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Community Safety Awards
Nominations are now open for the Ballarat 'a safe city' Community Safety
Awards. This is the fifth year the awards have been held and they recognise
people and projects that have improved perceptions of safety and
enhanced community building.
The awards will be presented on Tuesday 27 October at 2pm to coincide
with Community Safety Month. All of the nominees will be invited to an
afternoon tea with Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and Chair Community
Safety Advisory Committee, John Fitzgibbon.
This year's awards will be aligned with the recenlty adopted Community
Safety Action Plan 2008-2013. Nominations are welcome in the following
• Community Strengthening;
• Urban Design for Safe and Healthy Environments;
• Safer Roads, Access and Movement;
• Alcohol Related Harm; and
• Family Violence Prevention.
Nominated initiatives should focus on one or more of the following:
reduction of crime, injury prevention, enhancing positive perceptions of
safety, community building or active citizenship and participation.
Last year, the Ballarat Unit of the State Emergency Service was recognised
for its work with students from Ballarat Specialist School. The students
were taught basic life skills in safety and rescue.
The Community Safety Action Plan 2008-2013 Summary and full version
of the Plan are available on Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Nomination forms are available from Council's website and The Phoenix, 25
Armstrong St Sth, Ballarat. Submissions close on Friday 2 October, 2009.
For further information contact Council's Community Safety Development
Officer Emma Mahony on 5320 5804.
Ballarat Collections Network
Ballarat's key cultural and historical organisations have signed an
agreement to work together in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is
believed this is the first agreement of this type in regional Australia.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed by the Ballarat
Collections Network. The signatories include the City of Ballarat, Public
Record Office Victoria's Ballarat Archives Centre, Sovereign Hill Museums
Association and Gold Museum, Ballarat Historical Society, Central
Highlands Regional Library Corporation, Friends of the Ballarat Botanical
Gardens, the University of Ballarat, the Eureka Centre and the Art Gallery
The cooperative approach is a dynamic and strategic move to deal with
Ballarat's priceless collections. It has been drawn up in response to the
city's previous experiences of collection damage, which included flooding
at the Ballarat Gold Museum on New Year's Day in 2007.
The MOU ensures a response network is available in the event of disaster
in the Ballarat district. It will help protect a variety of prized and priceless
artworks and cultural items including the original Eureka flag, 19th century
maps and plans of Ballarat.
Below: Representatives of the Ballarat Collections Network
Below: Members of the Ballarat SES Unit receive their
2008 Community Safety Award from Cr Des Hudson.
Image courtesy of The Courier.
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