AROUND 200 people have attended a public meeting aimed at developing a united strategy in trying to block demolition of Civic Hall.
The Civic Hall supporters group met at the Ballarat library yesterday to discuss various issues around saving the hall such as planning, heritage and lobbying.
A number of speakers addressed the crowd, including Rosalie Bilson to speak on the legal framework of the issue and Ailsa Brackley Du Bois on adaptive reuse of Civic Hall.
Supporter Ron Egeberg said the event was about bringing together the many different groups of people who want to save the hall.
“It’s like an octopus, there are so many people from different walks of life. It’s a true show of community democracy at work,” he said.
“Now there is an opportunity through this group to become a united front and establish the proper processes to challenge council.”
As well as information events, there was also entertainment from acts Powerage, Monkeytin and The Electric Sunkings.
The group also sold “Save Civic Hall” keyrings to try and raise some money to fund the fight against council.
Some discussions during the session focused on challenging demolition at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and getting the group’s message out.
Mr Egeberg said the event was “very informative”, with the next event planned for next month to further develop the group’s strategic approach.
He said there had been some mention of the planning application taking six weeks and being put forward at Christmas, which would be “concerning”.
“We firmly believe that the support is there and that the right decision is to retain the Civic Hall,” he said.