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From poverty and abuse to success and security

From poverty and abuse to success and security Author: Categories: Stories, Arts

Carolyn Broome, long-time resident of Ballarat ~ a story of one woman's journey from poverty and abuse to success and security.  

Honestly - is anyone in charge here?

Honestly - is anyone in charge here? Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories

Why can't the Ballarat City Council get equality of access right?

Role models: who's leading tomorrow's leaders?

Role models: who's leading tomorrow's leaders? Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Health

For a while there, she's your hero. Your role model. Your mentor. But then you start to look around a bit, and find that there are even cooler people out there than your mum. Role models, and more importantly, mentors, are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. We have a national mentor health is

With love, Shayna – Apple and Lemon Muffins

With love, Shayna – Apple and Lemon Muffins Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Recipes

What better way to celebrate the end of autumn and welcome winter, then a batch of apple and lemon muffins and a walk amongst the falling autumn leaves?

Tweed Ride Fun on Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Tweed Ride Fun on Ballarat Heritage Weekend Author: Categories: Stories, Community, Transport

You may have seen some funny dressed cyclists on Sunday at Heritage Weekend. This was for a Tweed Ride, organised by the Ladies Classic Bicycle Association of Ballarat. The event was so popular, that we are hoping to make it an offical event of Heritage Weekend next year.

Having your coal and mining it too Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Environment

The fact is, mining companies have the legal right to enter properties - anyone's property - for mining purposes.  They can stand on the land someone else owns and purge it of anything worthwhile under its surface. Mantle Mining is currently conducting exploratory drilling with the aim of extra

Calling All Contemporary Visual Artists, Designers

Calling All Contemporary Visual Artists, Designers Author: Categories: Stories, Announcements

Calling All Contemporary Visual Artists, Designers, & Makers The City of Ballarat Backspace Gallery is now accepting submissions for its 2013 exhibition program. Backspace Gallery is an artist-focused initiative of the City of Ballarat Arts & Cultural Development, dedicated to showcasing q

With love, Shayna – Hand towels for the kitchen

With love, Shayna – Hand towels for the kitchen Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Make things

There's little worse than someone drying their hands on the tea towel. Follow these simple instructions and whip up a few hand towels specially made for the kitchen.

People protest against Vic’s Public Transport

People protest against Vic’s Public Transport Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Transport

On 17 April more than 60 Victorians, including people with disability, advocates, families and carers, protested on the steps of the Victorian Parliament House calling for better accessibility to the state's public transport system.

Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Editorial

We used to be a people that championed causes. If there was an underdog, we'd back ‘em. Women not allowed the right to vote? We'll fix that, we said. Don't like the war in Vietnam? We'll rally, rally, rally. Nuclear testing? Hell no, we cried. National outcry was a matter of pride. Now it

Spyndrift 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' Tour

Spyndrift 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' Tour Author: Categories: Stories, Arts, Music, Announcements, Bands

Spyndrift, Otways dynamic dance band serve up a visual feast at Portico on Saturday May 5th

Matt Malone, singer/songwriter Review Author: Categories: Stories, Music

Matt Malone is a singer/songwriter and poet straight from the Pete Seeger mould who performed to an appreciative audience at the Babushka Bar on the 12th of April. Malone played a variety of cover and his own original pieces, including a number of original poems.  

Rock n’ Roll Lifestyle @ Eastern Station

Rock n’ Roll Lifestyle @ Eastern Station Author: Categories: Stories, Music, Bands

Ballarat's Eastern Station found itself to be the home base of a large variety of bands on the 7th of April under the title of ‘Rock n' Roll Lifestyle'. All in all the large audience was treated to a variety of artists ranging from the folk styling's of Peter and Kristine Allen, ‘The Fun

Alliance calls for ban on new fossil fuel proje

Alliance calls for ban on new fossil fuel proje Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment

As Victoria faces a wave of exploration licences for coal seam gas (CSG), coal, and tight gas, there is growing opposition to this industry. "Community groups have formed across the ‘coal belt' of southern Victoria, from the Otways to Wonthaggi to Toongabbie" said Friends of the Earth campaign

Chocolate, Heroin and Ballarat's Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel

Chocolate, Heroin and Ballarat's Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Editorial

Just one more piece won't hurt anybody? Chocolate is not the same as heroin. Being addicted to chocolate is not like being addicted to drugs. But it's easy to see how smoothly addiction can happen. A report released after a ‘high level Australia21 roundtable' this week says that Australia has

 Human Rights Photo Competition

Human Rights Photo Competition Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community

Budding photographers are being invited by the Australian Human Rights Commission to use their cameras to capture those things that remind people of the importance of living in a fair and equal society, and then enter these photos in the Commission's 2012 human rights photo competition.

Be a good sport and REACH FOR THE SKY! Author: John BarnesCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Economy, Sport

“Councillors, be brave and reach for the sky.” Cr. Judy Verlin. “Tell 'em they're dreamin'.” Daryl Kerrigan. Daylight robbery of ratepayers could well be the last resort for Ballarat City Council if dreams for the Eureka Sports and Entertainment Precinct get out of hand. S

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