Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat July 2010 Contents Ballarat Show Day named
Following extensive community consultation, Ballarat Show Day has been
named a public holiday for the City of Ballarat. The holiday is on Friday,
12 November 2010.
Ballarat City Council officially gazetted the public holiday at its Ordinary
Council Meeting on 14 July.
On 7 July, Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria and Ballarat Turf Cup
announced the Ballarat Cup will be moved from Wednesday, 17 November to
Sunday, 21 November, 2010. The new race day offers valuable opportunities
to promote weekend visitation to Ballarat.
In May, the City of Ballarat sought community opinion on the public holiday
decision with Melbourne Cup Day, Ballarat Show Day and Ballarat Cup Day
presented for consideration.
Hundreds of residents shared their views via written submissions, an online
poll and a newspaper survey. The City of Ballarat also directly surveyed key
bodies in local economic sectors including health, education, retail and
All public feedback was considered by a committee of Ballarat City Councillors
and City of Ballarat officers. A report was prepared for discussion and a
vote of Council at the 14 July meeting.
Under the State Government's Public Holidays Act, Ballarat City Council
is required to gazette a public holiday for the municipality, if it would like
to select a date of local significance. Notification of the nominated day
must be sent to the State Minister for Local Government by the first week
From the CEO's desk
The 2010/11 Budget was adopted by Council last month. The budget
is a significant piece of work focused on delivering a stronger and more
secure Ballarat through significant investment in capital works and service
Council's 2010/11 Budget caps rates at 4%, reduces debt by $1 million,
will deliver a record $90 million capital works spend over two years
and significantly increases funding for delivery of essential community
In great news for the city, the Redan Wetlands pipleine has begun flowing
into Lake Wendouree. The project has increased capacity to capture, treat
and reuse stormwater throughout the city.
The project is an important part of Council's 'Harvesting Ballarat's Stormwater'
project outlined in the Council Plan and is a key step in our ongoing
commitment to refilling Lake Wendouree.
Council will also enter into an agreement with Central Highlands Water
for ground water to be supplied from the Ballarat West Field Bore. These
additional water supplies will see the Lake fill more quickly which will have
significant social and economic benefits for the region.
In this edition, an outline of the CBD Strategy implementation plan is
provided. Council is moving full steam ahead with a number of initial projects
that will have an immediate effect on the look and feel of the CBD. Street
furniture has been upgraded and new turf laid at Alfred Deakin Place and
foothpath improvements continue to be made along Sturt Street.
Council recently adopted the move to relocate Ballarat's temporary Visitor
Information Centre to the heart of the city at 43 Lydiard Street North by
later this year. The new location, within the city's iconic history and heritate
precinct, will provide visitors with the city's leading cultural attractions, retail
and dining options on their doorstep.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
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