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Bigger and Better
Eureka Stadium will be bigger and better thanks to a $921,000 grant from
Sports and Recreation Victoria.
This significant injection of money will fund improvements to player and
administration facilities at the stadium.
The works aim to:
facilitate the hosting of pre-season AFL matches
reclassify the stadium as a Centre for Excellence, allowing kids from
the region to pursue their AFL dreams
provide greater community access and flexibility
It is hoped that the works will increase community participation and use
of the site by residents of all ages and abilities, in both competitor and
The City of Ballarat and the North Ballarat Football Club will work
collaboratively on the project, bringing closer the vision of holding AFL
matches in Ballarat.
A highlight of the project, subject to costs, will be the construction of a new
west wing on the existing building. The new wing will include new public
toilets, including accessible toilets which are not currently available.
Also included in the new wing will be multi-use, unisex change rooms. The
current change rooms are only available to netballers when football isn’t
City of Ballarat Mayor Craig Fletcher said the funding formed part of the
State Government’s $79 million budget boost to community and high-level
“Our Sports Precincts Strategy and Health and Wellbeing Plan are ver y much
focused around ensuring that all City of Ballarat residents have access to
high quality sport and recreation facilities and encouraging them to use
these to get active.”
North Ballarat Football Club Chief Executive Officer Mark Patterson said
the strength of the project lies in its collaborative approach between
numerous stakeholders including the football club, City of Ballarat, the
State Government, the AFL and AFL Victoria.
From the CEO’s desk
The City of Ballarat is responsible for the maintenance of 357 kms of sealed
and 269 kms of unsealed rural roads plus a further 618 kms of sealed and
94 kms of unsealed urban roads across the municipality.
This year, City of Ballarat has increased capital expenditure on rural roads
to $2.5 million.
This significant spend on road infrastructure in rural areas is clear recognition
that rural residents are entitled to expect that the roads they use will receive
a fair share of rate dollars for ongoing maintenance.
Council will undertake a comprehensive survey of all unsealed rural roads
in the municipality and then rank them into a hierarchy which will be used
to determine the order of works on rural roads. This work is expected to
be completed by the end of October 2011.
Developing an unsealed rural road hierarchy similar to Council’s urban road
hierarchy will help determine which roads need work, how much work is
needed and how urgent the work is. It will also provide greater certainty to
users of those roads on when they can expect works to be carried out.
The purpose of developing a hierarchy for the unsealed road network is to
identify those roads that are of more strategic importance, based on criteria
such as traffic volumes, school bus routes, commercial use (milk trucks,
logging trucks), or use as strategic fire breaks. Resources will be assigned
to more significant roads, and budgets will be tailored accordingly.
The unsealed roads hierarchy will enable Council to approach its maintenance
programs in a more strategic manner, thereby gradually upgrading and
improving the quality of the network, as well as indentifying roads for
reconstruction and sealing as part of Council’s capital works program.
The hierarchy will also help determine if additional budgetary resources need
to be committed to maintaining and improving the local road network.
The rural road hierarchy will end what has been a somewhat ad hoc approach
to rural road maintenance; an unfortunate legacy from the pre-amalgamation
era when many of the rural roads now in our municipality were previously
the responsibility of an adjoining shire.
To provide feedback or input into the rural road hierarchy, please email
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
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