Abandoned Site Has Ballarat Heritage overlay precinct.
In December 2010 the for-sale sign went up on the site it was sold to Ballarat developers.
Almost five years on still no redevelopment to the site, It has become an eye sore and heartbreaking to many past residents and many associated with the site, many now saying Bulldoze the site there are those who keep up the fight to save the early 1900's buildings of the Toddlers Block and the Orphanage / Children's Home School which the developers through the submission process has agreed to remain on the site .
Ballarat East Victoria .
"Development process a ‘debacle’ "
The owners of the controversial former Ballarat Orphanage site have hit out at the City of Ballarat, asking why councillors don’t support the development of a proposal backed by peak statutory bodies.
Labelling the site an eyesore and comparing its uncertain future to the Civic Hall, part-owner Gerard Cosgrave said the proposed development had become a debacle, slamming the council for its reluctance to build on the dilapidated site.
Mr Cosgrave purchased the site in 2011 and said it was unprecedented for a local council to vote against Heritage Victoria and the State Planning Board.
He was reluctant to comment on a recent Victoria Police search of the site for the bodies of former residents. But he said there was now nothing stopping council from backing his development.
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The owners and developers choose to take City of Ballarat Council and many past residents on from the very first day of proceedings Council told the developers at the first council meeting it wasn't going to be a walk over to demolition the whole former orphanage site. Past residents were asking the developers to save only two buildings Toddlers Block, School house and the Stawell Street wall. The buildings that were mentioned should have been boarded up for less damage to happen. No the owners and developers handed the community an open invitation to the site leaving all doors wide open and this has become the result.