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B31 - Ballarat Business
Local businesses and employees have the opportunity to gain expert business
advice as part of Ballarat Business Month - B31 - to be held throughout
More than 25 events will be held up until 31 August, each providing the
information, skills, methods and network opportunities required to sustain
and grow business.
Local individuals and businesses can choose to attend workshops, briefings,
presentations and networking opportunities, all held locally.
Risk management, marketing, workplace behaviour, business and succession
planning, and human resources are just some of the themes to be explored
at this year's B31 event.
Other notable events include a site visit to Ollie's Lollies, a 'Trapped'
planning session at Sovereign Hill and an evening of networking presented
by Commerce Ballarat.
The CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards will once again
be a major celebration of the achievements of local businesses.
B31, of which Council is a major sponsor, complements the business support
services which Council provides throughout the year, including assistance
and information, referrals on starting or growing your business, strategic
research and planning and funding opportunities.
For more information on the range of events on offer visit
Ballarat freight hub to move
Council has begun planning to secure an efficient freight network into the
future while supporting Ballarat industry and Ballarat jobs.
The Ballarat Freight Hub Feasibility Study, adopted last month, provides
clear direction to Council, government and business in planning for the
expected increase in Ballarat's freight needs.
The study supports a key direction of Council's Economic Strategy, which
identifies the need to provide transport and logistical infrastructure that will
enhance the ability of Ballarat's manufacturers to be competitive, and to be
able to access export markets utilising low cost freight solutions.
The study recommended a two-stage approach -- secure the road freight
network in the short term and commence a program to preserve land for
the future needs of the rail freight network in the long term.
The current CBD location of the Ballarat Freight Terminal in the rail yards
is no longer appropriate for freight operations. This is due to limited room
for expansion, inadequate proximity to existing industry and inadequate
access to major highways.
The Ballarat airport precinct, also known as the Ballarat West employment
zone, has been identified as the ideal location for a future road freight
hub. This site will enable the growth of existing businesses, the attraction
of new industry and creation of new jobs to support the growing Ballarat
The employment zone also has access to the national freight network, and
will have access to the future Ballarat Western Link Road.
Although projections indicate that rail freight volumes will not be sufficient
to justify a rail freight hub until the year 2024, the study recommends that
Council begin planning to ensure development can occur in the future.
Council will now begin the process of developing and implementing an
investment attraction plan for the employment zone.
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