Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat December 2010 Contents Council highly commended
by Department of Education
and Early Childhood
Council's Best Start - Promoting Breastfeeding Project has received a Highly
Commended Award in the State Government's Early Years Awards.
The annual Early Years Awards are organised by the Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development. Council's Promoting Breastfeeding Project
was one of 70 nominations and seven finalists in the partnerships with
families and communities category.
This category aims to reward projects and programs that focus on building
parental capacity to create nurturing home environments and/or creating
child and family friendly communities or services.
The Promoting Breastfeeding Project is a partnership between Council and
a range of associated agencies and groups including:
Ballarat and District Division of General Practioners
• Maternal and Child Health
• St John of God Hospital
• Ballarat Health Services
• Maternity Coalition
• Australian Breastfeeding Association
• Centacare Ballarat
• Ballarat Community Health Centre
The Promoting Breastfeeding Project has developed a number of initiatives to
promote and improve rates of breastfeeding in Ballarat, including Council's
Breastfeeding Charter, a Support Breastfeeding tips and support kit, Council's
Baby Feeding Room as well as community consultations, an art project,
City of Ballarat Infant Feeding Survey and feed and change spaces at
The Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 27 October in the Great Hall
at the National Gallery of Victoria International. Noni Hazlehurst was MC
and presentations were made by the Hon. Maxine Morand MP, Minister for
Children and Early Childhood Development.
For further information on the Promoting Breastfeeding Project contact Council's
Promoting Breastfeeding Facilitator Lisa Thorneycroft on 5320 5676 or email
City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
Ballarat Regional Tourism
leading the way in online
Ballarat Regional Tourism will unveil its newly enhanced tourism website
early in the new year which will set a new benchmark in online tourism
marketing and customer service.
The newly redeveloped site www.visitballarat.com.au will feature:
travel and itinerary planners;
real time booking and access to booking systems;
social media links;
• dynamic mapping;
• image galleries;
• iPod tours; and
a directory of public services and facilities including BBQ areas, public
• toilets, parks etc.
The new website will contain up to date information on accommodation,
events, attractions, food, wine, entertainment and tourism information and will
spearhead all of Council's future tourism marketing activities and will integrate
with the highly successful tourism campaign, History Lives in Ballarat.
The design of the website is clean, crisp and easy to navigate and highlights
the diversity of experiences that Ballarat has to offer.
In developing the site Council has been able to leverage its partnership with
Tourism Victoria to ensure that all operators who list on the new visitballarat
site will benefit from exposure on six different nation-wide websites.
Council will also launch a digital application which will allow tourism information
to be easily downloaded onto most mobile devices. The iApp means residents
and visitors alike can easily download information on Ballarat's landmarks,
statues, gardens or attractions to their smart phones, iPads or iPhones. This
application will complement the information on the newly enhanced website
and allow the visitor experience to become more personal and immediate.
For more information on the website or digital application contact Ballarat
Regional Tourism on 5320 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: Minister Maxine Morand MP presenting an Early Years Award 2010 to City
of Ballarat Promoting Breastfeeding Facilitator Lisa Thorneycroft
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