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    Your continued use of our web site constitutes your acceptance of the terms in this notice and the other notices on our web site. Should you object to any of the conditions in the notices on our web sites your sole option is to immediately cease your use of the web site.

    Information on our web site should not be regarded as a substitute for professional legal or financial advice.

    Ballarat City Council and its related entities responsible for maintaining our web site and all Ballarat City Council publications and its directors, officers and stakeholders believe that all information contained within them is correct. However, no warranty is made as to the accuracy or reliability of the information contained therein and Ballarat City Council and its related entities, directors, officers and stakeholders disclaim all liability and responsibility for any direct or indirect loss or damage which may be suffered by any recipient through relying on anything contained in or omitted from our web site or publications.

    Conditions of Use

    The City of Ballarat expects and welcomes contributions that stimulate debate and discussion or that reflect the diverse range of perspectives, experiences and we expect all participants to treat each other with respect and courtesy.

    While the City of Ballarat aims to provide balanced coverage of issues in the content we produce, commission or acquire, user contributions to interactive services reflect the views of the participants. From time to time, one particular side of the debate may dominate views expressed. This simply reflects the natural flow of contributions we receive. The City of Ballarat endeavours to give all users a fair opportunity to participate.

    The City opf Ballarat does not endorse the views or material contained in users' contributions.

    You may contribute to the City of Ballarat Online Community and interactive services subject to the following terms and conditions. These conditions apply to any content contributed in any format to any platforms hosted or facilitated by the City of Ballarat. The City of Ballarat may change the Conditions of Use from time to time, at the City of Ballarat's sole discretion.

    Registration and Login Names

    1.1 In order to submit content or to utilise certain the City of Ballarat services, you may be required to apply for registration to establish an account with the City of Ballarat.

    1.2 The City of Ballarat generally recommends that applicants register online using a pen name or pseudonym as their login name (not their real name). You should be aware that your posted comments or other submissions can remain online indefinitely and may be found through search engines or online archives. Users must not impersonate another living person or registered user.

    1.3 When registering, a genuine email address must be provided. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your real name or other identifying or contact details, such as where content is submitted for use in an the City of Ballarat News story or an event is submitted to an Events Diary.

    1.4 In general, consent is required from a parent or guardian before a child can register with, or submit content to, an the City of Ballarat interactive service that is designed for or likely to appeal to young children.

    1.5 The City of Ballarat may refuse registration of users whose suggested login names are considered inappropriate. Grounds for refusal may include:

    1.5.1 offensive content;
    1.5.2 obscenity;
    1.5.3 abuse;
    1.5.4 defamatory content;
    1.5.5 contempt;
    1.5.6 incitement;
    1.5.7 copyright infringement;
    1.5.8 brand names or registered trademarks;
    1.5.9 company or organisation names;
    1.5.10 names of high-profile or public figures; or
    1.5.11 names promoting political, religious, social or economic issues.

    1.6 The City of Ballarat reserves the right to refuse suggested login names at its sole discretion.

    1.7 The City of Ballarat will not accept any registration that it suspects is being made by or on behalf of a member who has been suspended for repeated violation of these conditions of use.

    Passwords and Security

    2.1 As a registered user of the City of Ballarat's interactive services, you may receive or establish one or more passwords. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your password(s).

    2.2 Accordingly, you understand and agree you are fully responsible for all actions and submissions made from your account.

    2.3 If you become aware of any unauthorised use of your account, you should notify the the City of Ballarat immediately.

    Termination of Account

    3.1 You can close your account with the City of Ballarat at any time by unsubscribing, where that option is available to you, or by notifying the City of Ballarat. You should note, however, that your contributions may still be available on the City of Ballarat interactive service after your account has been closed.

    3.2 If the City of Ballarat reasonably believes you have breached these Conditions of Use, the City of Ballarat reserves the right to restrict access to or terminate your account, with or without notice, and without any liability to you.

    User Participation

    4.1 Children's contributions should be supervised by an adult.

    4.2 You may be held legally responsible for the content you submit to the City of Ballarat's interactive services.

    4.3 All material published on the City of Ballarat's interactive services is at the  City of Ballarat's sole discretion.

    4.4 Your contribution may be edited, removed or not published if the City of Ballarat considers it to be:

    4.4.1 defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or that it violates laws regarding harassment, discrimination, racial vilification, privacy or contempt;

    4.4.2 intentionally false or misleading;

    4.4.3 an infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright. See below for further information on copyright;

    4.4.4 abusive, offensive or obscene;

    4.4.5 inappropriate, off topic, repetitive or vexatious. For example the City of Ballarat reserves the right to reject contributions that have been widely canvassed in the forum. It also reserves the right to reject contributions from participants who seek to dominate the discussion;

    4.4.6 compromising the privacy of yourself, other contributors or of the City of Ballarat staff, or containing inappropriate personal information;

    4.4.7 seeking to endorse commercial products or activities or to unduly promote commercial products or services;

    4.4.8 seeking to directly solicit donations;

    4.4.9 deliberate provocation of other community members;

    4.4.10 a posting on behalf of a suspended member. This may lead to you also having your membership locked or terminated.

    4.5 The City of Ballarat reserves the right to archive and republish all contributions to its interactive services across all platforms.

    4.6 The City of Ballarat reserves the right to use contributions for internal training purposes.

    4.7 Participation conditions may vary across the City of Ballarat interactive services. Specific guidelines can be found on the front page of each.

    4.8 Repeated breaches of these Conditions of Use may cause the City of Ballarat to complain to the Internet Service Provider of the person responsible, and in very serious cases, initiate legal action.

    Linking

    5.1 The City of Ballarat publishes links to external sites at its sole discretion, including links posted by users subject to the moderation statement of any interactive service.

    5.2 The City of Ballarat is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content on external sites.

    5.3 The City of Ballarat reserves the right to remove user-posted links for any reason, at any time, with or without notice to the user. Links may be deleted where, for instance, they are not editorially justified or are unsuitable for the likely audience.

    Policy for Linking to Our Websites

    Hyperlinks enhance the user's experience by providing easy access to additional information or original source material, whether on the same site or from an external source. For this reason, we value the use of hyperlinks in our content. However, in using hyperlinks, we: Attribute the original source of the hyperlink where it points to third party content. Do not claim ownership or rights to content belonging to other parties. We ask that you observe similar practices when linking to our content. You should be aware that if you do not do this, this may be in breach of our rights or the rights of our licensors or other third parties.

    Please do:

    • Link to our content directly. We encourage direct links.
    • Comply with all copyright, trade mark or other applicable laws.
    • Use the title or headline of the content to which you are linking, as long as you link directly to that content.

    Please do not:

    • Attribute a link to a Ballarat City Council web site content as being a link to your own or someone else's content (for example, use your own logo to link to our content).
    • Attribute a link to our site and then link somewhere else.
    • Frame our content in such a way as to present it as your own or as belonging to anyone other than us or our licensors.

    Copyright

    6.1 Material published on the internet is protected by the same laws of copyright which apply to books, videos and music.

    6.2 The right to "copy" always remains with the owner of the material. Unless expressly stated otherwise, you are not permitted to copy or republish anything you find on the internet without the copyright owner's permission.

    6.3 If you wish to refer to material on someone else's website we recommend you include an attribution in your message.

    6.4 Under Australian copyright law, limited quotation is permissible in the context of genuine review and criticism. However this does not permit extensive quoting of song lyrics etc.

    Note:You are welcome to quote content from other City of Ballarat online sites and interactive services within your contributions, however we ask that you attribute the URL of the City of Ballarat page where you found the quote or picture or sound.

    6.5 When you submit content, in any format, you acknowledge that you have all necessary rights, including copyright, in the material that you are contributing to the City of Ballarat interactive services. You agree that the City of Ballarat may use the material online and in whatever other ways the City of Ballarat chooses, now and in the future.

    Comments and Complaints

    7.1 Contributions made to interactive services will not be treated as program or service complaints. The City of Ballarat has a variety of complaint handling mechanisms available to members of the audience who wish to complain about the City of Ballarat programming material. Details about how to lodge a complaint can be found at:

    7.2 Comments and suggestions about the content and management of particular interactive services can be made on the particular interactive service or via webmaster@ballarat.vic.gov.au

    Limitation of liability

    Certain rights and remedies may be available under the Trade Practices Act 1974 or similar legislation of other States or Territories and may not be permitted to be excluded, restricted or modified. Apart from those that cannot be excluded, Ballarat City Council and its related entities exclude all conditions and warranties that may be implied by law. To the extent permitted by law, our liability for breach of any implied warranty or condition that cannot be excluded is restricted, at our option to: the re-supply of services or payment of the cost of re-supply of services; or the replacement or repair of goods or payment of the cost of replacement or repair.

    Jurisdiction

    Your use of this web site and all of our legal notices will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Victoria, Australia and by using our Internet sites you irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of that State.

    Ballarat City Council denies liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from any person relying on information obtained by or through this website.

    Ballarat City Council is in no way responsible for any information or service which may appear on any third party sites which may be accessed through this website. Such access is made available in good faith as a community service.

    Email this page to a friend

    Any use of the "Email this page to a friend" service sends a email to nominated recipients. The email is sent via the City of Ballarat website, but the City of Ballarat has no control over the contents of these emails. Any views expressed in such emails are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the view of the City of Ballarat.

    The City of Ballarat does not store the contents of these emails, beyond standard website logs on our web server.

    For further information please contact Council's Webmaster on webmaster@ballarat.vic.gov.au