The Interpretive Centre is to be located south of the existing Ballarat Tramway Museum depot in the South Gardens.

Project DescriptionTop of document.

The BTM has a large off-site storage facility, not available to the public, to house their excess of historic trams and equipment. Similarly, the Ballarat RSL Sub-Branch has over 5000 items in temporary storage and has been searching for a suitable facility to combine and display the total collection.

The BTM and the Ballarat RSL formed a joint committee to develop a Tramway and Military Interpretive Centre that they could share and which could also be utilised for the wider community and community groups. A 30 space car park fronting Gillies St will support the increased visitor numbers.

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.

MP Cordia and Associates have estimated the costs for construction to be $3,733,746 and annual operating and maintenance costs to be $142,195. The BTM have reviewed the operating costs based on including the input of skilled volunteer labour to repair and maintenance tasks, solar panels for power and insurance cover.

Proposed funding sources for construction

  • Government grant (Regional Development Victoria application)
  • BTM fundraising
  • Corporate sponsorship

Proposed funding sources for operation

  • Entrance fees
  • Donations

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