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National Neighbour Day --
Sunday 31 March 2013
Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of
community. It's a great opportunity to get to know
your neighbours better and meet new members of
Local Neighbour Day events
Join in Neighbour Day events at the Ballarat
Neighbourhood Centre in Sebastopol, Wendouree
West Neighbourhood Centre and Ballarat North
For event information, visit
www.ballaratcommunityhouses.org or contact
your local Neighbourhood House directly.
Celebrate Neighbour Day
The City of Ballarat encourages residents to
embrace the simple concept of "neighbourliness."
The aim is to raise awareness of the issues of
isolation, security and the benefits of having
connections within our neighbourhoods.
The City's Meet the Neighbourhood Program
supports a great selection of fun ideas:
A friendly 'hello'
Fill out the City's 'Hello cards' and drop them
in your neighbours mailbox. It's a great way to
introduce your family.
The sausages are on us!
The City is happy to give $50 supermarket gift
cards to help with BBQ/food costs at local Meet
the Neighbourhood events.
Stuck for ideas for little neighbours?
We also have helpful guidelines for hosting a
successful child-friendly neighbourhood gathering.
For more information, visit the City of Ballarat's
website: www.ballarat.vic.gov.au and click on
'Meet the Neighbourhood Program.' Or call Paula
Roozenburg, Community Development Project
Worker, at 5320 5183 or email paularoozenburg@
Get to know your neighbours
Every day is a great day to get to know your
• Organise a Neighbour Day event -- a
barbecue, garden party, picnic or afternoon
tea in a local park.
• Say "G'day" to your neighbours and maybe
make some new friends!
• Make a special effort to introduce yourself to
older residents and anyone who lives alone.
Leave them your mobile or home telephone
number for use in an emergency.
• Help out by collecting mail when neighbours
are away and keep an eye on their property.
• Try carpooling if kids go to the same school
or you work/shop in the same area.
• Get fit, try jogging or walking together.
• Get together with neighbours who have dogs
for a group walk.
• Share surpluses of garden produce.
For more information and great ideas, visit
Smart Living Ballarat is an independent
non- commercial central hub for people
wanting more information on sustainable living
and is based on five working themes: home
energy, environment, water, transport and food.
Opened in February 2012, the centre is filled
with new ideas and working examples of
sustainable products, including double glazing,
solar energy, local food and insulation.
Living the Smart Life
Staffed primarily by a strong team of
volunteers who share their local knowledge
and experiences, the Smart Living centre is all
about empowering people with the information
and tools to live smarter, with a local focus.
"Talk to our local specialists" sessions are
held regularly in the Smart Living Ballarat
centre on a range of topics including
double glazing, solar electricity, insulation,
sustainable house design, designing outdoor
spaces, revegetating your bush block, bike
maintenance and much more.
Smart Living Ballarat is supported by the
Victorian Government Sustainability Fund. It is
an initiative of Regional Sustainability Alliance
Ballarat (a local network of organisations
driving the community towards sustainable
living) and the City of Ballarat is a major
partner. The project is also supported by
Want to know more?
The Smart Living Ballarat centre is at
14 Lydiard Street North. Open 10am to 4pm,
Tuesday to Saturday.
or call (03) 4309 0030.
Everybody needs good neighbours
An impressive upgrade of change rooms will
improve community facilities at the Ballarat
Aquatics and Lifestyle Centre in 2013.
Works have begun on the upgrade of the male
and female change rooms, and both family change
rooms. The project will take place in two stages to
limit inconvenience and patrons are asked to use the
change rooms located next to the hydrotherapy pool.
The upgrade includes new ceramic tiling, new
flooring, new hand basins and fittings, repainting,
new light fittings, the replacement of stainless
urinal with wall-mounted units, new toilet pans and
new shower heads.
The project is funded by the City of Ballarat and
the YMCA, and is scheduled for completion by
30 March, 2013.
New Change Rooms at BALC
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