|Enews - December 2015|
|The Moment is Now||Project News|
|Civic Hall Update||Round Table Dinner|
We hope you have had a chance to view The Moment is Now video campaign and may have seen the smaller ads appearing on Southern Cross and Prime TV. If you haven't had a chance to view the video you can see it here.
This video and campaign hopes to instill a sense of pride in this city, send 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. Our campaign demonstrates the diversity of business opportunities, world-class health and education facilities whilst promoting our enviable lifestyle and livability.
Chair, Janet Dore's opinion piece regarding the campaign and it's key messages appeared in Saturday's edition of The Courier. If you missed it you can read the piece in full here
Opportunity for members
We encourage members to use the video product in your own organisation to promote Ballarat and the region. A good example of this is Corporate member Craig's Royal Hotel who is currently using the video on their website www.craigsroyal.com.au.
If you would like to find out about using the video please contact the office.
Exciting times for BWEZ with Freight Hub EOI going live !
On 10 December 2015, in a joint media statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, together with Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and the Mayor, Cr Des Hudson announced the release of the BWEZ Freight Hub EOI.
The aim of the announcement is to draw the interest of media and industry to ensure wide coverage of the opportunity and deliver high quality bidders to the EOI process. It is hoped it will also draw attention to the delivery of the Ballarat West Employment Zone project and its objectives of creating employment and investment to the Ballarat Region.
The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) seeks business interest in securing a site within the 24 hectare Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) Freight Hub to which the Commonwealth Government has committed $9.1 million. The EOI closes on the 11th February 2016.
The BWEZ Freight Hub project is about improving productivity and freight flows for the Ballarat region and is a key precinct within BWEZ which is considered to be the engine room for jobs and economic growth for the next 20 years.
Project Update Report
I would like to re-iterate the following key points on the Participatory Design process and my representation on the Partnership Group for and on behalf of Committee members:
Council at its 9 December 2015 meeting, approved to proceed with the implementation of stage 1 of the Civic Hall project. As a member of the Partnership Group, I was provided the opportunity to address council chambers and highlighted the above key points.
The project will now move into Phase 3 where the 5 options tabled will again be subject to community engamenet through the Partcipatory Design Process and 3 final design options will be produced and tabled in Council by end of 1Q 2016.
National Stronger Regions Fund - Round Two Announcements
A series of Federal Government funding announcements were made this week, Monday 7 December, in relation to applications made for Round 2 of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
Ararat Rural City Council - Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment
Commonwealth Funding approved: $945,000
Golden Plains Shire Council - Lethbridge Airport Fuel Infrastructure Project
Commonwealth Funding approved: $225,166
The two Ballarat funding applications by the City of Ballarat to support further development of the Ballarat Sports & Events Centre (BSEC) and the relocation of the Ballarat Pastoral and Agricultural Society to Victoria Park; were unsuccessful in this round of bids.
Ballarat Basketball CEO -Peter Eddy, representing the Indoor Group stated, “that while the sports are very disappointed with the rejection of the application they will work closely with Council and the State Government to deliver the $14m expansion of the BSEC so that local community sport and the elite teams training base can become a reality in early 2018”. The shortfall in funding will result in reducing the size and scope of the development with 4 new courts to be built increasing capacity to 6. The remaining 2 courts plus the increased spectator seating capacity to create a new show court environment will now not be included in this stage of the development.
Round 3 funding applications in the National Stronger Regions Fund open 15 January 2016. Committee will continue to work closely with both these member organisations in progressing their strategic plans and support any future funding application that might be made in this regard.
Our Round Table Dinner on Friday 4 December was a great success. The evening was one of great celebration as our 2015 Leaders Forum participants graduated. Dr Susan Carland delivered a stirring keynote address encouraging current and emerging community leaders to lead by example in their everyday lives. An inspiring speaker who personalised her journey and experiences through challenging social media insults to remain poised and a true example of leadership for the generations. Susan held the room entranced with articulate examples of leadership and the social challenges that leaders face in today’s society, she reached everyone on a personal level, many members and guests walked away with a valuable piece of leadership wisdom.
To see all of the photos from the evening click here
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year