Tourism site forced to move

BALLARAT’S Visitor Information Centre will be forced to move out of its Lydiard Street North headquarters when its lease expires in September this year. 

And Ballarat Regional Tourism (BRT) does not know where they will relocate the centre.

The need to determine a new location of the information centre is outlined in BRT’s six month report to Ballarat City Council.

The report said the future location of the centre would need to be addressed by BRT in the next six months. 

BRT chief executive George Sossi said the tourism body was in discussions with the building owner. 

“We have a lease which we are negotiating. The owner does want to develop the building over time,” Mr Sossi said. “We have always known the (building’s lease) would be up soon.” 

Ballarat City Council Mayor Joshua Morris said council had a few ideas of where the centre would be relocated.

“There are lots of ideas ... but we need to make sure the visitor information centre still meets the needs of the public,” he said. 

Mr Sossi said the centre needed to stay in the CBD. 

“It should remain in centre of town, but it all depends on what is available,” Mr Sossi said. 

The move comes as no surprise to residents.

In May last year it was reported the centre would move into the State Bank building in Sturt Street.

kara.irving@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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