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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2011
Koang Pang Jock
Migrated from: Sudan
Migrated to Ballarat: February 2006
Koang loves living in Ballarat, and he is even getting used to the cold
He left Sudan for Ethiopia in 1983 due to the civil war, and completed his
education in Kenya. Originally employed as a teacher, Koang later became
a social worker in a refugee camp in Kenya.
He was granted a humanitarian visa for Australia in 2003. While working
to support his family, Koang gained qualifications in both writing and
reading ESL in Australia. He is currently undergoing further study in social
As one of the City of Ballarat’s Multicultural Ambassadors, Koang’s hopes
to increase the local community’s multicultural
awareness and assist new migrants to integrate
smoothly into the Ballarat community.
Koana’s wife Nyibol enjoys meeting a broad
range of people through her husband’s
Multicultural Ambassador duties, and
appreciates the quality of education available
in the area. Their four children – Nyaruot,
Nyajikma, Nykdeor and Bangoang
attend Canadian Lead Primary
New BMX track to attract
Ballarat BMX (bicycle motorcross) enthusiasts can now practise and race in
state-level competitions at the new BMX facility at Marty Busch Recreation
Reserve in Sebastopol.
Currently experiencing a revival in interest, BMX riders race bicycles
motorcross style on purpose-built tracks lined with obstacles such as
mounds and dips.
The new BMX track is located adjacent to the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling
The City of Ballarat worked with the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club - BMX
Committee to build the new $13,000 BMX track, which includes a start
gate, seating, pathway, gating to the facility and overall improvements to
Created using 300 tonnes of granitic sand, the new track is 260 metres
long and includes four straights and three banked turns.
Humps Bumps and Jumps Pty Ltd provided six days of specialised track
building expertise. The BMX Committee contributed 110 man hours to
cleaning the site, raking and hand moulding jumps.
During the 1980s when the sport was at a popular peak, Ballarat was home
to two BMX clubs with 300 members combined.
The track will enable Ballarat to host state-level BMX competitions. The BMX
Committee’s recent affiliation with BMX Australia (BMXA) will provide BMXA
membership and BMX club racing for juniors and seniors.
The project was implemented as part of the Play Space Planning Framework
adopted by Council in 2010.
Above: City of Ballarat Cr Des Hudson at the opening of the new BMX facility at
Marty Busch Recreation Reserve
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