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Where to go when you need to
go in the CBD
There's nothing worse than not being able to find a public toilet when you
need one. Public toilets are an essential component of social infrastructure
in public places.
As part of the CBD Strategy, Making Ballarat Central, Council has reviewed
whether the CBD has appropriate public toilet facilities. It has found that
overall the Ballarat CBD is well ser viced, with facilities located in and around
high use public areas, and well within the suggested industr y standard.
However, the study did show that the entertainment precinct requires better
servicing, a situation which is compounded by the public lockout policy which
restricts patrons from re-entering licensed establishments after 2.30am.
As such, Council will immediately commence a ‘facelift’ of the Armstrong
Street toilet facility, which is in good condition and clean, but does not have
a strong street presence, nor is it well signed. Council will also provide a
public toilet facility at the Town Hall.
Council will also determine how much it will cost to establish a shop front
facility in Lydiard Street for use by late night entertainment precinct patrons.
Due to the historical significance of Lydiard Street any new public amenities
must be sympathetic to the overall streetscape. A shop front facility will
best meet this criterion.
Council will budget for a retrofit of existing facilities in Little Bridge Street,
discuss with Big W ways in which its facilities can be redesigned to encourage
more use, and investigate how the Albert Street facilities can be made
For more information on the CBD Public Toilet Study please contact
Council’s Major Projects Unit on 5320 5579 or email
Dowling Forest Precinct
Council has adopted a plan to support the establishment of Ballarat as the
pre-eminent thoroughbred racing centre in Victoria.
The Dowling Forest Precinct Master Plan outlines how Ballarat is uniquely
placed, because of the unusually large parcels of farm land around the Ballarat
Racecourse, existing infrastructure, and the nature of its landscape, to take
advantage of the current changes in the Victorian horse racing industr y.
Many of the smaller, rural racecourses are closing and the large thoroughbred
training facilities at Flemington and Caulfield have reached capacity. Trainers
operating out of Caulfield and similar venues invest time and money at the
courses, without owning any assets in the area. The opportunity to live and work
in the one area is of great value to the people working in the industr y.
Ballarat Turf Club is unique in that it is a large, well equipped racing centre, close
to Melbourne, and is surrounded by freehold land which could be made available
specifically for thoroughbred training properties. The surrounding landscape with
its undulating land and trails is also ideal for thoroughbred training.
Recent investments in the racecourse, including an upgrade of the existing hill
track, racecourse lighting, and track works, have made the course Victoria’s
premier regional racing venue.
Dowling Forest is currently the sixth largest training centre in Victoria based on
starters produced, which currently number close to 2,000. Training activities
at Dowling Forest are estimated to contribute an annual $44.9 million to the
The Master Plan identifies a number of key initiatives designed to ensure that the
thoroughbred racing industr y continues to grow in the Dowling Forest Precinct,
and provides the business case that supports the proposed developments.
Dowling Forest has the capacity to cater for around 5,000 starters which would
potentially add an additional $11.49 million to the local economy annually. The
City of Ballarat is committed to working with the Ballarat Turf Club on a number
of initiatives to help maximise the precinct’s potential.
Council will consider an amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme to facilitate
the use of privately owned land around the racecourse for horse training facilities
and associated dwellings. Council will continue to consult with local residents,
the Ballarat Turf Club and associated authorities.
For more information on the Dowling Forest Precinct Implementation
Plan please call Leon Underwood on 5320 5672 or email
Above: Cr Noel Perry at the Dowling Forest precinct. Photo courtesy of The Courier
Below: The existing toilet block in Albert Street
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