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Committee for Ballarat
Enews – July 2016
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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:

  • political advocacy – meeting with relevant ministers and local parliamentary members. The state government should be seeking better utilisation of the site.
  • further discussion with the City of Ballarat.
  • partnering with other groups, such as Commerce Ballarat, to present a more powerful and united voice.
  • seeking advice and ideas from the private sector regarding the best utilisation of the site.

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:

  • Full duplication of the Ballarat line.
  • Delivery of new and expanded bus networks throughout regional Victoria including Ballarat, with a focus on the provision of adequate capacity and connections with rail services.
  • Further consideration of a Bendigo-Ballarat-Geelong rail service.
  • Health Care alternative delivery options – deliver a mobile and e-health network throughout Victoria, which enables people to be treated in a coordinated and controlled way by multiple practitioners across the health services.
  • Regional Highway Upgrade – deliver upgrades and bypasses on regional highways.
  • CityLink to Western Ring Rd connection (EXX) – improve connectivity across the city from west to east, linking CityLink with the M80. This option targets east-west links for road freight movement including in and around the Port Of Melbourne.
  • Recycled treated wastewater for non-potable agricultural use (RTA) – greater use of recycled water to meet existing agricultural water demands.
  • Recycled treated wastewater for non-potable household use (RTH) – increase the use of recycled wastewater for non-potable household use through purple pipe schemes in new and existing estates.
  • Stormwater harvesting and re-use for non-potable purposes (SRH) – harvest stormwater in regional cities for use in a range of non-potable purposes such as watering of public spaces and meeting water demands at urban and industrial sites.
  • Energy Efficiency Development (EED) – provide building regulations to improve energy efficiency across existing and new stock.
  • Wind and solar energy generation large-scale investments (WSE) – establish a targeted grants program for investments in wind and solar energy infrastructure.
  • Brown coal licence extensions – Committee for Ballarat does not support the extension of brown coal licences because Australia must transition to a new renewable energy regime as soon as possible.
  • Organic waste to energy (OWE) – uses organic waste to generate energy. Significant amounts of organic waste are currently being sent to landfill. This waste could be used as a resource to generate electricity and/or heat

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:

  • Committee’s support for renewable energy
  • the significant opportunities for the region (jobs and innovation) that a greater commitment to renewables will provide
  • the need for Committee advocacy for even greater government support to establish this region as a renewable energy centre for excellence. This would capitalise on the region's strengths in technical knowledge and education and its already well-developed application of solar, wind and bioenergy.

To view a copy of the Renewable Energy Position Paper, click here.


Round Table Dinner – Thursday 11 August 2016


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.

Invitations have been sent and members are asked to RSVP by 1 August 2016 to Please advise of any dietary requirements.

 B31 Ballarat Business Month


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.

The brochure provides details of the various B31 events and members can book the events they're interested in attending by clicking on this link.

 Member and Staff News

New Members

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:

  • Innovation and Sustainability
    This team will incorporate the Sustainable Living Project Team agenda as well as aspects of BioEnergy/Waste to Energy in BWEZ previously covered by the BWGZ Project Team.
  • Connectivity
    This team will include road, rail and communications. It will cover the FastTrack Ballarat agenda as well as the advocacy work around the Western Link Road (from BWGZ).
  • Jobs in the CBD
    As well as jobs in the CBD, this team will also cover matters around the CBD revitalisation such as the Civic Hall, Railway Precinct, and attracting a government department or large employer to re-locate in Ballarat’s CBD.

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

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.




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