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Cr Judy Verlin
City of Ballarat
From the Mayor's desk
Ten months into my second term as Mayor of Ballarat I continue to wonder
at the privileged position I am in. It has been an extremely busy time and
the reward for the pressure and hard work this position brings is the
opportunity to meet so many interesting and inspiring people in the
course of fulfilling my Mayoral responsibilities.
I have learned much about the diverse range of organisations and groups
which are at the heart of our community and which cater to the varying
needs of our residents. It is a privilege to see these groups in action,
particularly as my understanding of their work grows.
In just one week this month I was a guest at the Ballarat East Community
Men's Shed, an organisation which is a lifeline for many people. I also
attended the Ballarat launch of Foster Carer's Month. These families do
exceptional work and play a vital role in the lives of young and vulnerable
children. Ballarat's Ssmart Answers conference was another highlight,
with young people from a variety of backgrounds working to tackle local
Attendance at the National Police Remembrance Day church service was
a sombre occasion, a time to stop and reflect on the police officers who
have lost their lives on the job, and those still in the Force who encounter
dangerous circumstances in the course of their work.
On a brighter note, it was thrilling to attend a number of local sporting
grand finals as netballers, footballers and soccer players wound up their
winter seasons. It's great that we have so many strong sporting clubs in
I also travelled to the Ainaro District in East Timor this month - where
Ballarat has a Friendship Agreement -- to visit Council's community
development worker who is auspiced by Australian Volunteers
International. The visit certainly gave me a deeper appreciation of the
basic necessities of life that we take for granted here.
CBD Strategy update
The Draft Central Business District (CBD) Strategy will be released in early
November. This 20 -- 25 year plan for the city centre considers buildings
and development sites, transport, streetscapes and public spaces and will
recommend short, medium and long term actions to transform the CBD.
Work on the CBD Strategy started earlier this year. Previous studies and
technical analysis were reviewed. Business operators and residents were
invited to attend visioning workshops in June, which gave people the
chance to share ideas for improvement and a preferred future vision.
Organisations including the University of Ballarat, Commerce Ballarat, the
Committee for Ballarat and Ballarat Heritage Services are contributing
directly to the development of the Strategy.
The Strategy will be on exhibition for four weeks and residents and
businesses will be able to comment on the document. A bulletin will be
circulated throughout the CBD and will be available on Council's website.
Two workshops will be held during November. Displays will also be set up
at different times and locations in the city centre, which will be manned
by staff who will be able to answer questions and can record comments.
For further information about the CBD Strategy contact Council's CBD
Strategy Project Manager Brett Davis on 5320 5598.
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