Located in the heart of Ballarat, the Ballarat Station is a gateway to the city, a CBD landmark and one of the grandest Victorian-era station buildings in the state.
BALLARAT STATION PRECINCT REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2016
Public Hearings will be held to give nominated parties (including those that made a submission) the opportunity to make a presentation at the hearing. The arrangements for the Hearings are likely to be as outlined below. Confirmation of the arrangements will be sent to the parties that make a submission.
11.00 am on Friday 19 February 2016 'The Annexe' at Art Gallery of Ballarat Lydiard Street BALLARAT
Commencing on Tuesday 8 March 2016 and continuing as required 'The Annexe' at Art Gallery of Ballarat Lydiard Street BALLARAT
The Ballarat Station Precinct is underutilised, does not operate efficiently and many of the significant historic buildings are in decay. Revitalisation of the precinct will improve land use, stimulate the local economy and provide community benefits.
What is the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan?
In 2014, the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan was launched to provide a long term vision for the site. The document identifies short, medium and long term opportunities for the Station Precinct, all aimed at strengthening Ballarat’s reputation as a key regional destination for business and tourism activities.
In early 2015, the Victorian Government announced its commitment of up to $25 million towards the development of an integrated Hotel and Exhibition/Convention Centre. The development will include a remediation of the Heritage Goods Shed and delivery of public open spaces, along with a range of transport-related outcomes in partnership with the private sector.
A redevelopment will not only increase visitation and raise the profile of Ballarat, it will also create around 140 local jobs and will act as a catalyst for ongoing business and investment opportunities.
The project will revitalise and transform the Ballarat Station Precinct into a commercial and cultural hub; a buzzing, thriving precinct for locals, commuters and visitors to enjoy.
It will restore the prominence of the Heritage Goods Shed while attracting a new mix of commercial activities and providing a more efficient, safe and vibrant transport interchange.
The project recognises the importance of a new commercial enterprise for the long term growth of the Ballarat economy as well as the historical significance of the Heritage Goods Shed.
Who are the project partners?
The project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and will be led by Regional Development Victoria (RDV) in collaboration with the City of Ballarat, VicTrack and the transport division of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
What is the project timeline?
EOI Launch 9 November 2015
Community Information Session 7 December 2015
EOI Close 17 December 2015
Commencement of Request For Proposal (RFP) Phase April 2016
Conclusion of RFP Phase June 2016
Finalisation of contractual arrangement with the successful developer/operatorSeptember 2016
Detail design, planning process and second community information sessionDecember 2016