28 May 2015
On 22 May, Committee made a formal submission to the public consultation process on the Ballarat Strategy to the City of Ballarat CEO, Anthony Schinck.
Committee have been actively been involved in the strategy development through representation of our Chair, Judy Verlin AM, on Council’s steering group and the following quote from her captures the essence of the submission.
“The Ballarat Planning Strategy is respectful of our historic streetscapes’ and enviable lifestyle while allowing for planned and sustainable development to support a growing population. From our history and heritage, Lake Wendouree, the historic CBD precinct to our parks and bushlands; the strategy provides a framework and guiding principles to ensure these important elements are enhanced and protected. We fully support council’s adoption of the strategy to create a vibrant city heart which is well planned, has effective transport linkages and encourages a healthy active lifestyle for all within our community”.
Judy Verlin AM, Chair – Committee of Ballarat
The Ballarat Strategy document must be now positioned as policy direction for council. Delivery of the strategy will require strength and continuity of leadership at council level.
We now call on Council to show strong leadership by adopting the strategy in July this year and embedding the principles within the Ballarat Planning Scheme and Municipal Strategic Statement in late 2015 to make sure it is implemented.
You can see the full strategy here http://mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au/the-ballarat-strategy