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Switch off your lights and
help save the planet
Earth Hour 2010 will be held on the evening of Saturday 27 March, from
8.30 -- 9.30pm.
Actions speak louder than words, and this action couldn't be simpler. All
you have to do is turn your lights off for one hour and help deliver a
powerful message about the need for action on global warming.
There are over 6.7 billion individuals on this planet and together we can
make a difference. One of the most important things you can do is show
that you care about climate change and participate in Earth Hour.
Earth Hour 2010 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000
cities around the world, inviting communities, businesses and
governments to switch off their lights for one hour.
As an active participant in the Earth Hour initiative, the City of Ballarat has
organised the lighting at Lake Wendouree, the Arch of Victory and the front
of the Town Hall to be turned off for one hour. The City of Ballarat is
committed to reducing its carbon footprint and encourages residents and
businesses to do the same.
If you would like more information, or if you intend to participate, please
make sure you take the time to register your participation on the Earth
Hour website www.earthour.org
WHAT: Earth Hour
WHEN: Saturday 27 March
TIME: 8.30 - 9.30pm
For further information contact Council's Manager Environmental
Programs Aaron Izzard on 5320 5987.
BALLARAT ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
To celebrate Earth Hour, Champion Projects will present the Ballarat
Acoustic Music Festival. Nine acts will perform at four local venues with
no microphones and no amplification between 7pm and 12midnight.
Venues will be lit with solar power and candles. Tickets cost $25. For
further information, bookings and the full program email
The event is supported by the City of Ballarat.
Clean up Australia
Now in its 20th year, Clean Up Australia Day will be celebrated on Sunday
7 March. This is your chance to help keep our beautiful city free from litter
that has been discarded.
This year the community has a choice of opportunities to participate:
• Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday 7 March
• Schools Clean Up Day: Friday 5 March
Following on from 15 successful earlier campaigns our region will again
be an important centre for Clean Up Australia Day.
Since its inception, Clean Up Australia Day has been extremely well
supported in Ballarat. The many volunteers have made a huge difference,
with parkland, bushland, waterways, roadsides and three major dry lakes
freed from years of accumulated rubbish. Schools, service clubs, scouts
and guides, and a number of resident groups have gathered to clean up
areas that are special to them.
Every year new groups come forward to support a cleaner Ballarat.
Registrations are now open, so get a group together for your chosen site
and get involved. If you don't have a group, or specific site, you can also
register on either day at sites to be advertised in The Courier.
Clean Up Australia supports recycling and avoiding unnecessary land fill.
Recycled glass and metals reduce Australia's carbon footprint.
Visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or contact Ballarat's Clean Up
Australia Day Coordinator, Mike Caldwell on 5339 6164.
Below: Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder, Clean Up Australia Day
Above: The 'Elsworth St Ramblers' will perform as part of the Earth Hour Ballarat
Acoustic Music Festival
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