BAF2020 postponed until October - Public Health issues around COVID-19

With so many local small businesses already at breaking point, this 'stay home' V. 'life-as-normal' argument is coming to the forefront.

Yesterday the local village at Ballan was bustling. The monthly Farmer's Market - with fewer stalls than normal - was attracting a small crowd and parking in the main street was at a premium.
Today the street was empty with bored shop owners closing early and going into the larger regional towns to stock up on larder essentials as the threat of a 'lock-down' is looking increasing more like a reality.

How do you maintain a community spirit when the message is to isolate and with all gatherings of 500+ cancelled?

With the increase in free SMS and messenger services like Facebook, What'sApp and the like, we have lost the art of the telephone call which allows for immediate two-way communication and the opportunity to 'hear' how our friend at the other end is feeling. You can hide behind an emoticon but not the sound of the human voice.

There are a few old skills and attitudes we need to brush up on to help us get through these next few months.

When was the last time you said, or heard someone say: " So nice to HEAR your voice"?

Welcome to 2020

Welcome to 2020!

This is a year where I step back from some long-term NFP positions to take up a more dedicated commitment to a few. 

Please come and continue the journey.


Why Pink Up Your Town?

Pink Up Your Town - Ballan 

One of the goals I set myself for my year as Citizen of the Year was to work with the community in a venture that everyone could be involved with.  

The Mcgrath Foundaton's Pink Up Your Town - it's October-long campain to increase the awarness of the foundation's Breast Care nurse work and to raise funds to have more of them - seemed the obvious choice. 

Togeather with the Ballan Autumn Festival and the Ballan and District Community House we are planning a month of events and fundrasing activities to promote this cause. The climax will be the Pink Mayoral Ball at St Anne's Winery on Friday November 1st. 

Further news is available HERE and the link to the Facebook page is HERE

Pink Up Your Town during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).

Pink Up Your Town is a fantastic way for a local community to come together during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Driven by the dedication and passion of local volunteer groups, Pink Up Your Town is a way to bring together clubs, businesses, schools and neighbours to create a visual show of support for those experiencing breast cancer and raise funds for the  nurses of the McGrath Foundation.

Moorabool Shire 2019 Citizen of the Year, Kevin Harper, is looking to the local community to join with him and support this community initiative.  When recently interviewed Kevin said: “Since the CoTY award in January,  I have been exploring ways in which I can involve and connect the local community with some of my passions – when the invitation came to ‘Pink up Ballan’ it seemed the obvious fit”.

The next stage for Kevin is to form a committee and gather a  group of volunteers to make this happen. Kevin hopes that through an arrangement between the Community House and the Autumn Festival Committee,  a Community-wide engagement will be possible.

Further information from:


Busy start to the year

It has been a very busy start to 2019, mainly brought on by some changes in the Autumn Festival committee which has seen me wearing a few extra hats.

Gordon Bleu is still in recess which has freed up time for Autumn Festival and Hospice matters.  Today is my first half-Friday that I have been at home and working in my Study before a meeting in Ballarat this evening. 

As I worked this morning, with Brexit and the Australian Federal election dominating all news services, I looked back with to the days of gentler politics and political  respect - now so sadly missing from the world stage. 

A true example of this is the election of the first lady Speaker to the British House of Commons.  The link via YouTube is HERE