A SHORT film documenting stories and the history of a row of once derelict shops and houses along Peel Street South was launched this week.
The much anticipated Peel Street South film premiered at Sovereign Hill to rapturous applause.
Funded by the Australian government’s Your Community Heritage grant program, the film captures the community’s memories of the strip of shops and houses in Ballarat’s historic Peel Street South that are currently being restored.
The Peel Street Story features anecdotes from people who lived and worked in Peel Street South and includes historical information about these heritage places, one of which dates from around the time of the Eureka Stockade.
City of Ballarat mayor John Burt said the film took viewers on a journey through the history of this particular section of Peel Street South.
“It shows the community that even though they may not look like it, even derelict and unused heritage places mean something to the community and restoration is achievable,” Cr Burt said.
Developer Murray Foster said as part of the new development, eight existing buildings would be restored and 31 new buildings would be constructed. Councillor Samantha McIntosh, who helped launch the film’s production and street’s preservation as part of the previous council, said the project was a win for Ballarat. Cr McIntosh said the site was in severe dilapidation.
“It’s come a long long way in just a few years,” she said.
The film is now available to view at www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
For more information contact Council’s Heritage co-ordinator on 5320 5677.