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Australian Centre for
Democracy at Eureka
designs now available
Designs for the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka have been
unveiled as part of the town planning process.
The project, funded by City of Ballarat and State and Federal governments,
will see the Eureka Centre become a national centre for democracy, learning
The redeveloped Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka will feature:
- An indoor theatrette and outdoor amphitheatre for community
- A café for community use;
- Educational resources on the history of democracy from the people's
perspective and the history of Eureka;
- Interactive exhibition spaces; and,
- Public access to digital heritage and genealogical resources.
The project has national significance and will strengthen Ballarat's profile
as the birthplace of Australian democracy.
The Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka will be an interactive hub that
will explore, redefine, debate, reinforce and make relevant our understanding
and engagement with democracy in our changing community.
The designs have been developed with input from key stakeholder groups to
ensure the redeveloped centre caters for a diverse range of interests.
As part of the redevelopment, the Centre will be required to close for
approximately 12 months. It is expected that the closure will take place
mid to late 2010 subject to the planning permit process.
For more information about the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka
Interim Activity Centres
Plans are in place to ensure that Ballarat's shopping, entertainment and
business hubs -- or 'activity centres' -- adapt to and meet the needs of
Ballarat's growing community over the next 20 to 30 years.
Retail activities and growth will eventually be guided by the future Ballarat
Activity Centres Strategy (previously known as the Commercial Strategy).
The Ballarat Interim Activity Centres Strategy has been developed to provide
direction for activity centre planning and development until the more
comprehensive Ballarat Activity Centre Strategy is developed.
The Interim Activity Centres Strategy was developed following a review of
the former Retail Strategy in 2008.
The review looked at a number of issues relevant to the local retail industry,
such as land use, transport, retail floor-space requirements, industry trends,
economic development, community services and the impacting policy
The review also considered population growth projections for Ballarat's
primary, secondary and regional catchment areas.
The Interim Strategy -- adopted by Council in May -- provides guidance for
new rezoning proposals and planning applications associated with activity
Activity Centres will be developed based on a hierarchy of anticipated
community need and importance, prioritising the CBD as the identified key
activity centre for retail, commerce and entertainment in Ballarat.
Above: An artist's impression of the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka
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