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Ballarat bids for 2014
FISA World Rowing Masters
Lake Wendouree has been named as the nominated Australian venue to
host the 2014 FISA (International Federation of Rowing Association) World
Rowing Masters Championships.
The City of Ballarat lodged a bid to become the nominated Australian venue
in July, following a call from Rowing Australia for expressions of interest from
cities interested in hosting the event.
Rowing Australia, together with the City of Ballarat, will now submit a bid
for hosting rights and will be competing against venues from across the
Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin said the announcement was an exciting coup
that will put Ballarat back on the world rowing map.
"For Ballarat to be nominated as the Australian venue for an event of this
calibre is due recognition of Council's significant investment in the restoration
of Lake Wendouree."
Restoration of Lake Wendouree will allow Ballarat to again host major events,
bringing a renewed vibrancy to the city and the surrounding region.
The refilling of Lake Wendouree will see it full by late next year, providing
the opportunity for Ballarat to host a number of rowing events in the lead
up to the 2014 Championships.
FISA will announce the successful host city in late 2010. It is anticipated
the event will be held within the first two weeks of September 2014.
From the CEO's desk
An important role of local councils is to work with state and federal
governments to ensure the priorities of their local community are understood
at all levels of government. Ballarat City Council has, and will continue
to work with our government partners to advance and realise Ballarat's
priorities. With the recent Federal election and upcoming State election
Council has worked hard to ensure the concerns and aspirations of our
local community are heard and a key part of that advocacy has been the
development of the Regional Strategic Plan.
Council understands that Ballarat's growth impacts on, and is influenced by,
what happens at a regional level. The Central Highlands region, consisting
of the City of Ballarat, Pyrenees Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council,
Ararat Rural City Council, Moorabool Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire
Council, Hepburn Shire Council and Northern Grampians Shire Council, is
one of the state's most significant growth corridors and it is imperative
that Ballarat's planning takes into full consideration the requirements of
the broader region.
The Regional Strategic Plan is a clear, concise snapshot of the Central
Highlands, and details the key strengths as well as immediate and long-term
challenges facing the region. It will support the existing lifestyle in the region
and drive successful development to 2030 and beyond.
The Plan is a compelling, well researched proposal for investment in the
region and clearly documents innovative projects that are ready for immediate
The Regional Plan reflects this Council's progress in shaping Ballarat as
a central hub for the region. Council is investing in infrastructure that will
enhance the region's lifestyle. Economic development is being driven in the
context of the broader region's needs and strengths, growth is being planned
and managed to maximise what is attractive about each area.
The region is in a unique position. It now has a plan for how the region
will contribute to the prosperity of the state and nation and a roadmap for
future government investment and involvement.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
Above: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin with FISA events director Svetla Otzetova and
FISA events co-ordinator Colleen Orsmond discussing Ballarat's bid for the 2014
World Rowing Masters Championships. Photo courtesy fo The Courier
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