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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
Visitors to Ballarat help
reduce carbon footprint
Conference delegates visiting Ballarat for the Australian Veterinary Association
conference over the weekend of 17 and 18 April helped reduce their carbon
footprint by planting a tree during their stay.
Conferences held in Ballarat have an opportunity to plant a tree for every
The initiative reflects Council's commitment to the environment and its
proactive approach to reducing the effects of climate change.
One tree is capable of absorbing around six kilograms of carbon dioxide
over a year. More than 990 trees have already been planted as a result
of conferences held in Ballarat, making a significant difference to the
Sixty-four delegates visited Ballarat for the Australian Veterinary Conference
held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, which resulted
in the planting of 64 trees in the North Gardens Reserve.
Conference organisers are encouraged to participate in the initiative through
the Ballarat and Region Planner's Guide and during conference planning
discussions with Council's Tourism unit.
For further information contact Council's Tourism unit on 5320 5757.
Above: (L to R) President of the Central Highlands Branch of the Australian Veterinary
Association and Eureka Veterinary Clinic's Dr Rob Page with Dr Bill Harkin, President
of the Victorian Division of the Australian Veterinary Association plant a tree.
Residents dispose of
On Saturday 17 April, almost 200 residents took 5.67 tonnes of unwanted
chemical products to the Ballarat Transfer Station.
Residents disposed of potentially dangerous, unwanted and household
products such as unused paints, old batteries, finished gas cylinders,
pesticides, photographic materials, household and garden products.
Organised by the City of Ballarat in partnership with Sustainability Victoria,
"Detox Your Home" enabled Ballarat residents to dispose of old and unwanted
household chemicals in a safe and environmentally-responsible way.
Household chemicals and toxins should never be dumped or thrown away
in the rubbish. The City of Ballarat encourages all residents to continue to
dispose of dangerous household waste thoughtfully.
Please consider the following factors when disposing of household chemical
Ensure lids are tightly fitted
Place liquids on a tray or in a plastic bucket so any spills are
Pack powders and solids securely
Keep corrosive chemicals, such as battery acid, away from poisons
Keep oxidising agents, such as peroxide, away from all other
Travel with your car windows down if carrying flammable or odorous
Double-wrap old liquid containers in plastic bags to prevent leaking
A permanent 'Detox Your Home' collection facility is now available at the
Ballarat Transfer Station. The service is free and residents are able to dispose
of household chemicals during operating hours.
For more information refer to the 'Waste and Environment' section on
Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Above: Cr Noel Perry preparing to take unwanted household chemicals to the Transfer
Station for the Detox Your Home chemical collection day
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