He has a Masters in Computing from Monash University. [33][34], Ballarat's significant representation in World War I resulted in heavy human loss. [27][28][29][30] The first electricity supply was completed in 1901, and that year a bluestone power station was built at the corner of Ripon Street and Wendouree Parade with the main aim of electrifying the city's tramway network. Other Ballarat-based teams compete in the regional Central Highlands Football League. Ballarat West Town Common is presently farmed on by licensed farmers. [126] The region supports an active potato growing industry that has supplied local food manufacturers including McCain, though more recently has been threatened by cheaper imports. The Division Finder is the official list used to identify the federal electoral division in which a particular address is contained.. Dance parties are popular within the Ballarat area; BTR is an organisation founded in 2006 that has begun hosting dance events in Ballarat. Some claim the name is derived from a local Wathaurong Aboriginal word for the area, balla arat. [58] This has put continuing pressure on the city council to approve development applications for subdivisions outside of the city fringe. The main campus is located in Mount Helen, approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) southeast of the city. [108], A significant heritage tourism industry has not grown substantially in Ballarat since the 1960s. [238][239] During Ballarat's first stage NBN rollout in 2012, 17,800 homes will be directly connected to the network via optical fibre cable. Note: In some cases a locality/suburb or postcode may be in more than one Philip Ronald Cleary is an Australian commentator on politics and sport, particularly Australian rules football, and a former independent politician elected at the 1992 Wills by-election. ", Read the ebook Five years under the Southern Cross; experiences and impressions by Frederic C. (Frederic Chambers) Spurr, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. It existed from 1859–1927 and from 1992–2014. The first publicised discovery of gold in the region was by Thomas Hiscock on 2 August 1851, in Buninyong to the south. Ballarat is renowned for its Victorian architectural heritage. 30 July 2002. The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser. The Mercury. The Courier. Localities/Suburbs, Party represented at the last federal election: [220] The Ballarat Bicycle Users Group provides advocacy for the growing number of cyclists in the city. The current cycling network continues to grow and consists of several marked on-road routes and 50 kilometres (31 miles) of segregated bicycle facilities including several main routes: the Ballarat–Skipton Rail Trail and the Yarrowee River Trail with connections to the Gong Gong Reservoir. It was created in the redistribution preceding the 1955 election, covering the southern suburbs and the rural areas south of Ballarat. The by-law was met by staunch opposition from the National Trust, which had begun campaigning to protect some of the city's most historic buildings. Medical emergency and paramedic services are provided through Ambulance Victoria and include the Rural Ambulance Victoria, St. John Ambulance and Ballarat Base Hospital ambulance services. My opinion is that party politics should be left out of Local Government; elected councillors should be working for the ratepayers and residents of Ballarat, not advocating party politics or agendas. [72] Like much of Australia, Ballarat experiences cyclical drought and heavy rainfall. Choose The name of the city is believed to be derived from the Aborignal word 'balaarat' meaning resting place or reclining on elbow. Member: Catherine KING. The Courier. From the late 1860s to the early 20th century, Ballarat made a successful transition from a gold rush town to an industrial-age city. [154] Justice is conducted locally overseen through branches of the Supreme, County, Magistrates and Children's Court of Victoria which operate out of the Ballarat courts Complex adjacent police headquarters in Dana Street. Ballarat /ˈbæləˌræt/ is a city in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. 13 September 1851. [130], A$7.5 million[131] forestry industry is active in nearby state forests as well as on a small scale in the urban area along the Canadian Valley around the suburbs of Mt Clear and Mt Helen areas with pine plantations and sawmill operations.[132]. The recently accelerated growth rate has been attributed by demographers to increased commuter activity arising from surging house and land prices in Melbourne coupled with public transport improvements between Ballarat and Melbourne. [13] By 1852 his grid plan and wide streets for land sales in the new township of West Ballarat,[14] built upon a plateau of basalt, contrasted markedly with the existing narrow unplanned streets, tents, and gullies of the original East Ballarat settlement. The electorate of Ballarat has existed since Federation, though for obscure historical reasons it was spelt Ballaarat until 1977. [26] Many industries and workshops had been established as a result of manufacturing and servicing for the deep lead mining industry. Several businesses and attractions have capitalised on Ballarat's gold mining history. The Division of Wills is an Australian electoral division of Victoria. The division … While most of the city's population can trace their ancestry to Anglo-Celtic descent, 8.2% of the population are born overseas. Ballarat East was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of Victoria. [31] Despite such advancements, mining activity slowed at this time and Ballarat's growth all but stopped, leading to a decades-long period of decline. Geologically, the area consists of alluvial sediment and volcanic flows originating from now-extinct volcanoes such as nearby Buninyong and Warrenheip, which are the area's tallest peaks. The event, in which 22 miners were killed, is considered to be a defining moment in Australian history. Another parliamentarian from Carwarp was Albert Allnutt, who represented the electoral district of Mildura in the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1927 until 1945. Ballarat 'B' Power Station. [128] The Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society formed in 1856[129] and has run the Ballarat Show annually since 1859. With the opening of Sovereign Hill, the city made a rapid shift to become a major cultural tourist destination, visited by thousands each year.