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For Ange Jenkins, moving back to Mount
Helen was a sort of homecoming.
Having lived in the Ballarat suburb as
a teenager, she moved to Melbourne
for study and work. But like many local
exports, when Ange and her husband Pete
decided to start a family, they wanted to
come back to Ballarat.
After living in Lake Gardens and Black
Hill, it was Mount Helen's open space and
bush setting that drew them to the suburb.
The couple and their children, Tom, 9, and
Lucy, 8, have lived there for the past six
"We live on five acres and love the space
and the bush while still being close to
Ballarat," Ange said.
Being close to work helps, too -- Pete
is at Ambulance Victoria head office,
while Ange is at the University of Ballarat
Library, as well as casually at Wendouree
and Sebastopol Libraries.
Tom plays junior football for the Southern
Mounties, while Lucy does jazz ballet at
Jete Dance School. Both regular runners,
Pete and Ange regularly take to the area's
bush tracks, while Pete also plays tennis
for Mt Helen.
Having front row seats for the Australian
Cycling Championships each January is
another bonus, with their property on part
of the course.
Koalas roam in Mt Helen
Parts of Mt Helen have koala habitat and
population and these areas have been included in
a Koala Overlay designed to keep the koalas safe
and their food plentiful.
What is the Koala Overlay?
• The overlay is a planning term to describe
areas of Ballarat that have been identified as
containing koala habitat.
• The overlay acts to prevent unnecessary
removal of native trees and vegetation that
koalas rely on for food.
• The overlay also seeks to encourage koala
friendly fences for koalas to move over and
protection from domestic animals.
What areas are included in the Koala Overlay?
Areas of Mt Helen, Buninyong, Nerrina,
Invermay and Canadian Valley. To check to see
if your house is in the overlay, call Statutory
Planning at 5320 5640.
What can I do to safeguard the koala?
• Plant trees that koalas eat including
• Plant trees for shelter like wattles
• Keep fencing to a minimum
• Modify existing fencing to make it
For more information, pick up a copy of
Your Guide to Living with Koalas.
Did you know?
Dog attacks are the leading cause of death in
koalas. The stress of being chased can also cause
death in koalas.
To protect the koala population, fence your dogs
in an enclosure that keeps them in and the koalas
out -- colourbond is a good choice.
• Koala numbers dropped dramatically in
Ballarat with settlement and there were no
sightings in the 1940s.
• Koalas were
in the1950s a
60s and on an
up to 1997.
Clubs to join in Mt Helen
• Buninyong Mt Helen Lions Club. Call Club
Secretary Bill Jolly at 5341 2068.
• Mt Helen Tennis Club. email apjames@
ncable.net.au for more information
• YMCA Gymnastics at UB. Call 5334 2499 or
Information sourced from the Ballarat Community
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Parliament in Action
The Lower House of the Victorian Parliament will
sit in Ballarat on Thursday 6 September, 2012.
The regional sitting is an opportunity to witness
the parliamentary process and to see elected
representatives at work.
Proceedings will commence at 9.30am and
conclude around 4.30pm.
Free bus services to watch Parliament
Leave the car at home and catch a free bus to
watch Parliament. The bus departs the Ballarat
Railway Station at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12 noon,
1:30pm and 2:30pm. It will arrive at the University
of Ballarat, Mt Helen in 30 minutes and then
depart for a return service to the Station.
Yarana Drive play space
Last year, the Yarana Drive play space was
upgraded to include new playground equipment,
a new relocated basketball half court, new picnic
table and a granitic path from Yarana Drive around
the playground. The community worked with the
City of Ballarat on the design and upgrade of this
The play space is located in the corner of Yarana
Drive and Shakespeare Avenue, Mt Helen.
Education in Wendouree
In the August issue of MyBallarat, Our
Neighbourhood profiled Wendouree. We have two
additions to the suburb's list of great local schools.
Yuille Park P-8 Community College
Formed from the merger of Yuille Primary School and
Grevillea Park Primary School, the school reflects
and sustains the Wendouree West community's
commitment to the development of lifelong learning
skills for young people and the community.
Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC) Primary School
OHLC has provided quality education in the
Wendouree community for more than 50 years and
is committed to providing the best teaching and
learning environment possible so that all students
can be happy, safe and learn to their full potential.
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