BALLARAT’S latest landmark made its towering appearance yesterday.
The new flagpole at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) was lifted aloft.
A Ballarat City Council spokesperson said the new pole is situated near the new centre entrance, in between the main building and the playground.
“Standing 30 metres high, the new structure features a more traditional flagpole style,” the spokesperson said.
The former flagpole was a giant mast which held a massive Eureka Flag above the centre.
However, the flag was torn in half by a windstorm in June 2009 and the mast was taken down when an $11 million revamp of the former Eureka Centre began.
“The flagpole is part of the former Eureka sail structure,” the spokesperson said.
“More than 50 per cent of the former Eureka Centre has been adaptively reused as part of the construction of the new Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.”
The Eureka Centre was opened in 1998, with the original sail and flagpole design chosen to represent the mass migration of people to the goldfields.
The centre is undergoing a revamp, with local business Nicholson Constructions building over the existing facility, to attract more visitors and provide a proper base for the Eureka story.
The new centre will feature a theatre, “knowledge tower” and will form a natural amphitheatre overlooking the Eureka Stockade site.
It is expected to open later this year, with the iconic Eureka Flag moving from the Art Gallery of Ballarat into the centre under a loan agreement.