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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2009
City of Ballarat Youth Strategy
On Monday 23 November the City of Ballarat officially launched its Youth
The Youth Strategy will guide Council and the community in addressing the
health and wellbeing needs of young people aged 12-25.
The Strategy aims to create and provide ongoing opportunities for young
people in Ballarat and to improve their health and wellbeing through
empowerment, education, access and community and organisational
In developing the Strategy, Council recognised that the needs of young
people are diverse and vary depending on a range of factors including age,
nature of support networks, place of residence, and the manner in which
their local community embraces them and their sense of worth and
In implementing the Youth Strategy, Council looks forward to further
developing our relationship with Ballarat's young people and providing
opportunities for them to develop and grow, ensuring they feel valued and
connected within the local community.
The Youth Strategy is to be implemented by the Youth Services team in
consultation with other Council departments, as well as a range of
community stakeholders, youth specific organisations and young people.
The Youth Strategy Action Plan outlines key directions, priority issues and
actions that will be implemented over the next five years.
The Strategy can be viewed on Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
First sod turned at
On Sunday 29 November local, state and federal government
representatives gathered to mark the commencement of the Eureka Centre
Stage 2 redevelopment.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin, Victorian Premier John Brumby, Federal
Member for Ballarat Catherine King MP and former Premier and Eureka
Patron Steve Bracks were in attendance for the ceremonial 'turning of the
first sod' at the site which will become the Eureka Centre for Australian
Democracy. They also took part in the raising of the flag ceremony at
Bakery Hill, to mark the start of Eureka Week commemorations.
Minor works at the Eureka Centre will begin before the end of the year with
construction expected to start mid 2010.
The redevelopment of the Eureka Centre will enable the story of the 1854
uprising to be told in a more engaging manner, attracting visitors from
across Australia and internationally.
The redevelopment has been funded by Council and State and Federal
governments. Council has allocated $1.1 million to the project while the
State and Federal governments have contributed $5 million each.
Three project teams have been established to support the project. Williams
Boag Architects have been appointed to undertake the re-design of the
centre and will retain as much of the existing building as possible. Lateral
Projects and Developments have been appointed to manage the
development of displays, exhibits and business operations while Council's
Major Projects unit will manage the design and construction phases of the
For further information on the redevelopment contact Council's Manager
Major Projects Ian Crossley on 5320 5558.
Above: Members of the City of Ballarat's Youth Council celebrate the launch of
the Strategy. Image courtesy of The Courier
Below: Former Premier and Eureka Patron Steve Bracks, Federal Member for
Ballarat Catherine King MP, Victorian Premier John Brumby, and, Ballarat Mayor
Cr Judy Verlin start work at the site of the new Eureka Centre for Australian
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