TRADERS in the Mair Street 300 block are united over the Civic Hall – just do something.
The traders, whose businesses all overlook the abandoned hall now slated for demolition by Ballarat City Council, also mainly want the building retained.
Tanya Mosby of Pyro Tribal & Rustic Art said she and husband Peter did not want the hall knocked down, mainly because of the parking and construction havoc it would cause.
“But I guess whatever they do will create havoc,” she said.
Renee Ryan and Belinda Rennie of ICP Hair Academy both agreed they didn’t want the hall bulldozed.
Ms Ryan suggested it should be used for shops while Ms Rennie wanted the return of deb balls.
“It would be crazy to knock it down,” Ms Rennie said.
“Our clients are all against it being demolished too.”
Paper, Ribbon and Lace owner Abby Vanstan also agreed it should be reused.
“I think it’s ridiculous to knock it down. But I just want them to hurry up and do something,” Ms Vanstan said.
Teresa Cole from Prickleberry Sourdough also said “just do something”.
“But preferably something that’s not going to cost a lot of money,” Ms Cole said.
Prickleberry Sourdough owner Oskar Janczewski also wanted the building retrofitted for shops.
A Cycle City spokesperson, who did not wish to be named, said he didn’t care either way but just wanted something done.
Another trader, who also didn’t wish to publicly weigh into the debate, said: “It’s not an icon, it’s an eyesore”.