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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2011
The Koala Connect series of publications will be launched on World
Environment Day on Sunday 5 June 2011 to help residents and councils
protect native vegetation across four municipalities.
The Koala Connect behavioral change program was established in 2009
by four municipalities – City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire Council, Hepburn
Shire Council and Pyrenees Shire Council – to improve the quality of planning
applications in relation to native vegetation removal.
The series of publications were funded through the Victorian Local
Sustainablilty Award with the aim to provide locally relevant and easy to
understand information about the planning permit application process
and native vegetation.
All publications feature the koala due to the much-loved animal’s proven
track record in community engagement.
Titled ‘Before you Buy or Build’, one Koala Connect publication provides
residents across the four municipalities with information regarding the
importance of considering native vegetation values before making plans
to build a house or shed. A ‘quick guide’ will help Council staff to assess
native vegetation applications using local information.
Developed for the community and schools, the ‘Threatened Species Guide
for western Victoria’ uses ‘Ted the Koala’ to educate readers about native
vegetation habitats in western Victoria, and some lesser known threatened
The publications are now available from the City of Ballarat’s Customer
Service Centre and Visitor Information Centre. For more information
contact Council’s Koala Connect project Officer, Tanya Loos, on
Smart Living Centre to foster
a groundswell of change
Based in a shopfront in the Mining Exchange building on Lydiard Street,
the new Smart Living Centre will be a one-stop shop for people seeking
information on sustainable living practices.
Funded through the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund, managed
by Sustainability Victoria, the centre is being developed by the Regional
Sustainability Alliance Ballarat, whose members include the City of Ballarat
and a number of non-government and community groups.
To demonstrate some of the things that people can do to their homes, the
centre is currently being retrofitted with a 4kw solar system, reclaimed timber
flooring, water saving fixtures, second-hand furniture and energy-efficient
Staffed by a part-time coordinator and volunteers, the centre will offer
advice on areas such as how to grow food at home, water saving practices,
using sustainable transport and designing or retrofitting homes to be more
comfortable and cheaper to run. It will also connect residents to local experts
in the area in order to implement changes in the home.
With the refurbishment of the Centre in its final stages, this Ballarat
community initiative will soon be opening its doors to help our community
to live smarter. Opening from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, the Centre
will help to foster a groundswell of change within the community.
For more information visit www.smartlivingballarat.org.au
Above: BREAZE Executive Officer Geoff Adams and Cr Mark Harris at the future
Smart Living Centre
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