BALLARAT City Council expects it will be at least 12 months before Civic Hall sees a wrecking ball, even if a planning application to demolish it goes through.
Councillor Belinda Coates’ rescind motion was defeated on Wednesday night allowing the council to proceed with a planning application for the hall’s demolition.
But there is a long process ahead.
Mayor John Burt said it would take officers up to six weeks to prepare the formal application before it went on public exhibition for six weeks.
A final report would be considered by the council at an ordinary meeting, possibly early next year.
If the council votes to approve the application, anyone can lodge an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal within 21 days.
“If within this planning permit it goes through ... if it does go to VCAT it will still be nine to 12 months before anything can happen,” Cr Burt said.
The council voted on September 25 in favour of demolishing the Civic Hall, following a six-and-a-half-hour meeting.
Introducing her rescind motion on Wednesday, Cr Coates said she and some of the other councillors were not 100 per cent confident in the process.
“As stated tonight, many of the community members weren’t either,” she said.
“Every single aspect of this process will be scrutinised and every single one of us has to be sure it is following a due process.”
The council voted 6-3 against the initiative after more than seven hours of public submissions that ended just before 2am.
Councillors Samantha McIntosh and Vicki Coltman also questioned if the process was correct.
Cr McIntosh pointed to the fact the original recommendation to demolish the hall was led by councillors instead of officers.
“Where does that put us when it comes back into the chamber?” she said.
Cr Coltman was meanwhile concerned councillors might have conflicted the organisation’s planning staff.
But City of Ballarat chief executive officer Anthony Schick said the planning application would be prepared independently of the council’s decision.
Mr Schinck said he could not guarantee the planning application would stand up.