Ballarat Now and Into the Future: 2022


Committee for Ballarat, along with eight other lead organisations have released our Government Advocacy Campaign called, Ballarat Now and Into the Future: 2022. The Campaign is focused directly at the 2022 Federal and State elections and aims to pitch six transformative projects.

The projects have been identified following extensive collaboration between the partners, Committee for Ballarat, City of Ballarat, Federation University, ACU, Sovereign Hill, Grampians Health, Central Highlands Water, Ballarat Regional Tourism and Commerce Ballarat.

We have a united, loud and strong voice to take to the Federal and State election campaigns. Every politician, in government and opposition, will now be crystal clear on the major projects that will have a significant and positive impact on our region and our people.

The six projects are:

  • A purpose-built Community Mental Health Facility that will provide early intervention, non-acute services in a contemporary, community-based setting, for a regional population of over 300,000.
  • The further development of the Sovereign Hill Master Plan that will result in the delivery of a new Gold Pavilion, entry and orientation building, the Valley of Light events space and new learning facilities including classrooms for the Sovereign Hill School.
  • A once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver a world-class major events precinct with Mars Stadium and Selkirk Stadiums as the anchors, improving the city’s capacity to host elite sport, cultural and entertainment events.
  • Ballarat’s University Town, that will see the development of SMB Campus as a state-of-the-art teaching facility in the heart of Ballarat, creating an exciting and engaging learning experience for thousands of students.
  • Ballarat Link Road Next Stage, including a 12 km atrial link along Ballarat’s western boundary to support the residential and economic growth in the city’s west.
  • A Circular Economy Precinct (CEP) with a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), that will foster innovation, attract new investment and significantly reduce landfill. The CEP located at the Ballarat West Employment Zone has already resulted in more than $270m in current investment proposals and will create new jobs and new industries producing new products from recycled, re-used and re-purposed materials.

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