City of Ballarat

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About this organisation

The City of Ballarat is located in western Victoria 110kms from Melbourne. The traditional land was home to the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people and european settlement commenced in ernest with the gold rush in 1850s. It covers an urban and rural area of 740 square kilometres and is forecast to grow to a population of 160,000 by 2040. Ballarat is a regional capital for approximately 400,000 people for employment, education, tourism and health services.

Why we support the vision

The "Today Tomorrow Together, The Balllarat Strategy, Our vision for 2040" has the aim of "A Greener More Vibrant and Connected Ballarat". One of the 5 sections in the Strategy is "The Ballarat Landscape" and the first 3 key policy directions are (i) Historic Urban Landscape - manage Ballarat's unique heritage, landscape and character as an intergrated historic urban landscape, (ii) Biodioversity - pursue regional solutions to the management of landscape values and biodoversity; protect and enhance the natural world in urban areas, and (iii) Open Space - improve the provision of quality open space to achieve environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits. These values align perfectly with the aims of the 202020 Vision.