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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
New street furniture for
Council has recently commenced the rollout of new street furniture across
the CBD as part of its CBD Strategy implementation.
The furniture includes new seating, bike racks and rubbish bin enclosures.
Stage one of the street furniture program involves the installation of 40
new seats, 12 benches, around 30 bike racks and 30 new rubbish bin
enclosures on Sturt Street between Doveton and Grenville streets, Lydiard
Street between the railway station and the University of Ballarat and parts of
Armstrong and Mair streets. The new bin enclosures will replace the existing
green ones which Council will re-use in parks across the city.
Over the next few years the program will extend to cover all of the CBD as
well as other shopping and activity areas across the municipality.
The new furniture aims to encourage and provide for increased pedestrian
and cyclist activity, in turn increasing the vitality and liveability of the
CBD, and promoting healthier, more sustainable and socially connected
The furniture has been carefully designed and selected in accordance
with Council's Street Furniture Guidelines to ensure that it is practical and
durable, easy to maintain and uses sustainable materials, is sympathetic
to and does not dominate the significant heritage areas and streetscapes,
and where possible reflects Ballarat's unique character.
Where it is painted, a grey colour has been selected for urban areas so that
it blends in with existing materials such as asphalt, concrete and bluestone
and does not dominate the streetscape. Green colours will be retained for
furniture in parks and gardens settings.
The new furniture program has been supported by a Victorian Government
Creating Better Places - Urban Improvement Grant of $35,000.
Council wins Heritage
Planning Excellence Award
Ballarat's heritage planning has taken out the prestigious Planning Industry
Association (PIA) 2010 Planning Excellence Victoria Award.
Council won the Heritage category for the development of the Preserving
our Heritage Strategy, which was adopted by Council in April of this year,
and has already seen the development and implementation of a number
of initiatives including:
the Ballarat Heritage Awards;
St Nicholas Church restoration;
Learmonth Hall restoration;
Heritage for our tomorrow brochure;
Ballarat's heritage studies included on the Victorian Heritage database;
heritage workshops; and
reduction in VCAT referrals.
All of the above initiatives have been achieved in conjunction with the
community and it was Council's efforts in the development of this strategy
which implements an innovative and community centric approach to heritage
preservation that was rewarded.
The award recognised Council's commitment to heritage as an intrinsic part
of the city and community. The Preserving our Heritage Strategy provides the
necessary framework to preserve the city's heritage for future generations,
not only for the local community but also for tourists who visit Ballarat
specifically to see the city's beautiful, unique heritage architecture and highly
intact streetscapes, both within the CBD and in Ballarat's suburbs.
The 2010 Victorian PIA Awards for Planning Excellence recognise innovation,
achievement and excellence in urban and regional planning.
Council will now go on to compete at the National Awards for Planning
For more information on the Preserving our Heritage Strategy contact
Council's Heritage Coordinator Susan Fayad on 5320 5677 or visit
Below: Cr Samantha McIntosh and City of Ballarat Heritage Architect Planner Brian
Benson receive the 2010 Heritage Award for Planning Excellence
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