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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
City Oval Sports Precinct
Ballarat's City Oval Sports Precinct has received a boost thanks to additional
funding announced by Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation James
Also supported by the City of Ballarat, Redan Football Netball Club and
the City Oval Bowling Club, the funding will allow for the construction of a
new netball court with lights and the addition of a synthetic turf green at
City Oval Bowling Club.
Both projects are key outcomes of Council's City Oval Masterplan Review
which was adopted by Council in March this year. The netball court and
synthetic turf bowling green will complement the precinct's current offering
which incorporates football, cricket, lawn bowls and the fire championships
The upgrade will add to the City Oval's appeal as one of Ballarat's premier
The City Oval has been identified as one of eight sports precincts within
the municipality that will be managed and developed to cater for state,
regional and district sporting events.
Council has undertaken a detailed survey and design process as part of
the City Oval Masterplan Review. The Masterplan Review was undertaken to
determine the future use of the site following the City Oval Croquet Club's
relocation to Prince of Wales Park.
Above: (L to R) City Oval Bowling Club chairman Lloyd Sims, Victorian Minister for
Sport and Recreation James Merlino, Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin, Redan Football
Netball Club president Andrew Madden, and Member for Ballarat East Geoff Howard
celebrate the City Oval funding announcement with students from Pleasant Street
experience life in Ballarat
Japanese students Kazumi Inoguchi and Naoto Takai from Ballarat's Sister
City Inagawa-cho in Japan won the chance to spend 11 days in Ballarat
experiencing Australian culture, education and language.
The winners of an English speech competition -- which requires students
to answer questions and deliver a speech in English -- visited Ballarat from
25 March to 5 April 2010.
The students stayed with local host families and visited Urquhart Park
Primary School, Kirrit Barreet Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Ballarat Wildlife
Park. They also spent a day in Melbourne, visiting the Aquarium, Southbank
and Eureka Tower.
The students enjoyed a special Easter performance of 'Alice in Wonderland'
at Her Majesty's Theatre, as well as trips to the Art Gallery of Ballarat,
Sovereign Hill and the University of Ballarat.
A farewell reception with community members and Councillors was held at
the Town Hall on Thursday 1 April 2010, where an exchange of letters from
the Mayors of both cities took place.
A similar competition held in Ballarat each year sends local students to
Sister City Inagawa-cho to participate in the cultural exchange program to
broaden their cultural and language skills.
For further information contact Council's Cultural Partnerships Officer
Elizabeth Hardiman on 5320 5831.
Above: Cr John Philips with Japanese student Naoto Takai
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