Apr 22

Orphanage Decision Adjourned

This just in from Deb who has been leading the charge to save parts of the old orphanage from unnecessary demolition.
Hi BE Net,
The Council and Former residents went to VCAT today 22 /4/2014, it was scheduled for three days, however the panel heard some submissions and decided to adjourn the hearing till at later date. They did this because last week we had the Ballarat Planning Scheme Amendment C164 Proposed Rezoning Former Ballarat Asylum, Orphanage Children’s Home 200,200A & B Victoria Street Ballarat East. PLP/2013/119. and they want to see the outcome which is due in six weeks.

VCAT felt it was better to wait for the Ballarat Planning Scheme Amendment C164  hearing outcome before they could make their final decision for  demolition  of the site of the buildings .

Every submission from former residents and wider community did a totally tremendous job this outcome is the right one at this stage.

Where do we go from here? Former residents feel they need to write a letter to Council re: Planning Scheme and organise a meeting to discuss what they feel and ensure they understand what buildings are significant, what must remain and what can be reused.

At this Stage former residents and supporters who have been through this journey from the very beginning we have been able to save the Toddlers Block, Stawell Street Wall is now to remain intact , and the some trees, the journey has been long but been very rewarding.

A very big Thank You to everyone, this couldn’t be achieved without your support.



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