Transformation of Ballarat’s Historic Station Precinct progresses29/11/2016
The Premier today joined the Minister for Regional Development, Member for Wendouree and Member for Buninyong to announce the winning team to build the $44 million project, kick-starting the revitalisation of Ballarat’s historic station precinct and surrounding area.
The precinct 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.
The 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.
Through $25 million from the 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.
The concept plans are available for viewing and comment at www.engage.vic.gov.au 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.