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Have Your Say On Local Multicultural Issues

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News, Media Releases

Victorian Multicultural CommissionMedia Release –  Monday 14th October 2013
People living in the greater Ballarat and Grampians region are encouraged to attend a local forum in Golden Point to have their say on multicultural issues.
Hosted by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), the community consultation gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on how government services can be improved for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
VMC Chairperson Chin Tan said everyone is welcome at the event on Monday 28 October 2013 to share their experiences and ideas for multicultural affairs in Victoria.
“Victoria is one of the most multicultural places in the world, and we want to make life here better for everyone,” Mr Tan said.
“Our five million residents come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow one of 135 faiths, so it’s important that everyone has an opportunity to put forward their different needs and views.  “The feedback and information we get from people can be used by the VMC to ensure that government departments and agencies’ services and outcomes are improved for everyone,” he said.
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Creating a live music scene

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News, Local Councils

City of BallaratMEDIA ALERT  –   Date: Monday, 16 September 2013

Live Music Summit
Music Victoria is coming to Ballarat on Wednesday, 2 October, to host its first regional Live Music Summit.
The day long summit will explore the opportunities and barriers associated with our region’s live music scene.
The day long Ballarat Live Music Summit will involve primary stakeholders in Ballarat’s live music scene and will discuss the opportunities and barriers effecting developing lively and sustainable live music enterprise in Ballarat.
The Summit will include a roundtable discussion from 2 to 5pm and will be held at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.
The Live Music Summit will be facilitated by Shaun Adams, a key figure in the local music scene who currently programs the Karova Lounge calendar.
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Spring News from Marc Eiden

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Ballarat News

Howdy folks,

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the start to Spring. I am. 
The latest theme for our Snapped photography project is ACTION. Do you have any action shots you would like to share with ABC Open? 

Take on the Snapped challenge and capture an action shot – explore your camera shutter speed and capture movement of people, animals or objects. 

Need help? Check out all the details about the project and camera tips here:

Here’s a photo I took of Rosco the wonder dog leaping in the air at Ararat.


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Gardening enthusiasts to experience Ballarat’s beauty

September 11, 2013 by  
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Ballarat Regional TourismFriends of Ballarat Botanical GardensWednesday 11 September

With Ballarat in bloom this spring, some of our finest gardens will be enjoyed by gardening enthusiasts from around Australia when the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens host the Gardens Club of Australia Biennial Convention from 15 to 19 September.

The convention takes place every two years in a different location and this will be the first time Victoria has hosted the event since its inception in 1967. The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens (FBBG) are delighted to be hosting the event on behalf of Ballarat and its districts, and welcoming affiliated garden clubs to their own backyard.

FBBG President, Elizabeth Gilfillan said “We are thrilled to be hosting the convention and demonstrating the wonderful attractions of Ballarat and surrounding areas.”  “Our program has been handpicked to showcase Ballarat’s history and heritage and give delegates a real sense of the beautiful region we are so lucky to call home.”

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Fire destroys Mt Clear shops

Fire crews were been called to a blaze at Midvale Shopping Centre in Mount Clear this evening after workers at the IGA Supermarket noticed smoke pouring from the roof of the Mt Clear Fish & Chip shop at around 8:45PM.

Emergency crews were called to the fish & chip shop with the first CFA units arriving at 8:51PM

The super market was evacuated for a short time as a safety measure but was later reopened.

It took nine fire units around thirty minutes to control with mop up efforts continuing for well over an hour.

The fire has destroyed the fish and chip shop and caused extensive damage to adjoining shops including the Vinnies store & Butcher shop.

Staff from the supermarket told us “we saw smoke coming from the exhaust fans on the roof and within a few minutes large flames were taking over the building.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it’s believed that the fire started in the rear of the fish and chip shop in the vicinity of a deep fryer. The fire is not considered suspicious.

See the photos first only at 99.9 Voice FM.

Updated: 15/05/2012 11:08PM

Photos (click to enlarge):

Photos Copyright B Ward 2012

Rain boosts Ballarat water supply

September 30, 2010 by  
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Central Highlands Water says rainfall in its Ballarat catchments has boosted storages to almost 70 per cent of capacity.

The Ballarat water supply is 69.9 per cent full, which is 5.3 years of supply.

The storages were boosted by almost 560 megalitres during the past week.

The water corporation’s Wendy Stubbs says reservoirs are at their highest level for about eight years.

“I think we’d probably go back around about eight years to when we were last around this sort of level in our storages, which would be about the same time when Ballarat was last on stage one restrictions,” she said.

Source: ABC Ballarat

Council wants dredging gear used to remove ferry

September 30, 2010 by  
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The Ballarat council is hopeful the owner of a dilapidated ferry on Lake Wendouree will remove it using dredging equipment.

The council has ordered Greg Austin to remove the Begonia Princess from the lake.

The boat has not operated since 2003 and was last licensed in 2005.

The council’s Ian Rossiter says it has asked Mr Austin to consider using the machinery that is currently being used to dredge part of the lake.

“By having low loaders and cranes at the lake, if Mr Austin is agreeable, there may be an opportunity to minimise the cost of its removal, so at the point of launching of the other equipment, we may be able to see whether Mr Austin is willing to get the contractors to transport his ferry to a suitable site,” he said.

Source: ABC Ballarat

Worries aired over Grampians fuel reduction burn

September 20, 2010 by  
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There are fears that not enough fuel reduction burning will be carried out in the Grampians National Park before summer.

The wet weather has forced Victoria’s fire agencies to delay their prescribed burning program.

Peter Flinn of Grampians Asset Protection says the fuel load in the national park is high and he is concerned the program will not get underway before the fire season.

“The underlying factor is that there’s still an awful lot of fuel in the Grampians, there are some areas that haven’t seen fire of any sort for 50 years and if the conditions are right they’ll burn very fiercely, so there’s an ongoing need for a vigorous prescribed burning program,” he said.

Source: ABC Ballarat

Man bashed unconscious in Daylesford

September 20, 2010 by  
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A 43-year-old man has been questioned by police after a man was bashed in Daylesford last night.

Police say a 50-year-old man was found unconscious at a Jameson Street house and was taken to the Ballarat hospital with serious injuries.

Police performed CPR on the man before he was taken to the Ballarat Hospital.

The 43-year-old man has been released from custody and investigations are continuing.

Source: ABC Ballarat

North Ballarat completes VFL treble

September 19, 2010 by  
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North Melbourne-listed trio David Hale, Josh Smith and Corey Jones kicked three goals each for North Ballarat in its comprehensive 47-point win in the VFL grand final against Northern Bullants.

The 20.13 (133) to 13.8 (86) victory at Docklands completed a premiership hat-trick for the Gerard Fitzgerald-coached Roosters.

Carlton-listed forward Brad Fisher, 26, kicked four goals for the Northern Bullants to keep alive his hopes of winning a place on an AFL list next year.

Ruck/forward Hale, 26, who is out-of-favour with the AFL Kangaroos, was dominant as was 29-year-old Jones, who retired from AFL level last month.

North Ballarat bounced out of the blocks to score six goals, including two each to Hale and Smith, to lead the Bullants by 34 points at quarter-time.

In an even second term, both sides kicked four goals.

North Melbourne-listed utility Leigh Harding appeared to tear a hamstring early in the second quarter but returned to a forward pocket late in the second half.

Fisher, who has not been offered a contract for Carlton next year, and big man Sam Jacobs, who is out of contract with the Blues, led the Bullants’ fightback after they had been 42 points down early in the third quarter.

Skipper Adam Iacobucci was also instrumental as the Bullants kicked three successive goals to narrow the gap to 22 points and they trailed by 28 points at three-quarter time.

But Jones kicked two of North Ballarat’s six goals in the final term to the Bullants’ three.

“It’s a fantastic feeling, I’m chuffed,” Jones said after the match.

“We’ve got three talls (up forward), it’s a good even mix.”

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