Activate Ballarat

Activate Ballarat serves as a meeting point for new Ballarat residents and established community members.

The group focuses on:

PEOPLE – connecting newcomers and existing community members to spark ideas and share experiences.

PLACE – acting as an information channel to promote existing social, professional and community networks, events and support systems.

POTENTIAL – exploring opportunities for all to contribute to the ongoing development of the region.

To be kept in the loop with Activate Ballarat events, join our Facebook group.

You can also be added to the Activate Ballarat mailing list by emailing

2017 Activate Ballarat dates

- Wednesday, February 15, at Her Majesty's Theatre, Lydiard St Sth, 5pm-7pm
- Wednesday, March 8, at Suttons House of Music, 31 Sturt St, 5pm-7pm
- Wednesday, May 17, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat Annexe, 40 Lydiard St Nth, 5pm-7pm
- Thursday, August 17 at Housey Housey, 12 Armstrong St Nth, 5pm-7pm
- Wednesday, October 25
- December (TBC)

The story behind Activate Ballarat

Committee for Ballarat and Leadership Ballarat & Western Region aim to support initiatives that improve the physical and social health and wellbeing of residents and that foster vibrant diverse, connected and inclusive communities.

We feel there is a need within Committee for Ballarat member organisations and the broader community to help with the integration of new residents into the Ballarat region.

More and more people are moving to Ballarat – for their jobs, the attractive lifestyle and the growing benefits of living in a vibrant regional capital.
It can be difficult, however, to find information about living in this community and to meet like-minded people. Without support and clear pathways for establishing your own local social network, there is a risk new residents may not stay longer than a few years.

Anecdotal feedback on what it’s like to move to Ballarat ranges depending on the demographic of the new resident. Those who have young families seem to find it easier as there are more structured information sources available to them and organic networks formed through schools and the city. Young professionals who move here for work tend to be more socially isolated, unless they seek out specific activities and opportunities like sporting clubs.

In late 2016, Ballarat Clarendon College (a Committee for Ballarat member) met with representatives from Committee for Ballarat and Leadership Ballarat & Western Region to discuss opportunities to develop and support the college's new employees (along with other Ballarat newcomers) from interstate and overseas.

And, so, Activate Ballarat was born...



Photo: Liana Skewes (Finding Femme)