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Preparing for the fire season
Now is the time for residents to start preparing for the upcoming fire season,
by inspecting their property, cutting back long grass, removing any fine
fuels and clearing gutters. Absentee owners of properties are particularly
encouraged to check and ensure that the fire risk has been addressed on
Once again Council will be working closely with both the CFA and DSE,
along with the community, to ensure Ballarat and surrounding townships
are well prepared for the fire season.
Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer will be undertaking fire hazard
inspections before the start of the Fire Danger Period, and fire prevention
notices may be issued to properties considered at risk. These notices must
be adhered to ensure the safety of all residents over the fire season.
Township Protection Plans (TPPs) have been prepared by the CFA and
endorsed by Council for the areas of Buninyong, Mt Helen/Mt Clear and
Brown Hill/Invermay/Nerrina. The TPP is a planned response designed to
assist communities to start preparing for the fire season and complements
Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Plan (MFPP). The MFPP identifies areas,
buildings and land use within the municipality which are at particular risk
in the event of fire (not just wildfire) and specifies how each identified risk
is to be treated.
Information about how you can protect your property this summer will be
available online at Council’s and the CFA’s websites
www.ballarat.vic.gov.au and www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Australian Centre for
Democracy at Eureka project
The Eureka Centre Stage 2 redevelopment is moving through the planning
process, with Council issuing a Notice of Decision to grant a planning permit
in mid July. Following this notice, an objector to the project appealed the
planning permit decision with VCAT. It is expected the VCAT appeal will
delay the project some months, as the matter is debated and considered.
The objector’s appeal relates to the nature of the building design.
Considering the appeal does not relate to the purpose or objective of the
centre, Council has moved forward on detailed internal plans, including the
important content and display material for the new centre.
The redeveloped centre aims to reinforce the educational, historical and
civic significance of the Stockade site whilst reflecting the new and changing
needs of the community. The proposed development will change the nature
of the building, from an inward focused layout, to one that embraces and
engages the entire site of the Stockade, drawing community into the space
and visitors to the centre out to the site.
Contemplation spaces, performance areas and enhanced landscaping will
ensure the building integrates better with the surrounding space and better
acknowledges the significance of the site.
The redeveloped centre will also feature:
• A 190 seat theatrette with raked seating;
• Expanded cafe and kitchen facilities with outdoor dining;
• Function/meeting room;
• Expanded exhibition and display areas;
• Expanded indoor and outdoor education spaces and facilities;
• Improved access for all abilities;
• Research facilities;
• Retail floor area; and
• Outdoor amphitheatre with stage.
Council is working with some of Australia’s best regarded museum and
education specialists to ensure a visitor experience that is authentic, unique,
memorable and evolving, inviting people back for repeat visitation.
For more information contact Council’s Growth and Economy Project Manager
on 5320 5712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: An artist’s impression of the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka
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