Revitalising the ACU-Hospitals-Lake Wendouree Precinct (RAHP)

A Committee for Ballarat project

Revitalising the ACU-Hospitals-Lake Wendouree Precinct (RAHP)

This project is focused on the development of an iconic health and education precinct will attract high-quality professionals to meet our future health and education needs. An enlivened health and education precinct has the capacity to reposition Ballarat and the region in the minds of prospective residents, businesses, investors, students and workers.

The ‘health and education precinct’ covers the area around the Australian Catholic University’s Ballarat Campus, Ballarat Health Service’s Ballarat campus, St John of God Hospital Ballarat, Ballarat Clarendon College’s Mair Street campus and the south-east area of Lake Wendouree.

Our Focus

  1. Enabling development of this area as an iconic precinct so that it is highly attractive, liveable and commercially viable.
  2. Embracing the benefits of accelerated growth in the health and education professions in this precinct as a major services hub for Ballarat and Greater Western Region.

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Our Performance 2015-16



What's Ahead

The Project Team will discuss the outputs of the Co-Design Workshop (see below) and agree on key elements of the Precinct Structure Plan.A preliminary Ballarat Health and Education Precinct Presentation document outlining preliminary thoughts and ideas to come out of the workshop is available for public viewing and comment at…

 Creating a Vision for the Health and Education Precinct

Co-Design Workshop to develop a Precinct Structure Plan
As a result of the findings and recommendations of a feasibility study conducted by Committee in 2013, City of Ballarat conducted a Co-Design Workshop on 16 and 17 June 2015 with key stakeholders and the community to assist Council in developing a Precinct Structure Plan for the Health and Education Precinct.

The area of influence in the precinct includes:
• The high quality residential neighbourhoods and tree-lined streetscapes.
• Linkages to the CBD, the railway station and Lake Wendouree precincts and the Queen Elizabeth Health Centre focused on Ascot Street.
• Resolving the successful connection to these above areas through defining the relationship between each of them and how this might be represented and strengthened.
• Linkages need to take into consideration all modes of transport.

Vision and Structure Plan
Currently, forecast growth, development and redevelopment in the study area are not guided by a ‘vision’ of the future precinct. This can lead to ad hoc development. The development of a vision and structure plan needs to reflect all uses and user groups and be endorsed for the purpose of collaborative planning and decision making.
Protecting the Neighbourhood Character
Increasingly, traditionally residential properties are being converted into health and allied health facilities. This impacts traffic management, parking, residential character and sense of community. The reduction of 24-hour activity and ‘natural surveillance’ in streets has led to a perceived decrease in personal and community safety after business hours.
Land Use Diversity
Lack of land use diversity and accommodation types makes it difficult to meet the demands of a local medical and educational workforce. This constrains workforce attraction and retention efforts.
Pedestrian Friendly
Presently the ‘car is king’. To create a precinct that accommodates the many users safely will require the development of strong connections and friendly treatment of intersections that facilitate the safe and easy movement of pedestrians into, out of and around the area.
Alternative Transport
The walking and cycling experience in Mair and Drummond Streets is particularly poor. More can be done to accommodate emerging and popular alternative forms of transport including public transport.
Place and Way Finding
Part of creating a sense of place is not only the integration of public spaces with existing and new developments but also an easily recognised visual representation of the place. This includes way-finding mechanisms that facilitate easy and safe movement throughout the precinct.

Project team

Chair: Michael Krieg (St John of God Ballarat Hospital) Members: Robert Burns (Ballarat Clarendon College), Ian Dreher (Regional Development Victoria), Joe Fleming (Australian Catholic University Ballarat Campus), Natalie Reiter (City of Ballarat), Andrew Rowe (Ballarat Health Services), John Kilgour (CEO Committee for Ballarat), Committee for Ballarat Secretariat Support
Major partners/stakeholders: Ballarat Health Services, St John of God Ballarat Hospital, 
Australian Catholic University Ballarat Campus, Ballarat Clarendon College, City of Ballarat, Regional Development Victoria