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Ballarat leaders set goal to be 80 per cent vaxed by NYE

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Business leaders have embarked on a goal to get Ballarat 80-per cent vaccinated by New Year’s Eve.

Committee for Ballarat will engage with universities, as well as employers to ensure staff and students are able to take time off to be vaccinated.

CEO Michael Poulton says strong messaging must come at a community level.

"Victoria is leading the way in regional Australia and we want to be the first city in Victoria and Australia to be 80 per cent plus," he said.

"If you get to those numbers you can expect to see some form of normality returning."