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Cr Judy Verlin
City of Ballarat
From the Mayor's desk
What a start to 2010. It's only March and already our city has hosted the
national cycling championships, attracted international performers to the
Organs of the Goldfields Festival, launched the world premiere exhibition
Queen -- the Unseen Archive and was honoured with a visit from Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd and Federal Ministers.
The Community Cabinet held recently was an exciting opportunity for our city,
and one which the Ballarat community embraced.
It provided a platform for the community to be heard in relation to a number
of issues and also provided Council with the opportunity to engage in face-to-
face dialogue with the Prime Minister and Ministers on a range of issues and
projects facing Ballarat in the lead up to the next election.
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens will be a feature of this month's Ballarat
Begonia Weekend. If you haven't done so for a while, I encourage you to
reacquaint yourself with the Gardens -- they are looking lovely as we head into
This year's theme is the 'Secret Garden' giving visitors the chance to explore
the Conservatory and the avenues and hideaway spots located throughout the
Gardens, who knows what secrets will be revealed.
Events such as the Ballarat Begonia Weekend are vital to our city's cultural
identity but require significant financial commitment.
Late last year Council was fortunate to receive event funding from Tourism
Victoria for a number of events including the Begonia Weekend to help entice
more Victorian, interstate and overseas visitors to the region. Council values
these partnerships in ensuring the future and success of our events and
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Ballarat residents had an opportunity to get up close to Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd during his visit to Ballarat on 18 February.
The Prime Minister met a number of local business owners and residents
in Sturt Street before arriving at the Town Hall for a series of meetings with
The importance of key regional cities in the managed growth of Australia's
population and its economy was the focus of discussions at a one-on-one
meeting with the Prime Minister and Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and
Chief Executive Officer Anthony Schinck.
The Prime Minister was clearly supportive of Ballarat's positioning as a
regional capital of Western Victoria -- both in terms of leadership and
service provision. He also acknowledged the important role regional
centres play in the management of population growth, particularly in
relieving pressure on metropolitan centres.
Hundreds of community members and civic leaders took part in the
Community Cabinet at Ballarat High School.
Following the public forum Council representatives met with four Federal
Ministers to discuss a range of topics including issues facing Ballarat's
economy, Ballarat West Growth Area Zone, Council's stormwater
harvesting project and medical workforce issues and health promotion.
Below: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and CEO Anthony Schinck with Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd during his recent visit to Ballarat
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