Minutes – Mtg 2012

Please note these are not a blow by blow description of events, nor are they a record of everything that was said, they are not to be considered as quotes from speakers. They are more accurately a set of notes about themes, issues and concerned raised over the time of the meeting. Thanks so much to our minute takers – Alice & Edith

The minutes have been split into areas of issues – where an item has more details you can click on the link to access that page, or click on the links in the drop down menu under the item Meeting 2012 above in the main menu.

Acknowledgment of country

I acknowledge that we are meeting on the land for which the Wathaurong people and ancestors have been custodians for thousands of years. I would like to pay my respects to the past and present traditional owners and give thanks for allowing us to meet here today. Hello and welcome to this Community Meeting to support an understanding of the Neighbourhood Character of Ballarat East.

Introductions to VIPs

Eric Brasilis (City of Ballarat Growth & Development Director), Shaun OKeefe (City of Ballarat Strategic Planning Manager), Cr Ben Taylor, Cr Des Hudson, Maggie Dannatt (People for Pryor Park), Jeff Rootes (Friends of Sparrow Ground), Cherie Draper (Ballarat Environment Network & Friends of Lake Esmond), Edith Fry (Local Historian), Ron Marshall (Rodier St Leader), Deb Findlay (Forgotten Australians), Geoff Howard (State Labour MP). The Intro also included those from BE Net Erin McCuskey, Diane Chester, Damian Woods, Alice Christie, Edith Fry, Judy Robinson, Norm Christie and Len Robinson.


  • Opportunity to contribute will be through a series of brainstorms,
  • We will be taking written questions, those not answered will be followed up and answered through the BE Net website,
  • We will be taking written submissions after the event, if you wish please email info@ballarateast.net
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  • While we are using disposable cups today and used a paper letterdrop thanks to the generosity of 15 trees these environmental costs are being offset. 15 Trees is a local (Brown Hill) carbon reduction company who will arrange for the panting of fifteen trees to reduce our carbon footprint today.
  • Apologies – Michael & Karen Simpson, Judy Johnson, Mayor Harris, Cr Perry, Cr Verlin, Cr MacIntosh, Cr Bromfield, Michele Bawden, Jess Simpson, Cr Fletcher

Purpose & Outcomes

  • It’s about supporting our council to develop a long term strategy for sustainable good development in Ballarat East
  • It’s about making a connection with each other and developing support networks to fight inappropriate development in Ballarat East
  • Knowledge is power, sharing it is crucial
  • This is a positive step to develop an action plan for our council, and ourselves, about how to support good sustainable development in Ballarat East


Wrap & Thanks

  • Thanks – to those on BE Net & the action group who worked so hard today and for the last two years, thanks to all those who fought for 315 Fussell and won some concessions, thanks to Des and Ben who have been stalwarts for this area, thanks also to People for Pryor Park who leapt aboard the website early, ready and keen to share information, thanks to you all for turning out in a wonderful show of people power, thanks to those of you who have fought before unheralded, we are here to herald you loud and clear from the hilltops of Ballarat East, and thanks finally to Ballarat East for being such a wonderfully eclectic, diverse, unique suburb


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