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Planning for Ballarat West
Growth in Ballarat West has been fast tracked thanks to a recent $2
million Federal Government funding announcement. Ballarat was one of
just eight projects across Australia to share in $50 million funding as part
of the government's Housing Affordability Fund.
Around 14,000 new homes are planned for Ballarat West, an area which
covers 1900 hectares.
As part of the next stage of the project a number of long-term strategic
plans will be prepared to detail how the new neighbourhoods will be
developed. The strategic plans, called Precinct Structure Plans, will ensure
that the Ballarat West area retains a sense of place and community, offers
affordable places to live and is environmentally sustainable.
The funding means that these plans can be fast tracked, from an
anticipated five years, to enable completion in just two years.
The Ballarat West area will include four residential precincts:
Precinct 1: Bonshaw Creek
Precinct 2: Greenhalghs Road
Precinct 3: Alfredton West
Precinct 4: Carngham Road
Planning for the precincts will involve consultation with key stakeholders
and the preparation of background studies, such as flora and fauna and
cultural heritage studies.
Plans for the precincts will consider affordable housing, vibrant activity
centres, local employment, business options, community facilities, open
spaces, urban design, accessible transport choices, utilities and services.
To complement planning in Ballarat West, work is also continuing on the
Ballarat West Employment Zone. This area will help create long-term
employment opportunities to cater for Ballarat's projected population
For more information contact Council's Strategic Planning unit on
5320 5650 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
From the CEO's desk
Data recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms that
Ballarat's population is booming. Our city's population has grown by 2.3
per cent to 94,088 in the 12 months to June 30, 2009.
This population increase comes as no surprise; Council has been
planning for this level of growth for some time.
In 2009 Council adopted the Ballarat West Growth Area Plan, an
important framework that provides us with a well-planned strategy that
considers economic, social, transport and infrastructure needs to ensure
we create a city that is liveable, viable, attractive and sustainable.
This growth will be accommodated in Ballarat West, with more than 1900
hectares of land in Alfredton, Delacombe and parts of Sebastopol ready
The planned development in Ballarat West has just been given a major
boost thanks to a $2 million Federal Government funding announcement
that will accelerate precinct structure plans for the area.
Precinct Structure Plans are critical as they consider affordable housing,
vibrant activity centres, local employment, urban design, accessible
transport options, utilities and services.
While the plans are already underway the extra funding means the project
can be fast tracked from an anticipated completion time of five years to
just two years.
To complement this planning, work is continuing on a number of other
projects that will support the Ballarat West Growth Area and indeed the
city well into the future.
The Ballarat Airport, identified as a future major employment precinct, is
undergoing infrastructure upgrades and the Ballarat Western Link Road
project has moved into the planning stage. Council also recently adopted
a Sports Precinct Strategy that provides the necessary framework to
ensure the long term viability of Ballarat's grass-based state, regional and
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