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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
Ballarat takes a step back
Ballarat Heritage Weekend continues to go from strength to strength with
thousands of people turning out for this year's event, held on Mother's Day
Weekend, 8 and 9 May.
More than 100 events and activities were held in and around Ballarat all
themed around travel and tourism, giving locals and visitors to Ballarat the
chance to take an unforgettable journey back in time.
The Ballarat CBD was a buzz with visitors and locals exploring the vast array
of activities and events on offer.
Horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars, buses and bicycles, steam trains and
a range of vintage fashion and accessory collections all featured as part
of this year's program.
Thousands of visitors took advantage of the opportunity to explore Ercildoune
Homestead Gardens, Lal Lal Estate, the Old Colonists' Club and Loreto Chapel
and Gardens which were open especially for Heritage Weekend.
Steam train rides from Ballarat to Lal Lal were extremely popular.
High teas were held at a selection of Ballarat's historic hotels, a food and wine
event hosted by the Ballarat Vignerons Association and a heritage-themed
dinner at the Old Colonists Club were also well attended.
Guided or self-guided tours of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat Railway
Station, Prime Ministers Avenue and ghost and cemetery tours were also
Council would like to thank the many different organisations and individuals
that contributed to making this year's event such a success.
NAIDOC Week celebrations
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee) Week
is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples.
First established 1957, NAIDOC Week events are held in cities and towns
across the country.
To run from 4 to 11 July, the 2010 NAIDOC Week is celebrated not just in
the Indigenous community, but also in increasing numbers of government
agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces.
Celebrations will kick off in Ballarat on Monday 5 July with the launch of the
Indigenous Youth Leadership Committee, a flag raising ceremony at Queen
Victoria Square and a Civic Reception at the Town Hall.
The events will be hosted by the City of Ballarat in conjunction with the
newly established Koorie Engagement Action Group.
The NAIDOC Awards, sponsored by local community organisations, will be
held for the first time during the Civic Reception. Awards will be given in
various categories to recognise individual and or group contributions to the
Wherever you live, taking part in NAIDOC Week is a great way to celebrate
Indigenous culture and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
For more information on NAIDOC, visit www.naidoc.org.au.
Above: Cr Ben Taylor and Cr Samantha McIntosh in period costume enjoy a vintage
bicycle ride during Ballarat Heritage Weekend
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