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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Rural Land Use Strategy
Council wants to hear what residents think of its new, long term plan for
the city’s rural land.
The Rural Land Use Strategy is on formal public exhibition until early
September at Council's Customer Service Centre, The Phoenix, 25 Armstrong
The Rural Land Use Strategy has been several years in the making, with
Council undertaking two rounds of informal community consultation in 2009
and 2010. The Strategy was adopted by Council at the end of last year.
The Strategy has implications for Ballarat’s Planning Scheme and so the
Minister for Planning has authorised Council to seek formal comment from
the public about the changes that the Strategy proposes.
The Rural Land Use Strategy provides a long term vision and plan to protect,
maintain and appropriately grow the rural sector around Ballarat. The Plan
proposes a number of changes to how rural land can be subdivided, to the
minimum subdivision and dwelling size in the Farming Zone and introduces
a new policy focusing on supporting and maintaining prime farming land.
The new policy aims to retain productive agricultural land for farming, ensure
the development of dwellings are for the purpose of supporting ongoing or
planned farming activity, encourage consolidation of agricultural land to
support farming activity, ensure small lot subdivisions are for the purpose
of supporting farming activity and that the location of a dwelling does not
compromise surrounding rural activities, in particular farming.
For further information contact Council's Senior Strategic Planner, Jessie
Keating on 5320 5580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Burke and Wills – connecting
the past, present and future
As part of Ballarat’s Burke and Wills commemorative celebrations, marking
the 150th anniversary of the explorers’ trek from Melbourne to the north
coast of Australia, local school children are taking part in an education
program that will see a time capsule buried and images projected onto
the Town Hall.
In May of this year, a time capsule which was interred by Mayor Davey in
1867 was removed. The capsule included coins and newspapers from the
era in a glass bottle, under one of the foundation stones of the fountain.
The online education program has been developed by Sovereign Hill
Education and is one of a number of projects being run by Council, the
Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Heritage Victoria, the Department of
Education and Early Childhood Development, The Royal Society of Victoria
and the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee to mark the anniversary of
the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition.
The education program connects local school children and an aspect of
Ballarat’s heritage to this iconic national story in Australia’s histor y.
To support the educational program around the Burke and Wills story,
students from four schools, which existed when the time capsule was
emplaced are designing the contents of a new time capsule for reinterment
which represents their lives today. Items being considered include: iPhone;
list of endangered animals; coins or notes from 2011; letter to the children
of the future; weather details from 2011; newspapers; photos of Ballarat;
and a shopping catalogue.
The time capsule will be placed under the Burke and Wills memorial fountain
on the corner of Sturt and Lydiard streets.
The Burke and Wills education kit is now online at www.sovereignhill.com.
au/media/uploads/Burke_and_Wills_education_kit.pdf. The contents
of the original time capsule are on display at Sovereign Hill’s Gold
Museum. For more information on the Burke and Wills Commemorative
Celebrations contact Council’s Heritage Coordinator on 5320 5677 or email
Above: Cr Noel Perry, Sovereign Hill Museums Association Board member Annmaree
Perr y, Cr Ben Taylor, Sovereign Hill Deputy CEO and Museums Director Tim Sullivan, Cr
Judy Verlin, Council's Heritage Coordinator Susan Fayad and Marion Littlejohn from
the Sovereign Hill Education team at the launch of the Burke and Wills education
PREPARIng FOR THE
2011/12 FIRE SEASOn
Ballarat City Council is working with a range of agencies to
prepare for the upcoming fire season. Council will be in contact
with local residents within the next two months to meet with and
discuss ways that we can plan and prepare for the 2011/12
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