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City of Ballarat News 17th Sept 2015


YMCA and the City of Ballarat have reached a mutual agreement to change the working arrangements that are currently in place at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre (BAC) declares Mr Bendle, Ballarat YMCA Acting CEO.

From this week YMCA will focus on the delivery of its core suite of programs and services at the Centre with the City of Ballarat resuming management of the facility.

“YMCA has a long and proud history of providing services to the Ballarat community that support a healthy lifestyle and we are committed to continuing to deliver a range of programs and services at BAC, mainly YMCA swimming lessons, gymnastics program, crèche, Men with Guts, HeartMoves etc.

“Delivering first-class programs for people of all ages from infants to seniors is what we do; it’s what the Y has been doing in this community for more than 130 years and will continue to do at a number of locations, including the BAC. “Importantly all staff will be retained by Council in this transition of business however we expect that this situation will be challenging for many YMCA staff members, some of whom have been working for the Y for years” says Mr Bendle.

BAC members currently using YMCA programs and services will see an easy transition and little impact. YMCA looks forward to continuing to serve the local community through the delivery of health and well-being programs at Delacombe Stadium and Community Hub, Wendouree West Youth Centre, Lyons Street, Out of Hours School programs, School Holiday Programs, Youth Services, local schools and of course at the Aquatic Centre.

Freedom Camping update

A report on the 12 month freedom camping trial at Pioneer Park went to an Ordinary Meeting of Ballarat City Council last Wednesday night (09/09). Council resolved to undertake further discussions with the Supervisory Team and Campervan and Motorhome Club Ltd (CMCA) on alternative models and locations for operating freedom camping opportunities in Ballarat. The trial will be continued for a further three month period and the future of the trial will be determined at a later date.

Miners Rest – Have your say

The City of Ballarat and Ballarat SES is calling for feedback from the Miners Rest community on the proposed Miners Rest Local Flood Guide. The guide outlines local flood risk information (including maps that show the areas vulnerable to flooding), historical information on past floods and information on flood warnings. A community information session will be held this Saturday 19 September, 10am to 1pm at the Miners Rest Community Hall, 8 Market Street, Miners Rest. Feedback closes Friday 2 October.

Have your say – community engagement

Residents are invited to have their say on the City of Ballarat’s Draft Community Engagement Framework. The document outlines Council’s commitment to engage with the community and its intent to raise the standard of community engagement being facilitated across the City of Ballarat by strengthening the planning, active participation and feedback components.

Have your say – Pennyweight Park, Ballarat East

Plans are underway to upgrade the existing play space in Pennyweight Park, Ballarat East and we want residents to have their say. Come along to a community information session to view the proposed designs and share your future ideas for the Park. A community info session will be held this Thursday, 17 September, between 4 and 6pm at the Playground Area, Pennyweight Park, Otway Street, Ballarat East. A free BBQ will be provided. A key aspect of the project is to improve access to the play space and make it more inclusive. The drop-in event is part of the City of Ballarat’s Engaging Communities Program.

Live in Sebastopol?

Sebastopol has joined the City of Ballarat Engaging Communities Program. A special edition of myNeighbourhood for Sebastopol was distributed to local residents and business owners last week.

Volunteers wanted

The Ballarat Cabaret Festival is calling for volunteers to help with this year’s event, to be held across various venues in Ballarat between 6 and 11 October. To find out more and to get involved visit http://ballaratcabaret.com/event-info/call-for-volunteers/ or contact Her Majesty’s Ballarat on 5364 2371.