Discussing plans Sharon Knight MP Member for Ballarat West with Pellicano development representative Ian Kennedy and Geoff Howard MP Member for Buninyong.

THE Vi c t o rian Government’s redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct has taken another step forward with the commencement of geotechnical investigations at the proposed commuter car park site.

Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard joined the Pellicano Group and their technical team to inspect drilling works required to complete design plans for the new multi-level car park.

Since the public consultation period concluded late last month, the Pellicano Group has been considering feedback received from the Ballarat community while preparing the Development Plan for the project.

The geotechnical studies will inform the project’s Development Plan and the Heritage Victoria permit application.

The project will transform the historic heart of the city into a vibrant, accessible and connected commercial community hub which will restore the prominence of the precinct’s heritage. It will inject at least $44 million into the Ballarat economy via the historic station precinct and will include: A modern 4.5 star 77 room hotel to be run by Quest; 1,700m2 conference centre, a 300-seat theatrette and a 300-seat banquet room within the Goods Shed; 900m2 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. Construction works are expected to start in the second half of 2017, with 140 jobs created during construction and 30 ongoing jobs once completed. The project will be delivered in two construction stages to provide continuity of car parking for rail commuters.

Ian Kennedy Pellicano Project Manager said,”It’s been an excellent process. The public consultation phase included coordinating a number of stakeholders. It has been a very intensive process and a lot of the detail has been conserved and continues to be assessed.

“We have met some of the representatives of the Save Our Station Group and we did participate in a public consultation, open day, on-site in Ballarat – this was in early December – so we met a number of those people and it was good to hear their views. There are disparate views but a number of people with very genuine concerns and we certainly empathise with the concerns people are expressing.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said she thrilled to see the first step in the building of a multi level car park.

“This will be a car park that will be safe and lit, have CCTV and that will be great for commuters and fit in so very well with the plans for the entire precinct,” she said.

“Investment by the Andrews Labor Government and the Pellicano Group will see an underutilised part of our city brought to life. “The current geotechnical investigations are an important step toward improved commuter parking at Ballarat station.”