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Committee for Ballarat
Enews - December 2015
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The Moment is Now

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

If you would like to find out about using the video please contact the office.

Project News

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 announcement coincides with the issuing of the tender documents on the TendersVic website.

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.
This EOI is another key milestone reached in BWEZ and will support activation of the BWEZ precinct.

You can read more about the EOI and the full media release here

Project Update Report

For an update on the current status of all our projects you can download a full report here

Civic Hall Update - from the CEO, John Kilgour

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:

  • Here Studio has led the process and developed a series of developed recommendations with the Partnership Group which are contained in a fully detailed report handed to council
  • The Civic Hall project is now ready for Council to make a decision and determination to move to the next phase
  • Stage 1 of the project is consistent with all 5 options and implementation is the catalyst to unlock the value of the whole site
  • There are broad benefits and value mix here including:
    - a community heart (founded on arts, community gathering and events);
    - a high quality employment hub (providing 500 - 850 new jobs)
    - beautiful and functional public spaces (that are best practice, sustainable, and promote health and well-being)
    - active urban design of shops and cafés (stimulating surrounding streets and businesses); and
    - a Ballarat Library of the future
  • From the participatory design process, stage 1 works start with building public spaces first
  • The participatory process has:
    - engaged with our community
    - consulted with technical experts (in cost planning, environmentally sustainable design, structural engineering and economics, civil engineering, and also environmental science and acoustics) and
    - developed great architectural design concepts
  • We have been privy to the economic modelling of the project which:
    - has been robust (the economist has worked with Here Studio throughout the whole year and the latest modelling has included the work of Federation University)
    - presents a compelling case ($100-120M opportunity for public and private investment, 500-850 new ongoing jobs, a cost-benefit ratio of between 1:7 and 1:9.8, and an effective $700M to $1Billion economic impact)
  • The Partnership Group have met (20 times) throughout this year to guide the process and outcomes which are fully supported by the group

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.
We are pleased to confirm the following successful bids for projects submitted from the Grampians Region:

Ararat Rural City Council - Ararat Arts Precinct Redevelopment
This project redevelops the historic Ararat Town Hall through an upgrade of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre and expansion of the Ararat Regional Art Gallery to revive and strengthen the Ararat Arts Precinct as a regional cultural tourism destination in the Grampians Region.

Commonwealth Funding approved: $945,000
Total project cost: $6,235,000

Golden Plains Shire Council - Lethbridge Airport Fuel Infrastructure Project
Provision of a permanent fuel supply will support the growing tourism and commercial market as well as the current and future recreational aviation fleet. It will provide critical operational capability for both firefighting assets and air

Commonwealth Funding approved: $225,166
Total project cost: $450,333

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.


Round Table Dinner & LBWR Graduation

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.
We celebrated the exemplary leadership of former Chair, Judy Verlin AM, with a ‘this is your life’ presentation from member, Phillip Lee, with personalised quotes from Denis Napthine, Julie Stafford and Michael Ronaldson just a few mentioned on the evening.  Judy was also made an honorary member in recognition of her service to Committee for Ballarat. We were so pleased to welcome six new members to Committee as our Chair Janet Dore provided a valuable address on the direction of Committee, the key projects and aspirations for our region.
Graduation of the leadership participants for 2015 concluded the evening with reflections by three chosen participants who moved the audience, an overwhelming feeling of achievement and accomplishment from a year of learning and growing.


To see all of the photos from the evening click here

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The CfB & LBWR team wish all members and friends a very Merry Christmas and bright 2016.

The 'tree' here in our office is once again overloaded with presents thanks to the generous gift donations to CAFS Christmas. This is an initiative of LBWR with 50 gifts going to young people in Residential and Kinship Care. 

Thank you to those who have donated gifts. It's a magic experience for our team here seeing the generous gift donations being placed under the tree daily.

Our office will be closed for the Christmas / New year period from 3pm on Tuesday 22 December and re-open on Monday 4 January 2016. If you need to contact us please get in touch prior to this date. We look forward to working with you in the new year.


Should you have any queries in relation to any of the above news items you are welcome to contact CEO, John Kilgour.