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BACK: City of Ballarat Deputy Director Policy and Innovation Cameron Gray, Director Community Development Neville Ivey and Acting Director Development and Planning James Guy MIDDLE: Cr Daniel Moloney, Director Infrastructure and Environment Terry Demeo, Cr Ben Taylor, Cr Jim Rinaldi and Cr Grant Tillett. FRONT: Cr Belinda Coates, Cr Amy Johnson, Mayor Samantha McIntosh and City of Ballarat CEO Justine Linley.

City of Ballarat delegation visited Spring Street this week to advocate for 28 longterm priority projects for the region.

Councillors and the City of Ballarat executive management team, led by Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh, met with State Government ministers, and their Opposition counterparts, on Tuesday and Wednesday at Parliament House.

The top six priority projects the delegation will advocate for include: •Ballarat CBD projects, including nine fully-scoped projects ready for delivery over four years and two large-scale change projects, including the Bakery Hill Gateway and Integrated Transport, which will be a comprehensive traffic management strategy; •Ballarat Link Road, including stage one duplication and stage two construction; •the Ballarat West Employment Zone’s New Energy Future Package, including a Waste to Energy Facility and an All Waste Interchange; •an Aviation Emergency Services Hub at the Ballarat Airport; •Integrated rail projects, including a link between the Murray Basin Rail Line and BWEZ, Wendouree Station infrastructure and Warrenheip station development, including dual line access; and •a Ballarat Materials and Energy Innovation Centre, to deliver research, enterprise incubation, knowledge transfer and technology development processes.

Other projects range from a Ballarat Library and Community Hub and Heritage Centre, Wendouree, Miners Rest and Sebastopol redevelopments and Mars Stadium expansion to advocating for shared services between local governments, pushing for a second decentralisation opportunity and the reinstatement of funding for the Home and Community Care Program for Young People funding.

Cr McIntosh said the delegation was important to ensure the City of Ballarat’s vision for our community to be a better place for all received vital State Government support.

“These 28 projects are all focused on ensuring Ballarat is well positioned to not only deal with its current strong population growth but also ensure it is leading the way in providing extensive jobs growth to deal with this demand, as well as community services and economic opportunities into the future,” Cr McIntosh said.

“Revitalising the CBD, improving road and rail transport links, and pushing for strong energy innovation projects will truly position Ballarat as the Capital of Western Victoria.”