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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2010
Hidden treasure at
There's only one place in Ballarat where you can learn to ride a motorbike,
watch a game of polocrosse, observe a large scale solar power station in
action, take in a hardy dose of World War II history, be part of a wide variety
of community club activities and jump on a plane to soar the western district
skies all in the one location. That place of course is Ballarat Airport.
Owned and operated by the City of Ballarat and the former Shire of Ballarat
since the early 1960s, the airport hosts a wide range of business, community
and recreational activities for all residents to share.
The airport boasts many aviation services such as flight training, scenic
flights, aerial agriculture, charter operations, maintenance and repair facilities,
aerial photography, gliding and access to air ambulance services. During the
warmer months, the airport plays a vital role as a control centre for aerial
fire fighting, including fire reconnaissance and water bombing.
The airport is also home to over 15 community clubs, mainly housed in
the remaining World War II huts. From motorcycles to woodworkers, model
trains to slot cars, darts to billiards and cyclists to horse enthusiasts, you'll
catch a glimpse of it all at the airport. There are also two aviation museums
open on weekends for the community and visitors to enjoy.
This great community asset is one of Ballarat's hidden treasures. If you
would like to find out more about the Ballarat Airport visit Council's website
On Tuesday 21 September Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin had the honour
of receiving, on behalf of the Ballarat community, the prestigious Victorian
Multicultural Award for Local Government.
This Victorian Government Award recognises major improvements made,
or initiatives developed, by a local council to promote and strengthen
multiculturalism. Ballarat City Council has been recognised for its innovative
Multicultural Ambassador Program.
The first Multicultural Ambassador Program was launched in 2006 and is
now in its second term. The program involves ten Ballarat residents from
various cultural backgrounds who provide leadership and assist Council,
migrants and the wider community to ensure that multiculturalism in Ballarat
is a productive and positive experience for all citizens.
Throughout their time in the Program, the Multicultural Ambassadors aim to:
enhance community awareness and foster inclusion for existing and
new migrants in Ballarat;
support leadership within the migrant community and to recognise
• the commitment and contribution made by migrants to the Ballarat
advocate for and promote the benefits of cultural diversity through
• learning and celebration; and
collaborate with Council in implementing its Cultural Diversity
The Victorian Multicultural Award recognises the broad community objectives
of the Program and also the personal benefits it brings such as providing
friendships, community cohesion and understanding for the community
and those new to our country.
The results of the Program are evident in the growing multiculturalism of
our community, as more and more migrants are choosing Ballarat as a
place to start a new life.
Council congratulates the Ambassadors, staff and Ballarat community for
supporting the Multicultural Ambassador Program and on this prestigious
Above: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin accepting the Victorian Multicultural Award
for Local Government from Deputy Premier Hon. Rob Hulls MP. Photo courtesy of
Vicki Jones Photography.
Below: Chair of the Ballarat Airport Advisory Committee Cr Samantha McIntosh with
S.T. Aviation Training Academy Chief Pilot John Matthews, work experience students
Alexandra Lia and Jack Norman and Field Air Chief Engineer Cameron Wright.
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