Substantial community infrastructure spend a highlight of City of Ballarat’s Draft Budget 2021/22

first_imgSubstantial community infrastructure spend a highlight of City of Ballarat’s Draft Budget 2021/22 A substantial community infrastructure spend, including a targeted investment in cycling and transport connections, is another highlight of the City of Ballarat’s Draft Budget 2021/22.It includes a $1.68 million community infrastructure investment, plus $6.9 million for the new Ballarat Central Library redevelopment.The $1.68 million infrastructure investment includes:• $500,000 for a Sebastopol South Kindergarten expansion• $300,000 for the Brown Hill Hall final works including façade work, accessibility improvements, lighting, landscaping, driveway reconfigurations, outdoor deck and energy efficiency enhancements• $250,000 for feasibility works at the Eastwood Complex, Wendouree Library and Brown Hill Kindergarten expansion which will include a range of concept plans and business cases to inform priorities in a new 10-year Community Infrastructure Plan to be considered by Council in late 2021• $75,000 for an Arts and Culture Infrastructure Audit and Art Gallery redevelopment business case• $65,000 for the Rowan View Preschool enhancements• $20,000 for the Alfredton Kindergarten yard expansion• A Ballymanus Community and Early Years hub – funded by developer contributionsFurther works include $1.58 million for footpath renewal and construction, $700,000 for CBD outdoor dining and streetscape activation and $500,000 for a street tree planting program.Works in conjunction with the State Government include:• $4.7 million for Spotlight on Sebastopol projects• $4.5 million for Wendouree West Recreation Reserve upgrades• $4.2 million for Alfredton Recreation Reserve upgrades• $2.8 million for Lake Wendouree lighting• $2.7 million for MARS Stadium stage two worksA further $691,000 has been set aside for the Ballarat Connections Active Transport Plan, which focuses on footpaths and cycling trails, while $800,000 is included for the Bicycle Strategy, which links key destinations via safe and continuous cycling routes.City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Daniel Moloney said a big infrastructure investment would help stimulate local job creation and spending and create economic prosperity across the whole municipality, including increased investment in integrated transport infrastructure, footpaths and cycling paths and tracks.“As a keen cyclist myself, I know how important it is that we invest in a wide range of transport connections such as footpaths and cycling trails,” Cr Moloney said.“But it’s also vital we put money into all community infrastructure, which is why our investment in this area of our budget is so substantial. Our community infrastructure is what makes Ballarat such a liveable city and it is very important we maintain it to the highest possible standard we can to ensure our residents have the best possible amenities.”How to Have Your Say on the City of Draft Budget 2021/22City of Ballarat CEO Evan King said residents and ratepayers had until next Monday 7 June to make a submission about the Draft Budget 2021/22.“The draft budget 2021/22 is available on the City of Ballarat website, and we want to hear your feedback. Submissions received will help shape this and future City of Ballarat budgets,” Mr King said. If you’d like to share your thoughts, you have a few options. Go to, click on the draft budget link, fill out the quick online form and submit. Or you can send a submission clearly marked “Draft Budget 2021/2022  via mail to PO Box 655 Ballarat Vic 3353, or email to [email protected] Submissions must be received before 9.00 am on Monday 7 June 2021.  Council will consider all submissions about the Draft Budget 2021/22 at an Unscheduled Meeting of Council to be held at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9 June 2021 in the Council Chamber, Ballarat Town Hall. If you would like to support your submission by speaking in person at the meeting, please let us know as part of your submission. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, Ballarat, Ballarat City Council, business, Central, community, culture, cycling, efficiency, energy efficiency, Government, infrastructure, Investment, local council, Sebastopol, spending, Transport, Victoria, websitelast_img read more

NSN CEO, Nokia CFO in running for top job – report

first_img Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more NSNPeople Tags Related Author CEO Spotlight: Kaan Terzioglu, Turkcell Richard Handford Previous ArticleSprint bid for T-Mobile US gathers momentum – reportNext ArticleEE flotation put on hold Xiaomi hires Qualcomm’s China president Telecom Egypt appoints new CEO; raises questions over mobile strategy Home NSN CEO, Nokia CFO in running for top job – report Rajeev Suri, CEO of NSN, and Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia’s CFO, are among those vying to head the Finnish company, according to Bloomberg.The focus is on internal candidates as Nokia’s next CEO although outsiders have also been considered.The announcement of the successor to Stephen Elop is more likely after the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft has been completed, which is expected in the first quarter of 2014.Mobile World Live approached Nokia but the company declined to comment on the state of its CEO search.Choice of CEO is tied to the structure of the new Nokia. One model is to position NSN as central to the company’s strategy. Alternatively, Nokia could act as a holding company with NSN, maps and advanced technologies units reporting on an equal basis to the new head.The choice of CEO will signal choice of strategy, according to Richard Windsor, analyst with Radio Free Mobile.“If Rajeev gets it, it’s a signal that Nokia becomes NSN,” said Windsor. “If Timo gets it, it’s a sign Nokia becomes a holding company.”There would be an irony if Suri bags the top job at Nokia, given almost exactly two years ago NSN was forced to deny it was looking for a replacement. The company was struggling to engineer a turnaround. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JAN 2014 last_img read more

Researchers Invent ‘Perfect’ Soap Molecule That is Better For the Environment

first_imgThe new OFS soap eliminates the hard water problem by using a naturally derived source that does not bind strongly to minerals in water. The researchers found that OFS molecules were shown to form soap particles (micelles) even at 100 times the conventional hard water conditions. As a result, a cleaning product’s ingredient list could be significantly simplified.“The impact of OFS soaps will be greater than their detergent performance,” said University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science graduate student Kristeen Joseph. “OFS is made from straight carbon chains derived from soybeans or coconut which can readily biodegrade. These are really the perfect soap molecules.”RELATED: High School Implements Later Start Times, Sees Dramatic ImprovementsThe researchers also use nanoparticle catalysts to optimize the soap structure for foaming ability and other cleaning capabilities. In addition to biodegradability and cleaning performance, OFS was shown to foam with the consistency of conventional detergents, which means it could directly replace soaps in existing equipment such as washing machines, dishwashers, and consumer products.The invention of new soap technology is part of a larger mission of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), a U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Frontier Research Center led by the University of Delaware. Initiated in 2009, the CCEI has focused on transformational catalytic technology to produce renewable chemicals and biofuels from natural biomass sources.(Source: University of Minnesota)Clean Up Negativity: Click To Share With Your Friends – Photo by Ani Bee, CC   Born Before 1965? Claim These 11 Senior Rebates Now! SeniorDiscountHub x Sponsored by RevcontentFind Out More >68,625AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The new study is now online and will be published in the next issue of the American Chemical Society’s ACS Central Science, a leading journal in the chemical sciences. Authors of the study include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sironix Renewables, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and Argonne National Laboratory.RELATED: FDA Finally Bans Antibacterial Soaps Containing Triclosan and 18 Other Chemicals“Our team created a soap molecule made from natural products, like soybeans, coconut and corn, that works better than regular soaps and is better for the environment,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and a co-author of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry.”Conventional soaps and detergents are viewed as environmentally unfriendly because they are made from fossil fuels. When formulated into shampoos, hand soaps, or dishwashing detergents, these soaps are mixed with many additional difficult-to-pronounce and harmful chemicals that are washed down the drain.CHECK OUT: World’s Largest 3D Printer Makes Almost Zero-Cost Homes Out of MudFunded by the U.S. Department of Energy, researchers from the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation developed a new chemical process to combine fatty acids from soybeans or coconut and sugar-derived rings from corn to make a renewable soap molecule called Oleo-Furan-Surfactant (OFS). They found that OFS worked well in cold water where conventional soaps become cloudy and gooey rendering them unusable. Additionally, OFS soaps were shown to form soap particles (called micelles) necessary for cleaning applications at low concentrations, which significantly reduces the environmental impact on rivers and lakes.The new renewable OFS soap was also engineered to work in extremely hard water conditions. For many locations around the world, minerals in the water bind with conventional soaps and turn them into solid goo.MORE: SuperMeat Promises Real Meat With No Harm To Any Animals“I think everybody has had the problem of trying to get shampoo out of their hair in hard water–it just doesn’t come out,” said Dauenhauer.To combat this problem, most existing soaps and detergents add an array of additional chemicals, called chelants, to grab these minerals and prevent them from interfering with soap molecules. This problem has led to a long list of extra chemical ingredients in most conventional cleaning products, many of which are harmful to the environment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment.The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based startup company Sironix Renewables.last_img read more