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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2010
Visitor Information Centre
The redevelopment and consequent temporary closure of the Eureka
Centre has required the relocation of Ballarat’s primary Visitor Information
Centre (VIC). The Eureka Centre VIC closed on Sunday 10 October, and a
new centrally located VIC opened on Monday 11 October. After extensive
searching, Council secured a medium term lease at 43 Lydiard Street North.
This building is located in the heart of town, is close to the train station,
offers access to adequate parking and is large enough to meet the needs
of the VIC and Council’s tourism operations.
Council is aware of the community’s desire to move the VIC into the Central
Business District (CBD) and this option means tourism resources can be
under one roof.
The proximity to the railway station will allow the centre’s volunteers to offer
a ‘meet and greet’ service to visitors off selected trains, while caravans and
coaches will be able to park around the corner at the Civic Hall. Access to
parking has always been a challenge in locating any main VIC in the CBD.
While coach and caravan parking would ideally be located adjacent to
the VIC, Council is confident that with appropriate signage and promotion,
the Lydiard Street location will meet the needs of visitors in the short to
The consolidation of all tourism functions under one roof will ensure an
enhanced experience for both the visitor and Ballarat’s tourism industr y.
Council will soon go out to tender to find a permanent, long term solution for
the VIC. This process is expected to take around six months to complete.
For further information contact the Visitor Information centre on
1800 44 66 33.
Gallery goes sweet and
decadent for new café
A touch of sweet indulgence will be available at the Art Galler y of Ballarat when
local café Sweet Decadence opens the new Galler y cafe next month.
As the successful tenderer, Sweet Decadence will offer Galler y visitors
lunches, coffees, cakes and chocolates, greatly enhancing the overall
Galler y visitor experience.
To be called ‘Sweet Decadence at the Gallery’, the café will move to the
front of the Gallery, fronting Lydiard Street. The former Gallery café closed
in December 2008 at the start of works undertaken by Council to upgrade
the Galler y building.
Sweet Decadence partner Melissa Staley said that she was excited at the
opportunity to develop the Gallery café and to offer locally and seasonally
produced food, excellent handmade chocolates and high grade Australian-
“We see the Gallery as being a perfect place to expand our business and
are already working out menus which are themed to works of art in the
Galler y’s collection.”
Gallery Director Gordon Morrison said that he was delighted that the Gallery
will once again be able to offer a café as part of its visitor experience.
“Galler y visitors have come to expect that they will be able to spend time
relaxing in a café. We need to be able to satisfy the body as well as the
spirit and having a café encourages people to stay with us longer once they
have recharged their batteries over coffee or lunch.”
Sweet Decadence also operates cafés in Sturt St Ballarat and Daylesford.
‘Sweet Decadence at the Gallery’ will open in November.
Above: Art Galler y of Ballarat Director Gordon Morrison and Sweet Decadence
partner Melissa Staley announce the upcoming opening of ‘Sweet Decadence at
the Gallery’ café
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