The proposed location for the Prisoners of War Story Centre is to the west of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial on the Gillies Street side of the Cedar Avenue, in the South Gardens area of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Project DescriptionTop of document.

The Prisoners of War Story Centre will provide enhanced interpretation and telling of the 36,000 Australian Prisoners of War stories that are commemorated at the adjacent‘nationally significant’ Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial.

The Centre will accommodate display/interpretation areas, small staff amenities area and toilet facilities. The building has been designed as a low profile ‘garden wall’ structure which will with raised sloping garden beds blend into the garden environment. The Centre will have an internal contemplative courtyard for quiet reflection and the main area will have uninterrupted views over the Ex-POW War Memorial.

Project BenefitsTop of document.

The Ballarat community will gain an all seasons tourist attraction and community venue in the Lake precinct, complementing and enhancing the other existing attractions such as the Botanical Gardens, the Ex-POW memorial and the existing Tramway Museum.


  • a facility to allow most of the BTM trams to be in one location and the RSL to showcase their 5000 items of historic artefacts
  • a facility to showcase the rich film and photographic archives of both organisations that will bring to life the social and cultural history of Ballarat
  • an increase in tourist visits to >Ballarat
  • a tourist information site in the gardens
  • a temporary display area for community organisations
  • an increase in local volunteering opportunities

Project FinancialsTop of document.

A preliminary Opinion of Probable Costs has indicated that a base construction cost would be in the order of $700,000 plus display/presentation fitout, authority fees + charges,consultant fees and GST.

An estimate of the indicative annual cost to operate and maintain the Prisoners of War Story Centre would be in the order of $60,000 - $80,000 per annum.

The Trustees of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial have around $200,000 to invest in this project and there is potential for additional funding to be sourced from other State Prisoners of War Committees along with State and Federal Grants.

The Trustees may need to seek some grants from the City of Ballarat for help with some of the ongoing operating costs for this facility.

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