THE Civic Hall may go but fortune favours the statues of William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott.
City of Ballarat chief executive officer Anthony Schinck said the council’s heritage advice had been clear about the importance of retaining the two bronze statues on the site.
“If you look at the heritage work that sits behind this, the statues are considered to be quite significant and certainly in my thinking there hasn’t been a proposal put forward that’s ever contemplated moving the statues from the site,” Mr Schinck said.
“At this point in time there’s no definite decision in terms of the statues but I think the heritage advice is pretty clear.”
The statues, added to the site in the 1960s, portray a rare depiction of William Shakespeare as an actor/director by Andor Meszaras (1960), and Sir Walter Scott by Stanley Hammond (1961).
The council estimated it would cost $700,000 to $800,000 to demolish the hall.
But ratepayers would fork out up to $2 million when clearing and remediation of the land was factored into the equation.
“Depending on what council does with the site, and let’s base it on what their aspiration is, that’s up to $2 million to create that public domain space,” Mr Schinck said.