New advisors for Eureka legacy

February 20, 2019 BY

Advice and expertise: The new Eureka advisory committee is Serena Eldridge, Ross Haby, City of Ballarat deputy mayor Cr Jim Rinaldi, mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh, Cr Daniel Moloney, Mary-Rose McLaren, Phillip Moore and Samantha Fabry. Absent from the photo are Fred Cahir and Ron Egeberg. Photo: SUPPLIED

A NEW Eureka Centre advisory committee has been established to assist the transitioning and redevelopment of the museum and provide strategic advice.

The seven Ballarat residents on the committee will act as resources, each bringing with them their own expertise and knowledge in education, history, heritage, media, economic development and tourism.

The committee will link the council, people of Ballarat and the Eureka story, making suggestions about how best to approach promotion, commemoration and celebration of the Stockade legacy.

Members include Phillip Moore, Dr Mary-Rose McLaren, Ross Haby, Samantha Fabry, Serena Eldridge, Ron Egeberg and Dr Fred Cahir. City of Ballarat mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh is chairing the committee.

Deputy mayor, Jim Rinaldi and Cr Daniel Maloney are represented, as council officers are contributing in an ex-officio way.

“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,” Cr McIntosh said.

“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.

“Eureka is something that evokes a lot of passion.”

The group are developing an interpretive plan to help create a long-term vision for the centre and the community is encouraged to contribute their thoughts before 31 March at mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au.

Drop-in sessions on Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 March from 2.30pm to 7pm, will give the community an opportunity to have their say in person at the Eureka Centre.

The Eureka Centre was once known as the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka which closed in April 2018.

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