SCAFFOLDING came down this week after works were completed on the main pavilion at the Ballarat Showgrounds.
It was all compliments and smiles for the City of Ballarat workers who have spent the past four weeks reconstructing the pavilion roof.
Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society director Gerard Ballinger, who had put in an Occupational Health and Safety report regarding the building’s stability, said the City of Ballarat had produced an outcome which would last for years.
“We just wanted to say a job well done. It’s very much appreciated,” he said.
“It was unstable and dangerous. When we had the storms it was all rattling.
“It was getting the point where it could have injured someone, but the council, to their credit, came out and we’re thankful for that.”
Ballarat Showgrounds development committee chairman Michael Daunt said the building was used for sheep shows and events such as the Rural Lifestyle Expo and would have been missed if it was unable to be fixed.
“We’ve been here since 1934 and, while the buildings are old, this is a useful and practical building,” Mr Daunt said.
New beams, corrugated iron roofing and windows were installed over the past month. City of Ballarat building and maintenance worker Barry Webb said the work would last at least another 30 years.