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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
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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
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;
1.5.4 defamatory content;
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
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
2.2 Accordingly, you understand and agree you are fully
responsible for all actions and submissions made from your
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.
4.1 Children's contributions should be supervised by an
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Link to our content directly. We encourage direct links.
- Comply with all copyright, trade mark or other applicable
- 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:
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
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
7.2 Comments and suggestions about the content and management of
particular interactive services can be made on the particular
interactive service or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
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