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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2011
The State Government is currently considering a request from Council
to include a number of sustainable development recommendations in
the Ballarat Planning Scheme. If approved these recommendations will
assist in ensuring future building developments are designed to reduce
their environmental impacts. This request to the State Government is the
latest action to be achieved out of Council's Environment Sustainability
The ESS was first adopted by Council in 2007. In that time Council has
made considerable progress in environmental sustainability practices, with
70 per cent of the 164 sustainability actions set out in the ESS achieved.
The areas of most success have been in Strategic and Statutory Planning
and water conservation. In the last 12 months Council has used 40 per
cent less water in its business operations compared with 1999/2000 levels
and taken out two prestigious water awards: the National Save Water Award
for government (for the Marty Busch alternative water supplies project) and
the Local Government Professionals Award for Excellence (for securing a
sustainable water supply for Lake Wendouree).
Other actions completed from the ESS include:
conversion of 90 per cent of Council's plant machinery to biofuel;
replacement of Council's six-cylinder fleet cars with four-cylinder,
• gas or biofuelled cars;
installation of solar hot water units at community centres and sporting
installation of waterless urinals in 20 male public toilets and Council
introduction of recycling bins at Lake Wendouree and the Botanical
establishment of a collection facility for battery, mobile phone and
• fluorescent tubes at The Phoenix Customer Service Centre;
installation of energy efficient lighting in Council buildings and
• public open space;
revegetation along waterways and in reserves; and
rigorous monitoring of Council's emissions through the tracking of
• energy, gas and fleet usage and waste generation.
The ESS is now being reviewed, which will include consultation across
Council departments and the community.
For further information contact Council's Manager Environmental Programs
Aaron Izzard on 5320 5897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing your own food
The Ballarat Permaculture Guild (BPG) has launched a project to encourage
people living in the Ballarat area to grow their own food at home. Titled
Backyard Bounty the project involves public workshops each month plus
community working bees, known as permablitzes, and the use of social
networking to connect gardeners.
The project was launched by Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher and Costa Georgiadis, of
Costa's Garden Odyssey on SBS, on Friday 11 March at the Cooinda Centre
in Wendouree. The evening attracted an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of
gardeners, many of whom attended the permablitz held the following day.
At a permablitz volunteers come together to transform a backyard in a
day -- turning it into a productive food garden based on permaculture design
principles. After volunteering at three permablitzes you can put your hand
up to have one at your place.
The activities are run by the BPG with support from a broad range of
community and environment groups.
The Backyard Bounty workshops cover topics like starting a veggie garden,
what to plant when, composting, mushroom growing, understanding soil,
growing fruit trees and berries and keeping chickens. Local experts will be
used wherever possible and the program includes garden tours and site
visits. Workshops will be on the second weekend of every month.
Bookings for the workshops as well as seasonal updates, tips and event
notices can be found via the BPG website www.ballaratpermacultureguild.
org and interested people can follow the progress of the project via its
For further information email Steve Burns from Ballarat Permaculture Guild
Above: Costa Georgiadis with Ballarat Grammar student Bapel Yoa during his visit
to Ballarat. Image courtesy of The Courier
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