Community Safety Awards


The City of Ballarat 2016 Community Safety Award-winners were honoured at a presentation at Ballarat Town Hall on Wednesday 5 October.

The 2016 Award-winning organisations and projects are:

Winner: Improving Community Safety

Delacombe Community Walking School Bus – Delacombe Primary School and The Salvation Army

The Delacombe Community Walking School Bus (known by local children as the Magic School Bus) delivers local children to school on time and safely. Starting with 5 and growing to 20 children, the Walking School Bus is run by local volunteers, operating every school day, rain, hail or shine.

Winner: Urban Design for Safe and Healthy Environments

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden

Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre has created a new community garden based at the Ballarat South Community Hub, located behind Phoenix P-12 Community College. In the past three years, the empty 'paddock' surrounding the front of the Hub building has been transformed into a vibrant community garden featuring an outdoor eating/meeting community space. It enhances health and wellbeing through opportunities to garden and promote social connectedness, and promotes environmentally sustainable practices through the use of tank water for watering, wicking beds for water efficiency and a water-wise native garden component to attract and support birdlife. Mosaic art and totem pole projects add a complimentary colourful cultural focus to the garden.


Winner: Crime Prevention

Safe Making Places: I feel Safe When - Ballarat North Neighbourhood House

Ballarat North Neighbourhood House (BNNH) held an ongoing series of events over the last 18 months to engage the community and strengthen knowledge about various local safety issues including crime prevention and personal wellbeing. An “Ideas Wall” was established at the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House, Wendouree Neighbourhood House, Department of Justice and Headspace, giving community members a voice concerning safety and crime. In 2016, the Ballarat North Neighbourhood House was successful in securing a Community Safety Fund Grant from the Department of Justice.


The City of Ballarat Community Safety Prize of $1,000 was awarded to:

Delacombe Community Walking School Bus – Delacombe Primary School and The Salvation Army

Congratulations to all 2016 Award nominees: Delacombe Chairs Forum; Rhiannon Yates and Bev Basar: Youthink – Trauma Prevention Project; Rotary Club of Wendouree; StormSafe Community Announcements – Ballarat SES; and Ballarat’s L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program – United Way.

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