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Future's in great hands

When the community chooses to support us, we can support projects like the City of Ballarat Youth Awards. We know how important it is to inspire a new generation of future leaders and community contributors, so we sponsored the major award at the recent gala presentation.

The Youth Awards are a celebration of Ballarat’s young people particularly those who are doing extraordinary things and making a difference in our community. Special congratulations to Keeley Johnson who won the Community Bank Buninyong Major Award 18-25 years.

Keeley’s charity 'Keeley's Cause' provides brand-new iPads for children diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities from low socioeconomic families. Keeley has raised over $270,000 and presented over 350 iPads to ensure positive outcomes in education and employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.

Awards Coordinator Chloe Thomas said “this annual youth-led initiative pays tribute to young people making valuable contributions in a range of sectors, including sport, equity, diversity and inclusion, and community service. The awards are designed and delivered by Youth Services volunteers and City of Ballarat staff”.

If your community group or organisation may be interested in applying for Community Investment project funding, ask in Branch for more information, eligibility criteria and/or apply online at


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