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Bridge Mall gets green light for funding


The City of Ballarat's council meeting had a packed agenda last night.

Millions of dollars worth of funding for projects around Ballarat were announced, in line with the council's draft budget plans.

Bridge Mall has received the go ahead by councillors, who voted to spend $15 million on revitalising Bridge Mall and Bakery Hill. It was revealed last week the plans by the Council to re-open Bridge Mall to traffic, although it has attracted some criticism, including from long-serving councillor Des Hudson, who recalled the 23,000 signatures on a petition in 2003 to keep traffic out of the Bridge Mall area.

Civic Hall has been allocated $2 million to the second stage of its works, while restoration works the ballroom at the Town Hall could receive $1.9 million.

Funding for South Street was also on the agenda, with $240,000 allocated to the eisteddfod over 4 years to help increase participation, and attract larger audiences. The eisteddfod has struggled in maintaining its attendance levels since Her Majesty's was closed for restoration and renovation works, and saw a drop of 18 per cent in its audience last year. 

The draft budget is open for public consultation on Monday, with the plans set to be aided by a rate increase to 2.5 per cent.