Government Proposal

The Andrews Government are involved in two major projects that impact on the Ballarat Station.

• Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment

• Ballarat Melbourne Line Upgrade

 

Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment

Following lobbying from Ballarat City Council, the Committee for Ballarat and others, Labor pledged to make available $25m for the first stage of what they call the Ballarat Station Master Plan when in opposition. Early in the life of the Andrews Government, they made good on the pledge of the funds, though the scope of works has not bee quite as hoped. All of the $25m was going toward an economic development project within the Precinct, and none toward improvements in transport, by way of improved facilities and services to commuters.

They proposed to sell around half of the land on the north side of the Station (abutting Nolan St) to a private developer. This site includes the unique bluestone Goods Shed, constructed only 10 years after the Eureka rebellion. The developer won an expression of interest process conducted by the Regional Development Victoria, and proposes to build a 5-storey building comprising 47 serviced apartments (for Quest); to use half of the Goods Shed for a small convention centre, and the other half for small outlet retailing; and to have a large private ground level car park for both facilities. The Andrews Government also contracted with the successful developer (Pellicano Group) for them to build a 2-level, 270 spaces car park for commuters to offset the parking lost due to the sale of the land; build a public plaza between the Goods Shed and the Station building; and to construct an internal through-road between Lydiard and Nolan Streets.

Following a public outcry over a temporary bus terminus, and over the 270 parks being substantially less than the existing capacity of 460+ cars for public parking, the Andrews Government announced a further $2m to allow a third deck on the car park, taking capacity to 405 spaces, and $5m to build a bus terminus within the Station Precinct.

The total budgeted contribution by the Andrews Government now totals $32m. Pellicano are investing $19m, which includes the purchase price of the land and Goods Shed. Stage 2 of the Pellicano project will be refurbishing the Goods Shed, and completing the public plaza and internal through-road. The third and final stage will be building the serviced apartments and sealing the private car park.

You can view their plans by following the following links:

Apartments, convention centre, shops, car parks, plaza and road: http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-projects/ballarat-station
Bus terminus: www.victrack.com.au/news/news-and-media/2018/a-better-home-for-ballarat-buses

Ballarat Melbourne Line Upgrade

The Andrews Government have contracted with the Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Authority (MMRA) to design and build an upgrade to the Ballarat-Melbourne line. This includes passing loops and station upgrades for the entire line (with the one exception of Ballarat Station, which is getting no upgrade at all). This is costing $557m and is expected to be finished in late 2019.

You can view their plans by following the following links:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAwNcwgPFCM
https://transport.vic.gov.au/content/docs/RRR-Ballarat-Factsheet.pdf