Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment will deliver a vibrant commercial, transport and community precinct that will restore the prominence of the Goods Shed and transform the heart of the city.

The $50 million project includes upgrades to the historic Goods Shed, a new convention and events centre, a Quest Apartment Hotel, shops, restaurants, a bus interchange and a new public plaza.

The Andrews Labor Government’s $32 million investment will provide around 140 jobs during construction and deliver important improvements to the major transport hub.

This investment includes $7 million for the multi-level carpark and the new bus interchange.

Work on Stage One – construction of a 405-space commuter car park and internal road access from Nolan Street – is underway.

To date, the following has been achieved on site: •Construction zone fenced •Construction compound and driveway built •Residual vegetation cleared from northern boundary of construction zone.

•Geotechnical and soil testing.

•Demolition of dilapidated roof over Goods Shed Platform.

•Lifting of disused rail tracks (to be stored on site for future use in the development).

The immediate next steps are:

•Deconstruction of bluestone Goods Shed platform. This bluestone will be reused in the delivery of the new precinct.

•Excavation of commuter car park foundations

The redevelopment will clean up the site, breathe new life into a heritage part of town, stimulate the economy and create new jobs.

The activated precinct will create a new recreation open space that will attract more activity to Ballarat’s CBD, which will lead to an increase in visitors and boost in local spending.

The Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment is supported by the Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

This project represents the delivery of the first stage of the Ballarat Station Precinct Masterplan and has come about after years of planning by the City of Ballarat.