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Car enthusiasts turn out for annual Centre State Swap Meet Paul Anderson from Bendigo was there with his “labour of love”, a HQ. February Northern Suburbs Street Rod Swap Meet 17th February. Preston Bike Club Reservoir track meet 24th Feb. March Wyndum Vale Fiesta. Swap Meet and Show and Shine. A one day event with over sites and a show and shine that features over vehicles. Gates open for public at 7am.
The ramshackle tents and timber buildings gradually made way for permanent buildings, many impressive structures of solid stone and brick mainly built from wealth generated by early mining. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh visited between 9 and 13 December and as the first royal visit, the occasion was met with great fanfare. The later attempt of the Prince's assassination by Ballaratian Henry James O'Farrell was met with shock and great horror from locals.
Gong Gong reservoir was built in to alleviate flooding and to provide a permanent water supply. A direct railway to Melbourne was completed in December Local boosterists at the start of the 20th century adopted the nickname " Athens of Australia", first used to describe the city by the prestigious Irish-Australian jurist and politician of the early 20th century Sir John Madden.
A bluestone power station was built at the corner of Ripon Street and Wendouree Parade in with the main aim of providing the power required for electrification of the city's tramway network. The Sunshine rail disaster in resulted in the death of dozens of Ballarat residents. During the storm, a tornado swept across the city's northern and eastern suburbs destroying numerous homes in Ballarat NorthSoldiers HillBlack Hill and Ballarat Eastlifting and then again touching down at Eureka where it destroyed more homes before dissipating.
The pottery closed in when Osborne developed lead poisoning. The city eventually lost first provincial status to Geelong. The interwar period proved a period of recovery for Ballarat with a number of major infrastructure projects well underway including a new sewerage system.
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InBallarat Airport was established. ByBallarat's economy and population was recovering strongly with further diversification of industry, although in Geelong displaced it as the state's second largest city.
InBallarat became connected to the state electricity grid by a 66, kV line. In the post-war era, Ballarat's growth continued. In response to an acute housing shortage, significant suburban expansion occurred.
While planning for the estate began inmain construction occurred between and The s brought a new optimism to the city. On 17 April it was announced that Lake Wendouree was to be the venue for rowing events of the Summer Olympics,  and work soon began on an Olympic village in Gillies Street.
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A new prefabricted power terminal substation at Norman Street Ballarat North was constructed between and by the State Electricity Commission. Elizabeth II visited on 8 March On 23 Novemberthe Olympic torch was carried through the city, and the following day the rowing events were held at the lake.
During the following decades, the city saw increased threats to its heritage. Inthe Ballarat City Council passed laws banning pillar-supported verandahs in the CBD, which threatened the removal of historic cast iron verandahs in the city. The by-law was met by staunch opposition from the National Trust, which had begun campaigning to protect some of the city's most historic buildings.
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With the opening of Sovereign Hillthe city made a rapid shift to become a major cultural tourist destination, visited by thousands each year. During the s, a further houses were constructed at Wendouree West. Private housing in the adjacent suburb of Wendouree closely matched and eventually eclipsed this by the mids.
The suburb of greater Wendouree and Wendouree West had evolved as the suburban middle-class heart of the city. In the City of Ballarat released a plan directing that growth of the city over the next 30 years is to be concentrated to the west of the city centre.
The Ballarat West Growth Area Plan was approved by the city and state government inplanning an extensive fringe development consisting of 14, new homes and up to 40, new residents including new activity centres and employment zones.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Ballarat The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report published on 15 December found that people made a claim of child sexual abuse to the Diocese of Ballarat between and and that there was 21 alleged perpetrators identified in claims. Of the 21 alleged and convicted perpetrators 17 were priests which is 8.
Also known as the Central Highlandsit is named so because of its gentle hills and lack of any significant mountains that are more common in the eastern sections of the Great Dividing Range. The city lies within a mostly gently undulating section of the midland plains which stretch from Creswick in the north, to Rokewood in the south, and from Lal Lal in the south-east to Pittong in the west.
Geologically, the area consists of alluvial sediment and volcanic flows originating from now-extinct volcanoes such as nearby Buninyong and Warrenheip, which are the area's tallest peaks. As a result, the basin contains large areas of fertile agricultural soil. Along with the visible river and creeks, the catchment basin has numerous active and inactive aquifers and natural wetlands, which are used for urban water supply, agriculture and recreation.
There are numerous densely forested areas around Ballarat; however due to historic wood milling and land clearing there remain no old-growth forests. The major natural bodies of water are in the west and include the former shallow swamps of Lake Wendouree which is central to the city's western suburbs and beyond Winter's Swamp and the large Lake Burrumbeet wetland complex.
Almost all of the other numerous bodies of water have been created artificially and include several reservoirs, the largest being the White Swan Reservoir and smaller suburban lakes such as Lake Esmond. The reach of the Yarrowee River toward Ballarat Central becomes a stormwater drain and is completely covered over as it flows under the CBD. City and suburbs[ edit ] Map of the urban area grey and the extent of the municipal area View of Ballarat Central and surrounding areas from the Black Hill lookout.
The Bendigo Easter Festival is held each year and attracts tens of thousands of tourists to the city over the Easter long weekend. Attractions include parades, exhibitions and a street carnival.
The Festival of Light is a multicultural celebration of peace and harmony inspired by the Buddha's birthday held in May each year since at the Great Stupa. The festival's program includes dancing and musical acts followed by a fireworks display at night. Media[ edit ] Bendigo is served by two newspapers: There are also eight locally based radio stations; Prime Television maintains a sales office in Bendigo.
On 5 Mayanalogue television transmissions ceased in most areas of regional Victoria and some border regions including Bendigo and surrounding areas.
All local free-to-air television services are now being broadcast in digital transmission only. This was done as part of the federal government's plan for digital terrestrial television in Australiawhere all analogue television transmission is being gradually switched off and replaced with DVB-T transmission. Music[ edit ] There are several live music venues with local independent bands and artists performing on a regular basis.
The Bendigo and District Cricket Association is the controlling body for 10 senior cricket clubs within the Bendigo area. The Emu Valley Cricket Association organises matches for 13 clubs around the Bendigo district, from Marong in the north to Heathcote is the south.
The Bendigo region is also home to the historic Bendigo Football Leaguea strong local Australian rules competition. The Bendigo Cup is a prominent horse racing event. The stadium hosted basketball games during the Commonwealth Games. Bendigo's men's team is called the Bendigo Braves and the women's team is called Bendigo Spirit.
In both and the women's team won the Women's National Basketball League championship. Bendigo was the host to the second Commonwealth Youth Gamesheld from 30 November to 3 December Economy[ edit ] Bendigo is a large and growing service economy. The major industries are health, finance headquarters of the Bendigo and Adelaide Banktourism, commerce, education, food processing and primary industries, with some significant engineering industries see below under "Manufacturing".
Bendigo's growth has stimulated growth in small surrounding rural towns such as ElmoreHeathcoteRochesterInglewoodDunolly and Bridgewater. Commerce[ edit ] Bendigo Bank left The main retail centre of Bendigo is the central business district, with the suburbs of Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square, Strathdale and Epsom also having shopping districts.
The city is the home of the headquarters of the Bendigo Bank ; established in as a building society. It is now a large retail bank with community bank branches throughout Australia. The bank is headquartered in Bendigo and is a major employer in the city it also has a regional office at Melbourne Docklands.
Little of that now remains but there is a large foundry Keech Castings which makes mining, train and other steel parts and there is also a rubber factory Motherson Elastomers, formerly Empire Rubber. Australia Defence Apparel is another key defence industry participant making military and police uniforms and bulletproof vests. Intervet formerly Ausvac is an important biotechnology company, producing vaccines for animals.
The Bendigo campus of La Trobe University is also a large and growing educational institution with over 5, undergraduates and postgraduates in its two colleges. Farming and agriculture[ edit ] The surrounding area, or "gold country", is quite harsh rocky land with scrubby regrowth vegetation. The box-ironbark forest is used for timber mainly sleepers and firewood and beekeeping. Sheep and cattle are grazed in the cleared areas. There are some large poultry and pig farms.
Some relatively fertile areas are present along the rivers and creeks, where wheat and other crops such as canola are grown. The area produces premium wines, including shirazfrom a growing viticulture industry. Salinity is a problem in many valleys, but is under control. There is a relatively small eucalyptus oil industry. Bendigo provides services including a large livestock exchange to a large agricultural and grazing area on the Murray plains to its north.
Gold mining[ edit ] One of the major revolutions in gold mining during the Victorian gold rush came when fields like Bendigo but also BallaratArarat and the goldfields close to Mount Alexander turned out to have large gold deposits below the superficial alluvial deposits that had been partially mined out.