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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?
What are the planning arrangements?
How was the community consulted in the design of the building?
Will there be further opportunities for the public to have a say in relation to the building design?
What does the final design include?
What role will the council have in planning?
What will happen to the current parking on site?
What are the timelines?
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 500 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 has provided more than $47 million of this funding and will enter into a long-term lease-arrangement with the eventual facility owner.

 

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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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What are the planning arrangements?

The Ballarat GovHub will go ahead after the Minister for Planning, acting as the responsible authority for the project, approved the Incorporated Document for the site’s redevelopment, and amended the Ballarat Planning Scheme  enabling the development to proceed.

The final designs, as submitted to the Minister for Planning, will be exhibited at the Ballarat City Council offices and are available online and will also be available at: developmentvictoria.engagementhub.com.au/ballarat-govhub

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How was the community consulted in the design of the building?

Extensive engagement with the community undertaken late last year, including focus groups, the GovHub design launch event and stakeholder briefings, highlighted overwhelming support for the project. Public feedback from this engagement was considered in the final design that was submitted to the Minister for Planning.

The GovHub designs recognise the important cultural and community significance of the adjacent Civic Hall and library within the City of Ballarat while also creating a modern and accessible workplace.

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Will there be further opportunities for the public to have a say in relation to the building design?

The design has been informed by community feedback and Government will continue to work with the Ballarat community as the development progresses.

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What does the final design include?

John Wardle Architects have designed the GovHub building to respect and connect with the heritage assets in the surrounding area. The design team has worked closely with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to ensure the building respects the Civic Hall precinct and the wider Ballarat CBD, while demonstrating high architectural value in its own right.

A key feature of the new GovHub will be the continuation of brick and masonry through the podium area with a colour palette that is sympathetic to Civic Hall. The new conservatory and reconstructed lower hall will stitch the two buildings together.

The final GovHub design includes:

  • An active ground floor space, incorporating the bricks and masonry theme of the Civic Hall precinct;
  • A glass conservatory linking the Civic Hall to the GovHub;
  • A reconstructed lower hall space for multi-purpose use;
  • Five storeys of office space with a strong visual connection to the Ballarat CBD;
  • Two levels of basement carparking offering around 220 car parks;
  • End of trip facilities to encourage walking and cycling.

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What role will the council have in planning?

As a project of statewide significance the Planning Minister now has planning controls over the GovHub, however the Ballarat City Council will continue to be consulted in the development of the site and will be closely involved in the ongoing development of the site.

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What will happen to the current parking on site?

The existing paid 275 space public parking deck will be demolished to make way for the GovHub building in around September this year. A total of 290 car parks will be provided by the City of Ballarat, through a contribution from the Victorian Government, to offset the loss of parking on the site, as part of the its $2 million commitment towards the Ballarat Car Parking Strategy, which will deliver 1,000 new car parks.

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What are the timelines?

Work on the site will begin in September 2018, with the construction of the new building to commence by the end of the year and completion scheduled for the end of 2020. Neighbouring residents and the Ballarat community will be kept informed of all stages as the building progresses.

 

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

http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-projects/govhubs/ballarat-govhub-q-and-a

Last Updated: 25 May 2018