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Regional Development Victoria

Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project

Artistic impression of Ballarat Station precinct redevelopmentProject overview

The Ballarat Station Precinct is being transformed into a vibrant community, transport and commercial hub. In January 2015, the Victorian Government pledged up to $25 million towards the delivery of the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project, in partnership with the private sector.
The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided and additional $7 million investment into the Ballarat Station Precinct to deliver additional commuter car parking and brings forward the planned construction of the bus interchange.
These outcomes are a direct result of consultation with the Ballarat community, undertaken between November 2016 and January 2017. The two key areas of interest during this period included the adequacy of the commuter car parking and the need for a bus interchange.

The free commuter car park will provide up to 405 spaces dedicated to public transport users, with enhanced features including CCTV, lighting and fire services.

The redevelopment includes:

  • a modern Quest Apartment Hotel with 77 rooms
  • a refurbished Goods Shed featuring a conference and events centre operated by the Spotless Group with 1,700m2 of meeting rooms, a 300-seat banquet space and a 300-seat theatrette more than 900m2 of retail and dining options within the Goods Shed
  • a public plaza suitable for community events, markets, and general use
  • an access road connecting Nolan Street and Lydiard Street to the precinct with pedestrian linkages
  • a commuter car park with 405 spaces over three levels
  • additional 150 car park spaces for the hotel and conference centre
  • construction of a bus interchange.

Project partners

On 29 November 2016, the Government announced the selection of the Pellicano Group as the successful consortium to deliver the project. The consortia members include:
  • Pellicano Group (Developer and Owner)
  • DBI Design (Project Architect)
  • Quest (Anchor tenant and Hotel Operator)
  • Spotless Group (Anchor tenant and Operator of the Goods Shed Convention Centre)

Project benefits

The project 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. A new hotel and conference centre will create jobs (140 jobs during construction and 30 ongoing jobs after construction is complete), attract more visitors to region and stimulate the local community’s economic growth and development.

The project will inject $51 million into the regional economy and leverage significant private sector investment. This will act as a catalyst for future investment, employment and new business opportunities in the retail, accommodation and hospitality sectors.


Final concept plans

The second round of consultation with the community and stakeholders on the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project was held between 29 November 2016 and 22 January 2017.

During this time, a community Open Day was held in Ballarat on 3 December 2016. Concept design plans were also made available online and at RDV Ballarat offices for the duration of the consultation period.

RDV received a lot of highly valuable feedback and local knowledge, which is being considered as the project's Development Plan gets finalised.

The Pellicano Group will deliver an integrated mixed use community, commercial and transport precinct including:

  • a modern Quest hotel with 77 rooms
  • a modern and flexible conference centre with adjoining retail and dining options
  • a new three-level commuter car park with 405 car spaces internal road access and pedestrian improvements
  • public plaza for community events

Construction delivery

The project delivery will provide commuters continual access to car parking throughout the project construction period. Construction will begin initially with the new multi-deck commuter car park and the internal access road.

The bus interchange construction will start in early 2018. Works involving the rest of the precinct (including the construction of the hotel and convention centre) will only begin once commuters have full access to the new car park. During this time, the gravel area behind the Goods Shed will be inaccessible.

Planning approvals

In August 2016, the Minister for Planning approved the Amendment to the Ballarat Planning Scheme, making him the Responsible Authority for approvals of the Development Plan. This approval was gazetted on 8 September 2016. As a result, the Project site has been rezoned to a Special Use Zone (SUZ) and the developer will be responsible for obtaining planning approvals under the revised planning controls, which will include exemptions from third party notice and appeal rights and no statutory referrals to government agencies.

The Minister for Planning’s decision was in response to the request from the City of Ballarat in October 2015 and followed an Advisory Committee process that took place between December 2015 and May 2016. The community and stakeholders were given the opportunity to participate in the process and provide feedback on the proposed planning approaches.

Traffic Engineering Assessment Report for the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment at Lydiard Street North (PDF 5.8 MB)


The Victorian Government recognises the cultural and historical significance of Ballarat Station and the Goods Shed. The project will respect and preserve the historical significance of the precinct, while capitalising on the underutilised economic potential of the site.

The precinct is subject to the Victorian Heritage Act 1995, meaning any development works on the site require approval from Heritage Victoria. The Developer has submitted its Heritage Permit application to Heritage Victoria. As part of the process, Heritage Victoria held a two-week public exhibition period in July 2017.

A significant portion of the Government’s $25 million investment will go towards the remediation and conservation of the heritage fabric of the Goods Shed. The project will deliver a deliver a public forecourt and open space between the Goods Shed and North Station building, to maintain visual connectivity between the two buildings.

Key elements of the interior will be retained, such as a large open volume with the internal structure (timber roof trusses, posts and beams) and side walls exposed.

Information bulletins and updates

Download the flyer highlighting important information about car parking changes from 18 November 2017
Ballarat Station car parking changes (PDF 93.3 KB)
Download the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Project Community Information Bulletin, August 2017
Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment Bulletin August 2017.pdf (PDF 154.2 KB)

© Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, State Government of Victoria

Last Updated: 05 December 2017