Seven Ballarat residents have been appointed as members of the new Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee.
In October 2018, Ballarat City Council approved the establishment of the Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee and officially appointed the seven committee members.
The committee was established to provide strategic advice to inform the transition and re-establishment of the Eureka Centre, following the closure of the Museum of Australian Democracy in April 2018.
The committee will serve as a resource of knowledge and advice on matters relating to the promotion, commemoration and celebration of the Eureka Stockade and its legacy.
The committee is chaired by the City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh. Deputy Mayor Jim Rinaldi and Cr Daniel Maloney are also represented, with Council officers contributing in an ex-officio capacity.
The City of Ballarat has appointed seven community representatives, who are experts in the fields of education, history, heritage, media, economic development and tourism, to ensure strong stakeholder involvement in the development of the Eureka Centre.
Providing a critical link between the City of Ballarat, the people of Ballarat, and the Eureka story, the committee will provide recommendations and advice to the City of Ballarat from a skills-based perspective on the ongoing interpretation of the Eureka story.
“The committee will help realise Council’s directive to reimagine the Eureka Centre as a vibrant community hub and visitor attraction that honours the legacy of the 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising,” Ballarat Mayor and Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee Chair said.
“From a very impressive field of candidates we have appointed a dynamic group of people who bring to the table a wide range of experiences and knowledge.
“Eureka is something that evokes a lot of passion in our community. It is important that we involve our community in developing a new vision for the Eureka Centre during this important time of renewal.”
The committee met formally for the first time on 3 December 2018 to contribute to the development of an Interpretive Plan for the Eureka Centre.
The Interpretive Plan will establish a long-term vision for the Eureka Centre and the site it sits that reflects aspects of the Eureka story and site of most importance to the community, including those with a deep connection to the history of the Eureka Stockade.
Community members can also contribute to the Interpretive Plan by sharing their thoughts on the future of the Eureka Centre through an online survey.
To complete the survey, visit mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au before the 31 March 2019.
Community drop-in sessions will also be held on Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 March from 2.30pm to 7pm at the Eureka Centre.