SIXTY-THREE per cent of The Courier’s online readers want to see the Civic Hall restored, a new poll has revealed.
The poll, which ran for three days, attracted 707 votes.
It was kicked off on Tuesday and closed yesterday afternoon.
Of those who voted, 63 per cent wanted to restore the controversial building and 37 per cent wanted to see it demolished.
Although not scientific, the poll was a simple way to canvass the views of The Courier’s readership and the Ballarat community before the City of Ballarat made its decision.
The poll also prompted a lot of conversations on The Courier’s Facebook page.
There were those who were in favour of restoring the building and wanted to see it refurbished as a performing arts venue.
Then there were those who wanted it turned into a homeless shelter.
Others wanted it to be demolished in favour of something modern, along the lines of the Federation Square in Melbourne.
Earlier, the City of Ballarat had said that a decision on Ballarat’s Civic Hall would be made in September.
The City of Ballarat has carried out a number of reviews, as well as extensive community consultations, to determine the fate of the building.
Several residents accused the council of failing to listen to the community during a fiery public question time on August 14.
Ballarat Civic Hall Facebook page founder Victoria Wardlaw said the participants in 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?” Ms Wardlaw asked.
At the meeting, City of Ballarat mayor John Burt said he understood the community’s frustration but there was nothing sinister or hidden in the process.