Defining the East’s Neighbourhood Character
15 Trees is a Ballarat Company highlighted in The Age recently…
We’ve heard many definitions over the years – semi-rural; green-belt; diverse; different; anarchic; charming; and we’ve also heard some very unkind ones – poor; cheap; run-down; busy…
Whatever your view, whatever direction you come from, however you view Ballarat East, AND if you live here – it’s important that we document and define our Neighbourhood Character. Why? Because that’s what we are protecting when the developers come to call; that’s the information we give developers when they are interested in supporting the area; that’s what we tell council we need to protect. And to protect it, we first need to define it, the clearer we are, the stronger the message.
To this end South Ward Councillors Ben Taylor, Des Hudson and Cheryl Bromfield, along with council officers, are very keen to support the process of establishing a definition for the Neighbourhood Character of Ballarat East. How? We are proposing a community meeting for early February 2012, we need your help – when do you think is a good time to hold it:
- a Sunday arvo 2pm to 4pm – after the kids sport is over, and the weekend belongs to family?
- an early weekday early evening 6pm to 8pm – after work is done, at the start of the week when we are fresh?
- a late weekday early evening 6pm to 8pm – after work is done, towards the end of the week when our task-list is shorter?
- a Saturday morning 11pm to 1pm – before the weekend really gets going?
Please add your comments below, a notice will be sent out shortly with details once decided.
The meeting will be addressed by the BE Network, by Councillors and by council officers, and will also list a number of fabulous resources on Neighbourhood Character that you can take with you, great for those currently ‘negotiating’ with developers, planning departments or VCAT. There will also be time for questions and a listing of current developments in the area.
cheers and thanks for your support
Erin at BE Network