|Enews – July 2016|
|Project News||Round Table Dinner|
|B31 Ballarat Business
|Member and Staff News|
Civic Hall Briefing
As mentioned in the May e-newsletter, a briefing on the Civic Hall was provided by the City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson, Acting CEO Frank Dixon and Regional Development Victoria’s Anthony Schinck on 20 May for CfB members. The discussion highlighted the concern of our membership regarding the underutilisation and the lack of activation of the Civic Hall site in the recently approved Council plan. The CfB Board also expressed its disappointment with the decision and the seeming disregard for the extensive community consultation that had been undertaken.
To ensure a better outcome for Ballarat and the region, it was agreed that action needed to be taken, which included:
CfB CEO, Melanie Robertson, recently wrote an opinion piece that was published in The Courier on 18 June that expressed Committee's disappointment with the Civic Hall decision-making process. You can read Melanie's article here.
Victoria's 30-Year Infrastructure Plan
Committee for Ballarat has made a submission to Infrastructure Victoria providing comment on the 30-year Infrastructure Plan for Victoria. In summary, the infrastructure plan provides limited reference to Ballarat and the growth of regional cities. It does not provide innovative or bold solutions to improve the liveability of our state nor does it provide details for sustainable growth and appropriate use of our resources.
Also excluded from the document is the second river crossing, which Committee for Ballarat highlighted as a critical issue to improve connectivity.
Other items advocated for were:
For a complete copy of Committee for Ballarat’s submission, click here.
Renewable Energy Position Statement
At the recent Board meeting in June, the Renewable Energy Position Paper was endorsed. The position paper outlines:
To view a copy of the Renewable Energy Position Paper, click here.
We are delighted to announce that our second Round Table Dinner for 2016 will be held on Thursday 11 August at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. Her Excellency The Hon Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, will deliver the keynote address.
Commerce Ballarat is again hosting the B31 Ballarat Business Month progam this August. A wide range of workshops, seminars and presentations will be held throughout the month, which no doubt will be of interest to many Committee members. The 31-day event will also provide some excellent development and networking opportunities for members' businesses.
LBWR is presenting Trevor Young PR Warrior as part of the program, which is a two-hour workshop to be held on Tuesday 2 August. For details, click here.
Since the previous Round Table Dinner (RTD) in March, Committee for Ballarat has welcomed three new members. They are Gekko Systems Pty Ltd, represented by Tony Stone, J B Cameron (Vic) Pty Ltd, represented by Stephen Griffin, and Leader Property Practice, represented by Adrian Doyle.
At the next RTD in August, these three companies will be presented with their membership certificates, so please introduce yourself to Tony, Stephen and Adrian at the dinner and make them feel welcome.
New Project Teams
The Board has been reviewing the structure/role of Committee’s task/project teams.
At its June meeting, the Board agreed that the project teams needed to be more closely aligned with Committee's new Strategic Action Plan and, to ensure there is a close link with the Board, that there be Board representation on those teams (where possible, in the role of chair).
The Board has put in place the following new project teams:
LBWR Executive Officer Position
Committee for Ballarat and LBWR are currently inviting applications for the LBWR Executive Officer position recently vacated by Sofia Fiusco. We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative and strategic leader to be responsible for the continued development of this progressive leadership program.
If you know of anyone who you believe would be suitable for the role, please encourage them to apply.
Please click here for a copy of the position advertisement. Applications close 18 July 2016.
Adele Nairn, membership and communications officer, gave birth to a little girl, Georgi Rose, on 11 June 2016. Mother and baby are doing well and we look forward to Adele returning to Committee in 2017.