Buninyong events

Australian Cycling Championships
January 2015

Buninyong Marvellous Marmalade Fair
31 January 2015

Buninyong Film Festival
22-23 May 2015

Buninyong Good Life Festival 26 October 2014

Buninyong Village Market
26 October 2014

Designer Craft Market
4 times/year

The pretty township of Buninyong lies at the foot of landmark Mt Buninyong, 11KM south of Ballarat in Victoria.
Surrounded by a precious belt of farmlands and wooded ridges, Buninyong treasures the beauty of its natural environment and the picturesque gold-era buildings and gardens which give it an old-world 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.

News  

  Updated September 2014  

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October 2014 Buninyong Newsletter (pdf)

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Threat to Buninyong's character and our quality of life

Many residents were shocked to find that the minimum size for house lots in Buninyong had suddenly been reduced from a recomended 800 square metres to only 300 square metres. What does this mean? Our pretty rural village is in danger of being transformed into an over-crowded suburb with houses jammed next to each other and no space for gardens, as is already happening in many newly developed areas of Ballarat.

How could this happen? Applying the State's new residential zone classifications, the Victorian Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has classified our village as "General Residential Zone" (the new default classification which sets a minimum lot size of 300 square metres), over-ruling the Council's recommended classification of Buninyong as "Neighbourhood Residential Zone" (which recognises and protects existing neighbourhood character and environmental or landscape significance by requiring minimum lot sizes of 800 square metres).

Imagine what this will mean for Buninyong and ask yourself if is this what you want for our town.

Update 24 October - Will the Residential Zones for Buninyong be "adjusted"?

A Meet the Candidates Forum organised by the Buninyong Community Association on 16th October attracted many people who queried the four candidates for the new State seat of Buninyong about many issues, including the changes to Buninyong's residential zones.

Council passed a motion on Wednesday 22nd October asking for the zoning for Buninyong to be adjusted. The Planning Minister visited Buninyong on the next day and The Courier reported that he said he would pass a mandatory minimum subdivision amendment to ensure that no lots could be created in Buninyong of less than 800 square metres. Mr Guy is also quoted in The Courier as saying that "A change to a Residential Neighbourhood Zone, which has been recommended by the City of Ballarat, would be changed as soon as possible".

If you want further clarification of the zoning changes for Buninyong, contact the City of Ballarat and our local politicians and candidates.

Buninyong Pop Up Council Office, 30 October

The City of Ballarat will hold a Buni Open House drop-in office in the Buninyong Town Hall on Thursday 30th October, 11am-7.30pm
Council staff from various departments will be there all day to answer questions and discuss local issues. This is a great opportunity to find out at first hand what the Council is doing in and for Buninyong.

Changes to Buninyong Shops/streetscape

The wonderful old M.G. Brown building in Learmonth Street (where Buninyong's first bakery still stands out the back) has been sold and a new beauty shop, "Yellow Rose", is opening soon in the area previously occupied by the Lions' Bookshop. The bookshop is now looking for a new home. Can any one help?

The former Buninyong Shire Offices have also been sold and are being advertised as a site for a future restaurant.

In Warrenheip Street, two more new shops are nearing completion, close to the Community Bank. The Bank has bought the old brick house next to the new house facing the Information Centre but are retaining the tenancy of Leigh Catchment Landcare. New owners are also sprucing up the café next-door.

Buninyong Beauty Therapy is now operating at 11 Learmonth St. Contact Kerrie on 5374 2039 or buninyongbeautytherapy@iinet.net.au or www.buninyongbeautytherapy.com.au for a consultation.


Buninyong Historic Buildings Plaques Project

The Buninyong & District Historical Society, in association with the Buninyong & District Community Association, has attached a series of plaques to historic buildings in Buninyong outlining their historical significance. Some of the plaques have QR (quick response) codes to allow people with smartphones to link to more detailed histories of the various buidings.

The project was funded by the Buninyong Community Bank and has attracted so much interest that a new series of plaques is about to be commissioned.

For the full list of plaques with their accompanying captions, visit the Historical Society's website.

brewery plaque national bank plaque

Plaque outside the former Buninyong Brewery; Plaque on the former National Bank building

It's all about Buninyong & District

This site aims to cover all aspects of public life in Buninyong and the surrounding district, including neighbouring Mt Helen and nearby hamlets such as Scotsburn, Clarendon, Lal Lal, Yendon, Navigators, Magpie, Napoleons, Scotchmans Lead, Durham Lead and Garibaldi.

If you can't find what you are looking for on these pages, clicking a link to one of the local community groups, businesses or services with specialised knowledge should bring the answer.

Alternatively, you can email us at the Buninyong Information Centre and we guarantee to follow up your query.

Family History Enquiries

This website cannot undertake geneaological searches. Please direct all online family history enquiries to the Buninyong and District Historical Society: www.vicnet.net.au/~buninhis. The society publishes an excellent bi-monthly newsletter which includes local geneaological information and readers' queries.

Many family history resources are also stored in the Buninyong Information Centre. It is open 6 days a week, Tues - Sun, 10am-3pm, and local volunteers are on hand to assist you with your enquiries.

Trying to find something on this website? Click here to bring up our Search box where you can type in what you are looking for and the relevant pages will be listed for you.

Walks Around Buninyong & District

Mt InnesWalks Around Buninyong & District is a great website for walkers, featuring local walks with plenty of support information. It has a detailed Summary Sheet, Walking Notes, Background Information on points of interest, and a downloadable Georeferenced Map for each walk. The website also allows for walkers to contribute photos and data concerning birds and plants identified along the walk.

The Buninyong Bird Park Circuit is the first walk that has been fully developed but many other walks are planned for the website. Walkers' feedback is welcomed. The funding for the development of the initial pages and map was provided by the Ballarat City Council through its 2011 Community Grants Program.

Ballarat Walking Tracks

Ballarat Walking Tracks on the City of Ballarat's website is another excellent resource with links to maps and descriptions of a range of interesting walking tracks around Ballarat and district

Goldfields Track

See also the new Goldfields Track website which covers the 210 km Goldfields Track all the way from Bendigo to Mt Buninyong, via Castlemaine, Daylesford, Creswick and Ballarat.

Buninyong Information Centre buninyong heritage walks

408 Warrenheip St, Buninyong, tel/fax: 03 5341 8211
Hours: 10am - 3pm, six days a week: Tuesday - Sunday

Buninyong Heritage Walks booklet - An excellent booklet of walks around Buninyong is on sale for $5.00
More info about Buninyong walks ...

Tours of Buninyong
Interested in a group tour of Buninyong?
The Buninyong Information centre has organised several very popular tours of the township and surrounding district.
More info about touring Buninyong ...

If you know of a coming event or any other development affecting Buninyong and District that you would like to publicise, let us know so we can help spread the word. Any photos would be great, too. You can email the details to the Buninyong Website

Weather report for Buninyong and Ballarat Airport

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