Opinion Pieces

Opinion Pieces

 

Rail Catalyst for Effective Regional Expansion

After many years of advocacy, there have been a number of significant announcements concerning investment in regional rail. This is hugely positive for our region. READ MORE...


Committee Wants Your Visionary Thinking

Committee for Ballarat has a proud history of achievement and is passionate about securing sustainable investment in key infrastructure and job opportunities for Ballarat and the region. READ MORE...


Practical Heads Key to Solving Parking Crisis

The recently released Council car-parking plan has already sparked much public debate. In recent weeks, we have also seen a spike in the number of serious traffic accidents in the CBD as well as a media focus on the issues concerning the transformation of READ MORE...


Region's Future Not in Traditional Solutions

Now that the state and federal budgets have been released, it’s timely to reflect on our region’s priorities and aspirations because, whilst there are buckets of funding around, their distribution relies on strong business cases and advocacy. READ MORE...


A Car-Less CBD?

We are constantly hearing the concerns about carparking issues within our CBD. Yet our members envision a CBD with far fewer cars. I have been giving thought to the fertile discussions this morning regarding the vision for a car “free” Ballarat CBD. READ MORE...


Time to Get Serious about Future Growth

Ballarat has benefited from governments’ focus on regional development in the past decade, with all levels of government backing regional consultative bodies and regional groupings of councils. READ MORE...


We Must Maximise Chance to Transform Ballarat's CBD

We all love talking when what we need is action, and we’re all experts in everything we discuss aren’t we! So it goes with our city mall which always seems to be a popular issue – love it or hate it, open or close it, redevelop or demolish it. READ MORE...


A Rail Plan to Meet Growth

A priority that is central to Committee for Ballarat’s strategic plan is public transport. It has set a challenging but achievable task of having a first-class public transport system delivered to the Ballarat community and the communities of western Vict READ MORE...


Let's Get on with Delivering Opportunities for Our City

Committee for Ballarat believes that we need to embrace change to thrive. Our city can continue on a journey of business as usual, but we will not prosper nor thrive with that approach. READ MORE...


The Finkel Review and Power: Big Changes Needed

The Finkel Review – Can the Finkel Review finally break the deadlock on energy policy in Australia after a decade of bickering and inaction? READ MORE...


Wake up, Australia

Is our energy transformation about to happen? Committee for Ballarat believes we are at a positive tipping point, especially in our region. READ MORE...


Ballarat Can Be a Centre of Excellence in Waste

For years, Ballarat was one of the foremost manufacturing and innovation centres in Australia, with world-leading industries – Ronaldson Tippet, Jelbarts, M B John Ltd, Phoenix Foundry, Jack Smith, Ballarat Bitter and Selkirk Pty Ltd – to name just a few. READ MORE...


It's time we realised we're all on the same team

Once again we are witnessing division and animosity within our community about football and demonstrating to governments and investors that we cannot see the benefits for the long term. Committee for Ballarat is proud of its member company, Troons, for st READ MORE...


Big rail spend brings us closer to what we really need

In the biggest dedicated investment on the Ballarat to Melbourne train line since it was built in the 1880s, the state government has committed over half a billion dollars in this year’s budget for a range of upgrade works. READ MORE...


Homelessness

History tells us that wherever there are built communities, there are people living in less than ideal conditions. However, for the majority of us, homelessness is so vastly different to the circumstances we experience – the roof overhead that is ours, th READ MORE...


Brave Council needed to meet challenges

Are we expecting too much from local government? Ratepayers are restive. There is a limit to the number of projects the City of Ballarat ratepayers can be expected to fund. Increasing costs have been driven by four main trends. First, other levels of go READ MORE...


Disappointment with Civic Hall site redevelopment decisions

Committee for Ballarat made a series of representation to the City of Ballarat as part of the community consultation process on the future of the Civic Hall site. In our submission in 2012, we confirmed our position of supporting the City of Ballarat’s st READ MORE...


A message to our federal candidates - jobs, jobs, jobs.

In the lead-up to the federal election, we have one simple message for those who seek to represent us – we urgently need investment in projects that will create jobs in our region. READ MORE...


Why we must be future focused

Our past is important but the future is of critical concern to younger people who are increasingly choosing to live here, despite reports that population estimates are apparently not being realised. READ MORE...


Time for Ballarat to be a positive magnet

I am very clear about what leadership looks like for me and why our region needs the Committee for Ballarat now more than ever. With a focus that goes well beyond political cycles, the committee has a critical role to play in leading long-term thinking ne READ MORE...


Elections must lead to good government and governance

The year ahead There’s been good commentary about the leadership positions currently vacant in Ballarat and how this may affect our Team Ballarat approach if individual new CEOs choose to forge their own path. (John Fitzgibbon letter in The Courier 18 Jan READ MORE...


It’s time to be bold and see things in a new way

By now a lot of people will have seen the ‘Ballarat - The Moment is Now’ ads on local TV networks. This marketing and television campaign launched last week is an investment in Ballarat’s future READ MORE...


Fasttrack Ballarat - A modern commuter rail service

Whilst the Regional Rail Link was envisaged to be the silver bullet for regional rail there is quite obviously a number of teething problems being experienced particularly by our local Ballarat commuters. As the Premier has acknowledged the frustrations b READ MORE...


Western Highway upgrades open up opportunities for our region

The recent funding announcement by the state and federal governments of $43 million for Western Highway upgrade works has not attracted the attention it deserves. On paper this is about duplication works and READ MORE...


Planning will keep our city great

We live in a great city. Ballaratians are proud of our great lifestyle, our beautiful environment and our caring and connected regional community. Change is ahead. And change is hard, especially when it involves something that is so well loved. But it als READ MORE...


United vision is essential for the major sports and entertainment precinct in North Ballarat

The development of a major sports and entertainment precinct in North Ballarat has started. $30 million in funding has been committed by the Andrews Labor Government and planning is already under way. But READ MORE...


Let's make the most of the CBD

We need white collar jobs in our CBD to boost our economy and inject vibrancy into the heart of our city. Our State politicians are listening. We welcome recent announcements from both sides of politics that will create jobs and stimulate our regional eco READ MORE...


Future-proofing our transport needs

How many times have you been caught up in a traffic bottleneck on the West Gate Bridge? Or how about stuck on a train somewhere west of Melbourne going nowhere? Our regional communities rely on access to the Victorian capital Melbourne and beyond by road READ MORE...