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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
Play Space Planning
Play is an important part of our lifestyle, not just for young children, but for
people of all ages in the community. Play can positively contribute to the
health and wellbeing of the city's residents and visitors.
Council's recently adopted Ballarat Play Space Planning Framework focuses
on the provision and improvement of play spaces across the city for the
next five to 10 years.
Providing opportunities for play, through development of play spaces, is one
of Council's core responsibilities.
The framework has been prepared in consideration of:
• young children learning to interact with their environment;
• active children who love to climb, jump, swing, laugh;
• children with special needs who require facilities that allow them to
experience the joy of play with dignity;
• young people who seek social spaces and risk taking activities;
• adults who take their children to the park to play;
• carers who have the responsibility for one or more children and are
seeking quality developmental activities for them;
• friends and families meeting in the park to play and socialise;
• older adults who take grandchildren to the park;
• groups gathering in the park to attend informal events such as BBQ's
• older adults who enjoy activity in open space and the pleasure
that it brings.
Children and young people are a key component in creating a vibrant city
and the Play Space Planning Framework focuses specifically on creating a
more child, young person and family friendly Ballarat.
Throughout various projects, Council will engage with young people to
plan, design and develop activity spaces to ensure they have the support
of young people.
For more information contact Council's Recreation Development Officer
David Ronaldson on 5320 5641 or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Tourism Kits make for
New Tourism Hospitality Kits will improve tourist stays for deaf or hard of
hearing visitors to the Goldfields and Grampians tourism regions.
Five new kits are now available for loan at Visitor Information Centres (VIC)
in Ballarat, Daylesford, Avoca, Halls Gap and Horsham.
Centre staff have received training on the equipment as well as developing
a professional awareness about deafness and hearing loss.
Each kit comprises of equipment to assist hearing the TV and radio with
increased volume, to respond to a doorbell or a knock at the door, to
respond to an alarm by way of a vibrating clock, and to be able to answer
a telephone and use a TTY phone.
The new kits will increase the comfort and safety of people who are deaf or
hard of hearing, when they are visiting the region's tourism attractions.
Currently, one in six Australians experience some form of hearing loss and
this figure is predicted to increase in the future.
A security deposit of $50 is required to collect a kit and kits may be loaned
for the duration of the regional visit. The deposit is fully refundable upon
the return of the kit to the VIC.
The Tourism Hospitality Kits are funded by Deaf Access Grampians.
For more information about the Tourism Hospitality Kits, visit
www.deafaccessvictoria.com.au or contact the City of Ballarat Visitor
Information Centre at 1800 446 633.
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