Buninyong Festival - 29th October 2017
The Buninyong Festival was held on a lovely day in Desoza Park
As ever, it was a free and family-friendly day out celebrating our local community, with music, amusement rides, animals farms, stalls, food trucks and local community group information stalls.
October 2017: Congratulations to the Buninyong & District Community News for its success in this year's Community Newspaper Association of Victoria awards. Our paper was judged winner of the Best Layout and Design and Best Sports Reporting and was a finalist in the Best Feature Story and Best Editorial Comment categories of this year's awards. Well done team!
The newsletter is co-ordinated by the Buninyong & District Community Association (BDCA) and is available in print at many designated outlets in Buninyong as well as being posted online on this website each month. Read the collected issues of Buninyong & District Community News here: Buninyong and District Newsletters
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.
This site aims to cover all aspects of public life in Buninyong and the surrounding district, for visitors and local residents alike. It covers neighbouring Mt Helen and nearby hamlets such as Scotsburn, Clarendon, Lal Lal, Yendon, Navigators, Magpie, Napoleons, Scotchmans Lead, Durham Lead and Garibaldi.
If you can't find what you are looking for on these pages, clicking a link to one of the local community groups, businesses or services with specialised knowledge should bring the answer.
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