Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews
Transforming Ballarat’s Historic Railway Station Precinct
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government’s redevelopment of the Ballarat Railway Station Precinct is on track with the Pellicano Group set to deliver regional Victoria’s newest conference centre and hotel facility.
“Ballarat has a proud history and bright future. This is about putting people first and bringing more people to this great city creating jobs and making this historic precinct something locals can be proud of.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard to announce the winning team to build the $44 Million project, kick-starting the revitalisation of Ballarat’s historic railway station precinct and surrounding area.
“Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest projects in the history of Ballarat. We’re proud to deliver this redevelopment and revitalise the heart of the city while protecting its historical heritage and charm.” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.
The precinct will include:
- A modern 4.5 star 77 room hotel to be run by Quest,
- 1,700 m2 conference centre, a 300-seat theatrette and a 300-seat banquet room within the Goods Shed,
- 900 m2 of retail and dining options within the Goods Shed and a public plaza for community events,
- 420 car parks with 270 for commuters and 150 for hotel patrons, with scope for future expansion.
Spotless Group will operate the conference facilities under their EPICURE brand and will focus on building an events base including exhibitions, performances, weddings, conventions, community events and galas.
“The historic railway station precinct at the heart of our city is falling apart. The State Government is cleaning up the site and delivering new investment to create jobs and write our city’s next great chapter.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.
Thanks to $25 Million from the State Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, work is expected to start in the second half of 2017, with 140 jobs created during construction and 30 ongoing jobs once completed. Construction will be staged in such a way to minimise disruptions to local residents and commuters.
“This investment will ensure our station continues to thrive as an important transport hub, while securing new opportunities that deliver benefits to residents and visitors.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.
Concept plans are available for viewing and comment until 22 January 2017. The community is also invited to an open day on Saturday 3 December at Ballarat Library from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm.