Victoria, Ballarat, Transition Exhibition

EVENT DATE:  Saturday  14 November 2015

After 12 months of extensive consultation with the community, the final five Urban Design Concepts for the development of the Civic Hall site will be unveiled to the public. This is a relaxed family oriented event, with bands playing throughout the day, food and activities for the kids.

People are welcome to view the detailed information boards at their leisure. The architects will also run group presentations explaining all the options, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. This special day follows 12 months of gathering and synthesising feedback from Ballarat’s diverse communities.

Date:  Saturday  14 November 2015
Venue:  Civic Hall, Ballarat
Address:  Corner of Mair and Doveton Street
Time:  10am-4pm
Entry:  Free


Ballarat’s Civic Hall was opened on 20 August 1956, a grand new civic meeting space to replace the deteriorating Alfred Hall, which closed its doors for the last time on the same day. The Civic Hall was built to last, of only the best materials. Mayor Nathaniel Callow, in opening the hall, anticipated that ‘the hall will be of immense value to the developments of the cultural and artistic tastes of the community, and also give full and free enjoyment for many other purposes.’

From that time the hall became the focus of many important social, cultural and political events, with the main hall able to seat 1500 people, or else to be cleared to reveal a wonderful dance floor. A smaller hall to seat 440 people was incorporated under the main hall.

The last civic event held at the Hall was the Mayoral Ball hosted by Mayor Vendy on 26 November 2002.

Since 2014 a community consultation process has been in place to make recommendations for the use or re-purposing of the buildings on this site.