At the Brown Hill Progress Association (BHPA) AGM on Tuesday 5 September 2017, the following appointments were made:
President: Jason Tinnetti
Vice President: Ian Fullerton
Secretary: Brendan Stevens
Treasurer: Ron Damen
Newsletter Coordinator: Sarah Greenwood-Smith
Grants Coordinator: Brendan Stevens
Pool Kiosk Coordinator: Rachel Zuidland
Executive Committee Members: Peter Fisher (Pool Plant Maintenance) and John O’Brien
Progress Association Membership
Residents are encouraged to become members of the Progress Association. Annual membership is $2.00. The $2.00 payment and form can be submitted to the committee at a meeting or at the pool kiosk over the summer. Please download and print the Membership Form.
BHPA Minutes of Meetings
Minutes of meetings, from August 2017 (listed after being confirmed).
Key Correspondence and Responses
JULY 2017: Brown Hill Progress Association wrote to Council seeking clarification on the planning for future housing developments within our suburb. The main issues being: No big picture traffic management; no overall planned green space between the individual developments; no community wide plan in regard to building/living in a Bushfire Prone Area. Access BHPA letter here A response from Council was received 31 July 2017. Access Council's response here
AUGUST 2017: Re Post Office Closure. Australia Post, via a notice of "changes to Brown Hill postal services" stuck on the Brown Hill post office window advised the community that "the post office was required to close at short notice". With this in mind the Progress Association wrote to Australia Post seeking their assurance that it will reinstate the post office ASAP as it is seen to be a critical community asset for Brown Hill and surrounds. The Area Manager, Nicole Brandt, responded 27 September 2017. Access Australia Post response here
The Brown Hill Progress Association (BHPA) was formed as an umbrella association by the existing Brown Hill Public Hall Committee at a public meeting on 14 May 1969. The meeting was chaired by His Worship Cr. M. Brown , Mayor of the City of Ballarat. The Association Aims and Objectives as per the Constitution are:
- To promote the economic, social and cultural development and progress of Ballarat as a whole and Brown Hill in particular.
- To raise funds to further these aims.
The BHPA has stuck to these aims diligently ever since its inception, with financial and manpower assistance to community members and other local organisations such as the primary school, kindergarten, swimming pool, church and community groups etc. The jewel in the crown of the BHPA has always been the Brown Hill Public Hall, which has seen several major upgrades over the years (mostly self-funded) and the adjacent Progress Park / Brown Hill Recreation Reserve. The Hall has been the focus for hundreds of social events ranging from bird shows to rock and roll dances over many years.
In 2005, the Ballarat City Council threatened to close the local pool and a public rally was held. The BHPA stepped in and the Pool Committee was formed. This committee continues to run and improve the pool with the assistance of the City of Ballarat.
The latest phase of 'development' in our suburb has come with the assistance of the Brown Hill Partnership, bringing together local schools, the kindergarten, sporting associations, business and dedicated community
members with the BHPA. The establishment of the Community Newsletter has been a great link with the community and over the next year or two we hope to develop a web presence with the Brown Hill Community Online Hub and another major upgrade to the hall to make it more multi-functional.