CBD Activation and Revitalisation

A Committee for Ballarat project

CBD Activation and Revitalisation

Committee for Ballarat will influence economic and social agendas to stimulate investment, future-proof jobs and build dynamic, vibrant communities across our region.

Objectives

To identify the factors impacting the attractiveness and prosperity of the CBD to development
Important to understand the landscape before taking any action.

To advocate for developments and projects that will generate social and economic vibrancy in the heart of the city through major projects such as the redevelopment of the Civic Hall site and the Ballarat Station Precinct
Developments/projects will generate social and economic vibrancy in the heart of the city, which is important for the activation and revitalisation of the CBD.

To attract a major employer (private or government authority or statutory body) to the CBD
Having a major employer in the CBD will generate social and economic vibrancy in the heart of the city, which is important for the activation and revitalisation of the CBD and the economic health and wellbeing of our community.

To explore the impact of planning on CBD activation and revitalisation
Understanding the planning landscape will enable the project team to better focus its activities/advocacy work.

Progress

The initial work of the project group has focused on information gathering and developing a goal achievement plan to deliver on its objectives.

However, two developments that will be game-changers for the activation and revitalisation of the CBD have been announced by the state government.

Railway Station Precinct

Over many years, Committee has advocated for the redevelopment of the Civic Hall site and integrating any plans with the redevelopment of the station precinct.

While a funding commitment of $25 million was announced in the May 2015 State Budget, it was in November 2016 that the state government unveiled the consortium which will take control of the project. This consortium will also be in charge of building a hotel on the site and the redevelopment of the goods shed.
In total, over $49 million has been committed for the precinct.

Civic Hall Site and GovHub

In the May 2017 budget, the state government announced that $47.8 million had been allocated for the relocation of a number of government departments, including 600 staff, to the Civic Hall site.

The site will be redeveloped to accommodate 1000 new workers in 2020.

Project Team's Focus

The project team is actively advocating to ensure GovHub is delivered and the rail precinct development is commenced. It is also working with the City of Ballarat to attract a major private employer to establish itself in the CBD.

Project Team

Chair: Ron Selkirk (Selkirk Pty Ltd)

Project Team Members: Stephen Byrne (BJT Legal), Adrian Doyle (Leader Property Practice), Noel Dempsey (Visit Ballarat), Peter Dunn (Morton Dunn), Rodney Walton (Haymes Paint), Justine Linley (City of Ballarat), David Wright (Colliers/Commerce Ballarat), Janet Dore, (Committee for Ballarat – ex-officio), Melanie Robertson (Committee for Ballarat – ex-officio)