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Committee for Ballarat
Enews – February 2017
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Round Table Dinner – Thursday 23 March 2017



An evening with Craig James

We are delighted to announce that our first Round Table Dinner for 2017 will be held on Thursday 23 March at the RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick with Craig James as the guest speaker. As the chief economist with CommSec, Craig interprets ‘big picture’ economic and financial trends for customers, clients and staff. He also provides regular commentary in both the electronic and print media.

Invitations will be sent later in February. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

 Project News

  Meeting with the State Shadow Cabinet



 In December 2016 Committee for Ballarat was asked to address the Shadow Cabinet together with the Ballan Chamber of Commerce.

This was an excellent opportunity to brief the Shadow Cabinet on the strategic direction of the Committee as well as the key priority projects for Ballarat.

Issues addressed included the following:
• The need for population growth to be matched with investment into infrastructure
• The need for CBD revitalisation and activation including the relocation of a government department
• Continued investment in the rail corridor resulting in a 59-minute express service
• The need to value-add to the renewable sector industry through the development of supporting industry to the sector.

The 30-minute session was extremely engaging and as a result many subsequent conversations have occurred since.

The fact that Committee for Ballarat was invited to address the Shadow Cabinet is testament to Committee's credibility and reputation and the level of influence it has on matters impacting the future growth of Ballarat and the western region.

 Meeting with Telstra


 Senior Telstra Victorian and national personnel attended a roundtable discussion with the CfB Board in December 16. The discussion centred around working together for a better future for Ballarat and the region. Points of concern raised by the Board were:

  • Telstra's customer service reputation
  • the poor mobile connectivity along the rail/road corridor between Ballarat and Melbourne, which can be a de-motivator for people considering moving to Ballarat
  • lack of NBN availability in some areas of Ballarat (Telstra pointed out that this was NBN's responsibility)
  • poor coverage for some schools in the area
  • that more needs to be done in eHealth and the integration of associated products.
  • Ballarat needs good communications in order to be competitive with other regional cities

The meeting also pointed out that Ballarat, with its mix of private and public health care, would be an ideal place to pilot or model new applications. Other points mentioned were the importance of collaboration if Telstra is to succeed in regional areas, the importance of regional job retention and the importance of contributing to community-based organisations.

 Leaders Forum 2017



 An impressive number of people will be undertaking the Leaders Forum in 2017. The 29 participants will be commencing the year-long course on 22 February with their first retreat.

These emerging leaders represent 27 different organisations who have invested their resources into developing a staff member for future community leadership.

For details of the participants, please click here.

Member and Staff News

Committee is pleased to announce that Nick Beale from ODP Associates and chair of CFB's Connectivity project team joined the Board in December 2016 and attended his first Board meeting on 7 February 2017.

We welcome Nick's contribution to the Board's operations.

We're also happy to announce that Selkirk Pty Ltd, a previous Corporate Gold member, has upgraded its membership to the highest level of Executive.


Connecting Conference


The Connecting Conference is a one-day conference that provides a great opportunity for executive assistants and office professionals to not only increase their skills and knowledge and build their networks but to also better understand the important contributions they can and do make to their organisations.

Organised by Connect Networking, the conference will feature high-calibre presenters and informative workshop sessions, a panel session, and a gala dinner with a keynote speaker.

The conference is to be held on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at the Mercure Hotel Ballarat and Convention Centre. Registrations close 27 February 2017.

For further details, click here.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the conference, please contact Gayle Adams at Committee for Ballarat on 5332 1240 or email

Ballarat Line Upgrade Breakfast Briefing – Wednesday 15 February 



 A breakfast presentation from the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA), which was appointed by the state government in November last year to oversee the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade project, has been organised to brief CfB members on the progress of the upgrade works and timings.

A more detailed presentation will also be given at 8.45 am for no later than an hour following the breakfast briefing for those members of the connectivity task team and other members who have a particularly keen interest in the project.

The presentations will be given by the MMRA’s CEO, Evan Tattersall, who has more than 30 years’ experience in construction, working across a number of sectors including transport and building.

The breakfast presentation is at 7.15 am and the more detailed briefing is 8.45 am. The venue is the Red Lion Hotel at 217-229 Main Road, Ballarat

Please RSVP to by Friday 10 February 2017 and advise whether it’s the 7.15 am or 8:45 am session you will be attending. For those coming to the breakfast session, please also advise of any dietary requirements. (A cooked breakfast will be served.)

Presentation from internationally renowned Danish renewables pioneer Søren Hermansen – Thursday 23 February


Committee for Ballarat is pleased to host a presentation from Søren Hermansen on the Danish experience of a community's transition to 100% renewable energy usage.

Søren spearheaded his community's efforts to become 100% energy independent and has proved to the world that it is possible for communities to become renewable energy self-sufficient.

He was born and raised on the island of Samsø in Denmark, which became the world’s first 100% renewable island in 2007. He is the leader of Samsø Energy and environment organisation (SEEO) and the CEO of the Samsø Energy Academy. He lives on Samsø with his wife and two children and his career has encompassed farming, education, facilitation, and community development. Søren focuses on transferring common knowledge into action and translating top-down policies into local action. He sees community power as the key to energy democracy and local ownership.

Søren is Time magazine's Hero of the Environment 2008; winner of the Gotenborg prize 2009; recipient of the Svend Auken award for environmental leadership 2011; member of the advisory panel for the Danish ministry of energy and climate; member of Japan's Renewable Energy Foundation network group; and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University. He is also the author of Commonity = Common + Community, a book about modern commons and how to understand them.

Søren will share how his island community, Samsø, successfully delivered a 100% renewable transition in a 10-year period at the one-hour presentation to be held at 9.00 am Thursday 23 February in the Seminar Theatre at Technology Park Central, 106-110 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. RSVPs are not required. Please feel free to bring along other members of your organisation who might be interested in listening to Søren.

Activate Ballarat

























Activate Ballarat serves as a meeting point for new Ballarat residents and established community members.

The group focuses on:

People – connecting newcomers and existing community members to spark ideas and share experiences.

Place – acting as an information channel to promote existing social, professional and community networks, events and support systems.

Potential – exploring opportunities for all to contribute to the ongoing development of the region.

Activate Ballarat is an initiative of Leadership Ballarat & Western Region, Committee for Ballarat and Ballarat Clarendon College.

Our next networking event for 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 15 February, at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South, between 5 pm and 7 pm.

Sponsored by Her Majesty’s Theatre and Ballarat Clarendon College, the event will include a short tour of the historic theatre (which opened in 1875).

As with our first event, some drinks and nibbles will be provided.

The more, the merrier, so please invite anyone you think might be interested in meeting new people and learning more about our great city.
And there’s no need to RSVP – just come along!

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