Working Heritage has now completed major conservation works on Ballan Courthouse.
Ballan Courthouse was showing the effects of its 140 years of use and had been uninhabitable since 2013. Engineering investigations revealed that major works were required to ensure the building could continue to be used into the future.
The building received a new lease of life through major works. The works involve underpinning footings, repairing plasterwork and re-rendering and painting. Crews have been onsite since August 2015 undertaking the precise and challenging work. The works represent significant investment in the future of the buildings by Working Heritage.
An official re-opening was held on 3 December 2015 with representatives of Working Heritage, Ballan Shire Historical Society, Moorabool Shire and Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, in attendance. The building is home to Ballan Shire Historical Society who are in the process of moving themselves and their collections back into the courthouse.
Built from 1872-76 the building is one of the earliest remaining small courthouses in country Victoria.
Ballan Courthouse in 2013
Works underway in 2015
Ross Turnbull (Executive Officer, Working Heritage), Geoff Howard (Member for Buninyong), Helen Weston (Chairperson, Working Heritage), Richard Biden (Secretary, Ballan Shire Historical Society) at the re-opening in December 2015.