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29 August 2016 17:00

Love Ballarat - Living & Learning

The City of Ballarat will soon have a new home for Living and Learning.


The City of Ballaratwill soon have a new home for Living and Learning, with the excitingtransformation of the current Civic Hall site as an innovative community hub.


More than 1,000 peoplevisit the Ballarat Libraries in the CBD, Sebastopol and Wendouree every day. InApril 2016, this Council approved a master plan to deliver an expanded BallaratLibrary, cultural diversity centre, youth and childrens spaces, cafes andcommunity spaces.


This new project alignswith the City of Ballarats commitment to building the libraries of the futurethat Ballarat deserves with an expanded central library and the Sebastopol Libraryredevelopment, delivering the Ballarat Digital Hub and new technology includingthe Radio Frequency ID System.


The Sebastopol LibraryRedevelopment, funded by $1.25 million from Council and $600,000 from the StateGovernment, will transform the library into a local hub for exciting cultural,learning and recreational programs. Open in 2017, it will be a vibrant andinteresting place for the whole community, welcoming people of all ages and allbackgrounds.


Ballarat is a proud,multicultural city and we celebrate the culture, history and traditions of allnations including indigenous Australians.


This Council developedthe second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017, encouraging greaterunderstanding, acknowledgement, respect, inclusion of, and opportunities for,Aboriginal people of the Ballarat region. The Koorie Engagement Action Group(KEAG) is Councils primary advisory and reference group, providing a vitalconnection between Council and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islandercommunity. In 2013, the Bunjil sculpture was returned to Lake Wendouree,soaring above the Indigenous Themed Playspace, and every year the City ofBallarat celebrates NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week.


Every month, the City ofBallarat hosts Citizenship Ceremonies for local people becoming Australians citizens.The City of Ballarat supports many great groups and organisations dedicated tobuilding a positive multicultural community in Ballarat, and delivers thehighly successful Multicultural Ambassadors program, enhancing communityawareness and social acceptance in Ballarat.


Held during CulturalDiversity Week in March, the annual Harmony Fest is a vibrant communitycelebration of cultural music, food, demonstrations, family activities andmarkets. This Council term, the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) andEducation and Employment Pathways Program (CEEP) assisting Ballaratsmulticultural community to find employment launched, the MulticulturalInformation Place (MIP) desk at Ballarat Library was opened, and a new City ofBallarat Multicultural Services Directory was published.


Council is dedicated torecognising Ballarats many wonderful young people and building the leaders of thefuture, with great programs including Youth Council, Ballarats Young GlobalAmbassadors, FreeZa music events, the Whitten Project and Unique Message Makerprograms. The City of Ballarat Youth Awards are an opportunity to celebrate Ballaratsmany young people who make a positive contribution to the community.

Love Ballarat - Living & Learning
2016-08-29 17:00

The City of Ballarat will soon have a new home for Living and Learning.

Love Ballarat - Arts & Culture
2016-08-22 16:30

Ballarat is home to a vibrant creative community that crosses boundaries of age, ability and background.

Love Ballarat - Clean Ballarat
2016-08-15 16:40

The Clean Ballarat program delivers an integrated approach to all of the City of Ballarat’s environmental initiatives.

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