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Compelling case for stage
one of Ballarat Western
Ballarat City Council has received a report presenting a compelling case for
the staged construction of the Ballarat Western Link Road, in particular stage
one; a $38 million project which would see a dual carriageway constructed
between Remembrance Drive (at Dysons Drive) and the Western Freeway.
Council is undertaking a signficant planning project to accommodate
for the considerable growth that Ballarat will experience in the near
future. The majority of this growth will occur in the west, with significant
expansion planned for residential and industrial development, along with
the development of a major Freight Hub.
Development of the Ballarat Western Link Road is vital in ensuring the future
of Ballarat's manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is a key growth sector
of the Ballarat economy, representing 15 per cent of the workforce, and
generating $3.8 billion of the city's $10.4 billion annual gross domestic
product. The manufacturing sector relies heavily on road freight networks
and it is therefore vital to the future of the sector that we upgrade our road
infrastructure by developing the Ballarat Western Link Road.
Construction of the proposed Ballarat Freight Hub is heavily dependent upon
appropriate road access to the site. Research has shown that development
of the new Ballarat Freight Hub, and 134 hectares of surrounding industrial
land would generate direct output of $2,300 million and 3,900 new jobs.
The construction of the Ballarat Western Link Road plays a critical part in
realising the enormous potential of this project.
Council has endorsed the Western Link Road as a priority project, and
continues to lobby for stage one of the road to commence as rapidly as
From the CEO's desk
In this issue of myballarat you will note a number of pages dedicated to
the role that Council plays in mitigating, preparing for and responding to
emergencies. Council works closely with numerous agencies including the
CFA, DSE and DHS, as well as welfare and support agencies, to ensure that
the city is reducing its risk of emergency, as well as preparing and planning
for the eventuality that something, somewhere could go wrong.
These potential emergencies are wide ranging and often out of anyone's
control. They can be natural disasters such as fire and severe storms,
heatwaves, pandemic outbreaks or major accidents.
As we head into the warmer months, Council is turning its attention to
preparing the city for another hot dry summer and the potential for bush
fires. It is important that all residents now prepare their properties, clear
any bush or vacant blocks and put in place their bushfire survival plans.
The heavy rains and floods of September were a great example of situations
when thorough planning can avert disaster. After years of prolonged drought,
it seemed almost inconceivable to be planning for flood, but because the
plans and preparation had been done by the various agencies, responses
were quick and thorough.
However, while the waters have receded, Council is still dealing with the
aftermath of such heavy rain on drought affected infrastructure.
One of the most obvious impacts has been on the municipality's roads,
particularly those in the rural areas. Sub-surfaces of roads have been
weakened by years of hot, dry weather. The wet winter just past has resulted
in softening, pot-holes and cracks.
Council has put together a dedicated team to respond to the increased
maintenance requirements. Crews have been out assessing roads, Customer
Service has been prioritising issues and extra work crews have been put on
to make sure the pot-holes are repaired as quickly as possible.
There are a few roads across the municipality that require re-sheeting or
rebuilding and these have been prioritised as part of Council's annual road
If you have noticed degraded roads in your local area due to the rains and
floods please call Council's Customer Service Centre on 5320 5500.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
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