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

 Victorian State Budget 2017–18


Committee for Ballarat CEO Melanie Robertson attended the Victorian State Government’s Budget lock-up on Tuesday 3 May. Whilst CfB would always want more for our part of the state, the Budget has provided relatively well for Ballarat and the region for 2017–18.

Please click here to read a summary of the announcements in the Budget that have particular relevance to Ballarat and the region and rural and regional Victoria.


Take 2 Pledge and Energy Matters


One of the key strategic drivers of Committee for Ballarat’s Strategic Action Plan is Sustainability and Innovation. We believe that innovative solutions to environmental challenges will encourage sustainable growth to support economic and social wellbeing across our region.

Two of those challenges include climate change and energy. Committee for Ballarat is a foundation member of the state government's Take 2 Initiative, and I urge members to consider signing up. There is no cost and as well as a commitment to tackling climate change, there are some additional benefits.

As members know, the cost of energy is skyrocketing. A positive action members can take to reduce their costs is to aggregate their energy supply through a three-year contract with Procurement Australia. Carl Daley spoke about this at a CfB breakfast in April and a copy of his presentation can be read by clicking here.

Also, click here for details of the Take 2 Initiative and the other energy matters mentioned.

 Youth PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) Program


As part of its Strategic Action Plan 2016–20, Committee for Ballarat is committed to working with key partners to develop innovative approaches to employment.

The federal government has introduced its new Youth PaTH program, which is a flexible new program to prepare young people for work through encouraging employers to trial a young person in an internship placement. The government will provide funding to the employer to cover the costs of hosting an intern.

To find out more about the program, please click here. To access the FAQ sheet, please click here.

Member and LBWR News

New Member

We're pleased to announce that Bayside Bistros Pty Ltd has joined Committee as a Small Business member and is represented by Simon Coghlan. Simon will be presented with
Bayside's membership certificate at the next Round Table Dinner to be held on 20 July. Please make him feel welcome.

Member Requiring Board Directors

CfB member BGT Employment is seeking to recruit three new Board directors. To find out more details, please click here.

Members in the News

Congratulations to Nicholson Construction on its appointment as the builder for the new Ballarat Tech School to be opened in 2018.


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.

Staff News

Committee is delighted to welcome back Adele Nairn from maternity leave.


Round Table Dinner – Thursday 20 July 2017

Our second Round Table Dinner for 2017 is to be held on Thursday 20 July. Sponsored by UFS WorkHealth, the dinner will be at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre with Chris Riddell as the guest speaker. Chris is a global futurist who is frequently called upon to give insights into consumer technology trends within traditional media. However, his insights and expertise as a trend spotter extend far beyond the walls of the corporate world.

Chris is looking forward to joining members at the dinner and has prepared an introductory video. To view the video, please click here.

Invitations will be sent shortly. We look forward to seeing many of you there.


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 Thursday 17 August between 5 pm and 7 pm at Housey Housey.

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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