Councillors to vote on filming Civic Hall interior

At its first meeting for 2014, to be held tomorrow night, Ballarat City Council will vote on whether safety crews can access and video the lower parts of Civic Hall. 

Councillor Belinda Coates will present a notice on motion to open parts of Civic Hall for the purposes of capturing on film what lies beneath. 

Cr Coates said the decision to raise the motion was in response to the Save the Civic Hall committee’s push late last year. 

“It’s in response to the community request for access to the lower part of the Civic Hall,” Cr Coates said.

“This way we’ll get more of a picture of what’s happening down there.” 

Cr Coates said this was the first formal move to inspect the lower Civic Hall.

While she didn’t expect the motion to be voted against, Cr Coates said anything could happen tomorrow. 

“It’s a pretty straightforward motion to get a video assessment that’s going to provide useful information,”  she said.

Last December, the Save Civic Hall committee called for access to the lower hall to see whether it could be repaired by volunteers.

At the time council chief executive, Anthony Schinck said it could be arranged. 

The foyer, main hall and upper level to the balcony were opened to the public for escorted groups to view in 2002, but the lower hall and stage area have been previously deemed unsafe for inspection.

Last September Ballarat City Council voted 6-3 in favour of demolishing the historic building.