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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
In July 2000, Cathy Porter
migrated to Ballarat from
Cathy immigrated to
Australia on a fiancé visa
and after two weddings --
one in Melbourne and one
in the Philippines -- Cathy
and her husband have
enjoyed a decade of
happily married life.
Cathy believes that
Ballarat is the perfect
mix of city and country
living and says that upon
arriving in the local area
she felt right at home.
With the help of BRACE Ballarat,
Cathy transitioned her professional
qualifications and experience gained
in the Philippines into a local work
environment. She took her newfound
skills into her retail career and as
store manager of a local Angus &
Robertson bookstore, Cathy enjoys
talking to Ballarat residents, new
Embracing her role as a City of Ballarat
Multicultural Ambassador, Cathy
was pleasantly surprised by the
diversity and passion of Ballarat's
many cultural associations and
believes she has gained a better sense
Cathy loves meeting many different people and after 10 years as a Ballarat
resident, she enjoys introducing her home to new migrants. She believes the
Multicultural Ambassadors have made a huge difference to new residents
who are feeling lost in Ballarat and have helped them connect to the local
Cathy recently organised her first event as a Multicultural Ambassador
and it was a great success. On 29 May, more than 250 people -- many
from Ballarat and a number from Melbourne and Geelong -- celebrated
Pistahan, a celebration of Filipino tradition and culture through music,
dance and food.
A strong advocate for acquiring new skills and talents, Cathy believes
that "Experience is not what happens to you...it is what you do with what
happens to you."
Clubrooms at Marty Busch
Recreation Reserve to be
The Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club, located at Marty Busch Recreation Reserve,
will soon have new clubrooms thanks to a successful funding application made
by Council through the Victorian Government Sport and Recreation Victoria
2010/2011 Community Facility Funding Program (CFFP).
The program helps to provide high quality sport and recreation facilities
that contribute to community strengthening and promote a healthy lifestyle
for all Victorians.
The $60,000 CFFP grant, in addition to funding to be provided by Council,
will ensure the new clubrooms provide much needed change space, toilets
and an indoor viewing area for the Cycling Club, which currently has an
open air grandstand.
Identified as a major precinct in Council's Sports Precincts Strategy, Marty
Busch Recreation Reserve has recently undergone a number of upgrades.
The Colin Smith Velodrome, which is the home of track cycling for the Ballarat
Sebastopol Cycling Club, underwent an extensive upgrade earlier this year
and was reopened in March.
The Sports Precincts Strategy provides a framework for the investment by
Council, State and Federal Government and sporting organisations in a
limited number of sports venues to ensure the long term viability of Ballarat's
state, regional and district competitions.
An updated Masterplan for the Marty Busch Recreation Reserve will be
presented to Council later this year.
Below: People and Communities Portfolio Councillor Des Hudson and Ballarat
Sebastopol Cycling Club Board Member and Coordinator of Track Racing Roger
Bade inspect the site for the new clubrooms
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