
As the site is of significant heritage value Council will work through a
detailed heritage approval process, which will be advertised to ensure
Eureka's valuable historic legacy is honoured and enhanced.
The project will generate local employment opportunities. The Project
Development Manager has been appointed and work is underway to employ
a design team.
For further information contact Council's Manager Major Projects Ian
Crossley on 5320 5558.
Council prepares for
Council has committed to work with the Country Fire Authority (CFA),
relevant agencies and the community in preparation for the upcoming fire
season. The Ballarat suburbs of Mt Helen and Mt Clear have been
identified by the CFA as areas of high risk from bushfire.
As a high risk area, the municipality will receive assistance under the
CFA's new Township Protection Plans (TPP). The TPP is a planned response
designed to assist communities to start preparing for the fire season and
will complement Council's existing municipal fire prevention plan (MFPP).
Council will also work with the CFA in the identification of Neighbourhood
Safer Places (NSP), which are areas residents may relocate to in the event
of a fire.
Council's MFPP is currently under review and will be completed in time for
the fire season. A report will go to Council on Wednesday 9 September
outlining various responsibilities for fire hazard identification and
management. The MFPP identifies areas, buildings, and land use within
the municipality which are at particular risk in the event of fire (not just
wildfire) and specifies how each identified risk is to be treated.
Information about how you can protect your property this summer will be
featured in the October edition of myballarat. Council is also
encouraging residents to participate in Bushfire Action week which is
being held in October.
Above: Mt Clear has been identified as a high risk bushfire area. Image courtesy
of The Courier.
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