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.
The project: The Ballarat Station Precinct redevelopment will revitalise and transform the precinct into a commercial and cultural hub; a buzzing, thriving precinct for locals, commuters and visitors to enjoy. It will increase visitation and raise the profile of Ballarat, as well as create 140 local jobs and will act as a catalyst for ongoing business and investment opportunities.
In 2014, the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan was developed, providing short, medium and long term opportunities for the Precinct, all aimed at strengthening Ballarat’s reputation as a key regional destination for business and tourism activities.
The commitment: In 2015, State Government announced $25 million for the development of an integrated Hotel and Exhibition/Convention Centre. This location is expected to include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for exhibitions and conventions, and a range of quality retail and dining offerings. The project also includes the restoration of the Heritage Goods Shed, attracting a new mix of commercial activities. The City of Ballarat has been working closely with lead agency Regional Development Victoria and VicTrack to deliver the project.
Project status: On 25 November 2016 the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Jaala Pulford announced the Victorian Government has signed a Development Agreement with the Pellicano Group to deliver the project. The project’s final concept plans are now on public exhibition until 22 January 2017. Your comments will be provided to the developer for their consideration in preparing the Development Plan. Once finalised, the Development Plan will be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval, as the responsible planning authority for the project.
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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