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MOORABOOL ON THE MOVE
CFA TRAILER DONATION
Moorabool Shire Council donated a small trailer to the Ballan
Group of CFA Brigades on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 in
recognition of the work that has been under taken by the
brigades along Moorabool roadsides during autumn.
The trailer, containing signs and equipment necessar y to
under take fur ther fire prevention burns, will better equip the
brigades for future burns.
CFA brigades from the Ballan Group under took a series of burns
along Moorabool roadsides throughout the Ballan Group area,
under the direction of Tony Brady, CFA Road and Rail Project
The roadsides burnt contained significant remnant vegetation,
mostly plains grassy woodland, an endangered vegetation
community. The work under taken by the brigades achieved
impor tant fuel reduction aims, which was the primar y function of
the burns, but also contributed to the long-term sustainability of
this impor tant vegetation community.
The Moorabool Landcare Advisor y Committee (MLAC)
recommended that CFA be acknowledged in a practical way for
The burns the CFA carried out performed two valuable jobs -
preparing the local area for the coming fire season and helping
better manage the indigenous vegetation which requires burns
BALLAN RESERVE TO BE
Ballan Reser ve is set to again be one the spor ting jewels of
Moorabool with the facilities to be extended and improved.
The $313,000 project is designed to encourage more use of the
centre by wider sections of the community.
The project involves an extension to the existing facility to
provide community meeting areas and multi-purpose spaces;
disability access; improved amenities for public and community
group use; and more storage space .
On Wednesday 3 June the State Member for Ballarat East, Mr
Geoff Howard MP, visited the reser ve to announce the Br umby
Government's suppor t for the project -- a $125,000 grant, 40
percent of the project cost.
The $125,000 Victorian Government grant is coming from the
Small Towns Development Fund, administered by Regional
The remaining cost of the project is being met by Moorabool
Shire Council ($85,000); in-kind contributions ($23,000),
community cash ($20,000) and Spor t and Recreation Victoria
Mr Howard said the reser ve would promote community
cohesion in the growing area of Ballan.
"The Ballan Reser ve Community Facility is a vital community
asset but is no longer meeting the needs of users, who include
spor ting clubs, community groups, Ballan Scouts and Ballan
District Health and Care .
"This extension project will meet the needs of a growing
"Improving access across a broader spectr um of the community
will alleviate social isolation, increase community involvement and
improve community cohesion and well-being."
The addition of a multi-purpose community space, disabled
access and improved amenities is expected to encourage greater
use by younger people, people with disabilities, and older people,
and attract people from as far away as Ballarat.
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