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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
Learmonth Hall restoration
On Saturday 21 August, Mayor Cr Judy Verlin officially unveiled the former
Ballarat Shire Offices in Learmonth at a community celebration.
The historic shire hall has received a facelift, thanks to a partnership between
Council, the Learmonth and District Historical Society and $129,091 in
funding from the Federal Government's Jobs Fund. The restoration project
has resulted in improved skills, a boost to the local economy and the
conservation of a local treasure.
Materials were sourced locally and work was undertaken by a multitude of
tradespeople and apprentices, giving local contractors an extensive amount
of experience in heritage conservation and a great deal of stimulus to the
Ballarat City Council's Lead Councillor for Heritage, Samantha McIntosh
said the work ensured the building is more useable, prevented demolition
by neglect and provided employment in the Learmonth community.
"The project is another practical example of Council's recently adopted
Preserving our Heritage Strategy. By using local labour the project provided
employment and economic stimulus to the Learmonth community. The
variety of skills required to conserve the building can now be applied on
other similar projects," Cr McIntosh said.
The Learmonth and District Historical Society will use the refurbished building
to offer a historical research service to both the local community and visitors
and interpret the history of the area with an emphasis on the history of the
Ballarat Shire. The entire project was filmed and documented to be used as
a reference when similar conservation works are undertaken.
For more information on the project or Council's Preserving our Heritage
Strategy contact Council's Heritage Coordinator Susan Fayad on 5320 5677.
Safe Skin partnership in
Ballarat City Council, Ballarat Community Health, Ballarat Health Services'
Liver Clinic, University of Ballarat's Medical Clinic and Hepatitis C Victoria
have joined together to help raise community awareness of safe tattooing
and body piercing practices.
A number of local tattoo and body piercing premises have also joined the
partnership, which is now inviting other premises to join and help raise
awareness about this important topic.
Body art has been a popular form of creativity and self-expression throughout
history. Like many other personal care procedures, tattooing and body piercing
can have health implications, however the industry is regulated by legislation
and guidelines to ensure the safety of both staff and clients.
It is important for people who are considering getting a tattoo or piercing to
understand the potential risks involved when a tattooist/piercer does not
have adequate training or knowledge. The Victorian Government provides
guidelines for body art premises to follow to prevent the transmission of
blood borne viruses and provide a safe, clean environment for clients.
The Safe Skin partnership will provide accurate information to the community
and promote discussion and awareness of the health issues related to body
art. The initiative aims to develop a support system for ongoing education
for the local tattoo and body piercing industry in Ballarat.
For more information contact the Ballarat Community Health Centre on
Above: Learmonth Hall prior to restoration
Below: Learmonth Hall following restoration
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