A CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA EVENT AT THE CIVIC HALL
Please join us this Sunday 1st March at 1.00pm-4.00pm to clean up The Civic Hall site and then afterwards for a BYO afternoon tea and a chat in Civic Hall’s own Pocket Park..please bring your own gloves and a chair if desired. Rubbish bags will be provided.
The weather forecast is showers clearing with an expected top temperature of 20 degrees so it should be rather pleasant in the afternoon….Hope to see you there!!
ONE OF BALLARAT’S LESSER KNOWN ARCHITECTURAL TREASURES
Today, Merle, Judith and Barbara had the pleasure of a private viewing of some documents from the Ballarat Crematorium before and after it was built and opened in 1958. This remarkable building resembles the Civic Hall and was designed by HL Coburn who designed The Civic Hall. The building as it is seen today has had some modifications, however originally it was adorned in some beautiful Art Deco features. Some of the features are still visible. We are hoping to be able to display some of the Crematorium design artworks and photos for the up coming exhibition at the Backspace Gallery in June 2015.
Surrounded by beautifully kept gardens, The Cemetery Trust, staff and maintenance crew have done Mr Coburn’s building the justice it deserves unlike the Civic Hall which has been the victim of a “Demolition By Neglect” mentality by successive councils. Hopefully this trend can be reversed by the Community Design process to find a suitable design for the retention of The Civic Hall…but it relies on your input!!
THE OPEN DOOR STUDIO IN THE FOYER
The Community Participatory Design Process is currently in progress in the foyer of the Civic Hall. The future of the Civic Hall relies on participation by the community so if you have not visited the foyer yet, now might be a good time to do so as the consultants are nearing the 1st milestone in the process. Multiple visits are also encouraged.
The opening hours of the Open Door Studio are as follows: