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Ballarat Car Boot & Farmers Market dates list 2018

Car boot and farmers markets in Ballarat and surrounds are a great morning our with family and & friends.

You never know what you might find, from fresh fruits, nuts, vegies and home cooked goodies at farmers markets, to furniture, bikes, odds and ends at bargain prices at the car boot sales.

Most have been running for years, if not decades, and are a chance to support not just local producers,Artisans, home crafters & bakers, as well as larrkin wheeler dealer hobbyist second hand merchants, but also the charities and service clubs that run them in some cases.

The markets don’t generally have set dates each month- they work off particular weeks of the month in most cases.

There are also the occasional specialist or occasional market event that is organised, such as the inaugural colossal swap meet at the Mitchell park airport each year, which will offer up a veritable treasure trove of rare and unusual goods, and tasty fare.

Visit Ballarat is a great resource for finding excellent markets in Ballarat and surrounds that might be updated more frequently than this site, so be sure to check out their website

http://www.visitballarat.com.au/events/markets

The blog eat local Ballarat is also not a bad resource; it has not been updated since 2016, but most of the information is still fairly current.

http://eatlocalballarat.com/ballarat-regional-farmers-markets/

Dates of Saturday Farmer’s Markets Ballarat, 3350 Victoria

 1st Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Bridgemall Farmers Market

http://bridgemallmarket.com.au

https://www.instagram.com/bridgemallfarmersmarket/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ipw3OzS-OsKEW2e_HRkDA

2nd Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Lake Wendouree (Lakeside, opposite the botanical gardens)

3rd Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm Creswick farmers market

http://creswickmarket.com.au/

4th Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm:  Ballarat Farmers Market- Brown Hill Hall- 357 Humffray St Nth, Brown Hill (all weather market!)

https://ballaratmarkets.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/ballaratfarmersmarket/

Dates of Regular Sunday Farmers Markets in Ballarat

3rd Sunday of every Month: Talbot Farmer’s market (Talbot 3371)

This market is a popular and varied market which basically takes over the town of Talbot, with streets closed in the “CBD” for the market.

You can get everything from fruit & veggies, to plants, or even a chook, goat or farm equipment, or clothing.

http://talbotfarmersmarket.org.au/

https://www.instagram.com/talbotfarmersmarket/

https://www.facebook.com/TalbotFarmersMarket#

EVERY Sunday! – Daylesford Sunday market

http://www.dscr.com.au/sunday-market.php

 

Dates of Regular Sunday Car boot Market in Ballarat

EVERY single Sunday, every month at the Ballarat showgrounds Run by the rotary club of Ballarat south.

There is the odd sunday where the market does not run due to a special event, the show or other reason such as extreme weather- check the facebook page to see if there’s an exception or not.

https://www.facebook.com/marketballarat/

http://www.ballaratmarket.com.au/

 

List of Occasional and special interest markets in Ballarat:

Design Exchange Market (At the mining Exchange, Lydiard Street)

Artisan clothing, crafts, sculpture, paintings & ceramics.

http://www.thedesignexchange.com.au/dates/

https://www.facebook.com/thedesignexchangemarket/

https://www.instagram.com/thedesignexchange/

Ballarat Swap Meet- Mitchell Park (airport) (19th Feb, 2019)

Possibly the biggest and most interesting market that you are ever likely to see.

Stall holders come from all around Victoria and the entire country to meet, sell wares and have a yarn.

Thousands of stalls + food and other oddments. $10/day entry fee

http://www.ballaratswapmeet.com.au/

Ballarat Springfest- Lake (November) Wendouree parade, Ballarat.

Big, bright and bashful- this market festival is a mix between agricultural show, car show& shine, and a swap meet / farmers market.

Expect to see stalls ringing the entire lake!

The annual springfest is run by rotary Ballarat.

http://ballaratspringfest.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Ballarat-248166368573606/

https://www.instagram.com/rotaryballarat/

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iinet cable broadband speed test 100Mbps+ download- the fastest internet in Ballarat, Victoria, or even Australia for homes! Better than NBN!

Question- How fast is iiNet cable broadband, delivered over the old neighborhood cable pay tv coaxial cable network in Ballarat, Mildura and Geelong?

Answer: You wouldn’t believe how damn fast and good this service is! We tested it out in Ballarat, and it definitely more than delivers on the marketing hype on TV and the billboard scattered around town! In fact, the “80-100Mbps” marketing claim is absolute RUBBISH. In reality, it’s up to 300% BETTER.

Now, that’s not something that can be said lightly, but the evidence on how good it is is quite compelling.

Not only that, but its CHEAP, especially for what you get. (they currently have a special on, for 12 the first months at $40/month with a free netphone, modem, and $70 installation)

We reviewed the service through conducting independent tests of our own, and iinet cable broadband in Ballarat delivers surprisingly,  rocketfast speeds of up to 330 Mbit downloads and around 5ombit uploads.

iiNet Cable Ballarat Speed test results verdict:

Downloads: 150 Mbps to 330 Mbps

Uploads: 40 Mbps – 50 Mbps

Ping / Latency: 9ms – 49ms

Effective file download capability of a massive 100GB per hour!

In brief, we tested the Victorian cable broadband on a number of independent internet speed testing sites recommended by the famous Australian internet and tech forum whirlpool

iiNet cable broadband consistently blew the expensive NBN service out of the water on every test we tried out.

Eventually the tests got boring. We got the picture. Cable broadband in Ballarat is probably the fastest and best value residential internet in Victoria, perhaps Australia.

For the gamers, though the connection is not absolutely stable, the ping values seen in our tests are excellent, and will deliver a premium gaming experience.

Even at full price, at $80/month…. the quality of the service seems worth it. Why would you want to pay $60-$70 a month for woefully average, unstable and unreliable NBN, when for just a few dollars more, you can have the best?

iiNet Cable internet Ballarat speed test results in detail:

Test Setup: wired CAT-5 Ethernet connection over a 5m cable directly to a Technicolor Cable Gateway Pro Model EPC3940L, which is standard equipment supplied by iiNet.  (Results on a wireless Connection will naturally be much poorer)

First test: Google internet speed test. (just type in “internet speed test” into your browser, and a button will appear in the search results that connects you to the Measurement Lab service

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We did the speed test again, directly through the Mlab site a couple hours later, and the results were fairly comparable.

iinet cable broadband best intenet in ballaratat and australia victoria high mb per second upload and download mlab test

Using the independent service https://speedof.me/

This returned an excellent, but less impressive result of 157.25 Mbps download on the first try, but subsequent tests returned in excess of  an eye popping 320 Mbps !

extreme insane internet coaxial cable broadband speed better than nbn iinet ballarat over 100mbit fast uploads

Next, we tried out good old telstra’s website to test out their competition. Even using a Perth server location, iinet’s Ballarat cable delivered in excess of 300 Mbps download speeds!

telstra speed test results of iinet cable broadband ballarat extreme rocketfast speed perth server

 

Pitching the speed of cable against the Exetel online speed test engine, our cable again burned away at ridiculous speed to log a 300 Mbps download speed, with 50 Mb/ps uploads.

exetel speed test results of iinet cable broadband ballarat extreme rocketfast speed fastest internet in australia

Exetel’s speed test also had some more juicy information which told us what the speed measure actually meant in real download performance.

As you can see below, download transfers really moved along the line at 37Mb per second, and uploads at 6.4Mb per second.

meaning, that on iinet’s cable broadband in Ballarat, you cloud theoretically download over 133GB in a single hour, and upload 22Gb of movies to Utube.

iinet cable broadband best intenet in ballaratat and australia victoria high mb per second upload and download exetel test

Last of all, we put the connection up against https://testmy.net/

Again, insane internet speed, way better than the crippled, expensive and unreliable NBN could ever hope to deliver.

iinet_cable_broadband_ballarat_speed_mbs_very_fast_testmy_net_internet_speed_test

The only disturbing result form tessymy.net was that the test we conducted appeared to be a severe outlier for all iinet tests conducted by them to date.

That said, we are not comparing apples with apples here- most of the iinet tests on this site were probably done with NBN or ADSL plans, which would have no hope of competing with the sheer raw excellence that cable can deliver in our town.

It’s great to see that Ballarat has one amazing service that is far superior to what can be obtained in Melbourne!

iinet_internet_speed_test_testmy_net_fastest internet in ballarat

I think that’s more than enough speed tests for one day now.

You get the idea. Those ratty old coaxial cables which hang from the power poles around downtown Ballarat are quite a surprising little gem, and we are lucky to have access to them.

Here in Ballarat, we can obtain internet speeds that most people in the Australia can only dream about, (100-350 mbps ) and its only $40 a month at the moment for limitless, unmetered internet.

A piece of advice-

Get onto this discounted deal before iiNet discontinues it.

Its fantastic value :)

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HSP Ballarat- Humanitarian Settlement Program Providers- Not a Halal Snack pack!

Lately, I’ve noticed an absolute EXPLOSION in interest in the phrase “HSP Ballarat”

Traffic on the Bunnyscrum website has reached unprecedented levels for a relatively cult food sensation following, and while I do like to think that Ballarat has the BEST Halal Snack packs in VIC, that even beat some famous Melbourne institutions of late night greasy goodness, I think people might just be looking for something entirely, totally different, and honestly, a lot less frivolous than a late night feed.

HSP can also stand for Humanitarian Settlement Program, It’s administered by the Australian government Department of Social Services, or DSS.

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What is a Humanitarian Settlement Program?

When new refugee migrants first arrive in Australia, they encounter one of the most challenging and difficult periods in their lives, where they have little to no financial resources, often limited English language skills, or knowledge of the culture, laws and customs of their new adopted home, Australia.

They need to navigate their way though a bewildering maze of hoops to jump through in order to become integrated and productive in their new environment, much of which everyday, established Australians see as commonplace, and take for granted; starting with successfully accessing financial support, finding a place to live, educating themselves, and finding a job. On top of this, they still bear the scars and trauma of atrocities and hardships that may have occurred in their country of origin, and in many cases, along the journey toward Australia.

Such new migrant arrivals benefit greatly from assistance and support delivered by organizations  who assist their initial transition.

Ballarat first became a region of settlement as part of a pilot program involving immigrants from the African nation of Togolese ; which had mixed success came under heavy criticism for poor planning initially, mainly through a paper written by an academic

However, anecdotal commentary from some participants at the time indicated extremely positive outcomes, gratefulness generally for having escaped the horrors and hardships of life in refugee camps.

More information about the role of organizations who assist refugee migrants can be found in the below paper:

https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/1411-HSS-CCS.pdf

The DSS website lists the following organizations as service providers:

These providers hold the contract for servicing the area of Regional Victoria, which encompasses the settlement areas of

  • Mildura;
  • Shepparton;
  • Geelong;
  • Wodonga
Ballarat Community Health
12 Libourne Street
Lucas VIC 3350
Bendigo Community Health
171 Hargreaves St
Bendigo VIC 3550
FK Services t/a Redback Settlement Services
4/111 Lewis Rd
Knoxfield VIC 3180
Geelong Ethnic Communities Council t/a Diversitat
Head Office-
153 Pakington St, Geelong West, 3218
25-41 Arunga Ave
Norlane VIC 3214
Kildonan Uniting Care
219-225 Wyndham St,
Shepparton VIC 3630
177 Beechworth Rd
Wodonga VIC 3690
Mallee Family Care
229 Beveridge Street
Swan Hill VIC 3585
Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council
38-40 Madden Avenue Mildura VIC 3500
For the full list of Humanitarian Settlement providers, please see the link to the DSS site.

https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/11_2017/hsp_service_provider_office_locations.pdf

 

 

 

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