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Enews - June 2015
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Ballarat Jobs Forum

Together with the State Government and the City for Ballarat, Committee for Ballarat supported a Jobs Forum conducted in Ballarat on 30 April hosted by the Minister for Employment, the Hon Jacinta Allan, and Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Jaala Pulford. The Andrews Government’s “Back To Work” plan is about working with business leaders to grow our industries and help create 100,000 full time jobs across the State.

The Ballarat Jobs forum brought together diverse business and industry sectors, including manufacturing, health, education, agri-business, trades, tourism, professional services, employment agencies and local government; to identify practical actions that will improve business success, lead to sustainable jobs growth and provide clarity around opportunities for local Government, State Government and local businesses to improve collaboration to achieve success.

The information and ideas from the Forum will contribute towards practical action on the ground and the development of strategic opportunities for further consideration when the forum is re-convened in six months, as requested by Minister Pulford.

Click here to read the outcomes of the forum

Project News

Please click here to download a traffic light report on the status of our current projects.

Rail Improvements welcome - full duplication critical

Chair, Judy Verlin AM met with the Minister Public Transport Jacinta Allen last week to discuss the future planning for train service....

"In the lead up to the official opening of RRL in July, we acknowledge the investment into regional rail lines as part of the RRL.

The announcement of a new morning and evening peak service from Ballarat and other extra services from Bacchus Marsh is welcome.

We have progressed, but more work can be done to look at what is needed in the future.

Ultimately we need to keep front of mind that a population of 200,000 people in Ballarat is only 35 years away and so it is absolutely critical that we get full duplication."

Click here for the full article

Ballarat Strategy 

Committee has made a formal submission to the public consultation process on the draft Ballarat Strategy.

Committee have been actively been involved in the strategy development through representation of our Chair, Judy Verlin AM, on Council’s steering group and the following quote from her captures the essence of the submission.

Click here for full details of our submission 

Key Issues process

Our annual Key Issues forum was conducted over breakfast on 22 May 15 with very interactive and focused conversations from members.

This process is to ensure our agenda is 100% driven by members, seek feedback from members on our advocacy work, identify gaps and to structure / prioritise Committee’s work plan for the coming 1-3 years.

We positioned Ballarat at 200,000 by 2050 and asked what critical interventions and influences required across both the economic and social agenda to ensure Ballarat and region continued to enjoy the lifestyle we have today.

Members were asked to identify the top 3 issues and actions to be undertaken to move these issues forward. Responses were collected from the breakfast and a subsequent online survey.

It comes as no surprise issues such as job creation/ aligning skills with industry needs, transport linkages, attracting and clustering new innovation investment, decentralising government departments, CBD revitalisation and brave visionary leadership were key themes emanating from both the workshop and survey responses.

The Board, with Executive and Corporate Gold members spent time reviewing and workshopping these themes earlier this week. 

We look forward to sharing the final outcomes of this important work at our business breakfast for members and the broader community as part of B-31 month on 14 August.

Save the date: Friday 14 August


10 Year anniversary - RSVP reminder

We are very much looking forward to our anniversary dinner on Friday 26 June.

Member ticket allocations have been increased for this special event. To secure these allocations members must RSVP by Friday 5 June to

Click here for more details


Connect Networking

Sharon Knight MP was the guest speaker at Connect Networking’s May event attended by 27 office professionals from Committee for Ballarat member organisations.

Speaking about her leadership journey, Sharon shared with the group her thoughts on leadership and particularly the importance and value of community leadership.

Connect Networking is a professional association of Office Professionals from organisations which are members of Committee for Ballarat. Your EA/PA/Office manager may be interested in joining Connect Networking. 

Click here for further information about Connect Networking

First Friday Breakfasts

Each month we hold a Frist Friday Breakfast where we invite a select group of members (approx 10 - every member should receive one invite per year). The breakfast provides an update on Committee for Ballarat activities from the Chair and CEO, a chance to gain greater insight into member’s area of interest and passions and importantly an opportunity for members to provide information on their organisations, ensuring Committee for Ballarat and fellow members understand who they are, the services they offer and organisational goals and achievements.

It is an intimate gathering where members create a stronger sense of working together to achieve change.

Please consider your invitation when next it appears in your inbox!

Rug Up - 20 & 21 June 

LBWR is pleased to for the 2nd year in a row to be bringing you the fabulous Rug Up Winter Festival community arts well-being event in collaboration with local organisations, community groups and artists.

Last year we had 1900 people through the doors of all ages and we are looking forward to more this year as people rug up, step out and warm up together at the Mining Exchange.

Click here for further details




Supporting diversity in LBWR - Scholarship Donations

Leadership Ballarat & Western Region through the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program and the FRRR Public Fund is able to offer taxable deductions for amounts over $2 that will support LBWR.

Supporters of the program know that the diversity of the participants in the Leaders Forum program strengthens the experience participants have during the year as they engage and learn from each other.

One way of ensuring diversity each year is to be able to offer scholarships if a prospective participant is unable to fund the employer / sponsor amount fee. Click here to find out more


Office Furniture Sale

Committee for Ballarat has recently relocated to new premises at Ballarat Tech Park Central. As shared meeting space is provided in the building, we no longer have need for our Board Room table and chairs.

The table (2.8 m long x 1.2-1.5 m wide) comfortably seats 12, can be split into two sections and is in excellent condition. The twelve chairs are upholstered in red fabric and also are in excellent condition.

Committee is seeking to recoup some of the initial cost of the furniture and is offering the opportunity to members to purchase the table and chairs at a heavily reduced price – offers over $500 will be considered.

There is also an office desk and a visitor’s chair which are surplus to requirements. These are free to a good home!

Don’t miss out on these great pieces of furniture! Call the office on 5332 1240 and ask to speak to Alana or Adele. | copyright 2015 | all rights reserved | unsubscribe