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Ballarat’s Bigger Hearts Dementia Alliance digital inclusion project

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree today announced a $20,000 grant for the Digital Inclusion Social Connection (DI-SC) Project, helping people living with dementia and their carers address social isolation through digital technology. With the closure of many formal and informal meeting..

Survival grants for Ballarat‘s live music industry

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison announced survival grants for five local live music venues and new initiatives to protect music jobs on stage and behind the scenes. These grants and initiatives will help local music venues, businesses, musicians and other..

Boosting women’s facilities at Mars Stadium

Ballarat may soon be home to elite AFLW games, with work to begin shortly to redevelop competition-level female friendly change facilities at Mars Stadium. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle joined City of Ballarat Councillor Samantha McIntosh today to announce..

Ballarat hospitality is open for business

Ballarat and other regional communities across the state took the third step along the roadmap to COVID Normal today. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle joined with CEO of Committee for Ballarat, Michael Poulton to enjoy the offerings at Ballarat..

Preventing Youth Crime Through Sport

The Victorian Government is using the power of community sport to connect with disengaged young people across the state with an early intervention program led by Football Victoria. Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention Frank McGuire today announced $150,000 in funding for the Empowering Lives through..

School breakfast clubs expansion helps Ballarat students to thrive

The Victorian Government is making sure students living in Wendouree have the support they need to thrive at school, by investing in providing healthy breakfasts, lunch and school holiday supplies to children who need them. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison virtually met with leaders at..

Safety boost for White Flat Recreation Reserve

Safety and landscape upgrades have revitalised Ballarat’s popular White Flat Recreation Reserve thanks to a grant of almost $188,000 from the Victorian Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund. Five new CCTV cameras have been installed to improve surveillance across sporting facilities, clubrooms and public restrooms. The..

Agile Manufacturers Create New Ventilator Industry

Victoria’s world-leading manufacturers have created a ventilator production industry from scratch with Ballarat’s Gekko Systems to start making the country’s first Australian-designed machines within weeks. Gekko has made its name as a manufacturer of mining equipment since its establishment by Sandy Gray and Elizabeth Lewis-Gray..

Building a safer future based on Ballarat’s past

Upgrades to Ballarat’s Sturt Street are revisiting the city’s past to build a safer future on one of its busiest roads. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said as part of upgrades currently under way at the intersection of Sturt and Talbot streets, construction crews have..

Helping Ballarat’s competition survive and thrive

Community sport in Ballarat has been given a boost thanks to support from the Victorian Government aimed at helping local leagues and associations ride out the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and come back ready to play. Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana..

Stamp duty savings for first home buyers in Ballarat

The Victorian Government is helping more Victorians buy their dream home, with hundreds of Ballarat first home buyers saving in stamp duty costs over the past financial year. In Ballarat, over 800 homebuyers either had their stamp duty fees waived or received a concession for..

Free kinder for families in Term 3

All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3 thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government. The Members for Buninyong and Wendouree today welcomed an announcement from the Victorian Government of an extension to..

Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care centre opens

Ballarat Health Services announced the official opening of the Grampians Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) centre today. Ballarat Health Services’ Pleasant Street South facility will provide short-term treatment and support in a 12-bed residential setting for people experiencing mental illness in the Ballarat and Grampians..

Funding for Koorie Heritage Trail upgrade in Ballarat

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced $50,000 for a timely upgrade to the culturally significant Koorie Heritage Trail. The $50,000, funded under the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program, contributes to total project funding of $80,000 with City..

Funding for Your Local Box by Eat Drink West

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced funding of $50,000 (out of a total project cost of $82,500) for Your Local Box by Eat Drink West under the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program. The project is one of..

Funding for Women’s business incubator at Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC) received $32,500 under the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program to establish a Women’s business incubator. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today announced the funding at the BRMC Welcome Centre in Ballarat. The project..

Framework for success of Ballarat’s GovHub

The landmark GovHub in the heart of Ballarat continues to take shape, with the marking of the building’s frame being completed. Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle today joined Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford to visit the site to..

Important funding milestone for Alfredton Recreation Reserve

Ballarat families will soon be able to enjoy great local sporting facilities with Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announcing the full $3.7 million for the transformation of the Alfredton Recreation Reserve has been signed off by Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence. With over..