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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2010
The City of Ballarat is the first council in Victoria to work with the Australia
Koala Foundation in producing a plan to safeguard the city's koala population.
Titled the Koala Plan of Management, the Plan maps all areas where koalas
live, known as koala habitat.
A planning control - the Koala Overlay - was recently approved by the Minister
for Planning and now forms part of the Ballarat Planning Scheme. The Koala
Overlay applies planning controls to areas of koala habitat.
Areas between patches of bush form part of the koala's habitat as they
use these areas when moving around their territory and so all properties
in a koala habitat are included in the Koala Overlay, even if the property
has few, if any native trees.
The Koala Overlay seeks to minimise the impacts of new development on the
city's koala population by ensuring development limits vegetation removal
and provides for the safe movement of koalas, for example by encouraging
the building of fences that koalas can climb over, under or through.
If your property falls within the Koala Overlay you must obtain planning
approval before building a fence, removing native vegetation (including
trees, grasses or shrubs), or subdividing land.
The City of Ballarat is currently preparing a brochure titled 'Living with Koalas'
which will provide further information about the Koala Overlay.
If you wish to discuss the Koala Overlay in more detail or find out if your
property is in the Koala Overlay contact Council's Statutory Planning
department on 5320 5640.
Invermay Day -- Sunday 28
The Invermay CFA is raising funds to purchase a 'light truck' to assist
in protecting the district from the threat of bushfire. To assist the CFA's
fundraising activities, the Invermay Progress Association is holding the
inaugural Invermay Day on Sunday 28 November from 11am until 3pm
at the Invermay Recreational Reserve (located on the corner of Swinglers
Road and Muscatel Street).
The day will include stalls providing fresh local produce, crafts and cakes,
plants, information and demonstrations on local businesses. Steam train
rides will be available through the Model Engineers, as well as a jumping
castle for the kids, food and entertainment.
The Bowls Club will also be holding a come and try session for those who
feel the urge to pull on the whites.
The Progress Association hopes to provide a fun filled, educational day where
residents of Invermay and the surrounding district can learn more about local
businesses and services, in the company of their friends and neighbours.
Invermay Day is proudly supported by the City of Ballarat.
For more information on the day or to find out how to get involved contact
Jenny on 0427 318 224 after 4pm or email email@example.com
Above: Members of the Invermay CFA who will be raising funds to purchase
a light truck
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