Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat December 2010 Contents City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
The past few weeks have seen the community participate in a number
of consultations aimed at planning for the future of Ballarat and its
On Saturday 30 October, Tuesday 9 and Tuesday 16 November residents
joined Councillors at community barbecues where they chatted about issues
in their local areas and discussed the future growth and development of
Ballarat. Held in each of the three Council wards, the community barbecues
provided an invaluable opportunity for Councillors and residents to discuss
issues in a relaxed environment.
The information gathered at the community barbecues was then used as
background and discussion points for the Stakeholder Summit held on
Thursday 2 December.
Council has now reached the midpoint of its term and so now seemed
an appropriate time to check back with the community as to its priorities
Like the previous Summit held in April 2009, this recent Summit raised
many important issues and the outcomes will be used to inform Council's
service delivery program for the remaining two years of this Council's term.
The feedback and discussion will also be used when Council reviews the
Council Plan for the 2011/12 and 2012/13 financial years.
Council would like to thank its partners and all of the residents and delegates
for volunteering their time and effort in making the barbecues and Summit
a success. The valuable contributions and information provided by all
concerned is critical if Council is to successfully manage and plan for
Ballarat's future growth and prosperity.
Be FireReady this summer
Residents from the Ballarat region, particularly those living in rural, bush
or high fire prone areas are urged to attend a FireReady Roadshow at the
Buninyong Farmers Market on Saturday 18 December.
An initiative of state and local governments, as well as the CFA, the Roadshow
aims to provide comprehensive local information about being fire and hot
weather ready in this region.
At the Roadshow will be the FireReady branded truck, a comprehensive
information pack, assistance in developing Bushfire Survival Plans, easy-to-
use checklists and a number of local staff from Council, State Government,
DSE and CFA on hand to answer any questions about Township Protection
Plans, Neighbourhood Safer Places and general fire preparedness across
Residents living in high risk areas should, by now, have received their
FireReady kits and be preparing their Bushfire Survival Plans.
While Ballarat has enjoyed a very wet and cool introduction to summer,
the extra water and mild weather has seen undergrowth and scrub take off,
creating potential fire fuel and increasing the fire risk as the weather turns
warm. Council is working diligently with its partners to get the municipality
fire ready and it is critical that residents in all areas across the municipality
clear their properties, plan for extreme weather and discuss and put in place
their Bushfire Survival Plans.
For more information on Council's preparations or advice on how to prepare
a Bushfire Survival Plan please contact the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer
on 5320 5568 or visit Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au or CFA
Below: Cr Noel Perry talking with North Ward residents at a recent Community
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