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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
New Look 300 Mair Street
A redevelopment of the Civic Hall site at 300 Mair Street has been given the
green light by Council, with plans for a bold, modern new Council building
sparking community discussion.
The approved proposal details redevelopment of the Civic Hall building and
surrounding land bordered by Doveton, Market, Armstrong and Mair Streets.
The realisation of the dynamic plan will bring to life a key strategic site in the
heart of the Ballarat CBD. Community feedback to the plan clearly expressed
a desire for potential of this valuable location to be unlocked. Currently, the
major section of the site is occupied by the former Civic Hall building, which
has been empty since 2002.
The City of Ballarat redevelopment plan is the result of 20 months of intense
work to bring the project to the market.
It is the next step in a redevelopment process for the site that first began
in 1995, and in 15 years has seen the proposal and consideration of
numerous investigations, reports, debates, public consultations and successive
The decision to proceed with the project will demonstrate the site’s full
development potential to the marketplace, trigger interest from the private
sector, and facilitate commercial redevelopment of the balance of the site.
The project will deliver 265 jobs during the construction of an energy efficient
building which will consolidate Council’s office-based services on a single
The next stages of the project - applications for planning and demolition
permits - will be subject to full public consultation processes, giving members
of the community the opportunity to voice their opinions for or against the
The project will deliver a range of economic benefits across the municipality;
provide much needed car parking for the CBD and demonstrate best practice
across a range of areas including design, sustainability, environmental best
practice and DDA access.
Budgeting for the Future
The total cost of the 300 Mair St project is $40 million, comprising:
$27 million for the City of Ballarat building
$8 million for a public car park facility to provide an initial 270
$5 million to meet demolition costs, site remediation and ancillary
The project will be funded with $30 million in borrowings and $10 million from
the sale of Council-owned properties, including the Phoenix Building in Armstrong
Street North and the old Shire of Ballarat Offices in Gillies Street.
Council’s financial modelling shows the project can be delivered without
additional rate rises. Rate increases can be maintained at no more than
4% per year over the 20 year loan period.
Boosting Ballarat’s Economy
The 300 Mair Street project is worth in excess of $130 million to the Ballarat
The project will stimulate the city’s economy and signal clearly to the business
and development community of Australia that Ballarat is serious about growth
and is open for business.
The redevelopment of the 300 Mair Street site is essential for the commercial
future of the CBD.
In the shorter term, construction of new Council offices will deliver a range of
significant economic outcomes. The total project, including all direct, industrial
and consumption effects is estimated to create 265 jobs. The project will generate
up to $84 million in economic benefit during the construction phase.
Longer term economic outcomes, in terms of job creation and stimulation
of the retail and commercial sectors, will be achieved as other areas of the
site are developed.
Below: The 300 Mair St project delivers a bold, environmentally visionary new City of
Ballarat office building.
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