News & Events

was launched during the Gold King Festival at Buninyong on the 17th of February 2008. Go to the "About Us" link on this web site to see photos of the event, held in the historic Old Library building (which is now the Buninyong Information Centre).



Friends of Royal Park, Ballarat Community Garden, BREAZE Local Food Group and Smart Living Centre volunteers are all invited to a mid-year social celebrating the Winter Solstice.

DATE: Saturday June 23 2010
TIME: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
VENUE: Royal Park - Buninyong, CNR of Hedrick and Warrenheip Streets

 Bring some new friends along to meet the wonderful people who make up these community groups in Buninyong and Ballarat.
 All welcome.  BYO catering and drinks.
 Royal Park has a basic kitchen and seating with tables in the hall - and now (ta da) Heaters!

Friends of Royal Park is up and running and enthusiastic, community minded people are planning great things for the community of Buninyong.

Get Involved! Come to the next meeting on the xth of November in the Old Library, Warrenheip Street, Buninyong at 7.30pm. (Date to be confirmed).

As you can see, this is a test web site, and real information will be progressively added.

For thoses of you scratching you heads asking "Where is Royal Park?" - it is the official name of the old footy oval.

Go to the Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ, to find out why it was given this name.
To keep across the latest news and events, create a new account using the "Login form" on the left. You will join an email list and become the first in Buninyong to hear the news!


FoRP and the Buninyong Community Garden ran a stall at the Ballarat Community Garden's Harvest Festival on Sunday the 18th of April 2010.

Gardeners from Mt Helen discovered that they could come South to Buninyong and join our garden, and some Buninyong residents were glad to find out about their local opportunities.

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forp volunteersYes, we are all volunteers.

If you have some great ideas about the environment, sustainability, conservation, sustainable horticulture, soil conservation, health and well-being, and are interested in a community centre to provide workshops, educational programs, project development assistance, networking and support, and want to contribute, then come along to the meetings and get involved.


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Choosing a tree carefully and planting it skilfully will help to ensure that it has a long, healthy life as a major focal point in your garden.


Bigger does not necessarily mean better when it comes to trees. When advanced trees are transplanted, they may lose up to 90% of their functioning roots. It is little wonder that it can often take a long time for the tree to start growing again - sometimes years.

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Help celebrate the opening of the Solar Parks and launch of the Central Victoria Solar City Project at the Plug into Solar Community event.

Plug into Solar is a vibrant community event where you can take guided Solar Park tours, get information on how to sign up for the Parks and other Central Victoria Solar City packages, pick up free energy tips and tricks from experts in the field and enjoy great local food and entertainment plus be in the running to receive giveaways.

sponsor-sign200pxFriends of Royal Park Annual General Meeting was held at Royal Park on 31st August 2011.

Vice President (Paul Ryle) presented the following Annual Review:

Since the last AGM, Friends of Royal Park have had a very successful year, which can be summarised as follows:

  • Launched the sales of 'Greensmart'pots, (at Springfest and Ballarat Plaza and Bridge Mall markets) and raised over $3000 in funds for Royal Park.
  • Launched the 'Save and Raise' campaign to help Buninyong residents switch to energy saving light globes.
  • Continued our support of Buninyong Junior Soccer Club, who generously funded a kitchen 'makeover' and re-painting of the pavilion (through BEST employment services) The Soccer club have also helped in grass mowing.
  • Hosted a very successful 'Landcare Expo'.
  • Supported BREAZE (and will hopefully be a regional information centre) for their new 'Smart Living Centre" in Ballarat.
  • Supported Ballarat Permaculture Guild's 'Backyard Bounty' project (and hosted workshops in fruit tree grafting and natural dyeing techniques).
  • Negotiated a ground improvement plan with 'Munash'.
  • Held 6 'working bees'.
  • Bought 12 trestle tables (from a successful council grant application).
  • Hosted a Ballarat Cycle Club event.
  • Installed new Fire extinguishers and signs.
  • Hosted several 'pot luck' suppers.
  • Continued to develop the 'Community Garden' and welcomed new members.
  • Successfully found sponsors for, and installed a grid connected solar P.V. system for the pavilion. This was officially launched on 1st September – many thanks to all our sponsors (see new noticeboard at Royal Park).

In summary, a very successful year, and thanks to all the committee (Andrea Mason, Paul Ryle, Sue Nunn, Vicki Adams, Robert Whitten, Mark Cofey, Jill Clarke, Andrew Aitkin) for all their hard work and 'volunteer hours', especially our (now past) President, Andrea Mason, who has been the driving force behind most of the above projects. I'm amazed at how much a small group of volunteers can achieve!

If you want to join FORP or get involved with any of our projects, please contact us at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PO Box 701, Buninyong, VIC 3357


Look here for the article about FoRP on the Golden Plains Miner.

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