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A Community Conversation
The 300 Mair St project is the culmination of many years of public debate
over the future of the key CBD location and the product of more then 1,000
In the past two years Council has continued a regular two way conversation
with residents and ratepayers about the future of the Mair St site.
A selection of the community engagement as the 300 Mair St project was
developed includes five Council decisions, stakeholder briefings, many MyBallarat
community magazine articles, Community Summit events and surveys, CBD
Strategy engagement and City of Ballarat website feedback and comments.
A Community Project
The 300 Mair St project is much more than a new Council office building.
It delivers the vibrant redevelopment and an exciting public space for the
Ballarat community in the city’s CBD.
Key community features of the project include:
270 new car parks in the first stage of development and potentially up
to 1,000 by the end of the development.
New open public square at the front of the building and along the spine
of the site towards the librar y. The open spaces will feature sustainable
design with rainwater collection.
Ballarat’s best heritage building – the Town Hall. The ground level of Town
Hall will be refurbished and handed over to community use. The A Hall
will also be returned to its former glory for the community.
Have Your Say
As the 300 Mair St project progresses, City of Ballarat continues to seek the
views of the community through the Community Advisory Panel, Council’s
website and the planning application process.
Feedback and suggestions may be made at City of Ballarat’s website (www.
ballarat.vic.gov.au on the project pages) and directly to the Community Advisory
Panel via firstname.lastname@example.org . A ll feedback will be considered by the
Community Advisor y Panel.
The Next Steps
The 300 Mair St project is the exciting realisation of a great vision and many
years of discussion - and there is still much work to be done.
Future steps in the 300 Mair St project:
Planning permit applications for the new building and the demolition
of the Civic Hall building will be prepared and submitted for Council
consideration. The application will be treated like any other and will
be available for public comment.
A report will be prepared for Council on the possible options for
Council officers will work with the Councillors and the Community Advisor y
Panel to finalise the design of the building and public realm.
Council officers will prepare an investment prospectus to market the
other three development sites at 300 Mair Street to the private and
Council will work with the State Government on the crown subdivision
of the site.
The demolition of Civic Hall, if approved, is anticipated to take place in 2012.
Following a complete expression of interest and tender process, construction
is anticipated to commence in 2013.
The 300 Mair St project is expected to be completed in late 2014.
Above: The 300 Mair St project: view from the Ballarat Library encompassing the rear entrance of the new building .
Below: Plans for a new skate and recreation area in the Ballarat CBD are par t of the 300
Mair St project and include discussion of the proposed Doveton Street South facility
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