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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Walk and Cycle to Buninyong
A new prefabricated steel pedestrian/cycle bridge has been installed over
the Union Jack Creek at the northern entrance to Buninyong.
The bridge replaces an older wooden structure which was in need of repair
work and no longer met current design standards.
The bridge is on a popular pedestrian/cycle path that runs along the west
side of Geelong Road and is the only pedestrian link between Mt Helen and
It is well used by cyclists and pedestrians, including a number who commute
to and from work or school via the path.
Two 20 tonne cranes were used to lower the bridge into place directly over
the top of the existing structure, minimising disruption to residents as the
path was only closed for one day.
Community Facilities Improvements
City of Ballarat has also spent more than $100,000 on upgrades to community
facilities at Miners Rest, Sebastopol, Buninyong and Lake Esmond.
The Buninyong Town Hall has a new floor made from locally sourced white
mahogany and new audio visual and power points. This month the hall will
get a new stage.
Miners Rest Community Hall has also had a facelift. The middle section of
the building has been replastered and repainted, and new ceiling insulation
and windows installed.
Ongoing leaks at the Sebastopol Hall should be a thing of the past now that
the building has been re-roofed.
The public toilets at Len T Fraser Reserve and Lake Esmond have been re-clad
inside and out, giving them a fresh look after years of being targeted by
Recognising the importance of community facilities, particularly in the non-
urban areas, Council has earmarked $1million in its 2011/12 budget for
facility renewal projects around the municipality.
CARING FOR BALLARAT
City of Ballarat is responsible for the maintenance and care of:
44 public toilets
10 community halls
More than 40 kilometres of cycle paths
Above: Growth and Development Councillor Ben Taylor and his family take a ride over the Union Jack Creek in Buninyong.
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