City of Ballarat assumes management of Gillies Street animal shelter
LONGER opening hours and cheaper fees will form part of new operations at the Gillies Street animal shelter when the City of Ballarat assumes management from Friday 1 September. The City of Ballarat will formally run the facility from 1 September, with the animal shelter’s opening hours extended by an additional 24 hours each week. The facility’s new opening hours, which commence on 4 September, are: Monday – Friday: 8am-6pm Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 11am-4pm Animal shelter users can also expect cheaper reclaim and adoption fees, following the introduction of a new fees system. The City of Ballarat introduced a new pro rata structure for the eight day statutory reclaim fee to give pet owners the chance to reclaimed their beloved cats for as little as $17.50 per day, and $21.50 per dog per day. The new fee structure will replace the previous $140 cat and $172 dog flat rate reclaim fee.
New adoption rates of $380 per dog and $180 per cat have also been introduced, and include microchipping, de-sexing and vaccination, as well as the first year of registration with City of Ballarat.
As part of its new management, the City of Ballarat will develop a foster care program which will enable animals who have been sheltered in the facility for an extended period of time to be housed with foster carers for a few nights. Friday 1 September also marks the launch of the new Ballarat Animal Shelter website which includes relevant information for Ballarat residents, including images of lost pets and animals ready for adoption, details for anyone considering volunteering and a platform for users to provide their feedback. The City of Ballarat will also share daily images of lost animals through its Facebook page @ BallaratCityCouncil On April 12, Ballarat City Councillors voted for the City of Ballarat to assume management of the Gillies Street animal shelter as the city transitions towards a new state-of-the-art regional animal shelter. The new $14 million regional animal shelter was highlighted as a key project in the Council Plan 2017-2021. The RSPCA’s existing threeyear contract expired on 31 August 2017.
Ballarat’s Creative City Strategy and Arts Precinct Master Planning Tender
THE vision for Ballarat’s creative industries will become the subject of extensive community engagement as part of a long-term strategy to establish Ballarat as a nationally-recognised creative city. The City of Ballarat’s Creative City Strategy and Arts Precinct Master Planning will provide significant opportunities for all involved in Ballarat’s arts and creative industries to contribute to developing a vibrant creative sector for the region going into the future. This process will include an extensive three-phase community consultation period. The project will be all-encompassing, focussing not only on traditional arts, but also other forms of creative industries, including theatre, public art, film, live music, visual arts and grassroot-level events. The objectives of the project, which will help create a sustainable future for creative industries in Ballarat, and enhance the city’s reputation nationally include: • Articulating the contribution creative industries make to Ballarat • Establishing a collective vision and objectives for the future development of the creative sector in Ballarat • Understanding how to reduce any physical or cultural/ structural barriers to further developing a thriving, vibrant creative sector in Ballarat • Developing a vision and master plan for the physical development of the arts precinct in the CBD to support the development of a nationally-recognised creative city
Once finalised it is expected the strategy and master planning will guide ongoing development of the creative industries, as well as guiding the future development of the arts, culture and creative industries precinct. The project forms part of the Council Plan 2017-2021 to ‘Develop and implement an events, arts and culture strategy (including film) and facilitate new regional and state significant events and festivals’.
Call for 2018 Australia Day Awards nominations
Celebrate Ballarat’s outstanding achievers nominate them for the 2018 City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards.
Do you know a communityminded citizen, an outstanding young person or a fantastic community activity you would like officially recognised for its positive contribution to the Ballarat community?
Nominations are now open for these prestigious annual awards in three categories:
• Ballarat Citizen of the Year
• Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year
• Community Activity of the Year
Nominees for the Citizen of the Year must be 25 years or older on 26 January, 2018, while nominees for the Young Citizen of the Year must be under 25 years of age on 26 January, 2018. The Community Activity of the Year Award is presented to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding community activity, either small or large, between 30 October 2016 and 29 October 2017. Achievements of past winners include:
• Community work through service organisations, such as Rotary Club, Apex and Lions Club
• Membership in Youth Council and other youth-focused groups
• Organising community events for particular sectors of the Ballarat community
• Raising funds for charities and not-for-profit organisations
• Working with elderly members of the community
• Activities to improve health outcomes or engage the community.
The Australia Day Awards, provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria), are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia, on behalf of each Council.
Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards close on Friday, 17 November 2017.