A plan for Buninyong's future is being developed by the City of Ballarat and Buninyong residents now have one month to influence the future directions for our town.
All local residents can let the Council know what is important for Buninyong by contributing to a short survey which is now online at: Buninyong Township Plan
This stage of the Buninyong town plan was launched at the Buninyong Town Hall on 4 September and the survey is open until 8 October.
The survey itself is quite short, asking about your favourite place in Buninyong, what you think would make life in Buninyong easier and more enjoyable, whether you envisage any further development in Buninyong and specific infrastructure improvements you would like to see in Buninyong. There is also a map where you can identify areas around Buninyong where you think there should or should not be more development and explain why some areas must be protected.
Two of Buninyong's central streetscapes have been dramatically made over: the historic wooden shop in Learmonth next to Espresso Depot and the back of several shops behind the newsagency and petrol station.
Like to know more about wind farms? Tracey Ward, Community Engagement Manager of Lal Lal WindFarms, is in the Buninyong Information Centre on Mondays (10am to 4pm), Thursdays (9am to 2pm) and Fridays (8am to noon) to meet with people to discuss Lal Lal Wind Farms. Call in to ask questions, raise concerns, find out everything about windfarms - Tracey will be happy to talk with you.
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.