Home' My Ballarat : September 2011 Contents Contents
From the Mayor’s desk
Bigger and Better Eureka Stadium
From the CEO’s desk
New Look 300 Mair Street
New City of Ballarat Offices
The Changing Face of Mair Street
A Community Conversation
Walk and Cycle to Buninyong
New and Improved Bakery Hill Entrance
Plans for a Growing Ballarat
New Buninyong Garden Gates
Marking the Trail
Ready to Play
Connecting Mt Clear and Sebastopol
Become a Buddy and Showcase Ballarat
A Friend to All
Open to the Public
Out and About in October
Building a Safer Community
Down to the Knitty Gritty
Name Our Island
Preparing for the Fire Season
Save Your Energy
Sustainable Cities Awards
Amendment C143: Tresize Lane
World’s Best Cyclists Race into Ballarat
Gallery Annexe Open
Projecting an Artistic Image
ArtLink A Great Success
Tell Us About Your Neighbourhood
Front cover: Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher sur veys the proposed plans for the
redevelopment of the Civic Hall site at 300 Mair Street.
Cr Craig Fletcher
City of Ballarat
From the Mayor’s desk
The future of the Civic Hall site is no longer in doubt. In fact, the visionaries
amongst us believe an exciting future for the site is now assured.
Council’s vision is to transform an under-utilised site, dominated by an
outdated and redundant building, into a dynamic and purpose-built civic
and commercial centre.
At its meeting last month, Council endorsed a series of resolutions that have
effectively given the green light for the next stages of this project.
The standard approvals processes necessary to deliver this project are
now underway. A planning permit application is being prepared, as is an
application for a permit for the demolition of the existing building. Both
applications will, of course, be subject to a full and comprehensive public
consultation process which will give all residents the opportunity to have
input on the proposals.
Talks are continuing with the State Government on transfer of the land.
Projects of this magnitude - those which change the status quo - will always
have their share of doubters and critics. But sometimes hard decisions
have to be taken in the name of progress.
As a Council we know that not everyone will agree with our decisions, or
our approach to the Civic Hall site. Equally, we are confident that the
silent majority in the community agree that it is time for positive action
on this site.
Leadership means making informed decisions that will deliver the best
possible outcome for Ballarat. The project we intend to develop on the
Civic Hall site at 300 Mair Street will do just that. More information on the
project is on pages 4 to 7 of this edition of myballarat.
Lake Wendouree’s Willow Island is up for a name change and primary
school students from the municipality have been invited to choose a new
name that reflects the history of the Lake and its environs.
Students may enter as individuals or as part of a class group. More
information can be found on page 17.
I hope that many students will enter the competition – it is a fun way to learn
more about our local area and to create a place name that will become
part of Ballarat’s history.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
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