CIVIC Hall the sequel may not have been as well-attended as the first edition, but there was still plenty of passion in the room.
About 100 people, many of them familiar faces, returned to the Town Hall council chambers last night to hear whether the decision to demolish Civic Hall would be rescinded.
Yesterday afternoon the council confirmed that it had 47 public submissions to be heard on the Civic Hall – the same number as the first marathon meeting two weeks ago.
Protestors once again gathered out the front of the Town Hall to sing songs about saving the hall, and most were in for a big night.
Victoria Wardlaw said it was great to get a second chance to try to convince the council that the hall should be kept.
She anticipated the meeting would be as long – and as loud – as the first one.
“I did forget my cotton wool to stick in my ears tonight,” she laughed.
“I’ve already organised breakfast to be delivered. I think we could be here until seven in the morning.”
Early on, those present may have had a sense of deja vu as proceedings once again kicked off with a rowdy question time, which was subsequently extended past its customary 30 minutes.
There was applause from the gallery when councillors were quizzed on whether the building had heritage significance.
With another marathon meeting in the making, the council eventually voted that questions on Civic Hall be deferred to allow for other business.
In the chamber some people wore T-shirts with pictures of the Civic Hall on them and the words ‘adaptive re-use’.
At the start of the meeting a member of Victoria Police was present and there was an obvious increase in council staff, possibly in reaction to the rowdy nature of the meeting a fortnight ago.
Colin Young said it was important that those who were in favour of keeping the hall stood up to be counted.
He said he intended to stay the whole night.
“I’m not working tomorrow morning. I just think it will be a crime if they tear it down,” he said.