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Ballarat gears up for the Road Nats

The most prestigious national event on the Australian cycling calendar returns to Ballarat and Buninyong this summer with the Federation University Road National Championships from 8 to 12 January.

Nick White and Shannon Malseed are all set for the 2020 Road Nats.

Innovations this year include changes to the time trial course to allow spectators to see more of the action, more often, while a new timeslot for the Gran Fondo and the return of the popular community event in Buninyong are sure to be highlights.

Home crowd advantages are a rare event for most Australian cyclists.

But for Nick White and Shannon Malseed, racing at the Road National Championships provides an extra spur to success.

Shannon, who grew up in Victoria’s south west and spent five years in Ballarat, took out the 2018 women’s road race, while Nick, also from Ballarat, won last year’s under-23 men’s road race.

Both riders say the unique atmosphere generated by the supportive local crowd provides a huge boost. It’s like our very own Tour De France, cow bells and all.

“I spend most of the year racing overseas where my family and friends are on the other side of the world. They don’t get to see most of my racing,” Shannon says.

“To have them here and close enough to reach out and touch me, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s one of my favourite races of the whole year.”

Nick agrees: “To be able to pull off a result for those people is pretty special. It helps push you and motivate you.”

Victory at the Road Nationals entitles the winner to wear the Australian champion’s jersey for the rest of the year. 

Fans can look forward to some exciting additions to the event program. 

The time trials will run on a new course which starts and finishes at the Federation University Mount Helen campus, providing a more technically demanding ride for competitors and better viewing for spectators.

The Gran Fondo, where fans can ride the road race course, moves to a new timeslot on Saturday afternoon, leading in to the popular Saturday evening community event at Buninyong’s De Soza Park.

City of Ballarat Events Manager Heidi Zukauskas says the Road Nationals is a key plank of Ballarat’s summer events offering.

“What was once a quiet time of year for the city is now alive with events like Christmas in Ballarat, Nitro Circus and Summer Sundays,” Heidi says.

“The event also gives Ballarat unparalleled media exposure in Australia and to tens of millions internationally, through live broadcasts across SBS and Fox Sports.”

The summer events program reflects the direction outlined in the City of Ballarat’s Events Strategy 2018–2028 and the Ballarat is Open project to attract and sustain a vibrant events calendar and build visitor economy.

“Securing hosting rights is extremely competitive. That we’ve retained the Road Nats for the past 14 years is mainly due to the event friendly environment created by the City of Ballarat and professional event support provided by our events team.

“We’ve facilitated and encouraged changes to the program, like last year’s shift of the criterium to Friday night, to maximise the benefits for our accommodation, retail and hospitality sector, and we’re confident this year’s additions will further enhance those benefits,” Heidi says.

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Recycling revolution

Tucked away in Mitchell Park’s industrial area is a perfect example of the circular economy in action.

Andrew Clarke and Lisa Forssman standing in front of house hold recycling bins.

Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI) not only has the City of Ballarat contract to deliver new garbage bins but it also takes away old bins, puts them through a granulation process to break them down into tiny pieces and sells them to a plastic re-modeller to be made into new products then used across the municipality.

“It’s like a really round circle,” BRI manager Andrew Clarke says.

“It’s actually a really, really good story because it’s a Ballarat company (Replas) that we sell it to.

“They mould it into different types of products – it might be a park bench or a bollard.”

Established in 1984, BRI provides jobs for people with disabilities and empowering them to live rich, independent and fulfilling lives.

As well as providing employment opportunities, BRI helps with workplace training, person-­centred plans that help people with disabilities live the life they want to lead and a range of support services to help with social participation.

Andrew has been with BRI for eight years and still marvels at the range of services they offer, particularly for the City of Ballarat.

There’s also a kiln on site which heat treats timber for export while old broken wheelie bins from across Victoria, truck mudguards and some types of drums are broken down, put through the granulator and re-purposed.

“We also have a landscaping division that does some mowing and roadside clean ups.”

BRI’s events division helps with decorations for City of Ballarat events, installing the Christmas decorations in Sturt Street every year.

One of the recent contracts BRI carried out for the City of Ballarat was the placement of ‘No Glass’ stickers on all of the municipality’s recycling bins.

According to Andrew, the process flowed “very smoothly.”

And he has a message for all Ballarat households, particularly in light of the recent recycling changes caused by a push to use more of the product in local manufacturing.

“With any form of recycling, the better you sort it, the better dollar value we get for it.”

Recycling changes 
With overseas markets no longer taking as many Australian recyclables, and with the collapse of former recycling contractor SKM, the City of Ballarat appointed a new contractor, Australian Paper Recovery, which specialise in sourcing paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastics for local markets.

To meet the requirements of these manufacturers the material needs to be as clean as possible. As a result, the focus of no glass, bagged rubbish and clean and empty bottles and containers is really important.

Residents across the municipality have been asked to take all glass out of their recycling bin to avoid it contaminating the rest of the recycling load, especially as glass can shatter in the bin and embed in the product.

The City of Ballarat is taking a lead by working closely with industry to find solutions that involve recycling glass.

By separating glass from recycling, the glass product remains clean and can be used for research and development opportunities, including road making materials and concrete product trials.

The intent is to use all glass recovered for the highest and best recycling purposes, with this ideally being the production of food and drink class containers of the future. The market within Australia is reasonably limited. The City of Ballarat is also exploring less high end uses such as road making materials.

Visit to discover how you can better recycle and reuse. 

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Planning help

Help, forms and checklists for your planning journey.

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Forms and checklists

Do you have everything you need to apply for your Planning Permit? Make sure you have everything together by using one of our forms or checklists.

Planning application forms

Application for Planning Permit
Application for a VicSmart Planning Permit
Application to Amend a Planning Permit
Application for Amendment by Secondary Consent
Amendment to Planning Application
Extension of Time Request
Request To Endorse Plans Pursuant To Conditions Of Permit

Subdivision forms

Public Open Space Form
Bond and Fees Form
Discharging condition for 173 Agreement

Other forms

Application for Certificate of Compliance
Copy of Planning Permit and or Endorsed Plans Request Form

General planning permit application checklists

Checklist - Existing Use Rights
Checklist 1 - Construction and/or Extension of a Single Dwelling or Multi Dwellings on a Lot
Checklist 2 - Industrial
Checklist 3 - Business
Checklist 4 - Advertising Signage
Checklist 5 - Waiver of Car Parking
Checklist 6 - Subdivision
Checklist 7 - Applications for Works to Buildings in Heritage Areas
Checklist 8 - Applications for Demolition of a Building in a Heritage Area
Checklist 9 - Construction of a Water Tank
Checklist 10 - Vehicle Crossover in a Heritage Area
Checklist 11 - Solar Panels in a Heritage Area
Checklist 12 - Buildings & Works
Checklist 13 - Use of Land
Checklist 14 - Liquor Licence
Checklist 15 - Bushfire Management Overlay
Bushfire planning information
Checklist 16 - Applications within the Dowling Forest Precinct
Checklist 17 - Rural Subdivision
Checklist 18 - Rural Dwelling
Checklist 19 - Native Vegetation Removal

VicSmart permit application checklists

Checklist 1 - Realign a boundary between two lots
Checklist 2 - Subdivide land into lots each containing an existing building or car parking space
Checklist 3 - Subdivide land with an approved development into two lots
Checklist 4 - Construct a front fence in a residential zone
Checklist 5 - Construct a building or works in a Commercial, Industrial Zone or Mixed Use Zone
Checklist 6 - Construct a fence in an overlay
Checklist 7 - Remove, destroy or lop one tree
Checklist 8 - Minor subdivision, minor buildings and works, painting or tree lopping in a Heritage Overlay
Checklist 9 - Display a sign in a Commercial or Industrial Zone
Checklist 10 - Reduce a car parking requirement
Checklist 11 - Reduce or waive loading & unloading requirements

Information sheets

Pre-application Meetings

Please note in person pre-application meetings are currently not being offered. We will start in person meetings again soon. In the meantime, you can contact the planning officer on duty on 5320 5107.

Policies and strategies

Reference documents under the Ballarat Planning Scheme

Local Incorporated Documents under the Ballarat Planning Scheme

View Local Incorporated Documents on Planning Victoria website.

Other planning documents

Planning fees

There are a range of factors that determine how much you have to pay for a Planning Permit.

Calculating your fee

The cost of your application depends on what you’re doing. The key factors that influence your fee include:

  • The type of permit (use, development, use and development, subdivision)
  • The estimated cost of any development
  • The type of proposal and/or property (VicSmart, single dwelling on a lot, multiple dwellings on a lot)

For a full list of Statutory Planning fees, view our fee schedule.

I want to seek written advice as to whether a planning permit is required

Request written advice when you need to clarify whether a planning permit is required for your project.

Before applying, you'll need to ensure you have the following information:

  • An electronic version of your plans
  • Copy of your title including any relevant covenants and agreements

Apply for written advice


I want to request a copy of a planning permit or endorsed plans

To get copies of existing planning permits or endorsed plans, you'll need to applyBefore applying, you will need to have the following information:

  • Property address
  • Planning permit reference number

Please note: Copies are made available for the purposes of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 only. The information provided must not be used for any other purpose. By taking a copy of a document you acknowledge and agree that you will only use the document for the purpose specified above and that any dissemination, distribution or copying of a document is strictly prohibited.

Request copy of planning permit

I want to apply for a report and consent for a proposed demolition

Do you need to progress your building permit application but your registered building surveyor first needs report and consent for demolition under Section 29A of the Building Act? You will need to apply for a 29A Report and Consent for Demolition.

When a Section 29A request is received, we’ll determine whether a planning permit is required for the demolition, and if so, if a planning permit has been issued. If a planning permit has been issued for the demolition or no planning permit is required to demolish, we’ll issue consent.

A Section 29A consent request will be refused if a planning permit is required for demolition and no planning permit has been issued for the proposed demolition, or if the demolition proposed under the request differs from that extent of demolition approved in the planning permit.

The City of Ballarat can't issue Section 29A consents:

  • where City of Ballarat is not the responsible authority for the land
  • where a planning permit has been issued by the Minister for Planning
  • for permits issued for properties on the Victorian Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1995.

Before proceeding, make sure you have the following information:

  • Planning and Building Permit application reference numbers
  • A full and current (no older than 30 days) copy of your Certificate of Title including the Plan of Subdivision and correct ownership details. 
  • A digital copy of your plans and any supporting documents
  • Credit card details for payment of the application fee. 
  • The cost is outlined in our fee schedule

Apply for Report and Consent for Demolition

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