Council will decide at their next Council meeting whether to fund a community-focussed participatory design process to take place at the Civic Hall in an “open door studio”.
After years of stale-mate and dissent, and much community consultation – which Council has largely ignored – this new process aims to produce 3 fully fleshed out plans.
The process should start in a month or so and will involve artists, architecture students, the general community – including children, and the stakeholders of the Civic Hall and its site. The emphasis will be on finding consensus.
Guiding the whole process will be a stakeholder advisory committee which should represent a wide range of views on the future of the Civic Hall and its site. It is expected that members of SCH will be part of this group.
Save Civic Hall will support and actively promote this so long as the process and overarching stakeholder committee is not seen as biased towards demolition or other unsuitable, especially non-community, uses of the Civic Hall.
Save Civic Hall is encouraging Council to include representatives from the arts, health and community based interest groups.
Do you have items or information relating to the Civic Hall?
We’d love to hear from you!
Barbara, Judith and Merle are now working on an exhibition about the Civic Hall, for Heritage Weekend 2015. Several people have already come forth with original ball tickets from the 1950s and 60s, and we have several programmes of the first concerts, posters from events held there over the years, and wonderful photographs of the bands that performed there.
We know that many people did their Deb, or attended balls there. It would be wonderful to borrow one of two of those frocks!
The Gold Museum has also offered to be a safe repository for any items which are donated. So they will be preserved for the future. But of course we would be happy to just borrow items closer to the time of the exhibition.
And as we are gathering information about the Civic Hall, we’d also be delighted to meet with anyone who has stories or other things to share.
Get in touch if you’d like to talk – Merle: 0419 324042 or Barbara: firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith: 5335 6290