Ballarat Civic Hall - not forgotten but no decision

HOPES for an early decision on the Civic Hall’s future appear to be fading.

While it was expected the fate of the controversial Mair Street building would be decided early in the new council’s term, it has yet to appear on any meeting agendas.

However, it is believed the nine councillors will meet to workshop the issue soon with the aim of including it in the four-year council plan, due out for public comment by May.

Mayor John Burt said the Civic Hall was still one of the council’s key priorities.

“It will be one of the projects within the council plan for this term,” Cr Burt said.

“The councillors have commenced developing a draft council plan and look forward to talking to the community about the Civic Hall as part of the council plan consultation process.”

Deputy mayor Samantha McIntosh said she asked at the council’s first meeting for all the new councillors to be fully updated on the issue.

“It’s imperative we are looking at it now. It’s a massive issue for the community. It should be on the agenda for all councillors right now,” Cr McIntosh said.

Cr Peter Innes also said the issue needed to be resolved sooner rather than later.

“All councillors need to be fully briefed on what’s happened so far. Then, after careful consideration, we need to make a decision,” Cr Innes said.

“Personally, I want it to be as soon as possible. We need to make a decision, even if it will be a difficult one.”

Cr Joshua Morris said the council needed to work through all the issues and look at all the different proposals.

“Hopefully we will become more informed about what is a very difficult issue,” Cr Morris said.

fiona.henderson@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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