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New diamond for
Prince of Wales
Construction of a new baseball diamond and lighting at Prince of Wales
Park is nearing completion, as part of Council's city-wide Sports Precincts
The $375,000 project will see construction of the AAA standard baseball
diamond, including synthetic infield, warm season grass outfield and a new
irrigation system and water tanks to allow for sustainable maintenance.
Work is expected to finish in the next few weeks, although the new turf
will require another six to 12 weeks to become established.
In addition to the diamond, an additional $295,000 is being spent on
AAA standard match lights, which should also be completed in the next
Council also received a $60,000 Sport and Recreation Victoria grant to
assist in the works under the Department of Planning and Community
Development's Sustainable Sports Grounds Program.
The works are part of Council's Sports Precincts Strategy which identifies
Prince of Wales Park as one of the city's key sporting and recreational
assets. Other works planned for Prince of Wales Park include construction
of a granitic path network, design and construction of additional car
parking and bike racks at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre.
City of Ballarat Portfolio Councillor for People and Communities Mark Harris
explained that the Sports Precincts Strategy was aimed at ensuring the
city could boast the facilities and services required to meet the needs
of a regional capital city.
"Ballarat's growth and importance in the region is only going to continue.
These works will provide an opportunity for the precinct to host a range
of national, state and local competition events in the future."
For further information on the Prince of Wales Precinct upgrade contact
Council's Major Projects unit on 5320 5599 or email
Community Advisory Panel
for Civic Hall
Council has appointed a group of community members with a wide range
of expertise and networks to provide advice during the planning and design
phase of the Ballarat Civic Hall redevelopment project.
The Community Advisory Panel (CAP) will advise Council from a community
viewpoint on critical issues, provide specialist input, comment and debate
on the key design elements and evaluation criteria of the project and assist
Council in keeping the community informed on the project's progress.
The CAP is a nine member committee:
Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee - Dianne Gow
Committee for Ballarat - John King Jnr
Commerce Ballarat - Jodie Gillett
Local architect - Peter Vernon
• ECCI - Christopher Carroll
Australian Industry Group - Kay Macaulay
University of Ballarat - Darren Holland
Community representative - Howard Terrill
Council's Director Destination and Connections, Jeff Pulford, will represent
Council and the Project Control Group.
In June 2010 Council resolved to relocate its administrative offices to the
site to free up the town hall for community use. In November 2010 Council
was presented with a recommendation for a $135 million development
of the precinct that will see two six-level office buildings, CBD parking
boosted by up to 1000 spaces, a high quality public plaza and greater
access to the existing Library. The recommended option identified the
requirement for the existing Civic Hall to be demolished, which was the
most cost-effective option, providing the largest commercial yield and
delivering the largest number of critical new car parks on the site.
Council is committed to continuing its rigorous community consultation
around this major project and the establishment of the Community Advisory
Panel is a key part of this commitment.
For further information on the project or the Community Advisory Panel
contact Council's Major Project's unit on 5320 5500.
Below: Image courtesy of The Courier
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