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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
New Library model
Council took over the management of Ballarat’s three libraries at Ballarat,
Wendouree and Sebastopol on Friday 1 July and is currently conducting a
sur vey of library users to find out what they think of our libraries and what
changes they would like to see in the future. The new service deliver y model for
the libraries will see them develop into key community information hubs.
The new delivery model allows Council to develop the state-of-the-art library
ser vices that are expected from a leading regional city, with the significant
administration savings from the new arrangement ploughed into improving
the library collection and providing better resources.
The new services model was developed after an investigation into the
previous systems’ administration, cost effectiveness and capacity to meet
future growth and community expectations.
The report found that while there is strong support for our public libraries,
people want expanded and updated collections and programs which the
previous system could not fund.
The new business model will offer innovative youth programs, technology
programs for seniors, and book clubs, while maintaining favourites such as
traditional story-time and continuing to build the collection.
Planning for the future has started and library users will still enjoy the same
friendly and efficient ser vice and programs currently offered.
As part of the planning, Council wants to hear what you think of our libraries
and what you would like to see offered in the future. As such, Council is
running a community survey, both in hard copy available from the Ballarat,
Wendouree and Sebastopol libraries and online on Council's website
The feedback from this sur vey, as well as comments from staff and stakeholder
groups will be used to develop a long term Library Strategic Plan which
will assist the Librar y ser vice to emerge as a community hub for lifelong
For a copy of the community survey visit:
Ballarat Library at 178 Doveton Street Nth
Wendouree Library at Stockland Shopping Centre
Sebastopol Library at 181 Albert Street
Or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Local company to construct
Australian Centre for
Democracy at Eureka
The $5.6 million contract for Stage Two of the redevelopment of the Australian
Centre for Democracy at Eureka has been awarded to local company
The tender was awarded following a detailed selection process which took
into consideration the Ballarat Industr y Participation Program (BIPP). The
BIPP aims to maximise the level of local business involvement.
Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher said the BIPP was crucial in awarding the
“Nicholson Construction has advised that 12 local jobs will be created in
order to facilitate the project which is obviously in addition to the many
existing positions that would benefit from the contract being awarded.”
The developed Centre will feature an amphitheatre-style open space
designed for community events and performances, contemplation spaces
and enhanced landscaping.
The redevelopment also broadens the purpose of the Centre from a Eureka
Stockade centric museum, into a state of the art, technologically advanced,
education and community space that celebrates and explores Australia’s
The construction of the main building is expected to be finished by the
end of July 2012.
The $11.1 million redevelopment is jointly funded by Council and the State
and Federal governments.
The BIPP has ensured 88.6% of Council’s contracts have been awarded
locally, keeping $21 million in investment in Ballarat in the last year.
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