Ecological Sustainability & the Ballarat Structure Plan

Ballarat in 2032: alternative energy sources, fewer private vehicles, and resilience in the face of extreme weather events. yarrowee_andersonstsouth_web

In 2009, VEIL was part of the Consultant Study Team for “Making Ballarat Central“, the Ballarat Structure Plan. Through site visits and assimilating the VEIL team’s acquired knowledge of international best-practice, a series of suggestions was developed for submission to the Plan.


From VEIL Ballarat Vision Report:
Ballarat as Victoria’s Premier Green Zone: the Rural-City model for a climate resilient community

(1) BALLARAT – THE LOCALLY PRODUCTIVE CITY
Goal: All precincts in Ballarat (exemplified by the CBA) aim to maximise production of environmentally and socially critical resources.
Target: To be a net exporter in as many of the following areas as possible:

  • Renewable energy – diverse systems – wind, solar, geothermal, biomass
  • Water – rainwater, grey water, recycled
  • Food production – close to points of consumption
  • Community services
  • Knowledge – research, innovation, education and skills. E.g: climate adaptation solutions; low-carbon solutions; sustainable agriculture (food and bio-mass)
  • Green businesses, green services, eco-innovation (agricultural best practice and re-mining) “green zone”

(2) BALLARAT – THE LOW CONSUMPTION CITY
Goal: Living and Working Better – Consuming Less
Target: To develop the highest quality of living and working conditions with the lowest per-capita consumption and production of waste, in as many of the following areas as possible:

  • Greenhouse gas (e.g. target: reductions of greater than 60%)
  • Electricity use (e.g through retrofitting – 40% reduction)
  • Water: (e.g. target 80 litres/person/day of reticulated potable water)
  • Transport /mobility (e.g. target greater than 30% shift from car to walking & cycling; 25% reduction in car trip distances; 40% increase in public transport use)
  • Waste reduction (e.g, in all sectors,40%)

(3) BALLARAT – THE REGENERATIVE CITY
Goal: Avoiding cascading breakdown effects, enabling quick bounceback from challenges – creating a social and physical fabric that is diverse, decentralised and locally inter-connected, so that any shocks (environmental or economic) will be limited in the spread of their effects.
Target: To approach all planning and design decisions with the intent of increasing the diversity of communities, production systems (as in 1, above) and public facilities, particularly in relation to:

  • access to energy, water, food, transport,
  • the provision of work and residential facilities
  • life in extreme weather conditions
  • community engagement

(4) BALLARAT – THE INVENTIVE CITY
Goal: To achieve all of above through the development of innovative new solutions and approaches, building on the strong history of inventiveness and creativity in Ballarat (in agriculture and mining in particular).
Target: Ballarat to be known nationally and internationally as supporting a culture of creative risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation in relation to climate resilience and sustainable solutions.


Credits:


Ballarat Structure Plan Consultant Study Team

Planisphere Project Management
Village Well Place-Making
Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) Ecological Sustainability

Aspect Studios Landscape Architecture & Digital Visualisations
AECOM Transport Planning


VEIL Ballarat Vision Report Team

Lead Author: Dianne Moy
Secondary Authors: Prof. Chris Ryan, Kate Archdeacon
Site Visit & Analysis Team:
Dianne Moy, Chris Ryan, Kirsten Larsen, Ferne Edwards, Che Biggs, Robert Eales, Kate Archdeacon, Devin Maetzri


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