• Draft Budget 2017/18

    We want you to have your say on the City of Ballarat 2017/18 Draft Budget.

    Please download the Draft Budget 2017/18 and Strategic Resource Plan 2017/18-2021.

    This year’s draft budget is the first budget for this Council’s four-year term.

    It determines the projects, services, events and other initiatives that will be funded and delivered in the upcoming financial year, and has been divided into four key pillars: Liveability, Prosperity, Sustainability and Accountability.

    Have we got it right? Let us know what you think.

    You can view the plan and provide feedback until 9am, Monday 12 June.

    We want you to have your say on the City of Ballarat 2017/18 Draft Budget.

    Please download the Draft Budget 2017/18 and Strategic Resource Plan 2017/18-2021.

    This year’s draft budget is the first budget for this Council’s four-year term.

    It determines the projects, services, events and other initiatives that will be funded and delivered in the upcoming financial year, and has been divided into four key pillars: Liveability, Prosperity, Sustainability and Accountability.

    Have we got it right? Let us know what you think.

    You can view the plan and provide feedback until 9am, Monday 12 June.

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  • Council Plan 2017-2021

    The Council Plan sets the vision, prioritises and outcomes for the Council's term and details how progress will be measured.

    Download the Council Plan 2017-2021 and have your say.

    The Council Plan Revisions document highlights changes since the draft.

    Have we got it right? Let us know for each of the plan's four goals listed below.


    Feedback must be received by 9am Monday 12 June 2017

    The Council Plan sets the vision, prioritises and outcomes for the Council's term and details how progress will be measured.

    Download the Council Plan 2017-2021 and have your say.

    The Council Plan Revisions document highlights changes since the draft.

    Have we got it right? Let us know for each of the plan's four goals listed below.


    Feedback must be received by 9am Monday 12 June 2017

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  • Draft Playspace Strategy 2017

    Draft Playspace


    Residents are invited to have their say on a long-term plan for our city’s playspaces. The City of Ballarat Draft Playspace Strategy was adopted by Council at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 26 April.

    The aim of the Strategy is to provide strategic principles, strategic policy and guidance for the planning, design and management of all playspaces within the City of Ballarat for the next 10 to 15 years. These principles are based on community feedback, municipal analysis and research into current industry ‘best practice’ with the vision of the City of Ballarat being known for its well-designed, fun,Continue reading

    Draft Playspace


    Residents are invited to have their say on a long-term plan for our city’s playspaces. The City of Ballarat Draft Playspace Strategy was adopted by Council at an Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 26 April.

    The aim of the Strategy is to provide strategic principles, strategic policy and guidance for the planning, design and management of all playspaces within the City of Ballarat for the next 10 to 15 years. These principles are based on community feedback, municipal analysis and research into current industry ‘best practice’ with the vision of the City of Ballarat being known for its well-designed, fun, creative, innovative, high quality and diverse play spaces for our community to enjoy. 

    Please view the Draft Playspace Strategy and have your say.

    Feedback must be received by Wednesday 31 May at 5pm.

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  • Maternal & Child Health and Immunisation Service Survey

    We value all comments you may have as this helps us to shape future changes to the Maternal and Child Health Service to better meet your needs.

    We value all comments you may have as this helps us to shape future changes to the Maternal and Child Health Service to better meet your needs.

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    Recycling Knowledge and Behaviour

    This survey is part of a joint project between the City of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire, Ararat Rural City Council and Pyrenees Shire Council. The information gathered from this survey will be used to better understand how our communities recycle in their homes to assist in providing better services for residents in upcoming projects.

    This survey is part of a joint project between the City of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire, Ararat Rural City Council and Pyrenees Shire Council. The information gathered from this survey will be used to better understand how our communities recycle in their homes to assist in providing better services for residents in upcoming projects.

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    Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021

    The City of Ballarat is currently developing the 2017-2021 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. Local government has a large influence over the social, economic, built, and natural environments in which we live, and hence has a large influence over the health and wellbeing of people who live, work, learn and play in Ballarat.

    Your contribution to this plan is strongly encouraged, and your feedback will help guide the development of relevant strategies and actions to improve health and wellbeing locally.

    The City of Ballarat is currently developing the 2017-2021 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. Local government has a large influence over the social, economic, built, and natural environments in which we live, and hence has a large influence over the health and wellbeing of people who live, work, learn and play in Ballarat.

    Your contribution to this plan is strongly encouraged, and your feedback will help guide the development of relevant strategies and actions to improve health and wellbeing locally.

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    National Trust People's Choice Award 2017

    Ballarat Heritage Awards

    The Ballarat Heritage Awards welcomes the National Trust People’s Choice Award for the first time in 2017, which gives community members the opportunity to vote for their favourite project from among any of the 17 finalists across five categories. Please visit National Trust People's Choice Nominees for details on the fantastic projects and nominees to choose your favourite.

    Voting closes Thursday 4 May and the People’s Choice winner will be announced along with the winners in each of the five judging categories at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 16 May.

    Ballarat Heritage Awards

    The Ballarat Heritage Awards welcomes the National Trust People’s Choice Award for the first time in 2017, which gives community members the opportunity to vote for their favourite project from among any of the 17 finalists across five categories. Please visit National Trust People's Choice Nominees for details on the fantastic projects and nominees to choose your favourite.

    Voting closes Thursday 4 May and the People’s Choice winner will be announced along with the winners in each of the five judging categories at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 16 May.

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    Draft Council Plan 2017-2021

    The Council Plan sets the vision, prioritises and outcomes for the Council's term and details how progress will be measured.

    Please download the City of Ballarat Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and have your say.

    Have we got it right? Let us know for each of the plan's four goals listed below.

    Feedback must be received by 9am Monday 1 May 2017

    The Council Plan sets the vision, prioritises and outcomes for the Council's term and details how progress will be measured.

    Please download the City of Ballarat Draft Council Plan 2017-2021 and have your say.

    Have we got it right? Let us know for each of the plan's four goals listed below.

    Feedback must be received by 9am Monday 1 May 2017

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    Draft Grants Policy

    Community groups and local residents are invited to have their say on the draft City of Ballarat Grants Policy, endorsed by Ballarat City Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 22 February.

    The new draft Grants Policy has been developed to ensure recipients are able to deliver quality programs, events, products and services which are of great benefit to Ballarat and which bring a wide range of social, environmental and economic returns to the city and people of Ballarat.

    The draft City of Ballarat Grants Policy details a broad suite of grant categories targeting specific programs andContinue reading

    Community groups and local residents are invited to have their say on the draft City of Ballarat Grants Policy, endorsed by Ballarat City Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 22 February.

    The new draft Grants Policy has been developed to ensure recipients are able to deliver quality programs, events, products and services which are of great benefit to Ballarat and which bring a wide range of social, environmental and economic returns to the city and people of Ballarat.

    The draft City of Ballarat Grants Policy details a broad suite of grant categories targeting specific programs and events. It replaces individual sponsorship agreements with a consistent, accessible and transparent approach to all grant requests and the application of the grant funding. Council may also provide for specific contributions within its annual budget to groups, organisations and businesses that align with the Council Plan and Council strategies.

    Comment and feedback on the draft Grants Policy is now open and will close at 5pm, Tuesday 11 April. The draft Grants Policy with all community feedback will be considered at the Ballarat City Council Ordinary Meeting at 7pm, Wednesday 12 April, 2017.

    View the Draft Grants Policy

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    FReeZA Push Start Artist Application 2017

    1. Entry is free of charge - but participants must cover all costs incurred by travel and accommodation.

    2. All prospective participants must meet and be aware of all of these criteria:

      • Any act that has progressed from a heat event and has competed in a Regional or Grand Final in any previous year is not eligible to re-enter.
      • Acts must contain members who live, work, recreate or study in the municipality. Only acts whose members fall into these categories will be awarded a performance opportunity (at the FReeZA workers discretion).
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    1. Entry is free of charge - but participants must cover all costs incurred by travel and accommodation.

    2. All prospective participants must meet and be aware of all of these criteria:

      • Any act that has progressed from a heat event and has competed in a Regional or Grand Final in any previous year is not eligible to re-enter.
      • Acts must contain members who live, work, recreate or study in the municipality. Only acts whose members fall into these categories will be awarded a performance opportunity (at the FReeZA workers discretion).

      • A minimum of half of the band members must be 21 years of age or under at the date the application is submitted.
      • No members can exceed 25 years of age or be younger than 12 years of age at the date application is submitted.
      • Performers are not to have a recording, publishing or distribution deal.
      • FReeZA Push Start is open to soloists, duos, bands, and artists of all styles and genres, and is of most benefit to artists performing original material.
      • FReeZA Push Start is not a “talent competition” and therefore not the right platform for DJs and dancers.
      • There is an expectation that artists entering FReeZA Push Start will be performing a minimum 80% original material.

    3. Submission of an application inclusive of a CD, MP3s, photo or bio does not guarantee participation in the program. All applicants will be notified on whether they were successful by phone or email within 14 days of the participant sending the application.

    4. By entering FReeZA Push Start, you agree to be available to perform at the Regional Final should you win the heat - even if the date and location is not available at the time of entry. If you are unavailable for the Regional Finals, your position will be offered to the band that placed 2nd and they will represent the region in your place. If this occurs, you ARE eligible to enter a FReeZA Push Start Heat again in subsequent years, as per entry condition 2 (stated above).

    5. If you enter more than one FReeZA Push Start heat event (whilst correctly adhering to entry conditions) and win a heat, you will proceed to the Regional Final, but you will no longer be permitted to compete in any further heats that you may have applied for.  The committee hosting the subsequent events retain the right to offer your performance spot to another band or to allow you to play as a ‘non-competing guest artist’, not subject to the judges scoring.

    6. In the instance of a band entering a Heat event where there are multiple committee based events (ie 2 heats, then a play off to see who goes onto the Regional Final), the host of other heat events that the band has entered retains the right to offer their performance spot to another band, or alternatively allow them to perform but not be judged.

    7. All acts must adhere strictly to their performance time, or have points deducted for playing over-time.

    8. No more than ½ of any bands’ members can play in any other band performing at the event. (Solo & duo artists are exempt.)

    9. All acts must have at least one member in attendance at the pre-event meeting, should the FReeZA group chose to hold one. The date and venue will be advised by the local FReeZA committee in advance.

    10. At each FReeZA Push Start event, there is backline equipment provided for your use. This includes full PA, drumkit, guitar and bass amplifiers. If a drumkit is supplied, then you may use your own snare drum, kick pedal, hi-hats and cymbals. You also need to adhere to the strict stage times that will be clearly communicated to you before and at the event. All performers are responsible for their own equipment and no responsibility will be taken by the event organisers for any damaged or lost equipment.
      Should you wish to use your own equipment (ie: guitar/bass amplifiers or heads, drum hardware), this will be at the local FReeZA worker’s discretion. Please contact them in advance to discuss. It is important that all equipment is to be tested and tagged, as well clearly labelled; suitable verification is required for equipment collection.
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    Urban Forest Discussion Paper

    There are over 70,000 trees located across public land in Ballarat. With council’s target of increasing tree canopy cover from 17% to 40% by 2040 it is important we implement a holistic tree management program. As such, council has developed a discussion paper to explore the key issues relating to climate change, species diversity, ageing trees and overall health facing our current and future urban forest. Nine priorities have also been proposed through the discussion paper and will help form a basis to develop a final action plan.

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    There are over 70,000 trees located across public land in Ballarat. With council’s target of increasing tree canopy cover from 17% to 40% by 2040 it is important we implement a holistic tree management program. As such, council has developed a discussion paper to explore the key issues relating to climate change, species diversity, ageing trees and overall health facing our current and future urban forest. Nine priorities have also been proposed through the discussion paper and will help form a basis to develop a final action plan.

    We are asking for your feedback and comments in relation to the key issues and priorities outlined in this discussion paper. We value your responses as they will form part of the final action plan. 

    Additional feedback may be provided to Mary Spencer, Places Officer, (5320 5686), email maryspencer@ballarat.vic.gov.au or in writing to the City of Ballarat, PO Box 655 Ballarat Vic 3353.

    In conjunction with the development of the Urban Forest Discussion Paper is an interactive map which locates over 70,000 trees across Ballarat. An integral part of managing our urban forest is collecting tree related data to better understand our forest. The map can be explored below and by selecting a tree the associated data, where available, will be displayed.

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    New Residents Welcome Booklet – Expression of Interest

    The City of Ballarat is inviting local businesses to participate in the new edition of the New Resident Welcome Booklet by submitting an expression of interest to advertise their product or service in the publication.

    The Welcome Booklet is a glossy, A5 booklet that contains useful information about Ballarat, local government services and special offers or vouchers that can be redeemed by new residents at participating businesses. In 2016, the Welcome Booklet contained over 100 vouchers that provided offers and discounts on quality products and services from Ballarat businesses.

    The 2017-2018 edition of the booklet is being producedContinue reading

    The City of Ballarat is inviting local businesses to participate in the new edition of the New Resident Welcome Booklet by submitting an expression of interest to advertise their product or service in the publication.

    The Welcome Booklet is a glossy, A5 booklet that contains useful information about Ballarat, local government services and special offers or vouchers that can be redeemed by new residents at participating businesses. In 2016, the Welcome Booklet contained over 100 vouchers that provided offers and discounts on quality products and services from Ballarat businesses.

    The 2017-2018 edition of the booklet is being produced now and offers your business a unique promotional opportunity to engage with a large target audience. Plus it’s FREE to be included.

    Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 27th January 2017 for consideration.

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    Recycling in Ballarat

    The City of Ballarat is on a continuous journey to improve the recycling process in our wonderful municipality. Improving recycling rates both reduces environmental impacts from waste going to landfill, and provides cost benefits to the city by reducing the costs of operating the landfill site.

    Your responses are important, and will form part of our strategy to ensure we improve our recycling service to residents.  This survey closes 29 August 2016.  


    The City of Ballarat is on a continuous journey to improve the recycling process in our wonderful municipality. Improving recycling rates both reduces environmental impacts from waste going to landfill, and provides cost benefits to the city by reducing the costs of operating the landfill site.

    Your responses are important, and will form part of our strategy to ensure we improve our recycling service to residents.  This survey closes 29 August 2016.  


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    Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment

    The Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment project has a number of objectives including the development of a fernery structure and landscaping features that enhances Ballarat Botanical Garden’s plant collection and creates a destination for visitors of all ages to enjoy in a wondrous natural experience. The redevelopment will provide an environment for the development of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens plant collections, showcasing outstanding architectural design and construction techniques through cost effective and innovative design that’s functional and beautiful.

    PROJECT BENEFITS: The social implications of this project are significant. The completed Fernery Redevelopment project will create a wonderful destination for visitorsContinue reading

    The Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment project has a number of objectives including the development of a fernery structure and landscaping features that enhances Ballarat Botanical Garden’s plant collection and creates a destination for visitors of all ages to enjoy in a wondrous natural experience. The redevelopment will provide an environment for the development of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens plant collections, showcasing outstanding architectural design and construction techniques through cost effective and innovative design that’s functional and beautiful.

    PROJECT BENEFITS: The social implications of this project are significant. The completed Fernery Redevelopment project will create a wonderful destination for visitors of all ages and have a positive effect on the local economy encouraging tourism to Ballarat and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

    PROJECT FINANCIALS: The vision for the Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment is based on a $4 million budget and construction will be staged in line with available funding.  The City of Ballarat committed $1.4 million in its 2015/16 Budget, to fully fund the first stage of the project. The Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens group has raised $150,000 for the project and with the City of Ballarat are developing a submission for future State Government funding of the project.

    Your opinion on the following concept images will help guide the direction of the Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment design. 

    This survey closes Thursday 18 August, 2016



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    Rubicon Street Public Carpark - Safety Perceptions

    Council are responding to concerns regarding after dark safety in the Rubicon Street Public Carpark by local business owners and employees. We are applying for funding through the Department of Justice and Regulation to install lighting in the carpark to improve safety and confidence in using the carpark after dark.

    To support the application we would appreciate your feedback and comments on the issue of safety in and around this carpark both during the day and after dark’


    Council are responding to concerns regarding after dark safety in the Rubicon Street Public Carpark by local business owners and employees. We are applying for funding through the Department of Justice and Regulation to install lighting in the carpark to improve safety and confidence in using the carpark after dark.

    To support the application we would appreciate your feedback and comments on the issue of safety in and around this carpark both during the day and after dark’


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    CBD Car Parking 2016 - Business Survey

    This survey is for the businesses that operate within central Ballarat. Parking meters and time restrictions encourage a larger turnover of customers, however customers may have different time requirements for each business. These questions are trying to determine an optimal balance for your business.


    This survey is for the businesses that operate within central Ballarat. Parking meters and time restrictions encourage a larger turnover of customers, however customers may have different time requirements for each business. These questions are trying to determine an optimal balance for your business.


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    CBD Car Parking 2016 - Community Survey

    The City of Ballarat is working to improve parking facilities for the central Ballarat area.  As a part of this process council is currently auditing space utilisation and seeking your input to have a better understanding of public use and need. 

    The aim of the process is to :

      Provide safe, accessible and affordable parking

    ·  Improve security for staff  and late night city patrons

    ·  Improve traffic safety

    ·  Improve resident amenity

    ·  Provide better protection for trees and other assetsContinue reading

    The City of Ballarat is working to improve parking facilities for the central Ballarat area.  As a part of this process council is currently auditing space utilisation and seeking your input to have a better understanding of public use and need. 

    The aim of the process is to :

      Provide safe, accessible and affordable parking

    ·  Improve security for staff  and late night city patrons

    ·  Improve traffic safety

    ·  Improve resident amenity

    ·  Provide better protection for trees and other assets and preserve the heritage amenity

    ·  Facilitate better utilisation of car parks

    ·  Position Ballarat for future growth of business/education/hospital facilities

    ·  Implement Council policy and recommendations


    The City of Ballarat is also working with VicRoads on the Improving Sturt Street and Mair Street Project. 

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    Little Bridge Street Pocket Park - Safety Perceptions


    This project has been funded by the Victorian Government Community Crime Prevention Program and Council. The project will deliver a range of safety and amenity improvements to the precinct including a new and reorientated toilet facility, landscaping improvements, closed circuit television cameras, improved lighting and public art installation. The purpose of the project is the use Safer by Design principles to improve the safety and amenity of the precinct.

    This survey is one of two surveys that Council will be undertaking relating to the project.

    This first survey helps us to further understand the current issues around precinctContinue reading


    This project has been funded by the Victorian Government Community Crime Prevention Program and Council. The project will deliver a range of safety and amenity improvements to the precinct including a new and reorientated toilet facility, landscaping improvements, closed circuit television cameras, improved lighting and public art installation. The purpose of the project is the use Safer by Design principles to improve the safety and amenity of the precinct.

    This survey is one of two surveys that Council will be undertaking relating to the project.

    This first survey helps us to further understand the current issues around precinct and also how you feel and perceive the precinct in relation to your safety and the amenity of the area.

    The second survey will be conducted after the delivery of improvements outlined above and we will ask the same questions to determine if you believe that the safety and amenity of the precinct has improved. This will occur in around twelve months’ time.


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    Green Waste Collection

    As a part of the strategic approach to reduce waste to landfill by 65% and reduce overall future waste costs, the City of Ballarat is seeking your opinion on how you currently deal with green waste and what a Council delivered Green Waste Collection service would mean to you. 

    Why Do You Need To Register To Take The Surveys Online? Registering opens up the doors to this and other consultations online, to complete surveys, add comments, join public discussions and more. You can use email, Facebook or Twitter to register. Registering helps make sure that survey results and comments canContinue reading

    As a part of the strategic approach to reduce waste to landfill by 65% and reduce overall future waste costs, the City of Ballarat is seeking your opinion on how you currently deal with green waste and what a Council delivered Green Waste Collection service would mean to you. 

    Why Do You Need To Register To Take The Surveys Online? Registering opens up the doors to this and other consultations online, to complete surveys, add comments, join public discussions and more. You can use email, Facebook or Twitter to register. Registering helps make sure that survey results and comments can be filtered on postcodes for local voices to be at the top and stops "spamming" of your important feedback. The survey is also available in hard copy at our Customer Service Centre and local Ballarat libraries and can also be downloaded from this site and posted. 

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