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What's Ballarat Like?
The City of Ballarat's new 'What's Ballarat Like?' website
(www.whatsballaratlike.com.au) offers potential residents rare access
to local knowledge and insider information.
The www.whatsballaratlike.com.au website provides potential tree changers
with the chance to email one of seven nominated Ballarat 'advocates' with
questions about the area, such as where to live, where to find work or even
where to find a good cup of coffee.
The website's seven volunteer advocates have all made the move to Ballarat
themselves and represent areas of the Ballarat workforce which have skills
This campaign aims to help Ballarat businesses attract skilled workers, to
ensure the needs of the city's growing population are met.
Ballarat businesses looking to attract potential employees from outside the
city will be given the opportunity to provide a link directly to 'What's Ballarat
Like' from their own websites.
Targeting identified skills shortage areas -- including health, manufacturing
and information technology -- this innovative campaign tool will provide the
kind of hands-on information and encouragement to potential residents
that otherwise may not be available to them.
For more information contact Council's Marketing Officer Tim Grandfield
on 5320 5537.
National Tree Day 2010
The City of Ballarat will again be participating in National Tree Day on
Sunday 1 August 2010.
An initiative of Planet Ark, National Tree Day has been running in Australia
since 1996. Since that time more than two million volunteers have planted
over 15 million native trees and shrubs.
National Tree Day is Australia's largest community tree-planting event and a
day for everyone to help out by planting native trees and shrubs. The day aims
to inspire, educate and recruit people to actively care for our unique land
and create future generations of committed environmental custodians.
Last year across Australia, over 312,000 people, including 229,000 school
children, dug deep to improve their natural surroundings.
Each year, Council provides groups with a number of key sites, plus local
native plants and trees, to enable them to participate in the program.
Previous plantings throughout Ballarat have included locations such as
the Yarrowee River, Mount Buninyong, Pryor Park and Sparrow Ground.
Local schools also actively participate with Schools Tree Day being held
this year on Friday 30 July. Schools Tree Day is a wonderful way to show
young people how easy and fun it is to help our environment.
Council participants for this year have already been finalised, however
if you would still like to participate please contact your local Landcare
group on 5342 0836 or 5342 0520.
If your group, organisation or school is interested in participating in 2011
please contact Council's Sustainability unit on 5320 5131 to register
For more information visit
Below: Napoleons-Enfield Landcare Group
president Majella Franklin preparing to
plant the trees along the Yarrowee Creek
(photo courtesy of The Courier)
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