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Civic Hall site redevelopment
moves to next stage
Council has endorsed a Masterplan recommendation for a $135 million
redevelopment of the Civic Hall site. The proposal includes Council
constructing a $27 million administrative facility and up to $13 million
for the delivery of 270 public car parks.
The Masterplan will enable the Civic Hall site to act as a key catalyst for the
private sector to deliver up to 27,000 square metres of office space and
another 815 plus car parking spaces on site, eventually delivering 1,085
new car parking spaces to the CBD over the course of the project.
The project will deliver a major boost to Ballarat's CBD with jobs growth,
increased commercial office accommodation, additional car parking and
public open space. The recommended option will also see the demolition
of the Civic Hall.
Three masterplan options were costed and varied from $27.3 million
to $35.5 million. The recommended option is the cheapest of the three
options put forward by the Masterplan Working Group and will see Council
as a key tenant of the site.
The recommended option will deliver the largest amount of new office floor
space, incorporate a large, high quality public plaza and, importantly, better
integrate community access to the Library with direct pedestrian links.
The proposed new Council building development on the Civic Hall site will
allow Council to consolidate its operations under one roof. A purpose built
facility is also the most cost efficient way to deliver a six star environmental
rating rather than trying to retrofit existing buildings.
The next steps will involve Council beginning a commercial development
process for the design of the site. This will also see the establishment of
a Community Advisory Committee that will facilitate ongoing community
consultation into the final design outcome.
The development of the Civic Hall site is a key part of the CBD Strategy,
Car Parking Strategy and the Economic Strategy already endorsed by
From the CEO's desk
As another calendar year comes to an end, Council has again completed
a round of community consultation and reflection on its performance and
The recent Community BBQs and Summit were an opportunity for Councillors,
staff and the community to review progress, check priorities and reaffirm the
direction of the city and organisation. Significant work has taken place since
the previous Summit and Ballarat is now reaping the rewards. The recent
funding announcements that came out of the state and previous federal
elections were the direct result of Council's rigorous lobbying program, based
on these priorities. These newly funded initiatives add to Council's already
large list of major projects that are already being delivered right now.
In addition to these major projects, Council is continuing to successfully
deliver over one hundred services to an ever growing population; services
ranging from meals on wheels and childcare, to community events, planning
permits and maintaining roads.
The road and public space maintenance programs are two areas that have
been under particular strain this year. Welcome rain has, unfortunately,
undermined the city's drought stressed roads and Council is still playing
catch up in patching and repairing the damage, particularly in rural areas.
The wet spring has also produced significant growth along roadsides, in
public spaces and parks. As we head into one of Ballarat's busiest tourism
seasons, it is important that the city and its public spaces are looking their
best and Council has scheduled additional resources and maintenance
This work is of course also critical coming into the fire season. While we
haven't yet seen a lot of hot dry weather, the recent conditions will still
mean that Council will be working closely with the CFA and DSE to ensure
all possible resources are put into planning and preparing the municipality
for when the fire season does hit. Extra resources have been allocated to
clearing and mowing and I urge residents to bring any areas of concern
to Council's attention.
Finally, I would like to congratulate staff on another busy year and very
successful one for the city. On behalf of the organisation I wish all residents
a safe and happy holiday season.
Chief Executive Officer
City of Ballarat
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