Miners Rest – Township On The Edge

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Miners Rest, a rural district 4km North West of Ballarat, can in many ways be considered A Township On The Edge.  The original Township of Miners Rest, surveyed in 1854, is located at the northern end of the district.  More recent urban development, including Macarthur Park estate, is located at the district’s southern end.  As a result old and new urban areas in Miners Rest are physically and psychologically isolated from each other and from the main Ballarat population.

Urban expansion in Miners Rest threatens to take endangered local flora and fauna (Leek Orchid and Latham’s Snipe) to the edge of extinction.  With Macarthur Park within 700m of, and in line with, a Ballarat Aerodrome landing strip, threat of air accidents put residents on edge.  The Burrumbeet Creek, running through the old Township, floods to home’s edge. A proposal to relocate an unwanted animal sales yard accompanied by all its noise, smell and pollution, from Ballarat to within a short distance of Miners Rest homes—has many residents enraged and on edge.

Planning—Made in Ballarat.

 Research

To support the No Miners Rest Saleyards visit Follow and Like the action group site on Facebook.

Click here for more information on researching and painting the picture in addition to media articles about the proposal.

Township of Miners Rest 1854

Township of Miners Rest 1854

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