Ballarat: Our Future - Make your Voice Heard in the New Council Plan

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The City of Ballarat is in the throes of developing a new four year plan and is seeking public feedback on what should be in it. The public consultation process, which is detailed on the MySay Ballarat website outlines several avenues for community participation (extended until end of Sunday 28 February, 2021).  

Issues you might like to consider in your feedback: 

            • Establish a Carbon Neutral Ballarat target for 2030 - as part of Action 5.4: Empowering Communities, in Council's 2019 Carbon Neutrality and 100% Renewables Action Plan, which set a target of 2025 for Net Zero emissions for Council operations
            • Implement the Council's Koala Management Plan of 2006; make the protection of koala habitat a priority; refuse permits for domestic pets in residential areas adjoining areas of koala habitat.
            • Commit to fully transitioning the Council fleet to EVs by 2025
            • Advocate to the State Government for electric buses and garbage collection trucks
            • Advocate to the State Government for the introduction of measures/incentives for all electric, energy efficient homes in all greenfield developments, and for mandating natHERS ratings at point of sale, in line with the ACT model.
            • Advocate for/facilitate the establishment of community batteries to enable solar sharing via virtual grids on a neighbourhood basis
            • Commit to street trees in every suburban street in Ballarat
            • To find out more about how councils operate and how to make community voices heard visit - https://www.caceonline.org/vic-council-plans-campaign-2021.html
 Visit the Ballarat: My Future page to complete the three surveys and find out how to participate in Community conversations. Please note this week's Conversations were cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Community Conversations will be held on Tuesday 2 March, 4.30pm and 6pm (subject to pandemic restrictions)
Where:   Brown Hill Recreation Reserve
                         Humffray Street Nth, Brown Hill
                         Miners Rest Community Park 
                         Albert Street, Miners Rest
                         Doug Dean Reserve 

                         Nandiriog Drive, Delacombe

In lieu of face-to-face sessions this week, another option for people is to complete an online submission in the Guest Book on the MySay web page https://mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au/ballarat-our-future - updates on sessions will be posted here – check before attending any sessions. Alternatively email your thoughts and ideas to            

First stage of Ballarat: Our Future closes

We will stop collecting your responses at 5pm on February 28. We will then summarise what you told us.

This will then inform:
      • the Revenue and Rating Plan
      • the 2021 - 2025 Budget
      • the second stage of Ballarat: Our Future engagement