It was a picture that caused a flurry of interest on social media earlier this week: pictures of painted tracks snaking through rooms at the Ballarat Airport.
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Workers restumping the sheds at the airport discovered the strange paths when they tore up old carpet and lino in the buildings in the course of their work. It didn’t take long for the collective memory of Ballarat to kick in and recognise it as part of the former Ballarat Traffic School, where all ages of young people learned the basics of safe driving and the rules of the road.
Mayor Des Hudson shared his recollections of what went on there as he was the advising police officer, offering expertise in traffic skills.
“The traffic school was a fabulous institution,” says Mr Hudson. “It catered from pre-schoolers right through to secondary schoolers who were taught to drive on the road circuit there.”
Sadly the snaking paths are no more. They were rotted and torn up as part of a $75,000 renovation of the historic sheds.
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