Ecological Sustainability & the Ballarat Structure Plan
Ballarat in 2032: alternative energy sources, fewer private vehicles, and resilience in the face of extreme weather events.
In 2009, VEIL was part of the Consultant Study Team for “Making Ballarat Central“, the Ballarat Structure Plan. Through site visits and assimilating the VEIL team’s acquired knowledge of international best-practice, a series of suggestions was developed for submission to the Plan.
The following is an extract from the Ballarat Vision Report.
Ballarat as Victoria’s Premier Green Zone: the Rural-City model for a climate resilient community
Ballarat - The Locally Productive City
All precincts in Ballarat (exemplified by the CBA) aim to maximise production of environmentally and socially critical resources.
To be a net exporter in as many of the following areas as possible:
Ballarat - The Low Consumption City
Living and Working Better – Consuming Less
To develop the highest quality of living and working conditions with the lowest per-capita consumption and production of waste, in as many of the following areas as possible:
Ballarat - The Regenerative City
Avoiding cascading breakdown effects, enabling quick bounce-back from challenges – creating a social and physical fabric that is diverse, decentralised and locally inter-connected, so that any shocks (environmental or economic) will be limited in the spread of their effects.
To approach all planning and design decisions with the intent of increasing the diversity of communities, production systems (as in 1, above) and public facilities, particularly in relation to:
Ballarat - The Inventive City
To achieve all of above through the development of innovative new solutions and approaches, building on the strong history of inventiveness and creativity in Ballarat (in agriculture and mining in particular).
Ballarat to be known nationally and internationally as supporting a culture of creative risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation in relation to climate resilience and sustainable solutions.
Ballarat Structure Plan Consultant Study Team
- Planisphere Project Management
- Village Well Place-Making
- Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) Ecological Sustainability
- Aspect Studios Landscape Architecture & Digital Visualisations
- AECOM Transport Planning
VEIL Ballarat Vision Report Team
- Lead Author: Dianne Moy
- Secondary Authors: Prof. Chris Ryan, Kate Archdeacon
- Site Visit & Analysis Team: Dianne Moy, Chris Ryan, Kirsten Larsen, Ferne Edwards, Che Biggs, Robert Eales, Kate Archdeacon, Devin Maetzri