Ballarat West Growth Zone

A Committee for Ballarat project

Ballarat West Growth Zone

This project is focused on driving the agenda for jobs and economic growth by advocating for a highly competitive, productive and innovative Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ). The BWEZ is critical to drive sustainable employment and economic growth in the region. It will target industry sectors that have the potential to address the $1.9 billion of "escape" expenditure annually in Ballarat. It is also strategically located to host major commercial hubs that service the entire state to address freight costs that are already a major barrier for business attraction and investment.

Focus Areas

  1. Developing the BWEZ into Victoria’s premier innovation, freight, logistics and employment precinct.
  2. Making the BWEZ competitive so that it becomes the first choice for businesses considering setting up, relocating or expanding in the region for the long term.
  3. Substantially improving transport access to reduce freight costs and improve productivity for industry and manufacturers across our region.

Project Updates

For news and updates on our current work on this project, please see our latest news section

Our Performance 2015-16


What’s Ahead

  1. We will be strongly focused on securing funding as soon as possible for Stage 2 Western Link Road (Remembrance Drive to Carngham Road section). We have started positioning Stage 2 with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Hon Luke Donnellan. No formal funding commitments have been made yet by the state government or VicRoads.
  2. The BWGZ project team has a watching brief on the construction of Stage 1 Western Link Road. It is expected that this stage will be completed by 4Q 2015 (northbound section) and the end of 2016 (southbound section).
  3. We anticipate a formal announcement regarding tenancy of BWEZ Stage 1 to be made by the end of the third quarter 2015.
  4. We will be pushing for key trunk infrastructure funding to support the activation of Stage 2 land release.
  5. Our task team will have a watching brief on the two-year bridge-strengthening project. While some preliminary work has been done, the project will not go to tender until the fourth quarter 2015.
  6. We will be pushing for the establishment of a statewide emergency response centre at the airport as part of the national grid.

Project team

Chair: Janet Dore (Chair Committee for Ballarat). Members: Jeremy Cowan (Mars Chocolate), Bill Gitsham (UGL), Nick Grylewicz (Integra), Ewen Nevett/ Michael McCarthy (VicRoads – ‘observer’), Ron Selkirk (Appleseed Consulting), David Wright (Colliers International), Melanie Robertson (CEO Committee for Ballarat), Committee for Ballarat Secretariat Support Major Partners/Stakeholders: City of Ballarat, Major Projects Victoria, VicRoads.


Bio-economy precinct for Ballarat

This precinct will provide for world-class R&D and business innovation that will generate $215 million in investment, create 900 jobs and deliver $89 million in estimated value-add (Source: Essential Economics BWEZ Economic Assessment).

Ballarat aspires to be a world leader in a bio–economy based future through the development of a bio-economy industry cluster consisting of academic, industry and non-government organisations working in collaboration. It will drive Ballarat’s competitive advantage in bio-resources to position Victoria and Australia as the knowledge centre and leader in the bio-economy space and increase our global competitiveness.

Within 10 years this precinct will create the next generation of high-value, high-skill jobs for the future, and generate at least $215 million in new investment in helping transform the economy of Victoria. This includes support for facilities that will drive innovation and world-class R&D capability in the Ballarat region, foster sustainable solutions for our growing regional population and contribute to the diversity of our industry sector.

The Bio-Economy Innovation Centre and R&D facility will support the development of an emerging industry to support the transition of the Ballarat economy to one of advanced manufacturing.