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Kindness Meters installed in Bridge Mall

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Mayor Des Hudson tries out the innovative generous meters that have been transformed for the homeless in our City, he is pictured with some Alfredton Primary Students.

THE City of Ballarat has partnered with the Alfredton Primary School to help Ballarat’s homeless people.

Six brightly painted parking meters – ‘Kindness Meters’ will be installed in Ballarat’s CBD. Three ‘Kindness Meters’ have been installed in the Bridge Mall with another three to be installed in the New Year. Residents are encouraged to place money in the recycled parking metres which will then be donated to Ballarat welfare agencies.

Donations in the metres will be collected by United Way Ballarat staff. United Way CEO Geoff Sharp said a community chest is used by the organisation for 26 different charities across Ballarat, and that’s the money from the meters will be going. The concept for the kind ness meters was brought to Ballarat from Alfredton Primary School grade five and six teacher Judy Jenkins and she and many of her pupils were present at the launch last week. Cr Peter Innes added the program allows citizens to more easily contribute to welfare.

“Ultimately I want to see 10 of them around the city – the other meters will be around different parts of the city,” he said.