Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat July 2010 Contents Rural Land Use Strategy
Council is currently developing a plan which will help ensure the long term
productivity and sustainable development of Ballarat's rural areas.
Council recognises that agriculture and food processing have a significant
impact on the local and regional economy and is planning to ensure that
our rural areas are effectively managed into the future.
A draft Rural Land Use Strategy has been released and Council is inviting
feedback from interested members of the community.
The key recommendations of the draft strategy include a long-term vision
for the municipality's rural areas and an assessment of the validity of the
current rural land use controls. As part of these recommendations, new
guidelines for evaluating housing and subdivision in the rural areas are
proposed. The strategy is not designed to facilitate rezoning requests for
Public information sessions, which were held in Learmonth and Buninyong late
last month, were well attended and provided residents with the opportunity
to speak directly to Council representatives.
The draft Rural Land Use Strategy is available for viewing at the Town Hall,
Sturt Street, at Council's Phoenix Building in Armstrong St Sth and also on the
Strategic Planning section of Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Residents are invited to make a written submission to Council on the draft
Ballarat Rural Land Use Strategy. Submissions close on Friday 30 July
and should be sent to Strategic Planning, City of Ballarat, PO Box 655,
Ballarat VIC 3353.
For more information on the draft Rural Land Use Strategy contact 5320
5536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedestrian safety greatly
Pedestrian safety around the Ballarat Railway Station has been greatly
improved thanks to the installation of new pedestrian-operated traffic
signals which became operational last month.
Funded by the City of Ballarat, the new pedestrian-operated traffic signals
help ensure the safety of pedestrians when crossing Lydiard Street.
In the past five years there has been a significant increase in pedestrian
traffic in the precinct, with rail passenger numbers increasing from 15,675 in
May 2005 to 48,883 in May 2010. In addition, new and upgraded parking
on the western side of Lydiard Street has created an increase in the number
of pedestrian movements across the street, particularly at peak times.
Over the past three years, $2.5 million worth of upgrades have been
completed in the station precinct. Upgrades include:
• New off-street parking off Doveton Street (funded by the Department
• Upgraded on-street parking in Ararat Street (funded by the Department
• Upgraded and sealed parking in Doveton Crescent (funded by
City of Ballarat)
• Reconstruction of Ararat Street (funded by City of Ballarat)
• Asphalt resurfacing of Lydiard Street, from Mair Street to the railway
crossing (funded by City of Ballarat)
• Upgrading of bus-stops (funded by Department of Transport)
• Roundabout construction at Armstrong Street/Market Street
(funded by VicRoads)
• Conversion of Market Street to one-way traffic
• Introduction of an integrated transport system, with long-haul regional
coach services and the local transit bus network each coordinating
with the train system
For more information contact Council's Manager Infrastructure Development
Ross Cowie on 5320 5664.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
Above: Growth and Development Portfolio Councillor Craig Fletcher and Department
of Transport Regional Manager David Ward activate the new pedestrian-operated
traffic signals in Lydiard Street (photo courtesy of The Courier)
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