BWEZ is a long term project to unlock land for industry and has the potential to deliver 9,000 local jobs for our community & inject $5 billion into the economy annually.
Situated nearby the Ballarat West Growth Area, the Ballarat Airport, rail infrastructure and the Western Link Road, BWEZ is an ideal site that will improve transport connections, generate investment and further enhance Ballarat as a thriving regional centre. The City of Ballarat has been working in partnership with the Victorian Government through Major Projects Victoria to prepare the site for development.
Funding announced in State Budget will see works on Stage One of the BWEZ subdivision undertaken. Works will include:
subdivision of lots within the BWEZ;
construction of internal roads;
installation of services; and
marketing and other sales costs of allotments.
What is the Ballarat West Employment Zone?
The Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is a 623 hectare (438 developable) precinct located to the west of Ballarat Ring Road and Learmonth Road on the northwest urban fringe of Ballarat, 7km from the CBD.
It will be home to a range of employment generating industries including; transport and logistics, manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade and enabling industries like research and development.
The BWEZ has been master planned to ensure the best outcome for businesses and the Ballarat Region. The site is owned by Council (Ballarat Airport) and the Victorian Government.
BWEZ has unparalleled access to road, rail and aviation infrastructure. It is high performance freight vehicle accessible, adjacent to the $38 million Western Link Road and is easily accessible to Melbourne and its port.
The project is being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government through Major Projects Victoria.
Ballarat is growing. Ballarat is one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities. To support the projected population increase Ballarat requires 15,000 new jobs in the next 15 years. BWEZ will be a key driver of future employment and economic growth in Ballarat. >Ballarat - The Capital of Western Victoria Plan.
Industrial land supply is constrained. BWEZ will ensure Ballarat has an appropriate supply of industrial land. This will mean Ballarat will be competitive and attract larger businesses to Ballarat.
Escape expenditure will be reduced. BWEZ targets those industry sectors that have the potential to capture part of Ballarat’s annual $1.9 billion escape expenditure. This is the amount lost to other Australian cities, particularly Melbourne, through the purchase of goods and services by Ballarat businesses.