Sovereign Hill built on vision and expansion

Ballarat's miners used to shout "magpie" when the dreaded licence hunt troopers were inspecting the goldfields, and unlicensed prospectors would bolt.

Now namesake Magpie Street means more problems from authorities trying to take away some recreational lungs of our city.

A city should not only be liveable but lovable. Not a jungle of tar and cement.

Past experience shows Sovereign Hill's great foresight and wonderful expansion for the betterment of all.

Prudent planning ahead would hold adjoining land for parking on peak days.

Already owning the land and watching it's value rise, they could mortgage it to buy land wanted up the road, or apply for a grant.

Parking gets filled on peak days now and maybe a high rise concrete monstrosity carpark could be needed one day to destroy the area's character.

The great benefactor Henry Bolte has a statue looking straight at this land, and I hope current management has his vision.

COLIN HOLMES

Ballarat

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