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Committee for Ballarat
Enews - August 2015
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Civic Hall

As a visionary membership body who had made previous representations to Council on the future of the Civic Hall site, Committee for Ballarat were invited to contribute to the Civic Hall Participatory Community Design Process (“the Process”) through representation on the Partnership Group.

A key milestone in the Participatory Design Process was reached on 8 July 2015 with Council passing the recommendations from the Partnership Group and Core Team.

Click here to read more and view Committee's submission

Project News

FastTrack Ballarat - A modern commuter rail service

Committee for Ballarat officially launched its FastTrack task team objectives at the Ballarat Railway station in September 2012. In representations made to successive State Government's, we have repeatedly advocated for major investment to the Ballarat line. This includes additional rolling stock, more passing loops, a second platform at Bacchus Marsh to improve scheduling, electrification of a separate Melton- Melbourne section, a feasibility study into the duplication of the Ballarat – Melbourne line and reliable mobile connectivity for commuters.

Whilst the Regional Rail Link was envisaged to be the silver bullet for regional rail there is quite obviously a number of teething problems being experienced particularly by our local Ballarat commuters. As the Premier has acknowledged the frustrations being experienced by fewer carriages, extreme over-crowding, timetable changes and delays is simply not good enough. We all agree!!

However, we must not let these immediate and extremely frustrating issues overshadow the opportunity we have to influence government policy and set our priorities for our regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment over the next 20 years.

Action is needed now to deliver a more frequent, reliable and faster commuter rail service to cater for the demands of our growing population and Committee's priorities will be fed into the Development Planning process. A masterplan to guide future infrastructure investment is critically important as we strive for ultimate duplication.

The above is an excerpt of an opinion piece by Committee for Ballarat Chair, Judy Verlin AM.
Click here to read the piece

Click here to view a summary of the work of our FastTrack Ballarat task team
Click here to watch a video on our Fast rail & FastTrack journey

Brand Ballarat 

The Brand Ballarat Trailer was launched to members at our 10 year anniversary dinner on 26 June and has received a positive response from members and guests present.

This trailer is the precursor to our Television Commercial (TVC) campaign, which is in production phase, aligned to our task team objectives of instilling a sense of pride in our city, sending a message of positivity and confidence, reminding all of the great aspects Ballarat has to offer while showing our city in a new light.

Ballarat is the Capital of Western Victoria and the regional destination of choice. The  campaign aims to demonstrates the diversity of business opportunities, world class health and education facilities whilst promoting our enviable lifestyle and liveability.

The campaign will be launched in 4Q 2015 at a special premiere event.

For those who missed it, or to see it again, please click below


New P-TECH Education Model for Pilot in Ballarat

A key focus area identified by members for Committee is to promote greater collaboration between the education and industry sectors to align educational outcomes to meet business needs.

In recent months, Committee has been working with representatives from the Department of Education and Training (Federal and State), IBM, Federation College and Skilling Australia Foundation in progressing the introduction of a P-TECH pilot program based on the successful IBM model in the US.

We are pleased to advise members that the Federal & State Government’s today formally announced approved the introduction of the P-TECH pilot program at both Ballarat and Geelong which will see collaborative partnerships between education and industry established to deliver learning experiences that would not be possible where schools, or business, acted in isolation. Federation College, Ballarat, has been selected as one of two P-TECH schools in Australia. We look forward to working closely with Shirley Fraser and Eliza Lane (Federation College) enlisting the support and expertise of local industry to help prepare students for the world beyond school at a time in their lives when they are making decisions that will influence their career path.

P-TECH provides particular focus on supporting disadvantaged young people in the Secondary education sector (year 9 and above) to achieve post-school qualification and make a successful transition from school to work. Attached for your information is a document developed by the Skilling Australia Foundation, in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, to enable informed conversations between local education, industry and community stakeholders.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact our CEO – John Kilgour

Click here to view media release

Click here to read more about P-Tech

Members Breakfast - 14 August - Key Issue Outcomes

This B31 breakfast will focus on the 2013 – 18 Strategic Action Plan and update the Business community on the status of key projects and initiatives being advocated by Committee.

The Strategic Action Plan has been updated based on members response to our annual Key Issues process. This work is vital to ensure our agenda is 100% driven by members.

Don't miss the chance to hear the priorities and the direction your Committee will take in both the short and long term. 

Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Time: 7.15am - 9am
Venue: Craig's Royal Hotel 

Click here to register

10 Year anniversary - Thank you

Our anniversary dinner on Friday 26 June was a great success. To have over 200 members and guests celebrate our 10 year milestone was very special.

Thank you very much to those who attended. It was a great privilege and highlight to acknowledge the incredible contribution of our members.

We trust all attendees enjoyed the special feature presentation video showing the journey so far. We certainly enjoyed hearing the story of Committee for Ballarat unfold from our members.

Click here to view the feature video presentation

Queen’s Birthday Honours – Professor, David Battersby AM

On behalf all members, we extend our sincerest congratulations to former Committee for Ballarat Board member and current Vice Chancellor, Federation University, Professor David Battersby AM on his recent Queens Birthday Honours in being made a Member of the Order of Australia.

David’s significant contribution and service to the education sector and our regional community over many years cannot be understated. This includes his involvement in a broad range of range of community initiatives covering the establishment of a Commonwealth-funded GP training consortium, serving on a TAFE Council and being on the Boards of a regional music conservatorium and a regional art gallery. Of particular note is his work as Chair of the Australian Regional Universities Network (RUN), inaugural Chair of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Chair of Education Australia Limited, and a member of the Board of Directors of IDP.

David’s Queens Birthday Honours is due recognition for his tireless work for the benefit of many within our community, which is so richly deserved.


Regional Salaries - How does your business compare? has arrived

Benchmarking your employee salaries against other businesses just like yours has been near impossible. Data is often not current, not relevant to regional Victoria and not specific to the size and operations of your business. Until now!

Inspire HQ introduce

Every day at Inspire HQ we are asked by local businesses how do our employee salaries compare with market rates and how can we benchmark our salaries against our competitors. That’s why Inspire HQ have launched offers true and valuable data to employers, including snap shots of the emerging trends and industry comparisons specific to Ballarat and regional Victoria. Based on an honesty based “give to get” model, is anonymous, provides timely and accurate information and is a first for the region.