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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
The City of Ballarat's Economic Strategy 2010-2014 is nearing
The Economic Strategy will shape the city's future economy and help
guide growth for future years. It will also aim to consolidate Ballarat's
position as the capital of Western Victoria, from an economic and service
The Strategy will set the strategic direction for all business attraction,
business development, workforce skills provision and investment in and
The draft Strategy identifies key future growth areas for Ballarat's
economy as being Education, Health, Retail, Business Services, Tourism,
ICT and Manufacturing.
Ballarat's population is expected to increase by one third over the next 16
years. The Economic Strategy will seek to ensure that Ballarat is prepared,
and that our future economy is able to provide employment and services
to cater for this growth.
During development of the Strategy, evidence has shown that immediate
action can occur in three sectors -- Health, Education and Retail. Council
will undertake capability and gap reviews of these sectors in order to help
facilitate future investment and development, and accelerate
implementation of the Strategy.
The capability and gap reviews are expected to be completed by June
Similar research has already been undertaken and is being implemented
in the ICT and Manufacturing sectors. A separate Tourism Strategy has
already been developed and is supported by the Destination Board. This
group will drive strong industry development, coordination and marketing
activities across the sector.
Ballarat Aquatic Centre spa
facility a welcome addition
To fulfil the vision of a 'wellness zone' and meet the health and fitness
needs of the broader Ballarat community, Council voted for and accepted
plans for the inclusion of a new spa facility in the Ballarat Aquatic Centre
The initial design for the Ballarat Aquatic Centre redevelopment included
plans for a new spa facility, however the spa component was not
incorporated in the final plans as it was considered outside of the project
budget at that time.
Council was able to seize the opportunity to include a spa facility in this
important community centre due to overall efficiencies and the careful
management of Council finances.
The spa will include full disability access and is expected to aide people
in the treatment of a range of ailments. It is anticipated that the
redevelopment will be completed by October 2010.
Funded by the City of Ballarat, the Victorian Government and the Federal
Government, the $4.5 million redevelopment began in 2009 with the aim
of providing the community with high-quality active and passive aquatic
Below: An artist's impression of the new spa
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