Blast from the past – Ballan


111 Inglis St Ballan has seen some huge changes since the turn of the millenium.

It was transformed into an artistic wonderland in 2001, when artist Lou Callow built a multicoloured wall built from local rocks and then decorated it with everything from pieces of china to electrical parts and utensils.

The community donated interesting bits and pieces after an article in The Moorabool Leader.

Sculptures and fishponds soon followed.

In 2005, when the photos in this video were taken, it was about to become the Flying Teapot Cafe.

These days it is a bustling Lioness service club Op Shop, encouraging locals to recycle their goods while pouring tens of thousands of dollars into local community groups.

Steptoes is back in business as the threat of COVID19 eases, but only 10 people at a time are allowed inside.

Collection of donations will not start for several weeks.

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