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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Committee for a Child
Council has developed a Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) which outlines
a range of activities to ensure that all children in the community have the
best chance of a healthy, happy childhood.
The plan, which was developed in conjunction with the community and relevant
agencies, ensures that Council continues to use the latest research in childhood
development to support all the various groups, organisations, individuals and
agencies that work with and care for children in our community.
According to the Ballarat community, a Child Friendly City is one:
that has a community that actively engages in fulfilling the right of
every child and their family;
that enables and ensures that children and families have access to,
and receive, affordable services;
that builds an environment which encourages active community life;
that provides workplace environments that are flexible in meeting
children and family needs; and
that is safe in all dimensions.
All recommendations within the MEYP fall under these five principles.
A new Child Friendly Ballarat Committee has been established to help drive
the actions out of the Plan and to encourage parents, schools, businesses
and organisations to be child friendly. Committee representation is from
individuals who have self-nominated, or have been nominated by others due
to their interest in creating a more child friendly Ballarat.
The members of the Child Friendly Ballarat Committee are:
Cr Des Hudson - Chair
Rosemarie Calvert - Council representative
Merran Fleming - Council representative
Desley Beechey - original member
Shane Mahony - original member
Sheppard Shamuyarira - original member
Beth Lamont - new member 2011
Julie Davies - new member 2011
Tony Lovett - new member 2011
Blair Thompson - new member 2011
Heather Boyd - new member 2011
The Committee aims to influence positive outcomes for Ballarat as a Child
Friendly City, advocate for the inclusion of children’s and families views
and opinions, and be consulted by Council for opinion and advice on the
development of Ballarat as a Child Friendly City.
This Child Friendly Ballarat Committee will work closely with two other
committees. A stakeholder committee has been formed which includes
representatives from the various state and federal, and non-profit agencies
and organisations that work with or for children, such as the Department of
Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), kinder associations,
Ballarat Community Health, Child and Family Services (CAFS) and Department
of Human Services (DHS) and education institutions. Council has also formed
an internal working committee that includes representation from across various
departments and will consider how Council’s services, facilities, infrastructure
and events can all be made more child friendly.
These three committees ensure a comprehensive and particular approach
is taken to achieving the goals of the MEYP and Ballarat continues to grow
as a community where children come first.
For more information on the new Child Friendly Ballarat Committee contact
Council's Best Start Community Facilitator Merran Fleming on 5320 5773
or email email@example.com
Above: Front row L to R Blair Thompson, Rosemarie Calvert (Council representative), Cr Des Hudson (Chair), Sheppard Shamuyarira, Desley Beechey. Back row L to R Heather
Boyd, Beth Lamont, Merran Fleming (Council representative), Helen McIntosh (administrative support) Absent: Shane Mahony, Julie Davies and Tony Lovett
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