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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
HERITAGE ADVISORY SERVICE
Owners of heritages homes and buildings are encouraged to utilise
the City of Ballarat's heritage advisory service. The free service
provides information for property owners within a heritage overlay.
For more information contact the Statutory Planning unit on
5320 5640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Strategy to protect Ballarat's
An important part of our local identity, Ballarat is fortunate to have some
of the finest examples of heritage architecture and most intact heritage
streetscapes in the country.
Incentive schemes, grants and waived building fees may all soon be used
to encourage the preservation of Ballarat's many heritage buildings.
Adopted by Council in April 2010, the City of Ballarat's Preserving our
Heritage Strategy was developed in response to the number of heritage
properties diminishing or disappearing due to neglect.
The Strategy outlines new initiatives and actions that will help owners to
preserve heritage homes and buildings.
The City of Ballarat will investigate streamlining the planning and building
process, including the waiving of fees for substantial works to residential
and commercial heritage properties.
Simple planning applications that do not require referral to a heritage
adviser may be fast-tracked to a 14-day turn-around.
A 'street/place of the year' scheme, similar to the Tidy Towns concept,
may be introduced to foster community pride in local heritage buildings
and streetscapes. The strategy also recommends implementing a heritage
Local laws may also be strengthened to enforce clean-up order provisions to
allow action to be taken against any property that is not being adequately
Guided by the Strategy, the City of Ballarat will lead by example by conserving
public buildings. The substantial upgrade to the Art Gallery of Ballarat's
façade was completed in 2009 and the Town Hall continues to receive
restoration works and ongoing maintenance.
The City of Ballarat will hold a series of workshops to inform people involved
in the building and real estate industries on opportunities for heritage
areas and buildings.
BALLARAT HERITAGE AWARDS RECOGNISE EFFORTS
Three local heritage places were named winners of the first Ballarat Heritage
Awards held at the Mechanic's Institute on Sunday 18 April 2010.
Presented by the City of Ballarat and the National Trust of Victoria (Ballarat
Branch), the 2010 Ballarat Heritage Award-winners were:
Successful New Development within a Protected Heritage Area
• 206 Mair St, Vicstate Savings & Loans
Enhancement of a Heritage Place
• Bailey's Mansion, St John of God Hospital
Creative Reuse of a Heritage Place
• Harrisons Funerals, Main Road
An honourable mention for Creative Reuse was presented to MedicAid in
The awards recognised places that demonstrated how heritage can be
used creatively, celebrating the past and protecting heritage assets for
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