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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
Major Projects Update
AUStrALIAN CENtrE FOr DEMOCrACy @ EUrEKA
Construction of the Australian Centre for Democracy at Eureka (ACD@E)
continues with internal demolition now complete, opening up a vast and
impressive space for the centre’s new interactive exhibition area.
Construction will continue on site with footings and the steel work scheduled
in the coming months. Civil works (road works) are underway and the car park
for the Eureka Pool will be completed prior to it opening for the swimming
Detailed design for the exhibition is being finalised with lots of multimedia
applications and interactive displays. The Centre will feature an:
Indoor theatrette and outdoor amphitheatre for community events
Café for community use
Educational resources on the histor y of democracy from the people's
perspective and the histor y of Eureka
Interactive exhibition spaces consisting of a dynamic blend of objects,
display cases and panels, artworks and interactive media
Public access to digital heritage and genealogical resources
300 MAIr St
Consultation continues on plans for the 300 Mair Street project at the Civic
Hall site. Listening posts, feedback forms and community meetings were
all part of the process, giving Ballarat residents the opportunity to have their
say on the proposal.
The next step of the project is the preparation of applications for planning
and demolition permits for the Civic Hall site. The applications are expected
to be presented at a Council Meeting later in the year.
The Eureka Flag is on track to return to Ballarat by Christmas with restoration
works now complete. The flag has been restored to its original size, and will
be on display at the Art Galler y of Ballarat. The restoration involved cleaning
and a new backing for the flag as well as restitching the left side to better
represent its original shape.
Lake weed harvesting at Lake Wendouree has been completed, in preparation
of the aquatic sporting season. Now that the initial har vesting has been
undertaken an outgoing maintenance program will be provided. Lake weed
taken from the lake is still available for collection by the public at Victoria
Park (Gillies St, opposite the transfer station).
Dredges continue to work on the Lake and work is progressing well. If current
production rates are maintained and projected forward, dredging will be
completed early next year. Plans are well advanced for installing the rowing
lane ropes and other infrastructure when the dredging is completed, ready
for competition rowing. Rowing crews are conducting training on an adjacent
course until the dredging is complete.
The City of Ballarat continues to develop detailed plans for the redevelopment
of the Bakery Hill precinct following the presentation of concept plans to
Council in June. The key entr y point into Ballarat from the east, the Bakery
Hill redevelopment represents an opportunity to establish a true gateway
into the central business district. A range of consultations have already taken
place in the form of one on one meetings, a property owners and traders
meeting, and an open public meeting. It is expected the final design will
be available for public viewing in the near future.
BALLArAt WESt GrOWth ArEA
Plans for the Growth Area at Ballarat West are progressing well, with community
consultation continuing for both the Employment Zone and residential growth
area. Residents, landowners and other interested parties have been ver y
helpful in providing feedback on proposed plans for the area. All responses
will be taken into consideration as the plans are updated.
Below: Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher takes a walk through the work site of the Australian
Centre for Democracy @ Eureka. Image courtesy of The Courier.
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