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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
Below: Cr Samantha McIntosh receives the Victorian Heritage Register plaque from
Heritage Council of Victoria member Bill Logan
Ballarat Botanical Gardens
historical value registered
On Friday 15 October the Ballarat Botanical Gardens received another
installation, although this one won't need watering or pruning.
The Heritage Council of Victoria has listed the Gardens on the Victorian
Heritage Register and presented the Gardens with one of its prestigious
commemorative plaques to be placed on display.
The listing on the Register means the Gardens join around 2000 other
important places and objects across Victoria that are considered to be of
historical and cultural significance to the state.
To be listed on the Victorian Heritage Register is the highest heritage
protection available in Victoria and is reserved for those objects and places
that surpass a rigorous assessment. The Gardens were selected for inclusion
based on the significance of many of the trees and plantings. The Gardens
are well known for their unique collections, including the Begonia collection,
sequoiadendron plantings and valuable statues. The Gardens were also
recognised for their size and grandeur, as well as the important role they
have played in the cultural life of the region, particularly as a gathering
place for celebrations, reflection and recreation.
Even during years of prolonged drought the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
continue to be a tourism draw card and an important part of the social
fabric of our community.
The protection provided by the register also means that any future changes
to the Gardens may require a permit from Heritage Victoria.
The plaque will be installed on the Morey gate pergola at the main entrance
to the Gardens.
Council takes out
national savewater! award
Council has taken out the Government category of the prestigious
savewater! awards for its water saving initiatives at the Marty Busch Sporting
The savewater! awards have emerged as the leading water sustainability
awards in Australia, recognising and rewarding excellence in water conservation
and efficiency by business, government, schools, local communities, and
There were seven categories for the awards, including: Government,
Australian Achiever, Business, Community Groups, Educational Institutions,
Product Innovations, and Photographic Award, plus an Overall Award for
Over 1200 entries were received for the awards and Council was one of four
finalists in the Government category, nominated for its use of treated waste
water for irrigation purposes within the Marty Busch precinct.
By using treated water from the Ballarat South Water Treatment Plant 18.4
megalitres of potable water, or the equivalent of 7.6 Olympic swimming
pools, has been saved in the last year.
In addition, Council has recently installed a sub-surface drip irrigation system
across 11,000m2 of turf. This method of irrigation provides significant water
savings, reducing water consumption by around 60 per cent compared with
traditional above ground methods.
The initiatives implemented at the Marty Busch Sporting Precinct have
meant that Council is no longer reliant on potable water, and that Council
as a whole has used 8 per cent less water in 12 months.
The achievements at Marty Busch were made possible thanks to
assistance from Central Highlands Water, the Federal Government through
a Commonwealth Water Grant and drought-proofing funding from the Victorian
Government Department of Sport and Recreation.
Above: City of Ballarat Manager Ser vice Development
Cameron Duthie and Cr John Philips at Marty Busch
Sporting Precinct with the prestigious savewater! award
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