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Town Hall conservation
works move to next stage
Work to restore Ballarat's historic Town Hall has moved to the next
The conservation works commenced in August last year and the facades
facing Armstrong Street and Town Hall Lane were completed in December.
All stone, renders, timbers and architectural features on the exterior of the
building including the wrought iron balustrade on top of the clock tower
are being restored as part of the project.
Work has commenced on the next stage of the restoration. The Sturt Street
façade will involve restoration of all rendered surfaces and the removal
and replacement of all eroding sandstone in the area above the main
entrance to the Town Hall.
Although the original sandstone for the building came from Tasmania, this
source is no longer accessible and matching stone is being sourced from
Scaffolding will rise to the full height of the clocktower to enable
restoration of all renders, clockfaces and the wrought iron 'crows nest'
atop the tower.
The main entrance to the Town Hall will remain open throughout the works,
except for a short period during the installation and dismantling of the
The project is jointly funded by the City of Ballarat and the Federal
Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
The works are essential to preserve the Town Hall which has the highest
possible heritage listings at both state and national levels and is one of
our city's most precious assets.
The project is due for completion mid-2010.
Tom Brown Reserve
Council has begun preparing for the winter sport season by installing a
state-of-the-art underground drip irrigation system at Tom Brown Reserve
Tom Brown Reserve is a large open area that is part of the Marty Busch
Recreation Reserve sporting precinct.
To maximise the use of the Marty Busch Recreation Reserve precinct, Tom
Brown Reserve is being redeveloped to provide residents, schools and
sporting clubs with an additional irrigated grass surface that can be used
for play, training and matches.
The drip irrigation system, to be installed below the surface of the grass,
is a first for Council. It is estimated that the new system will use up to 60
per cent less water than a comparable above ground watering system.
The new irrigation system will allow Council to evaluate the possibility of
upgrading other irrigated turf areas to this new, highly water efficient
The redevelopment commenced at the Reserve in January. The area will
be fenced off from the public during redevelopment.
The project is expected to take six weeks to complete, with turf
establishment to commence immediately after ground works. The Reserve
is expected to be available for use by mid 2010.
Above: Tom Brown Reser ve before works began
Above: Cr Ben Taylor at Tom Brown Reser ve. Photo courtesy of The Courier
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