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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Arch restoration nears
The restoration of Ballarat’s iconic Arch of Victory is nearing completion.
The scaffolding is expected to come down during August, after four
months of restoration works, including repairs to the Arch’s rendering
The Arch of Victory was erected in 1920 as a memorial to the people of
the Ballarat and the surrounding district who enlisted in World War I and
marks the beginning of the Avenue of Honour at its eastern end.
The Arch is the only one of its scale and significance in Victoria. Its heritage
listing and busy location meant the works were complex and required the
expertise of heritage architects and development of detailed drawings,
specifications and method statements to guide the work.
While the Arch itself holds national significance and is recognised for its
impressive stature, it also marks the start of one of the nation’s longest
roadside tree plantings of over 3300 trees stretching more than 22
The restoration project was the result of twelve months’ planning between
Council and the Avenue of Honour /Arch of Victory Committee of Management.
The works have been jointly funded by Council ($300,000) and the Federal
Government which provided $335,000 through the Regional and Local
Community Infrastructure Program and also $175,000 via the National
Heritage Sites Program.
The restoration works necessitated closure of the Arch to traffic, with the
westbound traffic being diverted onto the eastbound carriageway and
the opposing flows separated by concrete barriers. Apart from delays for
short periods during morning and afternoon peaks, the traffic diversion
has worked well.
Girrabanya’s services rank
highly in accreditation
Ballarat’s Girrabanya Centre for Children and their Families has achieved
the highest ranking possible following its recent accreditation process.
Girrabanya, which is run by Ballarat City Council and provides childcare and
kindergarten places for 60 children, attained six ‘High Quality’ standards and
one ‘Good to High Quality’ standard from the National Childcare Accreditation
Council. This is the highest level of recognition within the current quality
All Australian childcare centres are required by law to undergo accreditation
every two and a half years, with centres assessed on:
Relationships with children
Partnerships with families
Planning and evaluation
Children’s experiences and learning
Protective care and safety
Health, nutrition and wellbeing
Managing to support quality
Cr Mark Harris, People and Communities Portfolio Councillor, said the high
ranking Girrabanya had received during the accreditation process was a
testament to the excellent care that is consistently provided across all City
of Ballarat children’s centres.
“This is the benchmark that we continuously strive to achieve. It is very
satisfying that Girrabanya can join Wendouree Children’s Centre in being
recognised for best practice”.
“Parents have been involved in the accreditation process and have joined
staff in welcoming this great result. What it does is officially recognise
and endorse what we already know is achieved everyday in our childcare
Girrabanya has been providing high quality childcare and kindergarten
services to Ballarat families since 1992.
Above: Cr Mark Harris at Girrabanya Centre for Children and their Families
Below: Contractor uses water pressure to clean the organic growth from the ‘Rising
Sun’ symbol at the top of the Arch of Victory
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