DOZENS of people will make public submissions on the Civic Hall and the crowd could spill out of the chamber at tonight’s Ballarat City Council meeting.
The Courier will provide live updates from the meeting tonight as the council considers the hall's future.
It will be the public’s last chance to appeal to the council before it formally considers a recommendation to demolish the hall.
City of Ballarat chief information officer Annie De Jong said 28 people had registered to speak as of yesterday afternoon, with the council to provide extra seating for the meeting in the second floor reception area at Ballarat Town Hall.
But the numbers could increase before today’s 4.30pm deadline.
“We will continue to monitor the number of people registering to speak to make sure seating and other arrangements are adequate,” she said.
Earlier, mayor John Burt said he expected a diversity of opinion and strong debate in the chamber.
“There are nine councillors and those nine councillors all have their own point of view and those point of views will come out in the council chamber on Wednesday,” Cr Burt said during a media briefing last week.
Community members wishing to speak must register with the council’s governance unit by 4.30pm.
At the conclusion of the final submission, the council will debate the item.
The council-led recommendation calls on council officers to prepare a planning application for the hall’s demolition.
As part of tonight’s vote, the council will also consider endorsing a long-term vision for the site, which focuses on developing a ‘heart’ of Ballarat.
Cr Burt said the vision included new community, youth and outdoor spaces and a future development site for the private sector.