Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat February 2011 Contents City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
$500,000 flood mitigation
Earlier this month, Council commenced a $500,000 program of fast-tracked
flood mitigation works in response to recent flood events.
Council has been in communication with Local Government Victoria and
has invoked the emergency provisions of the Local Government Act in
order to get the contractors on the ground as soon as possible.
The program involves works in Delacombe, Alfredton and Miners Rest. The
works are a direct result of meetings that were held with residents from
these areas in the aftermath of the floods in January.
Significant maintenance and clearing works have commenced at Delacombe
at the Bonshaw Creek, south of the Glenelg Highway. The works will improve
drainage flow and have a positive impact for the residents of Banyule
Council is continuing discussions with VicRoads to assess the opportunity
to install additional drainage pipes under the Glenelg Highway.
Design and documentation of a wetland system within Doug Dean Reserve
have been completed, however works will be redesigned to increase water
retention at the reserve and further reduce the quantity of water entering
Royale Street and Banyule Drive.
At Alfredton, contractors deployed CCTV cameras after the January storms
to inspect all of the drains in the Mimosa Avenue and Kallioota Street
area. A number of isolated blockages from tree roots were identified. Some
of these blockages have already been removed. Specialist equipment is
being sourced to take out further obstructions.
At Miners Rest a number of works are being considered, however the
system as a whole needs to be reviewed and assessed, as works on one
particular area could have a detrimental impact on the other.
Over the coming weeks Council will continue to assess and undertake works
where required. If you have experienced flood damage on your property
please notify Council by contacting Customer Service on 5320 5500.
From the CEO's desk
In this issue of myballarat you'll find an update on lakes Burrumbeet,
Learmonth and Wendouree. The filling of these lakes has been one of the
few positives to come from the high and frequent rainfall events of recent
months. It is fantastic to see all three lakes at a point where leisure and
tourism activities have returned. Lake Burrumbeet is now open for water
skiing and motor boat sports; Lake Learmonth is enjoying a resurgence in
wind-based water activities and is emerging as a visitor drawcard for the
region; while Lake Wendouree is a hub of social, recreational and tourism
activities with the return of paddle boats, canoeing and rowing.
The planning and investment from Council, the community and various
partners means we are now reaping the rewards. The work undertaken to
refill Lake Wendouree has ensured it's ongoing survival and the dredging
of the rowing course is aimed at bringing the World Masters Rowing and
other national and international rowing events to Ballarat.
The commitment to keeping one eye on the city's future needs underpins all
of Council's strategic planning and project development. Recently, Council
made the difficult decision to move away from the current public library
model, as it holds the strong belief that the existing model does not best
meet the community's current or future needs.
Council is committed to delivering the very best in technology, information and
educational resources for the community, while ensuring residents receive
the best quality and value services for their dollar. Ballarat's role as a major
growth centre and gateway to a region of over 400,000 people requires
strong and innovative planning. Council is embracing this challenge and
developing the infrastructure, services and resources required of a regional
capital city that can take full advantage of its opportunities.
This means developing the best possible library service -- a service that can
shape and mould a community, engage and entertain the young, provide
the latest educational resources, increased learning opportunities, greater
connectivity and access for all.
The new regional library service model will deliver on this future vision,
leading to improvements in service, facilities and the library catalogue
over time. The City of Ballarat will be talking to the libraries users and
the almost 50 per cent of Ballarat residents who do not use the library to
identify what you want in future library services. This research will start in
the next few months and will be a great opportunity to have a say in the
future of your library.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
Below: Mayor Craig Fletcher at the outlet on the southern side of the Glenelg Highway
Links Archive My Ballarat December 2010 My Ballarat March 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page