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The Civic Hall Walk (yesterday 23/10/11) was an open and well supported community event. It's estimated that in excess of 500 people attended the walk to show support against the City of Ballarat's proposed $40m redevelopment of the Civic Hall precinct (300 Mair Street).
A diverse range of community members attended the walk from primary school age through to seniors. They came together to sign petitions, network, and call for further community action.
The assembled group were able to share discussion about plausible alternatives and offer their years of valuable experience and knowledge of the Civic Hall - and other Community Spaces.
As a result Ballaratwalks has received a groundswell of support to hold a Community Forum open to all members of the wider Ballarat community.
Julia White, Ballaratwalks Spokesperson said :
"I am baffled as to why the City of Ballarat hasn't held an open and informative consultation."
"The Civic Hall Walk highlighted the concerns of community groups who have not been contacted to share their knowledge and experience in providing services and events for the community."
"This strong community response was not only about the Civic Hall Redevelopment , but also about community assets and space across Ballarat, in general."
Liana Skewes, Founder of Ballaratwalks commented:
"This Walk was needed to let the City Of Ballarat know that we are a strong community group made up of those willing to stand up and have their voices heard."
"Those who attended the walk were not only opposed to the $40m price tag , but also the lack of community consultation."
The Community Walk has reinforced the need for community action. Ballaratwalks is now planning to hold a community forum. To be held within November.
Ballaratwalks is calling for expressions of interest from the public and any community leaders or organisations. Please contact email@example.com to register your details.
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