City of Ballarat to revamp prominent intersection space for cultural gatherings

February 7, 2023 5:31 am in by
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A prominent yet underutilised space at a Ballarat intersection is set for a revamp.

The City of Ballarat is looking for community feedback on its plans for an Intercultural Garden at the City Oval corner of Sturt and Pleasant Streets.

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The garden would feature plants from around the world, and will be available for diverse cultural groups to gather for celebration. The vision is the result of a decade long discussion for the City of Ballarat Intercultural Advisory Committee in looking for a way to unify Ballarat’s cultural groups.

Ideas on how to fill the space are open to suggestion, with the option for a themed garden, an art space and culturally representative statues among others; the City of Ballarat says it will in a similar vein to the Victoria Street garden bed.

The City of Ballarat and the IAC say ultimately it will be “a community place for all cultures to gather; a place to share food and stories, perform, meet friends and make new connections”.

Drop-in consultation sessions will be held at the site of the proposed garden at the north-western corner of the intersection of Sturt and Pleasant streets at the following times: 

  • Wednesday 8 February, 4pm-5.30pm 
  • Thursday 9 February, 12pm-1.30pm 
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  • Wednesday 15 February, 11.30am-1pm 
  • Thursday 16 February, 5pm-6.30pm 
  • Wednesday 22 February, 4pm-5.30pm 

Feedback on the garden can be provided here.