Can you believe we are already into the third month of 2018. The days seem to go by so quickly with so many exciting events occurring across our region.
Just this week we welcomed Senator for Victoria Jane Hume and Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford to Ballarat to mark the beginning of the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre redevelopment.
The Australian Government is providing $10 million through the Building Better Regions Fund to this project, while the Victorian Government is investing $9 million through its Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. We have also contributed $5 million.
We take pride in our status as an active city, and this project will enhance our ability to attract indoors sports competitions, as well as helping to promote a healthier and active population.
The support from all levels of government shows strong confi dence in Ballarat as Victoria’s fastest growing regional city, and a commitment to supporting that growth through investment in key infrastructure.
Today also marks a very important day – it’s International Women’s Day.
And what better way to celebrate the achievement of local women than by recognising the contributions of the city’s four previous Mayor’s Jessie Margaret Scott (1976-77), Wanda Chapman (1988 – 89), Vashti Lloyd (1990-910 and Judy Verlin (2008-09).
For the fi rst time, their portraits will be hung in our Town Hall. This may be a small step, but it’s an important step towards gender inclusiveness.
We are also supporting the 3.43pm Afternoon Tea at Alfred Deakin Place to draw attention to the gender pay gap of 16 per cent. 3.43pm is the average fi nishing time for women if there was pay equity.
Enjoy your long weekend, I hope to see you at the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival.
Plan your visit to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens by visiting: ballaratbegoniafestival.com.au
Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh