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Cr Judy Verlin
City of Ballarat
From the Mayor's desk
As the year draws to an end, it's a good time to reflect on the year past.
It's hard to believe it's been 12 months since this Council was elected and
on a personal note it is a great privilege and an honour to serve as Mayor
for a second term.
We've achieved a lot in our first year, however, there is a lot of hard work
still ahead of us and it's now time to deliver on a number of major projects
and initiatives. Construction has already began on the Aquatic Centre
redevelopment, work on the new Eureka Centre for Australian Democracy
will commence shortly, and we remain committed to progressing both the
Civic Hall and the Saleyards sites.
Ballarat is on the cusp of an exciting new era. Our predicted population
growth will present challenges but also enormous opportunities for our city.
This Council is well positioned to take advantage of these opprtunities
with planning well underway for our 2010 -- 2014 Economic Strategy,
which will play a pivotal role in ensuring this growth provides long term
benefits to the entire community, and the Ballarat West Growth Area Zone,
which has the capacity for over 14,000 new households.
We are committed to working in partnership with our political
representatives to achieve our vision for Ballarat.
To this end, Council along with community stakeholders recently
travelled to State Parliament to present the Premier and his senior
ministers with our ambitions for the future, and, will continue to promote
Ballarat on the State and Federal stage in the lead up to next year's
Finally, on behalf of Council, I wish you and your loved ones a happy
Christmas, and a healthy 2010.
Council has secured $2.37 million in Federal Government funding for a
comprehensive stormwater harvesting and reuse system. This will reduce
Ballarat's reliance on potable water and increase the use of stormwater
for recreational and environmental purposes.
Council has earmarked $500,000 in its 2009/10 budget and $1 million
in its 2010/11 budget for the project. The State Government, through its
Regional Development Infrastructure Fund, is contributing $650,000
toward the project.
The project will allow Ballarat to quadruple its stormwater harvest
catchment area to include the Ring Road (Wendouree) and Ballarat Golf
Course Detention Basins, the Nerrina and Redan Wetlands and
The key to the project is the construction of a series of stormwater
diversions (from these areas) to Lake Wendouree which will act as a
reservoir for the stormwater. A series of distribution systems will then
pump the water from the Lake to various parts of the municipality
including the Sturt Street gardens.
The project will also involve rehabilitation of the century old cast iron
Gong Gong to Lake Wendouree pipeline and solar powered pumping
systems so that the project is carbon neutral.
The project has the capacity to divert 1,000 megalitres (one gigalitre) of
stormwater a year, of which 190 megalitres has already been identified
for use on the municipality's parks and reserves.
The first stage of this project will be the implementation of the Redan
Wetlands to Lake Wendouree water supply, which is currently out to tender.
The balance of the project will be progressively completed by June 2013.
Below: Ballarat Botanical Gardens North Gardens Wetlands
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