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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Ballarat – Bigger and Bolder
The Ballarat we know and love will receive a substantial increase of new
residents over the next fifteen years. An additional 30,000 people will call
our city home over that period, that’s enough people to fill Her Majesty’s
Theatre thirty times over.
Population growth on that scale requires careful management and that’s
why the City of Ballarat is working to understand what the impacts will be
and to deliver the infrastructure that’s required. Detailed work has been
undertaken to identify the areas of the municipality that are best placed
to absorb new housing, industrial precincts and commercial opportunities
for the future.
The City has identified the corridor through the west of Ballarat as the ideal
base for Ballarat’s expansion. This corridor has the capacity to handle the
influx of housing and employment required for our growing population and
will deliver greater transport and travel connectivity for Ballarat. The City’s
vision for this precinct has been designed to facilitate the infrastructure
projects and investment opportunities to bring this vision to reality.
The key projects for this precinct are shown on the diagram below and include:
The Ballarat West Growth Zone which will provide opportunities for
up to 14,000 new homes over the next thirty years as our population
The Ballarat West Employment Zone will, overtime, provide opportunities
for investment in new manufacturing and logistics businesses and will
support existing and new aviation businesses. The Employment Zone
will help to provide jobs for our growing population.
The Freight Hub will provide opportunities for logistics businesses
to ser vice the entire region from a more competitive cost base than
Melbourne. Once all of the road infrastructure is complete, Ballarat’s
fright hub will be just a single set of traffic lights away from the Port
of Melbourne. The freight hub will deliver employment and investment
opportunities in freight and co - located manufacturing enterprises.
The Link Road will eventually join the Glenelg Highway, the Midland
Highway and the Western Highway. This important road will providing
greater connectivity around Ballarat, rather than through the City
centre and will enable heavy vehicles to access the Employment
Zone business and Freight Hub without negotiating the CBD. The Link
Road will also provide our residents with better connectivity with our
The projects that the City is undertaking will come to fruition over the coming
years, with Stage one of the Link Road due for completion by 2014 and
other projects coming out of the ground in the next ten to fifteen years.
While the projects are being delivered in bite sized pieces, Council has an
eye firmly on the future, on the vision for Ballarat for a bigger, bolder city
that we can all be proud of.
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