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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
Council set to deliver on new
way forward for Civic Hall
Council will embark upon a new way forward for the Civic Hall site, which
will help deliver on a key part of the city's CBD Strategy and Economic
The plan would realise the full potential of the site and represents a key
commitment on behalf of the current council to successfully redevelop the
Civic Hall site.
This approach has been taken after a number of previous attempts were
unsuccessful. As identified in the Economic Strategy, Ballarat's CBD
desperately needs new, high quality commercial office space and car
parking to meet expected economic growth.
In essence this new strategy would see the old Civic Hall site demolished
to realise the full potential of the site, Council relocated to new facilities on
the site to help underpin the development, and new commercial facilities
to be developed to meet growing demand within Ballarat's CBD.
In December 2009, Council determined to authorise the preparation of a
detailed development strategy for the Civic Hall site.
A recent report to Council recommended that the most feasible way of
redeveloping the site is to demolish the existing Civic Hall, which will help
underpin the renewal of the Ballarat CBD.
The Civic Hall proposal would also free the Town Hall to become the civic and
community heart of Ballarat, and would continue to be used for civic receptions
and Council meetings, as well as a variety of community activities.
The feasibility process to date has demonstrated that there is significant
demand for purpose built accommodation in Ballarat, and that this demand
could be met through a potential development project such as this. Council's
aim is for the project to be delivered in a rate-neutral way.
Council now needs to further progress discussions with the private and
not-for-profit sectors, and State and Federal government agencies, all of
whom would be potential co-tenants.
Council will now prepare a detailed Masterplan to identify potential uses
for each section of the site. This process will take around three months, and
will determine the exact size and shape of the parcel of land that Council
would like to develop. This process will also resolve whether elements of
the existing building are to be utilised as part of the development. Following
the development of the Masterplan an architectural design process will
The development will go through the planning process and there will be
several opportunities for community consultation.
Concurrently, Council is exploring possible future uses for the lower Town
Hall. Council will be seeking community input into the types of activities
and uses which could be accommodated should Council officers' move out
of the Town Hall. This project will contribute to creating a new heart for the
city and would complement the proposed Town Hall Plaza.
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