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Advancing Ballarat & Western Region - Preparing for Growth

20 Mar 2014

Advancing Ballarat & Western Region – “Preparing for Growth”, builds on our work contained in Committees 2013/18 Strategic Action Plan. We have engaged extensively with members and key stakeholders as part of this process including members within the Health, Education, Small Business and Manufacturing sectors, together with local government and industry bodies. The key projects identified were endorsed by the Board at its February meeting and these have now been positioned with all respective task teams for engagement and delivery by the Committee Secretariat.

The Committee is advocating for State Government funding covering key projects that will stimulate the local economy and grow jobs in the lead-up to the State election.

The document reflects Committee for Ballarat’s work in building a strong future for Ballarat and the greater region. To achieve this we are unashamedly advocating for major projects and initiatives that will:

To deliver this vision and aspiration we are seeking support from both sides of politics in the lead up to the State election in 2014.   

Advancing Ballarat & Western Region document outlines the key projects that are vital ‘game changers’ to future-proof our region. Review document here  

Committee Chair, Judy Verlin, stated, “the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is the priority project. It is up to Government to act today and show strength in leadership to deliver major infrastructure investment that will future proof our city and region from projected population growth by providing long term sustainable employment”. The BWEZ precinct will deliver up to 9,200 jobs and $5bn of economic output each year when fully activated. “We must grow jobs and the legacy we leave for future generations is in our hands by the actions and decisions we make today”, Verlin said.

$15.9m of State funding is being sought to support activation of the BWEZ precinct through completion of headworks, including major roads within in the initial stages of the planned BWEZ development. This investment will support the attraction of business to the BWEZ precinct and enable further funding commitments to be made towards the establishment of a Bio-Technology Innovation Centre, a Waste to Energy facility, freight and logistics hub and an Emergency Services hub at Ballarat Airport”. Verlin further added, “all these projects within the BWEZ precinct will require a mix of local, state and private funding and it is critical that we position these now with both sides of politics”.

Committee for Ballarat CEO, John Kilgour, stated, “revitalising the CBD area through redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station precinct, attracting the relocation of a State Government Department to Ballarat, improving our road and rail connectivity within the region, supporting the development of our health and education precincts, developing emerging leaders within our growing community, and creating a world class major sports and entertainment precinct at Eureka, continues to remain a key focus for our work in the lead up to the State election”.