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Brown Hill Partnership

The City of Ballarat created the Engaging Communities program to build strong neighbourhoods with community-led projects, embracing the philosophy that no one knows better what’s needed in a local area than its residents.

 
Photo: Sandra Kennedy, City of Ballarat

Next Partnership Meeting

February 2018: Brown Hill Township Plan Workshop

Date, time and venue to be confirmed. All welcome.

Contact

Interested in finding out more about the Engaging Communities Program in Brown Hill?

Contact Sandra Kennedy in the City of Ballarat's Engaged Communities Unit on 5320 5746 or sandrakennedy@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

You could also go online and “like” the Making Brown Hill Facebook page.

Investment Summary

A total of $200,000 was invested in the following projects:

  1. $100,000 - Brown Hill Hall Committee, Brown Hill Hall Redevelopment Project
  2. $30,000 - Russell Square User Group, Revitalisation of Kitchen and Improved Storage Project
  3. $20,000 - Brown Hill Progress Association, Installation of BBQ and Revitalisation of Progress Park project
  4. $11,400 - Brown Hill Progress Association, Brown Hill Online Community Hub
  5. $8,621 - Yarrowee Leigh Catchment Group, Connecting to Nearby Nature Project
  6. $7,000 - Brown Hill Cricket Club, Brown Hill Cricket Clubroom Upgrades
  7. $5,800 - Yarrowee Leigh Catchment Group, Connecting to Nearby Nature Project 2.0
  8. $5,000 - Brown Hill Community Newsletter Group, Brown Hill Community Newsletter
  9. $4,965 - Brown Hill Cricket Club, BHCC Club Room Carpet Replacement
  10. $2,461 - Brown Community Newsletter Group, Brown Hill Community Newsletter - Securing the Legacy
  11. $2,300 - Caledonian Primary School & User Groups, Air-conditioning in the Multi-purpose Room
  12. $1,793 - Brown Hill Progress Association, Brown Hill Community Festival
  13. $660 - PLEA Network, Fire Ready Project

A summary of the investment is also available to download: Brown Hill Partnership - Investment Summary (PDF, 16kB)

Updates

November 2017

At the November meeting of the Brown Hill Community partnership, the final investment decisions were made.

Brown Hill Cricket Clubroom carpet

$4965 was committed to the purchase and installation of new carpet in the Brown Hill Cricket Clubrooms. The carpet was damaged by smoke from a fire in the kitchen in late 2016. Unfortunately, significant cleaning efforts were unsuccessful and insurance did not cover the replacement of the carpet. The total cost of the replacement was $5200.

The Brown Hill Cricket Club is grateful to the Brown Hill Progress Association for a donation of an additional $235 to complete the total amount required for the new carpet. The carpet was installed in early December. In the same week, 80 new chairs, 16 bar stools and two high bar tables were delivered. These were funded by the City of Ballarat through the Community Impact Grant Program.

Connecting to Nearby Nature v2.0

$5800 was allocated to run more nature events along the Brown Hill section of the Yarrowee River in 2018. Activities will include a repeat of the very popular evening frog walk and survey, and the bird walk and talk event. It will also include school excursions and nature-play sessions with the Brown Hill Kindergarten and Caledonian Primary School.

$2000,000 invested

Over the past two years, $200,000 of funding from the City of Ballarat has been allocated to projects across Brown Hill. Projects include the community newsletter, online hub, community festival, FireAware program, hall redevelopment, the 'Connecting to Nearby Nature' project, upgrades to the Russell Square kitchen, Brown Hill Cricket clubrooms and Caledonian Primary School multi-purpose hall and several more. For a breakdown of the investment, see the Brown Hill Partnership Investment Summary (PDF).

In most cases, the funding was matched by additional funding from external sources, bringing even more investment into Brown Hill. However, the most significant achievement of the process has been the strong connections formed between representatives of groups and organisations across Brown Hill. Based on these relationships, the Brown Hill community will continue to thrive, as groups work together and help each other out.

Minutes from the December 2017 meeting (PDF, 395kB ).

February 2017

On Tuesday 21 February, the Brown Hill Partnership met in the Brown Hill Cricket Club Rooms. A grant of $1793.00 was allocated to the 2017 Brown Hill Community Festival.

November 2016

The Brown Hill Partnership Group (BHPG), supported through Council’s Engaging Communities Program (ECP), met on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. The group considered funding pitches for 3 community-based initiatives in Brown Hill. The BHPG agreed to allocate financial support to these projects:

  • Contribution to Stage One of the Refurbishment of the Brown Hill Community Hall Project;
  • Brown Hill Community Newsletter – Securing the Legacy; and
  • Brown Hill Online Community Hub Project.

Refurbishment of the Brown Hill Community Hall - Draft Plans: Stages 1 & 2 (PDF, 0.8MB), Stages 3 & 4 (PDF, 0.8 MB) .

September 2016

Thanks also to community members who participated in the August Tree Planting Day. Participants enjoyed a magnificent cake stall organised by the Brown Hill Kindergarten and a sausage sizzle cooked by the Brown Hill Progress Association.

Projects recently funded by the Partnership include an upgrade to the Brown Hill Cricket Clubrooms and Connecting to Nearby Nature: community events and information sessions.

All community members are welcome to the next Partnership meeting on Tuesday 16 October at the Brown Hill Cricket Club. To RSVP or to find out how to develop a pitch to seek funding for community project, contact Sandra Kennedy, City of Ballarat, on 5320 5746 or sandrakennedy@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

July 2016

It has been one year since the Engaging Communities Program – Brown Hill started, with a survey of local residents and a large community meeting. In that time, $67,960 of the initial $100,000 has been invested in projects including an upgrade to the Russell Square Hall, air-conditioning for the Multi-purpose Hall at Caledonian Primary School, starting the Brown Hill Community Newsletter, supporting the FireAware initiative and building a new rotunda, double BBQ and park furniture at Progress Park.

With the start of the new financial year there is a further $100,000 available from the City of Ballarat to enhance partnerships with the Brown Hill community and deliver local projects.

All community members are welcome to the next meeting on Tuesday 9 August, 6–7.30pm in the Multi- purpose Hall at Caledonian Primary School. To RSVP, please contact Sandra Kennedy, City of Ballarat on 5320 5746 or sandrakennedy@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

May 2016

The Brown Hill Partnership has invested $67,300 of the $100,000 available through the City of Ballarat to strengthen community links.

The Partnership has funded kitchen and storage improvements for the Russell Square Recreation Reserve through the Engaging Communities Program.

The Brown Hill Partnership group has also funded:

  • $5,000 as seed funding for the Brown Hill Community Newsletter and Service (Trade) Directory.
  • $2,300 for reverse cycle air-conditioning in the Multi-Purpose Room at Caledonian Primary School, a well utilised resource for the broader community.
  • $30,000 to install a BBQ and shelter in the Brown Hill Recreation Reserve (Progress Park, Humffray Street North). The City of Ballarat is also contributing to this project with the installation of park furniture.

The Brown Hill Community Hub is just getting started, so please send us your additions or updates!