Brown Hill Community Hub

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

Tuesday 7 November. Time and venue to be confirmed. All welcome. Please R.S.V.P. to Sandra Kennedy, City of Ballarat on 5320 5746 or


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

Contact Council’s Engaged Communities Unit on 5320 5746 or go online and “like” the Making Brown Hill Facebook page.


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

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

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!