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Ballarat Regional Football
(Soccer) Facility - synthetic
Despite delays due to inclement weather, the synthetic pitch at the Ballarat
Regional Football (Soccer) Facility is well underway. Work on stabilising
and levelling the pitch came to a standstill in July and August as Ballarat
enjoyed some well received winter rains.
But, as the soil dries out, work will recommence shortly on the construction
of a synthetic soccer pitch, lighting and a street soccer pitch. The synthetic
pitch will not require any watering, mowing or fertilising and will also collect
rain water which will be delivered to the water storage tanks for the adjoining
turf soccer pitches.
The synthetic pitch, and associated works, is just one part of the redevelopment,
with Council recently appointing K20 Architecture to design stage three of
the proposed Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility.
Stage three will include a major regional sports pavilion, sports fields, lighting,
car parks, landscaping and other associated infrastructure.
The development of the Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility is an
outcome of the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility Feasibility Study which was
prepared by Council, Sport and Recreation Victoria and Football Federation
South West Victoria in 2008.
City of Ballarat Councillor for Growth and Development Ben Taylor said
the Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility was a major project for
"There is no doubt soccer is a rapidly growing sport that attracts a diverse
range of participants.
"The synthetic pitch and lights will provide the local soccer community with
a facility to undertake training and match play regardless of how wet or dry
the weather conditions may be," Cr Taylor said.
The design phase is expected to be completed later this year.
Charles Zhang migrated to Australia from China as a student in 1989.
Arriving in Sydney, Charles started his studies in English and a few years
later, having worked hard and done well as a student, made the decision
to move to Victoria.
Australia has brought great success
to Charles and he is grateful for the
opportunities provided in this country.
He opened his first business in 1993 in
Melbourne, and now runs a company
which promotes links between China
Charles is delighted to be a City of
Ballarat Multicultural Ambassador
and believes the role is vital to
helping migrants integrate
successfully into the Ballarat
He believes that as an
Ambassador he will be helping
people, while giving back to the
country that has helped him.
Charles said he aims to use
his links with community radio
and the Ballarat Chinese
community to promote the
benefits of cultural diversity
and the important work of the
Charles loves Ballarat for its
natural beauty, friendly people,
rich history and relaxed lifestyle.
"Since moving to Australia, and now
Ballarat, I have never looked back.
I like being 'part of the furniture' in
Ballarat," Charles said.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
Above: Cr Ben Taylor inspects progress so far on the synthetic pitch at Ballarat's
future Ballarat Regional Football (Soccer) Facility
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