Monthly Archives: July 2015



Here Studio, consultants for the Community Design Process for Ballarat Civic Hall are hosting  a user groups workshop to identify the needs of potential user groups.  It will be interactive and informative so come one and all and contribute to this workshop.

Please RSVP to the Civic Hall Site at the link below:

WHAT: Working Groups Launch
WHEN: August 11, 2015 at 5pm
WHERE: Craig’s Royal Hotel – Grand Dining Room
10 Lydiard St S
Ballarat, VIC 3350
Google map and directions
CONTACT: Mairin Briody ·




The People’s Hall Exhibition hailed a complete success


We are delighted to announce that the recent People’s Hall exhibition was a resounding success thanks to the support of many businesses, community groups and individuals throughout the community.  Attendance was around 500 for the 12 days that the exhibition was open.  Our Official launch was attended by 120+ people and we were treated to a performance by the Beaufort Municipal Band, winners of the 1974 South St Competition at Civic Hall .   Graeme Vendy OAM of the Vibratones opened the exhibition with his account of the many dances that he and his fellow band members performed at The Civic Hall.  Councillor Samantha McIntosh also represented the Council offering some  words of encouragement and joined in the atmosphere of the opening.

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From this exhibition we were able to develop many more contacts and networks in addition to identifying additional items of memorabilia and events pertaining to the Civic Hall.

We are exploring the possibility of publishing a book from the abundance of material and contributions offered by so many ordinary citizens who over the years had some form of affiliation with the hall as a user, performer or a worker.

There have also been offers by people with expertise to write chapters and advise on publishing so we will work towards the book’s development in the near future.

The 10 Concepts were endorsed by Council to proceed with Phase 2 of the Community Design Process

Last Wednesday night the 8th July at the Council meeting, the councilors unanimously voted to endorse  Here Studio’s 10 concepts that were  developed during Phase 1 of the Community Design Process in order to proceed to Phase 2

Phase 2 is well and truly underway and Here Studio are asking for feedback on the 10 concepts in order for them to narrow down the preferences into 5 concepts at the end of this phase.  It is critical that everyone views the concepts, gets involved and selects their preferences or maybe there are other ideas among the community that have yet to be explored.  

Now is the time to visit the Foyer of the Civic Hall and put forth your preferences/ideas so that 5 designs can be selected  in order to go forth into Phase 3 which will produce 3 fully fledged designs on which  Council will vote for the re-development of the Civic Hall Site.  Phase 3 is expected to end in March 2016 which will lead to a final decision by Councilors.

The Save Civic Hall Group will advocate  on the full retention of the Civic Hall’s Main auditorium and the Lower Civic Hall.

The 10 Concepts can be viewed here and at the Civic Hall foyer:

Feedback can be given at the Open Door Studio in Foyer at the Civic Hall on :

Tuesdays:  9-5pm, Thursdays 12noon-7pm and the 1st Saturday of the Month 9am-1pm