THE controversial Civic Hall is rapidly becoming a Facebook favourite.
At least six Facebook pages have been set up since 2011, when plans were unveiled for a $40 million council office on the site, with five appearing in favour of retaining the abandoned Mair Street building and only one pushing for its demolition.
The Save Civic Hall page has 241 likes, the Save the Civic Hall Skate Park page – featuring Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball – has 65, the Ballarat Civic Hall page has 246, the Civic Community Progress Group page has 63 and the Civic Hall “Come to Life” page has 65.
In comparison, the Pull Down the Civic Hall page has just 29 likes but was only set up three days ago. On its creation on September 4, the Ballarat Civic Hall page has posted its aim is to “gather community opinions on the future of the Civic Hall”.
It also includes a community poll in which 171 people have voted, with 78 per cent in favour of restoration and 22 per cent wanting it demolished.
The Civic Community Progress Group founded last year says it is a “group to assist in building and fostering an ambitious vision within the community of Ballarat” while the Civic Hall “Come to Life” page is aimed at adapting the building for reuse.
The Pull Down the Civic Hall page says it is: “A page to post your support towards pulling down the Ballarat Civic Hall and to prevent further rate payer dollars being wasted on fighting off a small minority of out of touch historians”.