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Ballarat Regional Football
(Soccer) Facility underway
Work is underway on the $1.28 million second stage of the Ballarat Regional
Football (Soccer) Facility.
The second stage of the project includes the construction of one synthetic
soccer pitch with lighting and associated infrastructure.
The project has been made possible thanks to $1 million from the Victorian
Government and funding from Council's capital works program.
The synthetic pitch and lights will provide the local soccer community with
a facility to undertake training and match play regardless of wet or dry
The synthetic pitch will not require any watering, mowing or fertilising and
will also collect rain water which will be delivered to the water storage tanks
for the adjoining turf soccer pitches.
Work is expected to be completed by spring 2010.
The development of the Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility is an
outcome of the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility Feasibility Study which was
prepared in 2008 by Council, Sport and Recreation Victoria and Football
Federation South West Victoria.
The Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility is one of Council's major
sporting precincts. Council has already committed $400,000 to the initial
stage which included power upgrades, design of clubroom extensions,
installation of an automatic irrigation system for existing turf pitches and
survey and design of all future stages.
Cenotaph war memorial
receives restoration funding
Ballarat's Cenotaph memorial on Sturt Street will be restored with a $10,000
grant from the Victorian Government's Restoring Community War Memorials
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Tony Robinson visited Ballarat in April to
announce the grant. Funds were also nominated for the Ballarat Avenue
of Honour Committee for painting and restoration of the memorial wall
Officially unveiled on 24 November 1949 by the then Governor of Victoria
General Sir Dallas Brooks, Ballarat's Cenotaph is a memorial to those left
behind during war-time and carries the inscription 'Our Glorious Dead'.
An important central gathering place for ceremonies honouring Ballarat's
service men and women, the sandstone landmark underwent substantial
restoration 15 years ago when the foundations were under-pinned and
the sandstone surface cleaned and re-pointed.
The memorial receives ongoing general cleaning and an annual condition
assessment as part of an ongoing conservation program.
The grant was awarded to the restoration project based on a grant application
prepared by the Ballarat branch of the Air Force Association with assistance
from the City of Ballarat's Parks and Waterways department.
Conducted by Paul Hunt Preservations, restoration works include sandblasting
and repairing the stonework, the cleaning of decorative elements and the
removal of copper corrosion, micro-plant material and green residues
from bronze surfaces.
The restoration is expected to be completed this month.
Above: (L to R) Air Force Association members Max Beaumont, Tom Roberts and
Stan White; Minister for Veterans' Affairs Tony Robinson; Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy
Verlin; City of Ballarat Manager Parks and Waterways Graeme Pike and Member for
Ballarat East Geoff Howard
Above: City of Ballarat Portfolio Councillor Ben Taylor at Morshead Park, at the site
of the future Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility
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