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A bid to bring FIFA World Cup
soccer to Ballarat
With construction of a world-class regional soccer facility already
underway, the City of Ballarat may become a FIFA World Cup training site
if Australia's bid to host the event in 2018 or 2022 is successful.
Football Federation Australia approached Council to become a bid
partner and earmarked the proposed $8.6 million Ballarat Regional
Soccer Facility at Morshead Park as a potential training site.
Designs for the proposed first-class soccer facility will include a public
spectator grandstand, a community meeting and function area, change
facilities for four teams, a commercial kitchen, two synthetic pitches and
two turf pitches.
Construction of the State Government-funded $1 million synthetic pitch
is about to commence.
If successful, the host and sponsorship arrangement will not only promote
the sport locally but have significant tourism and economic benefits for
A decision regarding where the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and 2022 will be
held will be made in December. If successful, FIFA will inspect Ballarat's
regional soccer facility in 2015 and officially appoint it as a World Cup
Above: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin with Football Federation South Western
Victoria committee member and Ballarat Soccer and Sports Club president
Western Link Road progress
Further addressing the need to provide an accessible road network for the
Ballarat West Growth Area, Ballarat City Council accepted a report
outlining a suitable road configuration for the future Western Link Road
which will link the Western Freeway with the Midland Highway south of
Based on studies conducted during 2009, the report recommended a
road one lane wide in each direction from the Midland Highway to the
Glenelg Highway, and ultimately two lanes wide (if required) in each
direction between the Glenelg Highway and the Western Freeway.
Expected to be constructed by 2031, the four-lane road will improve
safety and traffic flow, reduce congestion and enhance access to and
from the Ballarat West area. Critical to Ballarat's future sustainability, the
road will service Ballarat's population growth.
Significant planning and research has been undertaken to address
planning issues and social impacts such as land use issues, flora, fauna
and cultural heritage.
A further detailed assessment will be conducted on the road's potential
impact on flora, fauna, cultural heritage and hydrology.
A Public Acquisition Overlay process will be implemented to reserve the
land for future use. Affected landowners will be notified and provided with
an opportunity to comment and make submissions either supporting or
opposing the amendment. An independent panel may be appointed by
the Minister for Planning if issues addressed in the submissions are not
resolved by Council.
Below: Map showing the preferred road alignment for the future Western Link Road
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