2019 Archived News

CONGRATS TO LEROY MAC DESIGNS 6 November 2019

Our incredible member Leroy Mac Designs were chosen by Facebook to be a part of the 2019 Facebook Gift Guide! A unique collection of products from 30 small businesses from regional Australia. Check out the awesome collection and gift off the beaten track today here Congratulations Bec & Rodney!! Read more »

BALLARAT CAR SALES & FIFTEEN TREES PARTNERSHIP 6 November 2019

Ballarat Car Sales are proud to be collaborating with local business Fifteen Trees! Together they are taking environmental action to help make a positive difference in the surrounding community. This collaboration allows them to offset their carbon footprint by planting a tree for each and every car sold and serviced, on behalf of their customers. Ballarat Car Sales has planted over 500 trees to date and they can't wait to see where their upcoming batch of trees will be planted next. If you'd like to know more, chat to Bec & Alex in-store today or head to their website Read more »

BALLARAT AFRICAN ASSOCIATION SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY 6 November 2019

The Ballarat African Association (BAA) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and charitable membership organisation. Ballarat African Association supports and uplifts Africans and African families in Ballarat, to promote issues pertaining to social and cultural connectedness within our community and actively seek solutions to challenges faced by members of our community. The Ballarat African Association seek partnership and sponsorship supports for their "Re-Branding the African Australian" project with the first event in the series scheduled for 30 November 2019. For more info, contact Michael Akindeju on 0449 205 856 or email. Read more »

DOGGIES HOME GAMES 2020 6 November 2019

Western Bulldogs play their two home games at Mars Stadium next year on – Round 8 v Gold Coast Saturday 9th May 2020 at 1:45pm Round 22 v Port Adelaide Saturday 15th August 2020 at 1:45pm. www.westernbulldogs.com.au Read more »

BALLARAT HOSPICE CARE MOVIE NIGHT  30 October 2019

Ballarat Hospice Care are holding a movie night fundraiser on Thursday 7th November at 6pm! Tickets will be $20 and can be collected from 1836 Sturt St and must be purchased in advance. There will be raffles, auctions and prizes on the night and the movie screened will be Last Christmas. All proceeds from the night will go to Ballarat Hospice Care. Find more info HERE. Read more »

HOP TEMPLE TO HOST SPARKADEMY  30 October 2019

Spark is the national leader of the cultural hospitality movement of craft beer. Venues all over the country are brewing and owning their beer and determining their future. Spark roadshow tour brings a wealth of brewing knowledge in a fun and enlightening format with free flowing discussion, sharing ideas, experience and opportunity. On Thursday the 14th of November at Hop Temple, to register CLICK HERE Read more »

CONGRATS TO BALLARAT & DISTRICT TROTTING CLUB 30 October 2019

Ballarat and District Trotting Club was crowned the top country club at the Gordon Rothacker Medal night on Sunday, while Ballarat also produced the trainer, owner and breeder of the year, and a string of horse of the year awards. This the 12th time the BDTC has been named the state's number one club. Hosting the second round of Inter Dominion heats in December was a highlight of the club's 2018-19 season. Full story in The Courier here.. Read more »

LBWR20 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN 23 October 2019

LBWR is in the business of leadership that transforms through practical and theoretical experiences providing the skills and networks to allow you to reach you potential. Their leadership program provides a highly valued and unique leadership experience with a purpose to build an engaged, active and responsive community. Anyone who cares about their region and wishes to effect change. The LBWR Leadership program is a deep and experiential 10-month leadership experience with multiple core elements. More information can be found HERE. Read more »

THE CUP - HOSTED BY UNCOVER 23 October 2019

Uncover Magazine and Willow and Stone Estate present 'The Cup'. All proceeds will go to a local Ballarat Charity CAFS Care Farm Come and celebrate the race that stops the nation! Tickets include a day of fine dining, delicious wines, boutique beer, goody bags and entertainment. Your seat will host a fantastic take-home goody bag, filled with prizes you will not want to miss. There will also be an incredible prize for Lady of the Day so make sure to don your racing best! Tickets are $180 get them HERE Read more »

CONGRATS TO BIFB 23 October 2019

What an extraordinary two months it has been for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale! Sunday was the final day with record crowds for the weekend of over 2,500 coming through the International exhibition Liu Bolin Camouflage before flooding through the streets of Ballarat to enjoy the rich program positioned across Ballarat highlighting in the new National Centre For Photography. With over 29,000 unique visitors in two months, it has been another record crowd for the Biennale. They look forward to having you at the 2021 Biennale – opening 28 August – put a note in your diaries now! Read more »

THE FUTURE LABORATORY 23 October 2019

The Future Laboratory presentation by the City of Ballarat will have a strong visitor economy focus but will cover the broader retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. However, the insights delivered will make this presentation suitable to any business that has an interest in consumer behaviour as we move forward and how they can adapt to these changes. Tuesday the 12th of November, 10am-12pm at The Eureka Centre REGISTER HERE Read more »

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - RUN FOR A CAUSE 23 October 2019

They need over 200 community volunteers to make the 2019 Run for a Cause a successful event. Volunteers are needed to assist with road marshalling, drink stations, medallion presentations, and promotion of the event. All volunteers will be provided with appropriate training and recognition for their efforts. See a Position Description of volunteer roles here To register your interest in volunteering click here Read more »

SPORTS BET BALLARAT CUP 23 October 2019

Saturday November 23 2019, Sportsbet-Ballarat hosts the 2019 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with prize money increasing in the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup to $500,000, making it the richest regional race in Victoria! The day will be actioned packed on and off the track, highlighted by the Central Square Fashions on the Field. Marquee and hospitality packages are selling fast. Contact the Ballarat Turf Club on (03) 5334 6273 or visit HERE Read more »

RESTAURANTS FOR RESEARCH  23 October 2019

Throughout this month, diners eating out in restaurants across Ballarat will come together to support the Fiona Elsey cancer research program. Look for signs of participating eateries and donate $2 to cancer research as part of your bill. This donation will go directly to their Ballarat based cancer research program. For the full list of participating restaurants, cafes and pubs visit www.ferci.org.au Read more »

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER IN CHRONIC DISORGANISATION 16 October 2019

Congratulations to Sue Ryan our member from Organised by Sue from recently graduating as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®). These credentials are awarded to a professional organizer who has been educated in depth on the issues of chronic disorganization. The CPO-CD® program is for intermediate and advanced professional organizers who are looking to develop their skills, techniques and knowledge that can be applied in a practical way when working with clients who are affected by chronic disorganization. This is an internationally recognised qualification and Sue is one of only two organizers in Australia with the high level of training! How amazing. Read more »

POWER FM LADIES DAY 2019 16 October 2019

Thursday the 24th October the 2019 Power FM Ladies Day will kick off at the Ballarat Turf Club. For a fun filled day of fun, fashion, friends and racing make sure you book by Friday October 18th. Tickets include a 2 course meal plus champagne, cocktails and beverages throughout the day, racebook and entertainment, punters club, market stalls and fashion parades. The day commences from 12:30pm and tickets are $75 for Ballarat Turf Club Members, or $85 for non-members. To book, call 53334 6273 or email info@ballaratturfclub.com.au. Read more »

BGCLS COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT 16 October 2019

Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service is seeking expressions of interest to join the Committee of Management. The Committee of Management has particular interest in attracting people with skills in strategic planning, policy, finance, grant seeking and fundraising. BGCLS is committed to ensuring the diversity of their Committee represents the diversity of their communities. Women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, young people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To find out more, or make an application please click HERE. Read more »

WINE TASTING EVENING AT RJM'S WINE BAR 16 October 2019

RJMS Wine Bar is proud to present an evening of European style wine tasting. Mingle with your friends and other wine lovers while tasting superb local wines and cheeses. Our cheese platters will be placed on central tables in each of the three rooms to coincide with booking times ranging from 6 – 8 pm. Enjoy the warmth and ambience of our charmingly unique alfresco area. Sample some of the sixteen outstanding quality wines on offer, many of which are not usually available by the glass. For more info Click Here Read more »

HOPATHON 16 October 2019

Hop Temple are holding the second annual Hopathon on November 9th! What is it you ask? It's a 0.6KM Fun Run for the rest of us.... And no you don't have to hop. Have you always wanted to say you've completed a fun run, but it's hard when your training schedule consists of brews and food? Then the Hopathon is for you, a 600m run around the Hop block where you'll get a T-Shirt, headband, pint of beer and completion medal to show off to all your family. The event is proudly supporting the Special Care Nursery. Last year they raised $7,472.45, and this year they want to beat it! Get you TICKETS HERE Read more »

KNOW YOUR CAR - SAFETY & MAINTENANCE SESSION  16 October 2019

Ballarat Car Sales are happy to announce their next education session to help you get to know your vehicle. In this workshop, get hands on with the basics, including checking your oil and water, changing a tyre, jump starting your vehicle and much more. It will be held on Wednesday 16th October (tonight!) from 6pm-7pm at the Ballarat Car Sales Workshop. To RSVP CLICK HERE Read more »

BALLARAT IS OPEN 16 October 2019

The Ballarat is Open (BiO) project is about better understanding what our various brands and identities are throughout the city as well as looking more broadly at how the city ticks, what drives its growth, how we present the city to others, and how a greater number of our businesses and residents can share in the prosperity that a rapidly growing regional city brings. Commerce Ballarat members have an opportunity to be part of this project with a creative human-centred design sprint scheduled for next Tuesday 22 October:    A Vision and Identity for Ballarat Tuesday 22 October, 10.00am - 12.00pm This will explore what Ballarat's unique identity and personality is, what we want for our long-term future, and what might be holding us back from getting there. Click Here to Register If this time is not suitable, you are welcome to register for any of the other workshops being held throughout the city (see mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au for details and links) Read more »

MEETING OUR WATER CHALLENGE 9 October 2019

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are running 'Meeting our Water Challenge' open house sessions in Ballarat at the Mercure Conference Centre, 613 Main Road, Golden Point on Monday 14 October 2019. Water is essential for the economy, environment and communities. Have your say on how to manage its use and how it is shared, and make plans to secure future supplies. If you wish to attend, please register via rsvp to the open house sessions through https://engage.vic.gov.au/ltwra Read more »

RUN FOR A CAUSE - CORPORATE CHALLENGE 9 October 2019

Get active, have fun and win some exciting prizes for your business! Following the hugely successful 2018 event, the Ballarat Foundation's 'Run for a Cause' is back for another year and they'd like to get all local businesses involved. It's a great opportunity to boost staff morale by creating a corporate team, training and fundraising together and then celebrating your team's achievements on Sunday November 17.   Read more »

THIS IS DEMENTIA MOVIE SCREENING 9 October 2019

On Friday the 25th of October, Showbiz Cinema Ballarat will be providing a movie screening of 'Ride Like A Girl' as a dementia friendly movie session. This screening is designed to be inclusive to all needs, providing a relaxed atmosphere for families and carers to enjoy sharing a movie with their loved ones. The screening will begin at 10am. To register, please email thisisdementiainc@gmail.com, or call 0412 098 495 by the 16th of October. Read more »

BALLARAT ZEITGEIST 9 October 2019

What if you could get together with like-minded people who want to connect with others, innovate and be creative in order to spark positive change? To harness Ballarat's creative and entrepreneurial talent, Rik Bass (Baas Behaviour) and Glen Jones (Visual Circus) are looking to form a local collective to not only tackle the local challenges that matter, but help attendees take away motivational, behavioural and creative learning. The very first Ballarat Zeitgeist event will be held at the Mallow Hotel on 30 October, from 6-8pm. Tickets available HERE  Read more »

OPENING OF NEW BALLARAT HOSPICE CARE BUILDING 2 October 2019

Congratulations Ballarat Hospice Care on the opening of your new purpose built space. An absolutely perfect building to house these amazing, caring legends!! The hub will allow for innovative, flexible service options that are universally accessible, socially and culturally diverse and inviting for staff, volunteers, patients, their families and carers. The hub will be a welcoming space and provide the information and resources needed to support our community to make decisions on living, dying and grieving - they're now located at 1836 Sturt St, Alfredton.  Read more »

CHRISTMAS IN BALLARAT 2 October 2019

The City of Ballarat is gearing up for their annual Christmas in Ballarat campaign and they want you to be a part of it! The festive calendar is going to be jam-packed with events, competitions and more. They want you to tell them: What unique Christmas offerings have you planned this year  – think products, seasonal menus, experiences and events. They encourage you to list your December events on ATDW so they feature on the Christmas in Ballarat website –  any questions on how to use this free event listing service please get in touch events@ballarat.vic.gov.au Final deadline: Monday 7 October 2019 Read more »

COMPASSIONATE BALLARAT 2 October 2019

Join in a week of Celebrating Compassion Sunday 20- Sunday 27 October 2019. The City of Ballarat is intending to sign the Charter for Compassion in October 2019, and in so doing will formally acknowledge the work of compassionate Ballarat and contribute to the building of a global critical mass of compassionate thought and action. To coincide with that signing the Compassionate Ballarat Steering group is organising a week of events. Visit their website for the latest information on the over 45 events you can take participate in, throughout this whole week.  Read more »

REGISTER NOW - RUN FOR A CAUSE 2019 2 October 2019

Registrations are now open for the Ballarat Foundation's major fundraising event, the Federation University Run for a Cause 2019! The event which will take place on Sunday the 17th of November and is the largest mass participation community fun run/walk in the region with all proceeds going directly to local charities. Run for a Cause 2019, will be raising funds and awareness for charities supporting early childhood to help young children start school ready to prosper. REGISTER HERE Read more »

FINDEX GROWTH METRICS - 2 DAY WORKSHOP 2 October 2019

Findex's Growth Metrics Program is a performance measurement and change program designed to help you focus on what's most important to you and your unique business. The program aims to redefine and re-energise your tailored business strategy and expand your expertise to enable you to reach your business objectives – whatever they may be. November 12th-13th at a Ballarat venue TBC for more information CLICK HERE Read more »

STARTING A BUSINESS LATER IN LIFE 2 October 2019

Mature entrepreneurship is a significant phenomenon across the globe. Many mature-aged people find self-employment has a number of positive economic and social benefits. This conference by Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs brings together a range of speakers on this important topic. If you have ever thought about starting a business, this event will give you the opportunity to find out how to take the next step. Keynote speaker, Professor Alex Maritz, has spent many years researching this sector and will provide valuable insights into the benefits and challenges for mature entrepreneurs in Australia. Held on Oct 4. For more information, and to book, CLICK HERE. Read more »

SHARPEN UP & RECESSION PROOF YOUR BUSINESS 25 September 2019

Do you need to increase business sales? Will you survive the next recession? Join Ewen Fletcher from Sharp Accounting and Mike Boyle from Sales Shift, in a very special FREE workshop. Mike Boyle, Director of Sales Shift will provide a perspective of what it takes to grow and thrive in the current challenging business environment. Mike will also cover how to lead your business by building a strong culture while increasing sales and innovation. Plus, Ewen Fletcher will demonstrate how to put your business in the best position to make it recession-proof register here  Read more »

RECYCLING IN BALLARAT IS CHANGING 25 September 2019

NO GLASS in recycling bins from Monday 30 September 2019 - NO glass is allowed in the yellow recycling bin (alternate glass deposit is available) - Continue to recycle paper, cardboard and clean cans - Clean plastic containers from your kitchen, laundry and bathroom are the only plastics we can accept For more info visit: www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/recycling-is-changing Read more »

THRIVING VISITOR ECONOMY 25 September 2019

Do you want to be involved in the future success of the visitor economy in Ballarat? This City of Ballarat hosted sector development event will be led by foremost business psychology coach Mel Neil. Mel has a track record of helping groups to reconnect and achieve meaningful and collaborative working styles to strengthen the sector and its ability to enable positive growth. October 9th from 9.30am-1pm at the Ballarat Tech School click here to register Read more »

LEE MARSHALL WINS VICTORIAN OPERATOR OF THE YEAR 25 September 2019

Every year, the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia celebrates the best of the industry with its Operator of the Year award. Winners of this prestigious award demonstrate excellent performance, initiative and all-round attention to detail in their roles as operators of water or wastewater treatment facilities. Mr Paul O'Donohue, Managing Director of Central Highlands Water said, -We are thrilled to congratulate Lee Marshall, one of our Water Treatment Operators, on winning the prestigious WIOA Victorian Operator of the Year award for 2019." Keep reading here... Read more »

CHRISTMAS IN BALLARAT 25 September 2019

The City of Ballarat is gearing up for their annual Christmas in Ballarat campaign and they want you to be a part of it! The festive calendar is going to be jam-packed with events, competitions and more. They want you to tell them: What unique Christmas offerings have you planned this year  – think products, seasonal menus, experiences and events. They encourage you to list your December events on ATDW so they feature on the Christmas in Ballarat website –  any questions on how to use this free event listing service please get in touch events@ballarat.vic.gov.au. Read more »

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH AT THE WESTERN HOTEL 25 September 2019

It's brunch but with a twist.. Ohh la la! Every once in a while, a latte-centric early breakfast just won't cut it. Treat yourself to morning-meets-afternoon delights and a drink or two at The Western Hotel! From 11.30am until 2.00pm every Sunday in October. For $48 per person choose from a selection of cocktails, bubbles, wine and tap beer. Accompanied with platter style share plates featuring some sweet and savoury options to satisfy your tastebuds in the Beer Garden! More info Click Here Read more »

YOU'RE INVITED: BLUE ILLUSION SEPTEMBER STYLING WORKSHOP 18 September 2019

Blue Illusion invites you and a friend to discover the new Summer Collection. The stylists will explore this season's vibrant new pieces and show you how to create the perfect ensemble. Together we can support research and wellness programs for people with cancer by donating a percentage of proceeds from this event to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. On arrival enjoy a glass of bubbles and refreshments, followed by a fashion parade. Enter the door prize for your chance to win a scarf up to the value of $89.99. T&Cs apply. See in store or online for details. For more information, please visit your local Blue Illusion boutique, email customerservice@blueillusion.com or call 1800 208 205. Read more »

RUNWAY INCUBATOR PROGRAM INTAKE NOW OPEN 18 September 2019

Applications are NOW OPEN for Runway Ballarat's next INCUBATOR PROGRAM intake. If you, or someone you know, has an idea for a startup (or even the germ of an idea), then why don't you apply?⁠ In line with Runway Ballarat's mandate to grow early stage startups, Runway have recognised that their existing Accelerator Program is more of an Incubator Program, and have renamed it as such. It's less about speed...and more about nurture. ⁠ Read more »

INTRODUCING EAT DRINK WEST 18 September 2019

A new online marketplace to connect Western Victorian producers – and the food-appreciating public – in a simple, accessible and informative way that reduces the physical barriers in sourcing quality ingredients. Eat Drink West brings together producers, growers, artisans, farmers, chefs, restaurateurs and consumers in a comprehensive online directory of resources and educational opportunities. The purpose of Eat Drink West is to serve the communities of Western Victoria as a catalyst for culinary discovery, connection, education, and collaboration. Find the best produce here  Read more »

ART CAMP & ART BITES 18 September 2019

Art Gallery school holiday program on sale now! Art Camp is a school holiday program for 9-14 years which runs for three full days over the term break. Art Campers will explore the Gallery's collection and then, guided by the Gallery Education team, experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to create finished artworks ready for display, more here. Art Bites is a full-day school holiday programs for children aged 5-8 years. Join the AGB Education team to explore materials and techniques to create artworks that respond to the Gallery exhibitions program, more here. Read more »

REGISTER NOW - RUN FOR A CAUSE 2019 18 September 2019

Registrations are now open for the Ballarat Foundation's major fundraising event, the Federation University Run for a Cause 2019! The event which will take place on Sunday the 17th of November and is the largest mass participation community fun run/walk in the region with all proceeds going directly to local charities. Run for a Cause 2019, will be raising funds and awareness for charities supporting early childhood to help young children start school ready to prosper. REGISTER HERE Read more »

CALLING ALL  BUSINESSES! 18 September 2019

Help A Little Change, A Big Difference break a Guinness world record for the longest line of coin! The record is currently held by Austria at 75km, time for Australia, and Ballarat, to take the title! All donations go to help support the BRICC Wellness Centre which helps support cancer patients within the Ballarat and Grampians region. They encourage businesses to run their own fundraisers and/or put a coin jar in their place of business (these can be dropped off to your business just contact A Little Change, A Big Difference). On December 6th, 2019 they will meet at Llanberris Athletic Track and all that have participated will be invited along to start the official attempt. Find out more information here Read more »

HEALTHY MEN, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES EVENT 11 September 2019

Hosted by Ballarat Community Health and Uniting this special event will help gain some insights and develop some tools around how to 'be there' for a mate, by being there for yourself first. This preventative mental health event is for anyone 18+ years, and focuses on the social and cultural factors that influence our wellbeing, particularly for men. The event will be held on Monday the 28th of October from 5.30pm-8.30pm at Ballarat Community Health Lucas. Get your tickets here Read more »

NEW HEAD CHEF AT LOLA 11 September 2019

Lola are thrilled to announce their new Head Chef at lola, Andre McLoughlin. With more than 18 years experience in the industry, Andre is particularly passionate about Regional Victoria and has been Sous Chef at Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld and Door to Door at Jacklope Hotels. They are so excited to welcome Andre to their fabulous team. One of Andre's goals is to develop their kitchen garden program and they couldn't be happier. Andre replaces Shaun Thomson who has returned to his family in Fiji.  Read more »

HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN NATIONAL RASPBERRY DROP DAY 11 September 2019

Sovereign Hill are looking to partner with the Ballarat business for their upcoming National Raspberry Drop Day - Saturday 22 February, 2020. Create a sweet treat or activity with raspberry drops and have it available on this date. Email marketing@sovereignhill.com.au with your idea on how you would like to get involved. Pending your idea Sovereign Hill will be able to assist you in the purchase of raspberry drop crumb or raspberry drops, at a discounted rate. Read more »

NANCY MAC BOUTIQUE IS NOW OPEN 4 September 2019

Have you checked out the pop up shop Nancy Mac Boutique run by McCallum Disability it's open for 4 weeks only! They have a range of pre-loved items from exclusive clothing brands. Located at 4 Doveton St Sth. Read more »

CITY OF BALLARAT AMBASSADOR 4 September 2019

The City of Ballarat is seeking Ballarat Ambassadors. Ballarat Ambassadors will take over from the current Visitor Information Centre role of visitor information volunteers. On Tuesday 1 October, they will enter an exciting new phase in visitor services under the City of Ballarat. As part of this move, they will launch our first Ballarat Ambassadors. The Ballarat Ambassador volunteers will be the face of Ballarat. They will help people navigate and find out more about our incredible city. Our Ballarat Ambassadors' love and knowledge of the city and its rich history will add to Ballarat's reputation as a friendly, welcoming and culturally vibrant city. For more information, and to apply, click HERE. Read more »

SOVEREIGN HILL'S SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW - AURA 4 September 2019

Explore space, delve into the dream time, and relive Australia's most important rebellion all while travelling under the night sky. 64 acres of hundreds of stunning projections, creating an immersive storytelling experience that transports you back in time. Sovereign Hill have kindly offered our members a 20% discount offer for tickets to their new sound and light show. AURA is Sovereign Hill's totally new immersive nightly theatre experience. To make your booking call 5337 1199 and mention the codeword AURA20. Read more »

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR - RAY WHITE BALLARAT 28 August 2019

Ray White Ballarat's rental team were proud to be announced as winners of the Ray White 'Property Management Team of the Year' at the 2018/2019 Victoria/Tasmania Annual Awards held on the 22nd August. 94.3% of landlords said they would recommend their property management to other people. Fantastic achievement! Read more »

VOLUNTEERS FOR RSSS 28 August 2019

You can still volunteer for RSSS this year! There are so many benefits to volunteering - including a free pass to a session for every session you volunteer. There are roles to suit everyone. From its inception, South Street has been generously supported by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Fill out their online form here and they'll be in touch to workout what role might best suit you. Alternatively have a chat to Nell on 5332 1054.  Read more »

NEW UFS STORE OPENS 28 August 2019

Their newest addition... Ballarat Central UFS Pharmacy! They have another convenient location at 616 Sturt St, Ballarat (between Raglan and Lyons streets, across the road and the next block down from their Sturt St 24 hour pharmacy). The same great service you've come to expect from all their pharmacies, go say hello! Read more »

MEET YOUR FUTURE CUSTOMER! 28 August 2019

Do you know who your future customers are? Bernard Sault is an internationally renowned demographer, futurist and regional Australia advocate. His insight and commentary on a wide range of population based issues is sought by business and government around Australia and around the globe. Perhaps best known to the wider community for popularising the smashed avocado mortgage debate globally, Bernard will explore population trends in an increasingly digitised world and their projected impact on future consumer demands, jobs and workforce, and the way we do business. Tuesday 3 September @ 6pm. Secure your ticket here. Read more »

HOSPITALITY RECRUITMENT DRIVE 28 August 2019

Ballarat job seekers are being given a fantastic opportunity to learn more about and gain employment within the hospitality industry. Troop Employment is offering an info session aimed at helping those seeking employment in hospitality. Attendees will also have an opportunity to speak directly to training organisations on the night regarding gaining or adding to their qualifications. The information session will be on Thursday 5th September from 5:30-6:30pm at Runway, 124 Albert St, Ballarat Central (the Flecknoe building).  Attendees need to register here. Read more »

PETSTOCK TAKE OUT 3 AWARDS 21 August 2019

Congratulations to the team at PetStock for taking out 3 awards in the 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards. This year's Awards were held at Myer Mural Hall, with retailers from across the nation coming together to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations in the industry. They took out the following awards; 2019 Manhattan Associates Excellence in Customer Experience, 2019 Daylight Agency Excellence in Retail Marketing & 2019 FCB Retail Employer of the Year. Great work to the team! Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS TO BALLARAT GOLF CLUB 21 August 2019

Ballarat Golf Club have won the Inclusion Award at the Victorian Golf Industry Awards at the Arts Centre in Melbourne last week. A joint initiative between the PGA, Golf Australia - Victoria and Golf Management Victoria, the evening was a celebration of the people and organisations that have made significant achievements and contributions to the sport, as well as being a general celebration of Victorian golf. The Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award is designed to recognise clubs, individuals or organisations who take significant steps to attract, welcome or include people with a disability, cultural or diverse backgrounds or indigenous communities into their club activities. Congratulations! Read more »

BALLARAT CLASH SOLD OUT 21 August 2019

The Western Bulldogs' Round 23 clash with the Adelaide Crows at Mars Stadium this Sunday has officially sold out. Due to high demand, and the capacity of Mars Stadium, no further tickets will be released for sale and no general admission membership scans or public tickets will be available on match-day. The Bulldogs v Crows clash will be shown live on Fox Footy, with the first bounce at 1.10pm. The following venues that will be screening the game in Ballarat on Sunday are CLICK HERE TO VIEW The Ballarat Supporter Group would also like to invite you and your family to come along to their event at the Royal Oak Hotel, on the evening prior to the game from 6.30pm you must RSVP for this event, please contact Ray Neville on 0407 884 023 or rayn@y7mail.com Read more »

FINAL DAYS: 2019 YOUTH AWARD NOMINATIONS 21 August 2019

The City of Ballarat's Youth Council is proud to present the 2019 City of Ballarat Youth Awards. Do you know someone aged 12-25 who goes above and beyond in our community? Maybe they excel in Sport, The Arts or Technology? Perhaps they have significantly turned their life around, are making a difference for the future or are a carer for a family member or friend? Whatever it is that makes these people an asset to our community take the time to nominate them to be recognised and celebrated as part of the Youth Awards. Nominate online now at https://youthawards.ballarat.vic.gov.au. Nominations close August Friday 23rd August. Read more »

BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE 21 August 2019

Kicking off this Saturday, the event we've all been waiting for! The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is Australia's leading photographic festival showcasing work from significant international and Australian photographers that is new, previously unseen in Australia or contextualised afresh. Exhibitions, events and education programs will run from 24 August to 20 October in various venues through out Ballarat, including the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the newly established National Centre For Photography. Get more information and book your tickets online now by visiting https://ballaratfoto.org/ Read more »

BEAT 'N' THE BLUES 21 August 2019

Saturday 24th August, this major fundraising event is used to deliver suicide prevention training and education within and for our community. Being held at Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club, Rubicon Street, Sebastopol 6:00pm, pre-dinner starters and a welcome drink to commence at 6:00pm followed by Main & Dessert. Music by Fat & The Heads – Rock & Blues Covers Band. More info and to book CLICK HERE Read more »

WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK – FREE EVENT 21 August 2019

YMCA Ballarat in collaboration with City of Ballarat, Ballarat Community Health, Ballarat Health Services, Sports Central and BGT are bringing you…Make Your Move, a free event for women in Ballarat as part of Women's Health Week. Sat 7 Sep, 9am-1pm at Barkly Square. Make Your Move is an opportunity for women of all ages to invest in their own physical and mental health! This half day event provides opportunities to come and try new active recreation classes and sports, attend meditation and mindfulness sessions and participate in wholefooods workshops. Don't miss out – more info & book your ticket now Read more »

LIU BOLIN: CAMOUFLAGE 14 August 2019

This ticketed exhibition for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale examines Liu Bolin's career over almost two decades, from his best-knownHiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. Featuring existing bodies of photographic works alongside a special live performance, Camouflage aims to demonstrate how the artist's strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place. Exhibition is open from 24 August - 20 October at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Tickets can be purchased HERE Read more »

NANCYMAC - PRE LOVED CLOTHING POP UP 14 August 2019

McCallum Disability Services will be opening the pop up shop NancyMac Boutique for the month of September located at 4 Doveton St Sth. They will sell your clothes on your behalf for a small commission. It's all about employment opportunities for people with disability! If you would like to sell an item visit their website HERE Then simply tell them about your item, upload some images of it and wait to hear from them. If your items meet their criteria they'll let you know the plan from there.

GROW BALLARAT INCREASE YOUR SUCCESS EVENT 14 August 2019

The Victorian Government has very recently introduced the Social Procurement Framework into tenders. Wherever your business sits in the supply chain, you can increase your chance of being a successful supplier by practising social procurement. Come along to hear how GROW Ballarat can help you understand and implement social procurement within your business. GROW Ballarat provides you with an opportunity to create a competitive advantage, whilst also giving back to your local community. For more information and to book, click HERE. Read more »

MARS STADIUM SIGNAGE OPPORTUNITY ROUND 23 14 August 2019

oming up quickly is the final Mars Stadium match for season 2019 on Sunday, August 25 and it's shaping up to be a blockbuster with both sides likely vying for a spot in the finals. Western Bulldogs still have some perimeter fence signage still available giving local Ballarat based businesses the opportunity to have some exposure alongside the Bulldogs and other commercial partners. Artwork deadlines are: Monday, August 19. See more information, HERE and to take up this opportunity, contact Michael Tipping. Read more »

HAYMES PAINT TOP PAINT RATINGS 7 August 2019

Congratulations to our member Haymes Paint! They have topped Canstar Blue's paint ratings for the second year in a row, receiving five stars in all key areas including durability, ease of application, value for money, quality of finish, range and overall customer satisfaction. Well done Haymes team! Read more »

HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE TO REOPEN 13 SEPTEMBER 7 August 2019

Her Majesty's Ballarat will re-open on Friday 13 September for the Royal South Street Society's prestigious Aria competition. Established in 1924, Australia's oldest and most renowned prize for emerging classical singers will be the first event to return to the restored historic raked stage at Her Majesty's Ballarat since the theatre was closed for extensive restorations in late 2017. $5.3 million was allocated for the restorative works at Her Majesty's as soon as the safety issue was identified in 2017. These works have been supported by a $2 million grant under the Victorian Government's Living Heritage Program.  Read more »

FIONA ELSEY CANCER RESEARCH NEWS BREAKTHROUGH 7 August 2019

Australia has one of the highest rates of Bowel cancer in the world. It is the third most diagnosed form of cancer in Australia and the second largest killer. Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute recently announced the publication of an important piece of research from their Bowel Cancer team. Research conducted at the Institute, has discovered that a subset of immune cells in the bowel can misbehave and actually promote bowel cancer and inhibit other immune cells. This publication in international journal Immunology & Cell Biology, is a great example of the ground-breaking work that the team at the Institute, is doing into the immunology of cancer. Read more »

BALLARAT CAREERS EXPO 7 August 2019

The Ballarat Careers Expo provides a fantastic opportunity for young people as well as people looking for a career change to speak to over 200 job representatives about their profession. The expo also has major Victorian and interstate Universities, TAFE and private providers at the event to help you with career decisions.  The Ballarat Careers Expo will take place at Ballarat Grammar on Monday the 19th of August from 6.30pm-8.30pm.  Read more »

INQUIRY COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT RECRUITMENT 7 August 2019

Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service is seeking expressions of interest to join the Committee of Management. The Committee of Management has particular interest in attracting people with skills in strategic planning, policy, finance, grant seeking and fundraising. BGCLS is committed to ensuring the diversity of their Committee represents the diversity of our communities. Women, Indigenous people, people with a disability, young people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To find out more visit their website here... Read more »

INGLENOOK TAKE OUT AWARDS  7 August 2019

Congratulations to our member Inglenook Dairy for taking out a number of places in the Australian Fine Food Awards. Two Gold for their Cream Top and Full Cream Milk, Silver for both their Low Fat Milk & Pure Cream and Bronze for their Yogurt! Inglenook Dairy is a family owned business nestled in Western Victoria producing a range top quality dairy products, the way nature made it. Find out more about them here. Read more »

GRAND NATIONAL JUMPS DAY 7 August 2019

The highlight of the jumps racing calendar is the E-Cycle Solutions Grand National Jumps Day on August 25th at the Ballarat Turf Club. With $615,000 available in prize money and a race card of six jumps races; the day brings together the best jumps horses in Australia. With plenty of hospitality options, you're guaranteed to enjoy the day whether you choose to take an all-inclusive package from the comfort of the terrace dining room or prefer General Admission and plan your own day. They've got something for everybody. For tickets & packages CLICK HERE Read more »

FIFTEEN TREES PHOTO INITIATIVE 31 July 2019

Fifteen Trees are asking people to send in their favourite tree photos for them to share on Instagram. In return, they will be planting a native tree for each photo received.  To join in, follow and tag @15.trees on Instagram! To find out more about Fifteen Trees or sign up to be Friends of 15 Trees, click HERE. Read more »

CONGRATS TO MITCHELL HARRIS WINES 31 July 2019

Mitchell Harris Wines have a big reason to celebrate their 11 years in business as they have just been announced as Telstra Business Awards Finalists! The incredible MH team deserve a massive shout out as this award reflects all their dedicated work. They would like to thank everyone who has found their way through their doors as well.. your patronage and support which means everything to them! Congratulations again.  Read more »

WORKPLACE NETBALL TOURNAMENT 31 July 2019

Get your workplace involved in rock up netball! Mixed social competition for workplaces. Mondays evenings from the 12th of August - 16th of September at Ballarat Netball Association Llanberris Reserve Barkly Street, Ballarat. All games commence 7.30pm. Team registration fee $100 Team game fee $80. Register Here Team registrations close on Wednesday 7 August. For further information phone 5331 6966.  Read more »

ECLECTIC TASTES NOW OPEN FRI & SAT NIGHTS  31 July 2019

They're now opening for an evening service on Friday and Saturday nights starting this week. Their dinner menu is now online here. Please call 5339 3391 to make your reservation. Showcasing the diversity of what the region has to offer including local produce, wines, boutique beers and great coffee, Eclectic Tastes Café & Pantry is a relaxed and surprising dining experience. Read more »

VARIETY FUNDRAISER EVENT - SATURDAY THE 3RD OF AUGUST 24 July 2019

Get ready for a night out in Ballarat because you're invited to this fun-filled fundraiser to help Ballarat Car 560 raise money for Variety Victoria to support children in need! All proceeds will be donated to the 2019 Vic Variety Bash for Kids in need. Saturday August 3rd. 7pm-11pm. Mercedes-Benz Ballarat Showroom 127 Main Road Ballarat. Special Guest: Wilber Wilde David Cloke, CLICK HERE to download the flyer Read more »

CITY OF BALLARAT - CLEVER CITY ACCELERATION PLAN 24 July 2019

The City of Ballarat is working with our community to develop a dedicated Clever City Acceleration Plan. Ballarat's acceleration plan will further our Clever City vision, building on Ballarat's Clever City Framework. The acceleration plan will aim to increase Clever City awareness and continue to develop Clever City collaboration and partnership opportunities with our community. They invite you to provide your feedback by completing their Clever City online questionnaire. Read more »

NOMINATE NOW FOR THE 2020 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS 24 July 2019

Celebrate Ballarat's outstanding achievers – nominate them for the 2020 City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards. Do you know a community-minded person, an outstanding young person, or a fantastic community activity you would like officially recognised for its positive contribution to the Ballarat community? Nominations for the Awards are now open and will close on Friday 1 November 2019. The prestigious annual Australia Day Awards are now open in three categories: Ballarat Citizen of the Year, Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year, Community Activity of the Year. For more information, click HERE. Read more »

BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE 24 July 2019

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is Australia's leading photographic festival showcasing work from significant international and Australian photographers that is new, previously unseen in Australia or contextualised afresh. Exhibitions, events and education programs will run from 24 August to 20 October in various venues through out Ballarat. Headlining the 2019 Biennale is an exhibition, of work by photographer and social activist, Liu Bolin titled Camouflage. The exhibition examines Bolin's career across almost two decades, from his best known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 to the present day. Click here for more info & tickets Read more »

FEDERATION UNIVERSITY MBA INFORMATION EVENING 24 July 2019

The Federation University Master of Business Administration has been taught for over 20 years, within Australia and internationally. With a curriculum built for the workplace and a flexible structure to support your work/life balance, their MBA will provide you with invaluable learning experiences, opportunities and long-lasting relationships. Federation University are pleased to invite you to an information evening to provide more details, and answer all your questions. The information evening will be held Thursday 8 August from 5pm until 6:30pm at Ballarat Technology Park, Lydiard St South. For more information about the MBA program, click HERE. Read more »

HAYS 2019 SALARY GUIDE LAUNCH, BALLARAT 24 July 2019

The cumulative effect of several years of subdued wage growth has seen an noncompetitive salary become a primary motivator for employees leaving their job. With skill shortages intensifying and the gap between the skills job seekers possess and those employers want widening, salaries are being impacted - but perhaps not how you'd imagine. At this intimate and exclusive event on 30 July, you'll hear the latest market insights and strategies to aid your attraction and retention strategies. To RSVP, click HERE. Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS TO SO SOFT MARSHMALLOWS 17 July 2019

Congratulations to the So Soft Marshmallow Co for having their So Soft Jumbo Roasters Marshmallows feature on the front cover of Australia's best selling food magazine, Taste during their August edition. Amazing achievement, well done to Leigh and the team at So Soft! Read more »

BALLARAT BUSINESS CENTRE BOARD MEMBERS 17 July 2019

The Board of Directors at the Ballarat Business Centre are looking to recruit new Board Members to represent the interests of the business community as volunteers helping to shape the future direction of the Business Centre over the next 5 years. The ultimate goal of the Business Centre is to help develop sustainable business, which in turn can improve the wealth and prosperity of the wider community. For more information, click HERE. Read more »

LOCALLY GROWN FUNNIES 17 July 2019

Comedy veteran, Greg Fleet is heading up to Ballarat to perform live on Friday night. Headlining a bill of local comics, the stand-up, playwright, actor and author will take to the stage in the Craig's Royal Hotel Bluestone Cellar for monthly gig, Locally Grown Funnies. Kicking off the show at 8pm, Ballarat comic Tim Young is looking forward to being MC for the night. For more info and to book, click HERE. Read more »

PLATYPUS COWORKING CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY 17 July 2019

Platypus Coworking is celebrating its 1st birthday on Friday August 2nd! As part of the celebrations they have a day full of activities: Free Coworking All Day, Workshop 1: 11am-12pm – 3 Business Owners' who have set up their business differently, Workshop 2: 2pm-3pm – Workplace Design (For Home to Commercial Office), Drinks: 4pm-5pm – To celebrate our birthday To register for these workshops, click HERE. Read more »

BALLARAT CUP PRIZE MONEY INCREASE FOR 2019 17 July 2019

Earlier this week, the Ballarat Turf Club (BTC) announced that there will be a major increase in prize money on Ballarat Cup Day, Saturday 23rd November 2019. This will be a huge boost for what is already a flagship day in regional racing in Australia, and will make 2019 Ballarat Cup Day the richest raceday ever conducted in regional Victoria. There will be a total of $1,803,700.00 of prizemoney on offer, which is a 52% increase on last year's Ballarat Cup Day. For more information, click HERE. Read more »

THE CHANGING FACE OF ARMSTRONG STREET NORTH 10 July 2019

Article by PRP Ballarat - Ballarat Times The times have changed, and Armstrong St North has evolved from a suburban retail shopping strip to a foodie's paradise. What we now consider as Ballarat's main takeaway food and dining hub didn't exist 10 years ago. The strip, between Sturt and Mair streets, had a grand total of five eateries, of which only three still exist today. Today, there are a total of 17 eateries, a far cry from the five in 2009. While 10 years ago, Armstrong Street North was simply somewhere you passed on the way to your destination, today it is THE destination to satisfy your hunger in Ballarat. For more information, click HERE. Read more »

2019 WORLD LUXURY SPA & RESTAURANT AWARDS 10 July 2019

Congratulations to Ballarat's Sanctuary Day Spa for recently winning 3 awards; Best Luxury Hotel Spa (Australia), Best Luxury Day Spa (Australia) and Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Australia & Oceania) at the awards. This year the World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Awards was hosted in partnership with The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia. Read more »

RED SERIES HITS BALLARAT 10 July 2019

Plate Up Ballarat have been working with wineries from the Grampians and Pyrenees regions on an event called the Red Series. The event will host 20 wineries showcasing their red wine and other varietals, together in the Ballarat Mining Exchange for one day only, and is expected to draw a crowd. There will be the opportunity to meet the winemakers, sample wines and stock up your own wine cellar. There will be something for everyone including cheese, produce and music entertainment on July 27 from 1pm - 6pm. For more information, click HERE. Read more »

PLANNING SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO BE FORMED 10 July 2019

Ballarat City Council has voted to set up a Planning Special Committee to help deal with its large planning workload. The committee will provide for better consultation when dealing with all planning matters, including planning permit applications, planning amendments and during the strategic planning phase of policy developments. A Planning Special Committee would be a less formal environment, allow for more detailed submissions and provide for councillors to ask more questions of applicants and objectors.  Read more »

MELBOURNE DESIGN AWARDS  10 July 2019

Congratulations Visit Ballarat, awarded Silver in the 2019 Melbourne Design Awards, Digital Entertainment & Leisure category for the Made of Ballarat website. Made of Ballarat, the innovative campaign showcases the city's artisans, makers and creators through documentaries, storytelling, creative events and publications, enticing people to visit Ballarat and experience a getaway filled with culture, enrichment, indulgence and adventure. You can view the award winning website HERE. Read more »

FEDERATION UNIVERSITY MBA INFORMATION EVENING 10 July 2019

The Federation University Master of Business Administration has been taught for over 20 years, within Australia and internationally. With a curriculum built for the workplace and a flexible structure to support your work/life balance, their MBA will provide you with invaluable learning experiences, opportunities and long-lasting relationships. Federation University are pleased to invite you to an information evening to provide more details, and answer all your questions. The information evening will be held Thursday 8 August from 5pm until 6:30pm at Ballarat Technology Park, Lydiard St South. For more information about the MBA program, click HERE. Read more »

PROSPECTS TRAINING RESTAURANT OPEN IN JULY 10 July 2019

Join the Fed Uni Tafe SIT31016 Certificate III Patisserie and 2nd year VETis students for breakfast or dinner at Prospects training restaurant in July. Click HERE for the breakfast menu, and HERE for the dinner menu.  Breakfast Tues, 16 July from 7:00am - $18.00 pp Dinner from 6:00pm 15, 16, 22, 23 July - $35.00 pp Bookings required - Ph: 5327 8186 or  E-mail: tafeserviceindustries@federation.edu.au Read more »

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MEETUP 3 July 2019

Customer Experience is an emerging and rapidly changing area of expertise and leadership bringing together design, marketing, physical and digital experiences. A CX meetup is kicking-off for leaders, business owners and individuals looking to further explore customer experience, to learn and connect with others who are equally customer obsessed! No preparation necessary, just bring yourself, your questions, your experience and your coffee on Thursday 18th July at 8am, Runway Ballarat. Find out more or register HERE. Read more »

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT ARTISANAL GRANTS 3 July 2019

Congratulations to Kilderkin Distillery and Red Duck Brewery who have both received funding under the Victorian Government Artisanal Sector Stage One Grants program. In both cases the maximum grant of $5000 has been awarded. For Red Duck, the funding is to contribute to a mobile bar that can be used for events and will streamline the process of providing quality beers at a wide range of different venues. Kilderkin Distillery received the funding as a contribution to a bottle labelling machine that has the capacity to label over 1000 bottles per hour - a major improvement on their current labelling which is essentially done by hand on a small machine. In both cases the grants will contribute to the ongoing growth and expansion of these companies. Read more »

$5 MILLION STILL NEEDED TO COMPLETE WORKS AT HER MAJ 26 June 2019

Did you know Her Majesty's Theatre is mainland Australia's best preserved and oldest continuously operating theatre? In fact, it was built in 1875 – making it the most intact of only four surviving nineteenth-century public theatres in Australia. With a new government and new Minister for the Arts now in place the Royal South Street Society continues to call on Canberra to fund the $5 million required to complete the final stage of works at Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre. SIGN THE PETITION HERE Read more »

NEW DIRECTOR AT BJT LEGAL 26 June 2019

BJT Legal is very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Turner to the Board of Directors, effective from 1 July 2019. This appointment reflects the firm's commitment to investing in its bright future by elevating its talent and ensuring it delivers an exceptional client service experience. Andrew commenced at BJT Legal in 2014 and has quickly established a strong and trusted reputation in the Ballarat region and beyond, as an outstanding family lawyer. Read more »

CAMERONS SUPPORT SOUP BUS 26 June 2019

Great to see our member Camerons supporting local charity The SoupBus by letting them set up in front of their Ballarat store. Cameron's CEO Stephen Griffin said "They can stay as long as they like, our aim is to help." If you would like to help out the soup bus they're in need of the following items: Bake beans and spaghetti tins (with ring pull tops), 1lt UHT Custard an uht milk, Sugar, Chunky Soup tins (with beef/chicken), Tomato Sauce, Tinned tomatoes, Pasta sauces, Tinned vegetables and tinned fruit, Tea Bags, Tin soup, Tin tuna. Coffee + more here.. Drop off is any Wednesday between 9am and 11.00am cnr Fussell and Eureka streets Ballarat behind the men's shed or every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month same time and place. Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PROVINCIAL HOTEL 26 June 2019

The Provincial Hotel have won Best Bourtique Styled Hotel in Victoria in the Tourism Accommodation Awards 2019. The TAA for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious hospitality and tourism awards in the country. They would like to thank their incredible team for their passion, dedication to excellence and attention to detail. Come and play at The Provincial. Their award winning team can't wait to host you! Read more »

9 SCHOOLS REGISTERED FOR THE UPSTART CHALLENGE 26 June 2019

Since the announcement of the Buninyong & District Community Branch of Bendigo Bank sponsoring up to 8 Ballarat schools to enter the 2019 Upstart Challenge, they have exceeded their 100% up take and this has all happened in the last 10 days! They'll also be including some home schooled students and disengaged students too as they believe it's important for as many students as possible to have exposure to innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and to learn how it's relevant to them. This is going to make for a competitive Big Ideas Competition with each registered school being guaranteed at least one group going through to the Accelerator Program. For more info CLICK HERE Read more »

INTRODUCING THE RUBBISH BEAN 26 June 2019

Introducing The Rubbish Bean by Revolution Print they're the first printing company in Australia to actively promote and print on paper made from recycling disposable coffee cups. Did you know we use 1,903 paper cups every minute in Australia? That's 2.7 million a day, or just just under 1 billion a year! From 5 used paper cups, to 1 sheet of 380gsm paper! To find out more CLICK HERE Read more »

2019 PROGRAM LAUNCH 26 June 2019

On Wednesday 19th of June Ballarat International Foto Biennale were super excited to launch their 2019 Program headlined by Liu Bolin. The exhibition examines Liu Bolin's career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist's strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place. The exhibition will be open from the 23 August to 20 October. You can secure your tickets HERE Read more »

COMMITTEE FOR BALLARAT - NEW CEO 19 June 2019

Michael Poulton will commence as Committee for Ballarat's new CEO on 1 July. Michael was appointed following a rigorous selection process which attracted a strong field of candidates. Michael is a long-term local resident who is well known and highly respected in the community. He comes with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our region and a strong background in leadership development and stakeholder engagement which makes him a great fit for leading Committee's agenda. Read more »

3BA WINTER APPEAL 19 June 2019

Formally known as 3BA Christmas in July Appeal, 3BA General Manager, John Fitzgibbon, explained "the purpose for the rebranding was to provide each of the major 3BA community appeals with their own specific identity. We will now have a Winter Appeal and a Christmas Appeal." If you would like to help Ballarat families in need by donating, no matter how big or small, every dollar counts and they would love to pick up your donation from your business, school or feel free to drop in at 3BA HQ. You can also donate non-perishable food and clean blankets/coats in good condition to the 3BA HQ. 3BA office, at 56 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.  Read more »

BALLARAT WINTER FESTIVAL 19 June 2019

From 29 June until 21 July Ballarat will make the most of the cold weather this Ballarat Winter Festival. Get your friends and family together and explore Ballarat's laneways, streets, buildings and events. Uncover art that comes to life with augmented reality or explore the evolution of gaming at the Winteractive Arcade. Be enthralled by the Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva at Kryal Castle or wander through the lit up lane-ways and dance in the snow at Sovereign Hill. There is so much on offer during Ballarat Winter Festival. For more information CLICK HERE The Ballarat Winter Festival is proudly presented by the City of Ballarat.  Read more »

L2P DRIVING PROGRAM BALLARAT 19 June 2019

L2P Driving Program - Ballarat are on the lookout for more volunteer mentors to supervise young learner drivers who have no access to a car or supervising driver and require support and supervision to complete the 120 hours of practice needed to sit the test. We are looking for volunteers who will be a positive role model, bring skills, experience and encouragement to a learner in a non-threatening and safe environment. A driver's licence can mean the difference between employment and unemployment. . Our next mentor training days are either Friday 2nd August or Friday 13th September. For more information CLICK HERE. Read more »

BALLARAT FOTO BIENNALE DONATIONS CLOSE JUNE 30 19 June 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. 2019 will be a phenomenal year for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale with the presentation of our 8th edition, it is the biggest yet with some of the most significant artists exhibiting from around the world and closer to home from Australia, Melbourne and Ballarat. As a not-for-profit with full DGR and TCC status, audited financials reported to the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission), and a governing board, their capacity to continue relies on donors. All donations above $2 are fully tax deductible. Whether your gift is big or small, every dollar counts! Donations close June 30. DONATE HERE. Read more »

ASIAN EXPERIENCE 12 June 2019

Come and join renowned local Chef Damien Jones of Mr. Jones and previously Catfish, together with FedUni TAFE's 2nd year Apprentices for an Asian Experience on Tuesday the 25th of June from 12noon at Prospects Training Restaurant. $35 per person with drinks available at bar prices. RSVP tafeserviceindustries@federation.edu.au by 3pm Monday, 17th June 2019.  Read more »

THE FUTURE OF BALLARAT JOBS 12 June 2019

Prime Super is delighted to invite you to their first event in a series of regional dialogues to discuss future opportunities for the Ballarat region. Regional Australia Institute (RAI) co-CEO, Liz Ritchie will be the keynote speaker at this community event. Liz will present on the theme Future-Proofing our Regions. Thursday the 27th of June from 12pm - 2pm at Housey Housey. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. All complimentary tickets include two course lunch and beverages RSVP here Read more »

FEDUNI MBA OPEN EVENING 12 June 2019

The FedUni Masters in Business Administration has been taught for over 20 years, within Australia and internationally. With a curriculum built for the workplace and a flexible structure to support your work/life balance, the MBA will provide you with invaluable learning experiences, opportunities and long-lasting relationships. If you would like to find out more information they're having a MBA Opening Evening on Wednesday the 19 of June at 5.30pm at Runway. RSVP here Read more »

TIPS FOR STAYING PRODUCTIVE IN COLD BALLARAT WINTER 5 June 2019

Winter announced its arrival in Ballarat in recent weeks with an icy burst and our coldest May day in 19 years. Our top temp hit just 5.7 degrees. The snow was fun but how do we stay buoyant, busy and productive now that the winter chill is here? 1. The Exercise Effect. It's tempting to ditch the daily walk and linger longer under the doona but studies show that exercise makes your brain work better and that will keep you firing through winter. Keep reading blog post by Platypus Coworking... Read more »

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY 5 June 2019

Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute are seeking volunteers on Monday 10th June to represent the Institute as funds are raised for FECRI at the inaugural Skipton Golf Club Col Sharpe (1935 – 2019) fundraising event. The day will require four people between 10:30am – 4:00pm a roster can be set up if you can only provide a couple of hours. Contact sally@fecri.org.au if you can assist! Read more »

BALLARAT FOUNDATION DANCING WITH OUR STARS 5 June 2019

The Ballarat Foundation is bringing the Swing, Glitz and Glamour back to the newly renovated Civic Hall in what will unquestionably be the Night of Nights on Ballarat's social scene on June 22. Ten well-known and much-loved local identities will battle it out on the dance floor for the glittered crown, and bragging rights to be named the inaugural winner of Ballarat's 'Dancing With Our Stars' While our stars may be comfortable in classrooms, boardrooms, sporting fields and council chambers, they will all be working hard to be comfortable on the dance floor. Get your tickets here Read more »

CASINO ROYALE IS IN BALLARAT  30 May 2019

For one night only on Friday 21st of June The Stables at ThePWTN will get a make over and host the Casino Royale. Professional croupiers will attend roulette, casino poker and black jack tables, an incredible Magician will entertain you live from 8 o'clock and of course finger food and drinks are all included. Get dressed, get dancy, walk the Red Carpet and HAVE FUN! Dress code - 007 to book CLICK HERE Read more »

UNITING BALLARAT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY GARDEN 30 May 2019

To commemorate National Reconciliation Week, Uniting Ballarat will officially unveil our new Acknowledgement of Country garden at the front of our Dana Street office. The garden was created as a part of our local Reconciliation Action Plan to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we provide services on. The garden will be officially unveiled with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Light refreshments to follow. Friday 31 May, 9.00 - 9.30am at Uniting Ballarat, 105 Dana Street Read more »

EARLY BIRD TICKETS OPEN FOR 2019 CANCER GALA DINNER 22 May 2019

Join FECRI for a special charity ball for Ballarat's own Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. This is a black tie fundraising event, bringing together the community for a night of glamour and dancing for a great cause. Tickets includes 3 course dinner, beer and wine and dancing. As part of this fundraising event we will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for cancer research. TICKETS $165 – EARLY BIRD BEFORE 31 JULY $15O. For more information about this event CLICK HERE Read more »

STILL TIME TO VOTE FOR THE TOAST OF BALLARAT!  22 May 2019

From 1st May - 31st of May, venues are putting their best toasties forward! You'll be able to experience all the flavours and creative combinations during this year's Plate Up Ballarat season...Keep yours eyes peeled for the toastie mascot, flags & signature toastie wrap. When you see a Toast Of Ballarat poster in a venue window, head inside to take a bite. To see the full list of toaties click here Vote Now!!  Read more »

BALLARAT'S BIGGEST EVER BLOKES LUNCH 22 May 2019

In its NINTH year, the Ballarat's Biggest EVER Blokes' Lunch is being held on Friday September 6, 2019 Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. With nearly $350,000 being raised over the six events, this year's event is looking to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and local charities in Ballarat with a particular focus on men's health. If you would like to become a supporter ($2,500 with $1,000 going to fundraising) or sponsor (donate a goods to be auctioned) this event please contact bbebl@outlook.com. Find more information here.  Read more »

TOURISM SKILLS GAP - OPERATOR SURVEY 22 May 2019

The tourism economy represents a significant driver of regional economic growth. However, the shortage of skilled workers in relevant occupations has been noted as a challenge faced by many operators within Ballarat and Western Victoria. A region-wide strategy to address and resolve these skills gaps and workforce shortages has been highlighted as a crucial activity that must be undertaken to ensure regional visitor economies can prosper in the future. Responses to this survey will be used to support a larger report on the workforce challenges and potential solutions. Complete the survey here. Read more »

PRO BUSINESS ELECTION POLICIES KEY 15 May 2019

As Australians head to the polls this weekend, many businesses will be keenly watching for pro-business promises from the elected party. The most recent Survey of Business Trends and Prospects from the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, released today, shows business sentiment is at a three-year low, with only 14 per cent of businesses anticipating stronger national growth in the year ahead. In metropolitan Melbourne, a key battleground for the major parties, just one in ten businesses expect Australian economic activity to increase over the next 12 months. Read more... Read more »

BALLARAT HERITAGE WEEKEND 15 May 2019

For over a decade, Ballarat Heritage Weekend has been delivering an immersive, engaging and fascinating experience for visitors. With a storied history and incredible streetscapes, Ballarat is an exciting place to explore and this event delicately intertwines the past and present to create a unique offering unlike any other. Over the weekend of May 25-26 experience something for the whole family, to see full program click here. Read more »

DANCING WITH OUR STARS 15 May 2019

The Ballarat Foundation is bringing the Swing, Glitz and Glamour back to the newly renovated Civic Hall on June 22nd. Ten well-known and much-loved local identities will battle it out on the dance floor for the glittered crown, and bragging rights to be named the inaugural winner of Ballarat's 'Dancing With Our Stars'. While our stars may be comfortable in classrooms, boardrooms, sporting fields and council chambers, they will all be working hard to be comfortable on the dance floor. For more information, click here.  Read more »

LOLA RESTAURANT AT THE PROVINCIAL IN BALLARAT NAMED TOP 6! 8 May 2019

Congratulations to Simon, Drew and the team at Lola Restaurant at The Provincial Hotel on being named in the top six of the best new regional Victorian restaurants with rooms! ' Built in 1909, the iconic Provincial Hotel on Ballarat's grand Lydiard street has served plenty of punters, but none in as much style as it offers today.' 'Lola restaurant gets its name from Lola Montez - a dancer, actress and comic from gold rush days with a real twinkle in her eye.' Read more... Read more »

PEOPLEPLUS JOBS FAIR IN BALLARAT 8 May 2019

PeoplePlus Australia will be presenting the 2019 PeoplePlus Ballarat Jobs Fair, connecting people to local employers, local services and local jobs. Last year, the event brought together exhibitors ranging from local employers, government departments, employment services providers, labour hire companies, apprenticeship providers and registered training organisations. Thursday 16 May, 10:30am - 2:00PM at The Mining Exchange | 12 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.For more information, contact the team on (03) 5333 6100 or email jobsfair@peopleplusaustralia.com.au or CLICK HERE Read more »

BALLARAT GRAMMAR - AGRIFUTURES LAUNCH 8 May 2019

Join the Headmaster, Mr Adam Heath, senior members of staff, and Year 10 Agriculture students at the launch of the AgriFutures Startup.Business program at Ballarat Grammar. This exciting, hands on program will support students to: research, develop and pitch a business idea, developing the skills of entrepreneurs to help them create their own work life and business in the future and solve problems facing the agriculture industry in Australia using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. Ballarat Grammar is one of only seven schools nationally to have been awarded sponsorship of this engaging program. Monday 13 May 2019, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Centennial Building, Ballarat Grammar School, enter via Gate C. For catering purposes, please RSVP to events@bgs.vic.edu.au Read more »

BALLARAT WINTER FESTIVAL POP UP ICE RINK 8 May 2019

With winter fast approaching, the pop-up ice rink will return to the heart of Ballarat's CBD as part of the 2019 Ballarat Winter Festival, Saturday 29 June - Sunday 21 July. In addition to general ticket sales (which will be available to the public from mid-May), have you ever considered a work-related get together on the ice? Whether it be an end-of-financial year gathering, VIP event or simply an excuse to embrace the cold and have some fun, the pop-up ice rink has options to suit everyone. Available this year is exclusive rink hire as well as group booking discounts. To enquire further about exclusive hire or group bookings please contact Stars on Ice via peter@goldice.com or 0412 646 704. Read more »

AUSTRALIAN TOURISM DATA WAREHOUSE 8 May 2019

Want to list your event on Visit Ballarat, but not sure how to? ATDW-Online.com is a central platform for the Australian tourism industry. Listings appear on travel sites around Australia including Tourism Victoria's official consumer site visitvictoria.com and many Regional Tourism Organisation website's. Listings are an essential marketing tool for tourism businesses to increase online exposure, boost search engine optimisation and drive traffic to your website. To list your event click here or for further information please contact ATDW Support directly on 1300 306 366 or atdwsupport@visitvictoria.com.au Read more »

BALLARAT WINTER FESTIVAL YOUR CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE 8 May 2019

The City of Ballarat invites your business to participate in the 2019 Ballarat Winter Festival, Saturday 29 June - Sunday 21 July. Whether you are planning a special event, a 'warming winter' menu or other activations during this period, we encourage you to list your offering and be part of the festival. Listings during this date range will be hosted on the Visit Ballarat website, in replacement of a printed program. For inclusion, please complete your ATDW listing by COB Friday 31st May and email the details of your offering along with a high resolution image to media@visitballarat.org.au. Read more »

MESSAGE FROM BGT JOBS + TRAINING 1 May 2019

After two years as CEO of BGT Jobs + Training, Mandy Macdonald has decided it is time to move on. Mandy would like to take this opportunity to express her thanks to all who have made her time here such a great experience on both a professional and personal level. Graham McMahon has stepped into the role of Chief Executive. Graham has been at BGT for the past 18 months in an advisory and project management capacity and has a deep understanding of the organisation, its people, goals and charter. Read more »

THE BULL-DOGGIE-DO IS BACK! 1 May 2019

Ballarat's four-legged bulldogs, and their owners, are invited to the third annual Bull-Doggie-Do event to celebrate the return of the AFL premiership season in Ballarat. The free event will be held at the Bridge Mall from 10.30am – 12pm  on Saturday 4 May, presented by the City of Ballarat in partnership with the Western Bulldogs to showcase the upcoming AFL match at Mars Stadium on May 11. For more information, click here. Read more »

STAGE ONE OF SMARTER PARKING PLAN TO BEGIN 1 May 2019

The first stage of the City of Ballarat's Smarter Parking Plan is about to begin. Streets in the plan's Zone 2, bounded by Ripon, Eyre, Princes, and Mill and Seymour streets, will have new parking configurations rolled out over the next few months.Residents will receive a free Residential Parking Permit which will allow them to park free in any parking space near their house, except for bus zones, loading bays and no stopping zones and also a week to register any concerns, which will be followed by a meeting with City of Ballarat if required to address any issues. For more information, click here.  Read more »

BALLARAT HOSPICE BUILDING UPDATE 1 May 2019

Construction of the Ballarat Hospice Palliative Care Hub commenced in August of 2018. Construction of the hub is progressing very well, and is on schedule for completion mid-year. The building consists of three intersecting buildings, each with a different purpose, but collectively providing all of the elements required for Ballarat Hospice Care to continue caring for people who require palliative care services. The building is on budget and on track as planned, to open mid-year 2019. For further information, click here.  Read more »

THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION CONSULTATION 24 April 2019

Young people's voices are often absent from debates about education, training, employment and the future of work. On Tuesday 30th April Ballarat is hosting a unique opportunity…The National Youth Commission (NYC) in partnership with the Youth Advisory Board and supported by Ballarat Youth Leadership Collective, will provide a space for young people to discuss possible solutions to the challenges they face in employment, education and transitions. From 3.30pm to 6pm at Inexterior Cafe, 401 Mair Street. Please RSVP to Dimitri 0457 899 714 for catering purposes.  Read more »

CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANK FORD TRAVEL 24 April 2019

Congratulations to our member Frank Ford Travel who have become finalists in the State Finalists for Associate Retailer of the Year 2019 in the 2019 Owner/Manager Reward & Recognition Awards. These awards recognise the most outstanding businesses that have achieved excellence in best practice, customer focus, service delivery and sales. All state finalists will be recognised at the upcoming Owner Managers Conference in Ho Chi Minh City. State winners will be announced first and then, as the very top honour, the National winners will be named.  Read more »

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD CLOSES IN TWO WEEKS 24 April 2019

Don't miss out on entering the NEW PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD for 2019! This inaugural award is the first of its kind in Australia. Be the first to exhibit as a New Photography Award finalist. The award provides; exhibition in the prestigious Ballarat International Foto Biennale, exposure to leading international curators and directors, an exhibition within the Core Program, cash prize of AUD $10,000 to the winner, cash prize of AUD $1,000 for People's Choice Award. For more information, click here. Read more »

PEOPLEPLUS JOBS FAIR IN BALLARAT 24 April 2019

PeoplePlus is holding a upcoming Jobs Fair in the Ballarat Mining Exchange on May 16. Gain a competitive edge in what has become a highly competitive market. Tailored training is provided for candidates to meet specific business needs and processes, which is available to employers of all sizes and spans across a range of different industries. To find out more or if you're interested in exhibiting at the upcoming Jobs Fairs, contact PeoplePlus today. Click here for more information. Read more »

CITY OF BALLARAT EASTER/ANZAC DAY CLOSURES 17 April 2019

Several City of Ballarat services will be affected by the Easter break, beginning on Good Friday (19 April) and ending Easter Monday (22 April), along with the ANZAC Day holiday (Thursday 25 April). City of Ballarat offices will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Monday and ANZAC Day but all kerbside bin collections will be as normal.  For further information on service closures in Ballarat over the Easter and ANZAC Day breaks, click here. Read more »

ANIMALES ONLINE MOVES TO MAIR ST LOCATION 17 April 2019

After shipping from Ballarat to far corners of Australia and overseas since 2017, Animales online has recently moved their storage facilities to a new location on 75 Mair St East (next to Clark Rubber and Lincraft). The new warehouse is open to the public every Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm.  Ballarat residents now have the opportunity to Click and Collect or to pop in directly and check out the growing range of beautiful and unique animal themed products.  Animales online stocks over 800 different items form Kids' things, jewellery,  handbags, ceramics, kitchen tools and books to a small selection of pet accessories and more.  Most items are exclusive to Animales online and not available in other stores in Australia. The full range is available here Read more »

ANNOUNCMENT OF NEW DIRECTOR - NEVETT FORD 17 April 2019

Nevett Ford is pleased to announce the appointment of James Remington as a Director of the firm, effective March 2019. James is an experienced commercial litigator and an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. James is the only Ballarat-based Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations. When James is not working or spending time with his young family, he is an average cyclist, occasional guitarist, pedestrian cook and terrible golfer. Read complete profile here Read more »

WHAT'S ON THIS EASTER WEEKEND 17 April 2019

Good Friday Jam at The Western: Help them to raise money for the Good Friday Appeal with five hours of live music featuring DJ Vince Peach, Izzy Losi and the Auracles, Immy Owusu and Grim Fawkner from 3.30pm Tickets HERE 2019 Power FM - Mars Easter Egg Hunt: On Saturday April 20 at Alfred Deakin Place they're putting on an egg-citing Easter event for families! Tickets HERE  Ballarat Beer Hop: This Easter Saturday you can work your way through 6 of Ballarat's favourite venues who will be featuring 12 of Ballarat and Victoria's top Breweries, and six of the regions best Wineries! Tickets HERE Read more »

LEROY MAC DESIGNS NOMINATED 10 April 2019

Leroy Mac Designs have been nominated in three categories in this years My Child Magazine awards! If you have a spare 5 minutes Leroy Mac Designs would love for you to sit down with a cup of tea and vote for them. There are even a few prizes up for grabs if you do vote. They're nominated for "Favourite interiors online store", "Favourite keepsake product" and "Favourite online store". To vote CLICK HERE Read more »

SOVEREIGN PARK RANKED 6TH IN AUSTRALIA 10 April 2019

Sovereign Park Motor Inn has been ranked in the top 1% in Australia for the 6th year in a row on TripAdvisor. They have also improved their ranking from 7th to 6th in Australia for family accommodation. Congratulations to Tim & the team! Take a look - https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cFamily-g255055#6 Read more »

SONS OF THE WEST RETURNS IN 2019! 10 April 2019

Sons of the West is a FREE men's health program for men aged 18 and over living, working and recreating in Victoria's west. First delivered in Ballarat in 2016, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation has again partnered the City of Ballarat and Sports Central to deliver the Sons of the West program this year. The 10-week program aims to improve men's health and well being through a series of workshops, presentations, events and experiences. Commencing in Ballarat on April 29 for more information CLICK HERE or call 5331 6966. Read more »

HAVE YOU BOOKED FOR PLATE UP?  3 April 2019

Plate Up Ballarat is an exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat's wonderful food offerings, craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot more. Taking place throughout the month of May 2019, Plate Up Ballarat will showcase local producers whilst also promoting successful and supportive connections between producers, restaurants and cafes. Its great to see so many of our members taking part, with a few events already sold out! Check out all the events HERE Read more »

WESTPAC'S FIRST HOME BUYERS SEMINAR 3 April 2019

Westpac Ballarat & Wendouree invites you to attend their 'Buying your home' seminar on Tuesday April 9. From working out what you can afford, selecting the property itself, to financing and finalising the purchase, there is a lot to get your head around. The seminar will be held at Westpac Ballarat, 302 Sturt St from 6pm until 7:30pm. Drinks and finger food will be provided as well as a local real estate agent and a solicitor to answer any of your questions. You must RSVP by Thursday April 4, to ballaratbranch@westpac.com.au. For more information, click here.  Read more »

KILDERKIN DISTILLERY AWARDED 3 April 2019

Congratulations to Kilderkin Distillery on recently being awarded medals for its gin at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Kilderkin's Buccaneer and Barrel Aged Silver gin were both awarded silver medals, whilst its Original and Scoundrel gin were awarded bronze. Closer to home, Kilderkin's gin also won medals at the Australian Gin Awards. Its Buccaneer, Original and Scoundrel all won silver medals, whilst its Barrel Aged Bronze received a bronze medal.  Read more »

CROWE HORWATH NAME CHANGE TO FINDEX 3 April 2019

Crowe Horwath will be changing its name to that of our parent company - Findex. Please rest assured that although our name is changing, the friendly team who manages your affairs is not. Findex has owned and operated Crowe Horwath since 2015 and is committed to the business, its staff and most importantly - our relationship with you. Finally, we are excited for this next chapter in the evolution of our business as we come together as Findex.  findex.com.au Read more »

RIGHT TO THE NIGHT PROJECT WINS MAV TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE 3 April 2019

Independent judges praised the project as being an excellent example of a people first, technology second initiative. Just over four out of 10 Ballarat residents agreed that they felt safe walking alone in their local area after dark, which is significantly less than the Victorian average.The Right to the Night project uses an online platform for women and girls to map which areas of Ballarat they feel safe in after dark, and which they don't. Analysis of this data identified ways to improve community safety across other localities, both within the municipality and further afield. Read more »

BOOTH & LEE CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS 3 April 2019

Trevor Booth & Phillip Lee celebrate the completion of 30 years in business on 1st April. They commenced their real estate business in 1989 as Booth & Lee and after 22 years of trading as independent agents joined the Ray White Group in August 2011. Always at the forefront of technology, they led the way for agents being the first to list a property on the internet, managed the establishment of the first new home display village in Ballarat and in recent times were first to broadcast auctions live on Facebook and GAVL. They have been active in assisting many community organisations over the years and look forward to continuing to assist Ballarat & District people with their real estate needs in the future. Read more »

FIONA ELSEY CHARITY DAY 27 March 2019

To become a part of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute Charity Day, you must fill out the attached entry form. The charity day will take place Wednesday 8th May, 2019 at Midlands Golf Club, costing $120 per team of four (lunch included) and entries must be completed by Friday May 3rd 2019. As Australia's only regionally based cancer research center, Fiona Elsey are non-government funded, and rely on the generous support of the community to continue research into more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer. Read more »

SOVEREIGN HILL'S AURA LIGHT SHOW LAUNCH 27 March 2019

Sovereign Hill will officially launch its new sound and light show, Aura, this Wednesday 27th March, 2019. The new show, which features hundreds of stunning projections, lets visitors explore space, delve into the dream time and re-live Australia's most important rebellion.  Aura takes guests of all ages on an adventure as they witness the creation and discovery of the world's most precious metal, Gold. For more information, click here. Read more »

ITS TIME FOR A NEW LOOK 27 March 2019

Red Hot Go Enterprises has a new business identity and will now be known as Marita Ryan. In the process of re-branding, Marita has further defined her core service offerings. These focus on assisting leaders in the Health, Not for Profit and Community sectors to: lead more effectively, work more effectively, recruit more effectively. For more information visit www.maritaryan.com.au Helping you lead, work and recruit more effectively.  Read more »

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS SURVEY 27 March 2019

Cyber breaches are a major risk to business and too often businesses are complacent about their Cyber Security Risks. Ballarat Managed IT Service provider easyIT are currently surveying local businesses to identify how aware local businesses are when it comes to Cyber Security and technology. The survey is anonymous and will take less than 2 minutes.  Results will be aggregated and be shared in a white paper which will be available on their website www.easyIT.com.au or you can email them via info@easyIT.com.au. To participate in the survey Click Here Read more »

POWER FM AND MARS WRIGLEY CONFECTIONERY 2019 EASTER EGG HUNT 27 March 2019

On Saturday, April 20th Alfred Deakin Place in the heart of Ballarat CBD will transform into an Easter Wonderland. Power FM will be broadcasting live from 10am with all of our announcers entertaining families as children get to go on a fun Easter Egg Hunt and collecting lots of delicious Mars Easter Eggs. There are age specific sessions and Easter Bunny will be there to take photos with the kids. Tickets are $8 per child which includes collecting basket and hunting session. More information and to book Click Here Read more »

BALLARAT BEER HOP 20 March 2019

This Easter Saturday (April 20th) you can work your way through 6 of Ballarat's favourite venues who will be featuring 12 of Ballarat and Victoria's top Breweries, and six of the regions best Wineries! Each of the six venue will play host to two breweries and one winery. You can purchase a ticket for the venue where you would like to start, and then follow the map to find the other venues at your own leisure. The event kicks off at your first venue at 11AM. Tickets are $40 (plus a booking fee), and gets you 2 x 100ml beer samples at each venue (a total of 12 beer samples), one 50ml wine sample at each venue (a total of 6 wine samples), entertainment throughout the day and your very own Beer Hop tasting glass. Get your tickets here! Read more »

RUNWAY PARTNER WITH NEXUS JIANGSU-VICTORIA START-UP SUMMIT 20 March 2019

Runway and the City of Melbourne are excited to partner for the upcoming Nexus Jiangsu-Victoria Start-up Summit 2019! Runway is an official Ballarat collaborator, they will be conducting a pitch contest in Ballarat, as part of the pitching across 5 locations, sending one lucky winner from each to China for the summit, all expenses paid. Applications can be started right away here: Apply Here Time is of the essence and applications close at 5pm sharp on Wednesday 27th March 2019! Read more »

PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE 20 March 2019

The Vollard Suite is regarded as one of the greatest print suites, and perhaps the most enigmatic and famous of the twentieth century, comprised of 100 intaglio prints by Pablo Picasso. The National Gallery of Australia is one of the few cultural institutions in the world to hold the complete suite of 100. Ballarat is the only Victorian venue for this national tour held from 23 February to 28 April 2019. Entry is free and the gallery is open 10am - 5pm daily. Click here, for more information. Read more »