Ballarat’s GovHub has been temporarily closed due to issues with the building caused by recent high winds.
One person telling Radio Ballarat there were “bits flying off” the side of the structure and damaging cars.
Government employees were told overnight to work from home.
“The Ballarat GovHub is closed today (23 November) to undertake a full assessment of the building’s façade and perform maintenance work following strong winds this week,” said a Department of Treasury and Finance spokesperson.
“The GovHub has been closed as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of staff and visitors while work is underway.”
“A decision about the re-opening of the GovHub will be made once the assessment has been completed and an update will be provided to staff and the community.”
The $100 million Armstrong Street building officially opened in April 2021, and was to house nearly 1000 public sector workers.
Operations out of the building include Vic Roads, Service Victoria, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Working with Children Check Victoria, the State Revenue Office, Regional Development Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the Department of Education and Training.