According to Ballarat Council’s CEO Anthony Schinck the long awaited opening of The Community Consultation Process is expected to open to the public at the end of October. Mr Schink was interviewed tonight on Win News announcing the foyer will be opening for the Consultation Process and the Main Hall will eventually be open for public viewing . Work on the Hall and the Foyer is progressing for its opening with the date yet to be announced .
This is exciting news for the whole Community who will be invited to take part in developing ideas for the future of Civic Hall…The People’s Hall.
The 20th August 2014 marked another milestone for The Ballarat Civic Hall. The Grand Old Lady celebrated her 58th Birthday at The Regent Theatre. Celebrations included the viewing of the movie “The Hundred Foot Journey” an interesting film dealing with the issues of adversity and culture. A share of the proceeds contributed to The Civic Hall “Fighting Fund”. The party continued after the film with singing of “Happy Birthday” and the cutting of the Civic Hall birthday cake.
A big thank you to supporters who attended this fund-raising and celebratory event. Your support is appreciated and needed to conserve and retain this incredibly important and Historical building which was the crowning glory of H L Coburn’s extensive collection of Architectural Art Deco works throughout Ballarat and Western Victoria.
Council has now voted unanimously to support a community design process at the Civic Hall! This will be the first time that many people have had a chance to view the hall.
The people of Ballarat will be encouraged to contribute design ideas and assist in making models and drawing up plans for the future of the long-disputed Civic Hall.
The “Open Door Studio” will be launched in the foyer of the Civic Hall with an exhibition of all previously submitted plans. At the Studio the community will be assisted in producing a number of concepts, whittling these down over time and by consensus until only three remain. Then Councillors will vote on one design for the Civic Hall and its site.
This process is quite new to Ballarat and it puts the onus on the community to get involved in shaping the future for the Civic Hall. Councillor representation on a reference panel to support the participatory process will ensure a more informed view of the community’s wishes, and assist them make their ultimate decision.
A clean up of the building has started soon so that the foyer can be used for the “Open Door Studio” workshops. This has included air quality tests and reinstating of fire and other safety equipment.
Initially the main space may be only viewable, but it is intended that as much as possible of the main hall will be accessible again in the coming months.
Save Civic Hall encourages everyone in the community to get involved in what should be an exciting outcome for the people of Ballarat and district.