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Owners of heritage properties have a wonderful opportunity to receive financial
assistance to preserve and restore their properties through the second round
of Preserving Our Heritage Together Grants funding, opening in late 2011.
The grants program is an initiative of the City of Ballarat aimed at enhancing
Ballarat’s heritage for the benefit of the community. The grants support
projects that will conserve, restore, reconstruct, preserve or enable continued
use of Ballarat’s heritage places.
Commercial and not-for-profit heritage property owners may apply for grants
of up to $20,000 while private residential property owners are eligible for
grants of up to $5,000. Grants can contribute up to 50 percent of the
cost of the project.
The City of Ballarat Preserving Our Heritage Together Grants Program
was launched earlier this year and is currently financially assisting three
commercial and seven residential heritage restoration projects, including
works to the old baker y, High Street, Learmonth.
Expressions of Interest for the next round of grants will open in late 2011.
Grants available to private residential, not-for-profit and commercially
owned heritage buildings in the Heritage Overlay within the municipality of
Ballarat. The next grants round will be advertised in Council’s Noticeboard
in The Ballarat Courier.
For full grant program details, visit the heritage section of Council’s website,
City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
Ballarat FIre StatIOn
The former Ballarat Fire Station has been added to the Victorian Heritage
Located at 702 Sturt St, the building was added to the Register based
on its historical and architectural significance.
City of Ballarat Councillor Samantha McIntosh said the building is believed
to be the oldest fire station in Victoria.
“The station is one of very few remaining fire stations associated with the
volunteer period of Victoria’s fire-fighting history”.
“This listing will ensure a high level of protection for the building. Any
works not listed as exempt will now require a permit from Heritage Victoria
meaning any works undertaken on the building will be respectful of its
heritage qualities, retaining its significance and integrity”.
The former Ballarat Fire Station was constructed in 1860 to a design by
noted Ballarat architect HR Caselli. The building was extended at the rear
in 1890 and the bluestone walls were resurfaced in the 1930s.
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A Friends of Lake Esmond group will be formed to assist Council in enhancing
the precinct and responding to concerns around inappropriate use and
damage within the reserve.
Concerned local residents attended a public meeting in late August and formed
the Friends of Lake Esmond group. Council committed to providing support,
including administration assistance, to help get the Friends group active.
The idea for a Friends of Lake Esmond group was raised in May after concerns
were raised with Council over vandalism and loutish behaviour at the lake.
NEW LAKE WOrKS
The City of Ballarat recently replaced 140 metres of retaining wall at Lake
The existing structure had reached the end of its lifespan and was replaced
with sturdier walls. The new wall was constructed from timber and steel.
Councillor Ben Taylor said the condition of the wall had concerned users
of the area for some time.
“The new wall is a great improvement for this important recreational area
The works were valued at $35,000 and funded through Council’s Parks
Development capital program.
Below: Growth and Development Councillor Ben Taylor encourages local residents to
join the newly formed Friends of Lake Esmond community group.
all aBOut lake eSMOnd
The lake is 20 to 30 metres deep and covers an area of 1.8
It was originally a quarry for Eureka Tile Works
Lake Esmond is named after Eureka Stockade leader, James
The official opening was held on 6 June, 1988
The area surrounding the lake contains 6,000 plants of native
vegetation, from small shrubs to large trees, including many
Below: Owner Ailsa Brackley duBois sur veys the restoration works at the old bakery,
High Street, Learmonth, which is partly funded by a Preser ving Our Heritage Grant.
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