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ON THE STREETS
A handy upgrade
A new balustrade and handrail were recently been
installed at the former Ballarat Shire Offices in
Community consultation was valuable in creating
a design to suit OH&S needs and honor the
A Fresh Look
In the past 12 months, the City of Ballarat
roundabout crew has been busy improving
roundabouts throughout the municipality.
Keep an eye out for fresh plantings designed
to brighten the city with new vegetation that is
environmentally-friendly, hardy and colourful.
Maintaining the city
A selection of road maintenance projects recently
• 2,000 stormwater pits were inspected in
August, in preparation for spring and summer
• Backhoe teams worked on drainage
clearance works in North and South Rural
• Grading crews were active in Windermere-
Learmonth and Buninyong.
• Major repair works were completed on Nolan
Road culverts which were recently damaged
by flood debris.
New Street Furniture
New installations of the Street Furniture Renewal
Program this year:
Central Heritage Overlay Areas -- Sturt Street:
15 new bins, 10 street seats, 5 multi-bike racks.
Wendouree -- Harold Street, College Street, Violet
Grove and Carpenter Street Shopping Centres
Bakery Hill redevelopment: 8 bins, 5 seats and
6 bike racks.
More street furniture is set to be installed at
shopping centres and local shops in Alfredton,
Delacombe, Ballarat East, Brown Hill and the CBD.
Redundant furniture is also being removed from
the CBD and, where possible, recycled or adapted
for reuse in other locations.
Little Bridge Street
The Little Bridge Street improvement works
between Peel Street and Grenville Street have
made a positive impression on the cityscape.
New kerb and channel has been completed from
Grenville Street down to Time Lane, and new
bluestone and asphalt footpath paving finished to
On Sturt Street
The Titanic Bandstand in Sturt Street has
recently undergone programmed maintenance.
Works include roof repairs, new spouting,
repainting and electrical repairs.
Flying the flag
The flag poles on each end tower of the Town
Hall were replaced last month, to address
long-standing OH&S issues. The new poles
allow the user to attach the flag directly to the
pole, without risk of working at height.
Plants and Gardens
Subsurface irrigation installation has started in
the 500 block of the Sturt Street median. Three
blocks will be converted to subsurface irrigation
which applies water directly to the soil profile
and is more water efficient than traditional
Plants in the Town Hall block of Sturt Street have
been very slow in growing this year, due to the
weather conditions. The gardeners have filled in
gaps with pansies and violas which will colour
the landscape for a more impressive display.
The Town Hall block lawns have been renovated
The lawns were patchy and hungry for nutrients.
The renewal project included spraying, mowing,
and top dressing the lawn with soil.
New Public Toilet in CBD
A new state of the art accessible toilet facility is
now open for community use in Ballarat's CBD.
The new facility is located at the Ballarat Town Hall
-- entrance on the south side, facing Bath Lane.
The new public accessible toilet including hoist
equipment and a height adjustable change
bench as well as baby change room facilities.
The project was possible thanks to a regional
grant from the Department of Human Services -
Grampians Disability Services.
Best Foot Forward
New footpaths in the City of Ballarat
• Concrete footpath at Howitt Street
Shopping Centre from west side of
Safeway to the ANZ Bank
• Concrete footpath on the east side of
Wilshire Lane from Meadow Court to
• Concrete footpath at Maxlyn Avenue in
• Pedestrian crossings and footpath at
• Learmonth Road on the West side
between Cuthberts Road and Beaufort
• Lake Street, Wendouree at the frontage
of Vision Australia -- construction of
kerb nibbing on each side of the road
to provide safer pedestrian access
The Asset Management Group recently
completed annual maintenance inspections
of 200 bridges in the City of Ballarat.
Reported defects and other structural
information will determine the development
of the City's bridge maintenance and capital
program for bridges.
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