Ballarat East Town Hall Gardens
We know that once this belonged to Ballarat East. It was in Barkly Street, on the north end, on the East side, and faced Main Road.
And how it contributed to the growth and democracy of our beautiful Ballarat East. And how it was the very centre of the Ballarat East civic centre that included a library, police station, fire station, while nearby was the train station, private hospital and then on Main Road all the shops, pubs, hostels and joss houses.
However since that time many changes have been made. The Town Hall demolished (replaced by a school, now the senior campus of Ballarat Secondary College), the police station demolished, a fire decided the fate of many enterprises in Main Road. So what now? Who can use it? Who owns it? Who will take care of it? Why aren’t we celebrating it? Why doesn’t it appear in our tourism information? What shall we do? Was it demolished in the move to obliterate Ballarat East (or is the chip on my shoulder getting bigger?)