Ballarat’s gracious, historical building with every convenience of the 21st century
In 2011 the BMI received generous funding from Federal, State and Local Government, as well as Heritage Victoria, the Potter Foundation and the Williamson Foundation to restore the BMI to its former glory. These grants ensured that the BMI would retain its history while ensuring its ongoing relevance to the needs of a contemporary society.
The library, meetings rooms and theatre have all been restored to meet the exacting historical records. The refurbishment included putting in a lift so that everyone is now able to share in this beautiful building.
The successful completion of the refurbishment would not have been possible without the commitment of the Victorian Government that pledged $3.5 million to the project. Other major sponsors included:
• Heritage Victoria $300,000
• Commonwealth Government $410,000
• The Ian Potter Foundation $300,000
• Hugh D Williamson Trust $150,000
• City of Ballarat $75,000
• Commonwealth Bank of Australia $60,000
• Rotary Club of Ballarat South $37,500