BALLARAT'S mayor and chief executive officer insist their Committee for Ballarat memberships do not compromise the council's position on the Civic Hall's fate.
The Committee for Ballarat is calling for the hall to be demolished to make way for a large-scale commercial development that could bring hundreds of jobs to the central business district.
Mayor John Burt is an executive member of the Committee for Ballarat board and CEO Anthony Schinck is a member.
Ballarat Civic Hall Facebook page founder Victoria Wardlaw asked at last night's ordinary meeting if their positions on the committee compromised their opinions.
Cr Burt said sitting on the Committee for Ballarat board was part of the role of any Ballarat mayor.
"In no way do I feel compromised," he said.
"My role is to represent and enunciate what views the council has. My personal views don't come into it."
Mr Schinck said as members of the committee they were each representatives of the City of Ballarat.
"We brief the committee on projects and they brief us ... it certainly doesn't put us in a compromise," he said.
"The mayor represents the council's view at the table."
Councillor Amy Johnson also weighed in, declaring she was a member of the Commerce Ballarat board.
Commerce Ballarat does not have an opinion on whether the hall should be torn down or developed, but asserts the site must not remain dormant.
"We are council representatives on those boards," Cr Johnson said.
"What Commerce Ballarat thinks isn't what I think."
The council's governance and information services director Annie De Jong said just being a member of an organisation did not represent a conflict or interest.
The Ballarat City Council is still considering a range of options from refurbishment to knocking the hall down, and will commit to a decision on September 25.
Members of the Committee for Ballarat have expressed overwhelming support for demolition through a survey of their preferred options for the site.