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City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
Smart Living Centre update
Light streamed into 14a Lydiard Street on Monday 13 December 2010 when
the BEST Community Development Work Experience crew removed the false
ceiling to make way for Ballarat's new Smart Living Centre.
It's just one task being undertaken in the lead up to the opening of the
centre, which will be a source of inspiration and advice for people wishing
to live well with a smaller environmental footprint.
The centre has appointed a coordinator, Bridget O'Sullivan, who is already
surprised by the level of community support the centre and its development
One of the goals of the Smart Living Centre is to provide practical examples
of sustainable building practices and materials that everyone can use,
and so these materials will be included in the centre fit out wherever
possible. Reclaimed timber flooring from Council will be combined with other
sustainable flooring solutions such as floating bamboo, supplied locally by
the Carpet and Tile Gallery, to create a truly unique and impressive floor.
The centre aims to tap into the expertise within our community not only
in sustainable building practices, but also in growing and cooking food,
collecting and conserving water, caring for our environment, greener
transport options and to provide a central location for people to access
The Smart Living Centre is an initiative of the Regional Sustainability Alliance
Ballarat, under the auspice of BREAZE. It is supported by the Victorian
Government Sustainability Fund managed by Sustainability Victoria.
Anyone wishing to be involved in the centre or to find out more information
contact Bridget O'Sullivan on 5329 1730.
Winter Swamp Community
Looking for a place to get back to nature? Or somewhere to spend some
quiet time amongst bird and water life? Or perhaps you wish to volunteer
and help out the local environment but don't know where to begin? The
Winter Swamp Community Environmental Education Program may be just
what you are looking for.
Winter Swamp is a 70 hectare aquatic, grassland and woodland reserve on
the western edge of urban Ballarat, off Lucas Lane. The reserve contains
a semi-permanent 40 hectare wetland that receives its water from the
surrounding residential and industrial areas of an ever-expanding Ballarat
The Ballarat Environment Network is running an environmental Education
Program from the swampland which includes tree planting, water quality
monitoring, tours and bird watching.
The Network welcomes any and all groups and individuals interested in the
program. Whether you and your group are looking for a long-term involvement
or just interested in volunteering for an afternoon, the Network will develop
a program that will suit your needs and assist in developing and further
protecting this fragile ecosystem.
The Education Program is supported by Council, through its Environmental
Sustainability Strategy, and United Water, operators of the nearby Ballarat
North Waste Treatment Plant.
Council has further supported rejuvenation of the reserve by donating around
500 trees from its community nursery that were planted last year.
If you are interested in participating in the Winter Swamp Community
Environmental Education Program contact Ballarat Environment Network
Executive Officer Hedley Thomson on 0428 027 895 or hedleythomson@
Below: Students from Forest St Primary School enjoy a tree planting day at
Below: Restoration work underway at Ballarat's new Smart Living Centre in Lydiard St
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