THE Ballarat City Council should not be considering the Civic Hall's demolition because the community already voted to retain it, residents have said.
Several residents accused the council of failing to listen to the community, during a fiery public question time at Wednesday's City of Ballarat council meeting.
Ballarat Civic Hall Facebook page founder Victoria Wardlaw said the participants of the council's community workshop process had responded with overwhelming support for retaining the building.
She said it was "disappointing and disheartening" that demolition was still on the table.
"Is there new information the council is considering that has caused the council to not serve the community in this case? Is there something we're not being told?" she asked.
Another resident, Tim Stoneman, said he "found it almost insulting" for the people who
attended the workshops.
"When the community put forward the options at the forum, the community voted on them," he said.
"The council is still negotiating something the community did 12 months ago."
City of Ballarat mayor John Burt said he understood the community's frustration but there was nothing sinister or hidden in the process.
He said the council was still working through the options and it was paramount it got it right.
"There's been an analysis of all the evidence you've referred to and we're working through that," he said.
"We have committed we will make a decision by September."
Deputy mayor Samantha McIntosh said the councillors had not been provided with a 2011 council heritage advisory community report calling for an adaptive re-use of the Civic Hall.
But when she requested the report last week, council staff were unable to locate it.
"I'm sure some councillors haven't seen that particular motion," she said.
"I will formally ask for this to be brought forward."
Councillor John Philips said the council had to consider not only the hall, but the whole precinct, in its decision-making process.