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City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2011
Growth and Development
A sustainable mix of residential, commercial and industrial development and
infrastructure that provides a high quality of life.
The following Growth and Development projects were not completed or were
deferred in the 2010 -11 financial year:
CBD – Grand Boulevard Lighting Project
CBD – Armstrong Street Plaza Detailed Design
‘Harnessing Ballarat’s Stormwater’ by delivering the Ring Road and
Ballarat Golf course retention basin diversions to Lake Wendouree
C97 – Salinity Management Overlay
Lake Wendouree Rowing Course Upgrade
Council land and Crown land review and development of strategic sale
and acquisition program
Rural Land Use Strategy
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS
Restoration of Town Hall
Ballarat’s Town Hall was extensively restored. Works included the restoration
of the wrought iron balustrade on top of the clock tower, the clock faces and
all stone, renders, timbers, metal materials and architectural features on the
exterior of the building.
Restoration of Arch of Victory
Work included repair and replacement of damaged render and mouldings,
mineral based coating to new and existing render, restoration of plaques,
and the installation of new lighting.
Five hundred thousand dollars was directed to urgent flood mitigation works
following flood events in Januar y. The works included duplication of drainage
at Bonshaw Creek south of the Glenelg Highway, works to Doug Dean Reser ve
and drain inspections in flood impacted locations.
Black Spot Funded Projects – Safer Roads in Ballarat
The City of Ballarat successfully applied for $1.2 million in Blackspot Program
funds for upgrades to locations which experienced 19 casualty crashes in
five years. The projects were:
• Howitt Street – Crompton/Stanley Streets
• Burnbank Street – Cardigan Street
• Fussell Street – York Street
• Norman Street – Ligar Street
• Peel Street – Eastwood St to Little Bridge St
Lake Wendouree - Returned to Health
More than 1800 million litres of water has been delivered to Lake Wendouree
through supplementary water supplies since Autumn 2010. Weed harvesting
commenced during the summer, water quality remained good allowing the
lake to be re-stocked with trout, and lake weed made available for use on
gardens. A dredging contract was awarded to Austco Environmental in October
2010 in anticipation of a continuation of weather patterns less or equal to
the long term average.
In a Victorian municipality first, the City of Ballarat launched a brochure, Your
Guide to Living with Koalas, which explains the Koala Overlay and the various
measures residents can take to help protect koalas and their habitat, and to
encourage more koalas in residential areas.
Former Shire of Ballarat Offices at Learmonth Restoration
The historic former Shire of Ballarat Offices at Learmonth restoration project
was a partnership between the City of Ballarat, the Learmonth and District
Historical Society and the Federal Government, and renewed conservation
techniques and developed skills in local tradespeople. Materials were
sourced locally and work was undertaken by a multitude of tradespeople
Buninyong Town Hall Upgrade
Locally sourced white mahogany was used to replace the timber floor in
Buninyong’s historic Town Hall. The stage floor was also replaced.
Ballarat West Growth Area
The first of four Precinct Structure Plans (PSP) was adopted in June 2011,
enabling development to commence in the new suburb of Lucas. Progress
is also being made with plans for the Bonshaw Creek, Greenhalghs Road
and Carngham Road precincts. Extensive consultation with landowners,
developers, key stakeholders and government agencies has been held, with
draft structure plans expected in late 2011. Council’s vision is to sustainably
house 40,000 new residents in the Growth Area.
Western Link Road
The planning process for the new Western Link Road commenced and
environmental, heritage and design background work completed.
Ballarat West Employment Zone
Preparation of a master plan commenced for the 623 hectare Ballarat West
Employment Zone that includes the Ballarat Airport and a potential freight
hub. The master plan will guide the development of the Employment Zone
over the next 20 years. A business case and development strategy are being
prepared in conjunction with the master plan.
2010 Planning Excellence Award
The City of Ballarat won the prestigious Planning Industr y Association 2010
Planning Excellence Victoria Award for the ‘Preserving our Heritage Strategy’.
Other heritage achievements in 2011 included the Ballarat Heritage Awards,
roll out of the new Preserving Our Heritage Together Grants program and the
Burke and Wills Time Capsule retrieval.
FAST FACTS 2010 – 11
(2009 - 10)
Trees pruned under powerlines
Maintenance visits to city entrances
Walking/cycling trail maintenance (kms)
Kerb and channel replaced (m)
Recyclables collected (kg/household/yr)
Annual Repor t Snapshot
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