Jan 12

Q2. What do we want?

Today in the local paper The Courier, page 21, historian Anne Beggs Sunter told of developments happening around Ballarat, both good and not so good. She wrote about what people are doing to get involved in the process. Ballarat East Network (BE Net) was acknowledged for doing lots of work bringing the community together over issues of over-development. BE Net has also been contacted over the last two weeks about developments in other areas of Ballarat, seeking our advice.

BE Net is strong because our community is strong, wants to share information, and are happy to help out the neighbours. Our major aim is to support people to be involved in how our area is going to look in the future. We have been lucky sharing this beautiful area for many years, over looked by developers. Now its our turn to rise and protect the things we value as important here in Ballarat East.

So onto Question 2 in our quest to support proper planning here in the East. Question 1 is still available here and I would encourage you to continue to answer as many times as you like…


In positive terms, what do you want for the future of Ballarat East?

This is a big picture, broad question, about the whole of Ballarat East. You do not need to live in the East to answer, we believe this area is important to maintain for the future of Ballarat as a whole.

In the comment section below, post a single idea in a single post. Make as many posts as you like. Its okay to double up on answers that are already there, its about what YOU think, feel, enjoy…

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  1. […] 3 in our quest to support proper planning here in the East. Question 1 is still available here, and Question 2 is still available here, and I would encourage you to continue to answer as many times as you […]

  2. Josie says:

    keep walking paths, bush blocks and large blocks. Stop now at the states they are taking over.

  3. stephany panhuysen says:

    no further developments without infrastructures, childcare, kindergarten, library, meeting spaces, the things which facilitate people forming communities.

  4. Debbie says:

    protect our wildlife and vegetataion

  5. Colleen says:

    I’d like to see clever, innovative and sustainable housing projects become the normal.

  6. Edie says:

    accept some development is inevitable. however, desire recognition that open paddocks, undeveloped land, is not ‘waste’ land, waiting to be filled to the absolute maximum with tiny housing units. Those open spaces are to a large extent Ballarat East’s character, along with the mix of housing and the big backyards.

  7. Deb says:

    Would like to see the historical old buildings left on the orphanage site .

  8. ksye says:

    Preserve our Eureka spirit and fight for our riights to have bush settings within the city, as Erin said country in the city

  9. ksye says:

    council must come on board and realise the potential to preserve our great history our unique houses and culture as once they are lost they are lotst forever

  10. ksye says:

    protect our wildlife and fauna, no more overdevelopment

  11. Diane says:

    Maintain the East as the unique pocket of Ballarat that it is. A blanket approach to planning with produce sameness across the city.

  12. Ditchy says:

    preserve the forest and surrounds

  13. Di says:

    Thoughtful development in keeping with the character of the area, no high density development and preferably single storey.

    • Diane says:

      I have to say that I have double storey houses on two neighbouring properties – one acre blocks and I can’t even see the double storey house for the trees. It’s all about creative and appropriate planning.

  14. Di says:

    Preservation of green spaces

  15. Judyann says:

    We need space around houses for the people who will live in them. Kids particularly need space to entertain themselves, we want to encourage families. This is not and should not be the inner city. This is rural country living. We do not want crowded developments. We need more infrastructure for people’s leisure, corridors for wildlife and people, paths and bike tracks.

  16. Judyann says:

    The area needs more spacious and sensitive development to protect not only native flora and fauna, but to protect the lives, and quality of life for our residents from high traffic levels of the overdevelopment which is happening.

  17. Judyann says:

    Retain dead trees as well as live ones. Animals and birds need these hollows for nesting and habitat.

  18. Judyann says:

    Canadian Forest is quite degraded around the Wilson St, area due to water supply tanks and pipelines. These works happened many years ago, and show how sensitive the area really is. Please protect the steep hills here from damage due to over development.

  19. Judyann says:

    In a country of droughts and flooding rains, please do not allow the greedy ones to concrete over springs and water courses on the hills.

  20. Judyann says:

    Please keep what is left of the “green Belt” along the edge of Canadian Forest, of which previous councils and residents were so proud.

  21. Alice Christie says:

    Keep the vicinity around the Canadian Forest preserved for future generations to enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna of this area.

  22. Alice Christie says:

    To ensure that large, well treed house blocks are maintained as wildlife habitat in Ballarat East.

  23. Heather says:

    I would prefer no more housing estates. They take away from the tranquility that the East is known for. They have already destroyed the koala corridor behind our house, so now instead of seeing trees with the occasional koala, all we see now are rooftops. Our wildlife was here longer than any of us and have more rights than any of us do.

    • BE Network says:

      So Heather we want more diverse housing, larger blocks, more koala protection, more corridors of trees and vegetation connecting neighborhoods. Absolutely agree!

  24. Erin says:

    Keep limited infrastructure and limit population growth in this area to protect wildlife and vegetation.

  25. Erin says:

    That its different because its the bush five minutes from the town centre, highlight and protect.

  26. Erin says:

    Promote Ballarat East as the country in the city

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