Unveiling of street sculptures in Buninyong
Friday 8th July: The Mayor of Ballarat, Cr Des Hudson, Cr Peter Innes, sculptor Cliff Burtt, and Michael Ford of the Arts Buninyong Group, all commended the handsome sculptures when speaking to the small crowd braving the wintry wind at the official unveiling in Buninyong's main intersection. Michael Ford said he was overjoyed to see a public display of creativity in the town and the speakers also praised the behind-the-scenes efforts of Julie Collins, Public Art Coordinator of the City of Ballarat, who helped to bring the project into fruition.
The group of sculptures reach 1.6 metres high and stretch eight metres across and are designed to encourage interaction from pedestrians. According to Cliff Burtt, “The profile of the sculpture is based on topographical mapping of the area ... the gaps between the elements of the work can be viewed as representations of the shafts sunk into the earth by gold miners”.
The much-admired project was funded from the Council's Engaging Communities Program and Public Art capital budget. Read more in News
Mayor formally wraps up the Stars Project in Buninyong
June: The One Million Stars To End Violence Project has officially concluded in Buninyong after brightening our streets for the last three months, but many shops and organisations have chosen to keep their displays on show until the stars get packed up to go to Brisbane.
Rosie Batty, Anti-Violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year, visited Buninyong in the previous week to see the project on display in Buninyong's streets.
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Buninyong lies at the foot of landmark Mt Buninyong, the old volcano that has signalled home to countless generations of local Wathaurung people and to the more recent settlers of the present township 11KM south of Ballarat in Victoria.
Enclosed by farmlands and wooded ridges, Buninyong's historic gold-era buildings and gardens give it a picturesque tranquillity and charm. At the same time, its contemporary cafés, shops, markets, festivals and amenities all contribute to a spirited community life in the peace and beauty of the countryside.
Founded in 1841, the little town was the earliest inland settlement in what was then the Port Phillip District of NSW. Buninyong's blacksmith dramatically changed its course in August 1851 when he discovered gold, starting a rush that gave birth to Ballarat and the enormous riches of the Victorian goldfields.
Today, the "first-settlement" benefits from its proximity to the prosperous regional city of Ballarat, but Buninyong still proudly protects its independent identity. This is preserved by a strong sense of local community, our historic town centre and the encircling green belt of bushlands and farms, all presided over by our beloved Mount.
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