Ballarat City Council: Eight buildings face the chop

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Ballarat City Council has identified eight buildings for decommissioning in its annual asset report for 2017.

The report rated council buildings across five categories, from “excellent” to “failed”.

Sixty per cent of buildings were in the second highest rated “good” category.

About 20 per cent were in the fair and less than 10 per cent are in the poor category.

Cr Daniel Moloney said many Ballarat residents would not even know the number of municipal buildings in the city.

“There are also houses, that council owns, shelter sheds and many different buildings I suspect are being under utiliesd,” he said.

“We are not able to necessarily keep up with renewal costs.”

Buildings listed for decommissioning include the Mount Helen Kindergarten, Budgerigar Club Hut at Ballarat Showgrounds, Residence Road Houses at the airport and the Midlands Scout Hall.

The report said the kindergarten had been deemed surplus to requirements.

A significant amount of asbestos has been reported in the Budgerigar hut, including the entire roof, which makes modifying or extending the building impracticable.

The Vickers Street Squash Centre has also been identified as costing more than is worth to renew.

Despite the loss of eight assets, council has also identified another 11 new assets.

This includes the now council-owned buildings at Mars Stadium, the Wendouree Sports and Recreation Centre and the Lucas Community Centre.

BALL: Kylie Dewar and Gabbi Dewar at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre. Picture: Lachlan Bence

BALL: Kylie Dewar and Gabbi Dewar at the Wendouree Sports and Events Centre. Picture: Lachlan Bence

The number number of council assets in “good” or “excellent” condition has remained closely in line with the last two years.

Council’s 672 assets are valued at more than $249 million.

Infrastructure and environment director Terry Demeo said council was moving in the right direction on its infrastructure management.

“It is a challenge and will continue to be, because we have a significant portfolio of buildings,” he said.

“Many were built in the 50s and 60s and are getting towards their use-by-dates.

“The days of a single purpose building for one club – we need to move away from that.”

Cr Moloney also said the report was just a start and he wanted to see more detail about council’s buildings.