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Ballarat GovHub Questions and Answers

                       

What is the GovHub?
Why this location?
Who owns the land?
How much will it cost
Why relocate government positions to Ballarat?
Will there be impacts on car parking?
What are the next steps?
Which Departments or Government agencies will be located at the new site?


What is the GovHub?

The GovHub is a new government office to be located at the redeveloped Civic Hall site in the heart of Ballarat.

The site will be transformed into a state-of-the-art integrated workplace while retaining the existing outstanding features.

Ballarat GovHub will be home to up to 1000 government employees, including 600 public sector positions new to the city, consolidated with 400 Ballarat-based positions.

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Why this location?

The Civic Hall precinct has long been recognised as one of the most strategically important sites for Ballarat, as it and the station are the only two sites in Ballarat's CBD that are unconstrained and suitable for large scale development purposes.

Government is already investing $25 million in a major redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct. The project is expected to create around 140 local jobs and leverage over $30 million in private sector investment. It will revitalise Ballarat’s CBD into a commercial and cultural hub and act as a catalyst for ongoing investment opportunities and job creation.

This site represents a rare opportunity for a strategic large-scale development in the heart of the Ballarat central business district.

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Who owns the land?

The site is on Crown land. Development Victoria will undertake the development on Government’s behalf.  Development Victoria has a strong track record of successfully delivering large scale urban renewal projects that realise the full potential of government surplus land.

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How much will it cost?

The new Ballarat GovHub will cost around $100 million dollars to develop. The Government will enter into a long-term lease-arrangement with the eventual facility owner to provide financial security.

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Why relocate government positions to Ballarat?

Knowledge-intensive services and occupations are becoming more important to regional productivity and growth for cities like Ballarat. As a major employer in the State, Government can stimulate this kind of growth relocating Government positions to regional areas.

Government-led projects aimed at sharing economic growth and diversifying regional economies have proven to be successful in previously and the Government is committed to sharing growth opportunities right across the state. The GovHub will continue to renew and develop the Ballarat CBD as the economic hub of the city.

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Will there be impacts on car parking?

The GovHub development will provide approximately 350 car parks that will be required by employees. Government will also work with the Ballarat City Council to improve CBD car parking and offset the losses of parking at the Civic Hall site.

A $2 million contribution towards the Ballarat City Council’s CBD Parking Action Plan will be provided by the State Government, allowing the Council to commence delivery of at least 1,000 nearby car parking spaces as part of the Council’s 4,367 car parks to be created under this initiative. These new car parks will be provided over the next three years.

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What are the next steps?

As a project of statewide significance, the Minister for Planning will be asked to facilitate planning approval for the development of the GovHub.

Concept designs released for public feedback at a community event in December. These views will be taken into consideration alongside the feedback provided during extensive engagement with the community previously undertaken by the City of Ballarat.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in late 2017. The GovHub is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Which Departments or Government agencies will be located at the new site?

GovHub provides an opportunity to facilitate a new integrated government service activity model that will encourage collaboration and innovation. A range of complementary Government activities and functions have been assembled to be integrated into the GovHub model. These include:

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Last Updated: 14 November 2017