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Coming Events

Tue 13 June, 7pm: Imagine Buninyong, Town Hall

Sat 1 July, from 9am: Buninyong Remembers, Community March along Avenue of Honour

Imagine Buninyong

7pm on June 13 and 7:30am on June 14, Buninyong Town Hall

Imagine Buninyong

The City of Ballarat is commencing the Buninyong Township Planning process which will generate a town vision and action plan for Buninyong in coming decades. Council strategic planners will consult broadly with Buninyong residents and community groups to develop our Township Plan.

To start the local planning process, the Buninyong and District Community Association (BDCA) has engaged Australian community planner/builder Peter Kenyon from the 'Bank of Ideas' to give two free talks in June to help stimulate our ideas about what we want for our community in the future. Peter has worked with more than 2000 communities throughout Australia and overseas to facilitate fresh and creative ways to stimulate a local process of ideas-making.

The first Imagine Buninyong session will be held in the Buninyong Town Hall on Tuesday 13th June at 7pm with supper. A breakfast session will be held on Wednesday 14th June at 7:30am for local businesses.

All Buninyong residents are invited to attend. As the free events are catered, participants are asked to register beforehand at

Buninyong Film FestivalBuninyong Film Festival: 26-27 May

The Buninyong Film Festivalcelebrated its 25th Birthday with a wonderful lineup of films from around the world.

At the closing ceremony long-standing President, Joan Goldsmith, announced her retirement and was roundly thanked by the audience and fellow committee members for starting the festival and steering it so successfully for 25 years.

Retiring President Joan Goldsmith with incoming co-Presidents,
Luke Grimes and "Tin Man" Jamie Brown
See the Buninyong Film Festival website for more information.

About Buninyong

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.
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