Councillor Ben Taylor


Ben Taylor was re-elected to serve South Ward residents in October 2016 having previously represented South Ward in the 2008-2012 term of Council.


Cr Taylor holds an Advanced Diploma of Business Management from the University of Ballarat and works as Business Development Manager at Ballarat’s Samsung Business Centre.


As a Councillor, Ben Taylor will take an ‘open to business’ approach; making activation of the Ballarat CBD a priority, a place where the business, retail and hospitality sectors will thrive, creating a stimulating destination for residents and visitors.


Cr Taylor will turn his focus to streamlining the planning process in an effort to encourage business and jobs growth; but ensuring Council’s approach to growth is strategic, planned and well managed.


With a strong commitment to the South Ward, Cr Taylor will work toward community building in areas like Sebastopol and Ballarat East, to strengthen and increase community involvement and engagement.


Ben, his wife and their four children recently moved to Buninyong in the historic heart of the South Ward. He is active as a coach and player with the Wildcats Basketball Club.


Councillor Taylor represents the Growth and Development Portfolio.



  • Clean Ballarat Committee
  • CEO Performance Review Special Committee
  • Contracts Approval Special Committee
  • Ballarat West Town Common
  • Buninyong Community Hall Committee
  • Castlemaine Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Coghills Creek/Glendaruel Cemetery
  • Learmonth Cemetery
  • Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility Advisory Committee
  • Lake Wendouree and Gardens Advisory Committee