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But it’s ugly’: Protecting Modern Heritage

Come along for the last forum in the Heritage Festival program with ‘‘But it’s ugly’: Protecting Modern Heritage.

When the Ballarat Civic Hall reopened in 2019 following significant restoration it ended a decade long debate about its heritage value. Completed in 1956, the modern hall with its prominent art deco features was the centre of civic events until 2002. Public outcry saw plans to demolish Civic Hall abandoned. Despite community campaigning, Civic Hall remains absent from the Victoria Heritage Register and is a clear example of where community support succeeded where formal heritage processes failed.

The panellists for this topic have direct experience in the protection of modern heritage, as project managers or as community campaigners. They will discuss the way that popular taste and restrictive ideas about what comprises heritage can be confronted, leading to the protection of challenging, even unloved, modern buildings, public art and public spaces.

Doors open at 5.15pm, please join for a complimentary drink before discussion begins at 6.00pm.


102 Stawell Street South, Eureka, VIC 3350Get directions


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.