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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2009
New safety representatives
Four new community representatives have been appointed to Ballarat's
community safety committees. Below is a brief introduction to the
committees and the community representatives.
COMMUNITY SAFETY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Community Safety Advisory Committee was established in 1998 to
identify and respond to local safety and crime issues. The Committee
includes representatives from a variety of organisations and backgrounds.
These partnerships are vital as no single agency can prevent crime or have
a major impact on the complex factors that influence community safety.
Gladys Newell is secretary, editor and zone
representative for Neighbourhood Watch BLT 20.
Gladys is also the secretary and a player with St
James Tennis Club in the Buninyong and District
Tennis Association. Gladys is a keen supporter of the Ballarat Cops 'n' Kids
program and regularly hears from Ballarat seniors about safety issues
through her role as a local taxi driver.
Bob was employed by Victoria Police for 40 years,
with 20 of those years in senior management. He will
complement the existing membership of the
Community Safety Advisory Committee. Bob has
extensive experience and an interest in preventing alcohol related harm.
CITYSAFE WORKING GROUP
The CitySafe Working Group was established in 2007 by the Community
Safety Advisory Committee to improve safety and public amenity in the late-
night entertainment precinct. In recent times the Working Group has added
daytime safety and perceptions of safety to its brief.
As a volunteer with Ballarat's Soupbus, Leo has a
special interest in the area of community
strengthening, alcohol related harm and family
violence prevention. With academic qualifications in
a range of relevant areas, Leo will be able to offer considerable expertise
from both a law enforcement and academic perspective.
Dr Charlynn Miller
Charlynn, a lecturer at the University of Ballarat, is
passionate about her adopted home after migrating
here in 2002. Charlynn has a special interest in
young people and the area of alcohol related harm
and is keen to volunteer her time to improve safety and to make a difference
in our community.
Work is underway to upgrade two of the municipality's libraries.
The Ballarat and Sebastopol Libraries will be closed from Monday 19
October for refurbishment. Both libraries will reopen with a fresh new look
on Tuesday 3 November.
Ballarat Library Manager Lesley Morgan said the refurbishment will have
many benefits for the community.
With 270,000 people using both the Ballarat and Sebastopol Libraries
annually the new layout and improved facilities will ensure both libraries
are comfortable spaces for the community to use and enjoy.
Central Highlands Regional Library Chairperson Cr Tim Hayes said the
upgrades are only possible due to the support of the City of Ballarat and
the Victorian Government through its Living Libraries grant program.
To minimise the impact of the closure on library customers the return
chutes at both the Ballarat and Sebastopol Libraries will remain open.
Overdue fees will not be charged during the refurbishment and return dates
for items on reserve will be extended to Tuesday 3 November.
Scheduled bookings in the Ballarat Library meeting room will not be
affected by the refurbishment works.
The Wendouree Library will remain open and customers may return items
or arrange for reservations to be collected from Wendouree or any other
Central Highlands Library.
Central Highlands Regional Library Cooperation Chief Executive Officer
Tania Paul said library staff are looking forward to welcoming library
members to the refurbished libraries and to inviting new members of the
community to visit the new look libraries in early November."
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