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Major works to alleviate flooding in the Banyule Drive area of Delacombe
are well underway and due for completion in mid-August.
Council’s $500,000 flood mitigation program involves the installation of
stormwater infrastructure that almost doubles the capacity of pipes which
divert water from the low lying residential area.
A new 1350 mm concrete pipe which runs parallel to an existing 1500 mm
pipe under the Glenelg Highway is now in place, and existing underground
drainage in Banyule Drive and the adjacent service road have also been
This will ensure that in the event of a sudden heavy down pour, or prolonged
rain, water will quickly drain away from Banyule Drive.
Council fast-tracked the works after summer rain storms earlier this year
caused flash flooding that inundated several homes.
Ballarat Mayor, Cr Craig Fletcher has made regular site inspections during
the works and been in regular contact with Banyule Drive residents since
“We have been very conscious of the need to fix this problem as quickly
as possible, we have fast tracked this project and we are delivering on our
post-flood commitment to residents.
“The management of flood events, and trying to tackle the wrath of nature,
is best handled using state of the art engineering principles, which is exactly
what we have employed on this project”.
In addition to the Banyule Drive/Glenelg Highway project complementary
drainage works to provide a flood retention basin at Doug Dean Reserve
have also been completed, with a minor clean-up of the site scheduled
once weather and site conditions improve.
From the CEO’s desk
The start of the new financial year marked the beginning of a new era for
libraries in Ballarat. I for one look forward to seeing how our libraries will
evolve into state-of-the-art information hubs, and I’m gratified that all of
our regional partners support the new model. Our library service is about
to undergo some positive changes, and local librar y users are invited to be
part of the discussions. Let us know what you think about current library
ser vices, and perhaps most importantly, what you would like to see on offer
at your local library in the future. Details of how to have your say are on
page six of this issue.
The recent announcement by the Art Galler y of Ballarat’s Board that it has
offered to lend the city’s greatest treasure, the Eureka Flag, to the new
Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka is a welcome one, which will
see the flag return to the site where it was first raised. The decision follows
careful thought and discussion, and is a generous gesture by the Galler y,
which has been the Flag’s custodian since 1895. Once restoration works
on the Flag are complete people will again have the opportunity to visit
the Flag at the Art Gallery of Ballarat before it is moved to the Australian
Centre for Democracy at Eureka some time in 2012.
Ballarat company, Nicholson Construction has been awarded the $5.6
million contract for Stage Two of the redevelopment of the Centre following a
detailed tender process which took into consideration the Ballarat Industr y
Participation Program (BIPP).
The new Centre will feature an amphitheatre-style open space for community
events and performances, contemplation spaces and enhanced landscaping.
It will be a state of the art, technologically advanced, education and
community space that celebrates and explores Australia’s democracy.
The construction of the main building is expected to be finished by the
end of July 2012
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
Below: Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher inspects works being carried out to alleviate
flooding in Banyule Drive, Delacombe
Above: Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher photographed at the site in February, prior to the
flood mitigation works being carried out
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