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Committee for Ballarat
E-news – April 2017
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Advocacy and Projects

 Canberra Visit


Committee for Ballarat Chair Janet Dore and CEO Melanie Robertson, together with the City of Ballarat Mayor and CEO, visited Canberra in March to lobby the federal government in the lead-up to the Budget for duplication of the Ballarat rail line, the establishment of Ballarat as a key transport hub for western Victoria, and the development of a centre for renewable energy excellence, in partnership with Federation University Australia, for the Asia–Pacific region.

They also had a number of meetings with ministers and shadow ministers to make them aware of other priorities for this region.

Meetings with State Government Ministers


Chair Janet Dore and CEO Melanie Robertson recently met with the Hon Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Regional Development, to discuss regional priorities including rail connectivity, renewable energy, and CBD activitation and revitalisation.

They also met  the Hon Jacinta Allan, Minister for Public Transport, together with Nick Beale, the chair of the Connectivity task team, to discuss the long-term plan for the Ballarat–Melbourne line, mobile connectivity, the station precinct and the need for the integration of the bus interchange development.

A meeting was also held with Louise Staley, the Member for Ripon, to discuss the visit to Canberra and rail connectivity. Louise also spoke about the importance of the Murray Basin Rail Project and the flow-on effect it will have on the Ballarat region.

Committee for Cities Workshop


The ongoing relationship with other Committees is critical and recently Ballarat and those from other parts of Victoria attended a one-day workshop in Melbourne to discuss how they could advocate at a state and federal level for key projects to be rolled out across Victoria's regions and cities.


Centre for Renewable Excellence


Committee for Ballarat, in partnership with Federation University Australia, has applied for a $100,000 grant to develop a feasibility and business case for the establishment of a training centre for wind turbine technicians.

A training centre of this nature does not currently exist within the Asia–Pacific region.

Prospectus of Strategic Economic and Social Projects for the Region

Committee for Ballarat is currently working with RDV, DELWP, and local governments across western Victoria to prepare a prospectus of social and economic projects which sit alongside the renewable energy projects permitted for this region.

These project will form part of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) reverse auction process that will be rolled out over the next five years. Committee is aiming to ensure we leverage economic prosperity from the construction of new energy sources in our region and create as many employment paths as possible.

Regional Forum in Partnership with DEWLP

A regional forum is being developed by Committee for Ballarat and DEWLP to explain the opportunities for business and industry that will emerge from the state government's policy and the economic, social and environmental impacts of projects proposed for western Victoria. A second forum will then be held to match developers with local industry participants.

Member and LBWR News

New Members

Committee is pleased to announce the Community members who have been appointed for the 2017–18 period. Four new members have been selected and two have been reappointed. The new members are Lisa Anderson, Daryl Clifton, Sheree Collins and Brett Macdonald. Peta Clark and Tony Chew have been reappointed.


After serving as Deputy Chair of the Board for seven years, Lynne McLennan stepped down from the position in April. We thank her very much for her dedicated service over that time. Rodney Walton, from Haymes Paint, has been elected as the new Deputy Chair.

Ron Selkirk, from Selkirk Pty Ltd, was also appointed to a casual vacancy on the Board this month.

Members in the News

Congratulations to

  • Gekko Systems for developing a prototype biodigester that will help industry turn waste into renewable energy. This is an Australian first.
  • MaxiTRANS on securing a multi-million dollar deal with Coles to build trailers for its trucks. Not only is this a significant achievement for the Wendouree-based manufacturer but it's also great news for the Ballarat region.
  • Stephen Griffin from J B Cameron on his recent election to the Commerce Ballarat Board.

Members' Survey

Thank you to all the members who completed the recent survey. The valuable information that has been submitted will be used to improve the services provided to members and assist in setting the direction of Committee's activities over the next 12 months.

Facebook Closed Group

We are pleased to announce that a closed Facebook group has been established for Committee for Ballarat members.

This initiative was developed as a result of the recent survey to members and discussions within Committee’s Membership and Communications team. The team felt it would be beneficial to have a closed Facebook group for members that would provide them with an exclusive space where there can be informal and open conversations between members on many local and important topics of interest.

Upcoming events will also be posted on the group’s page and input will be sought from members from time to time to inform any discussions that Committee delegations are proposing to have with governments or agencies on subjects of importance to members. It will also include PowerPoint presentations from Committee breakfasts, Round Table Dinners and other events.

Instructions for joining the group are as follows:
• Click on the following link:
• Click the “Join group” button. You won’t be able to access the group until your request has been approved by Committee for Ballarat.

Once your request to join the group has been approved:
• Go to the Facebook group and click on the “Notifications” button (top right of page) and select “All Posts”. This will ensure you’re notified via Facebook whenever a post is published in the group.

State and Federal Budgets

Members are reminded that the Victorian and Federal Budgets will be delivered on 2 May and 9 May respectively and Committee will be paying close attention to the announcements to see if any of the projects for which it has been advocating receive any funding for the 2017–18 financial year.


As part of the Leadership program this year, participants are posting reflections of their journey through the course. To read these reflections, please click here.


Round Table Dinner

Our first Round Table Dinner for 2017 was held on Thursday 23 March at the RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick. The Commonwealth Bank sponsored the evening and 120 members and guests heard an engaging keynote address from the guest speaker for the dinner, the chief economist of CommSec, Craig James, on "The Australian Economy in the Trump Era".

Craig's speech covered the state of the global economy and its predicted future and he concluded that Australia is faring reasonably well in these times and that should continue. As well, he believes that Ballarat's economic future is reasonably secure.

To view a copy of Craig's presentation, please click here

As well as presenting certificates to the Community members for 2017–18 and Selkirk Pty Ltd with its Executive membership certificate, Committee also welcomed new Corporate member RACV Goldfields Resort, who was an excellent host for the night.

To view the photo gallery from the evening, please click here.

The next Round Table Dinner will be on Thursday 20 July 2017. Please put this in your diary. Details will be forwarded when arrangements have been finalised.


Connecting Conference



A hugely successful Connecting Conference was held in March at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. It was a tremendous opportunity for regional office professionals to learn, network and grow.

 To read a summary of the proceedings of the day, please click here.




LGBTI Equality Roadshow



Committee for Ballarat hosted a breakfast in March at which Victoria's Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen, spoke about the state’s LGBTI Equality agenda, particularly for the regional areas.

The aim of the roadshow is to reduce discrimination and promote inclusion of LGBTI people in everyday rural and regional life.


 Energy Breakfast


In April, Committee held a breakfast for members to learn about the current status of the energy sector and associated pricing and what the outlook is for the future, particularly now that the Hazelwood power station has closed.

In his presentation on the industry in Australia, Carl Daley from SavvyPlus Consulting provided suggestions for how Committee for Ballarat can influence and advocate for a more efficient energy market, and how businesses can reduce their energy costs in a volatile market.

David Matthey from McCain Foods, a CfB member, also spoke about the impact of steeply rising electricity and gas prices on McCain's operations.

Activate Ballarat

An initiative of Leadership Ballarat & Western Region, Committee for Ballarat and Ballarat Clarendon College, 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.

Our next networking event for 2017 will be held on Wednesday 17 May between 5 pm and 7 pm at the Art Gallery of Ballarat Annexe.

As with previous events, 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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