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Successful refurbishment of a tired lady

The BMI was in a very sorry state: tired, run down and need of a lot of care and attention. The driving force in changing the fortunes of the BMI was the President of the day in 2011, Dr Frank Hurley. Showing vision, dedication and considerable expertise he was able to put together a number of submissions to convince government and others of the viability and long-term future of the Institute as a vital community organisation. The success of the refurbishment is a statement of what can be achieved by a community that cares about its heritage.

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute has shaken off its tired appearance and clothed itself in the magnificence of a décor befitting such a grand, historic building.

The refurbishment of the Institute has taken many years, with the involvement of people committed to ensuring that the Institute would flourish again.

The BMI values the support it receives from all its supporters from all tiers of Government through to individuals who give generously.