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Regional Car Parks Fund

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The Victorian Government is investing to deliver new free car spaces in Ballarat and across the Latrobe Valley to take pressure off local streets and make it easier to get in and around Victoria’s growing regional cities.

The Regional Car Parks Fund (RCPF) will deliver 1000 free car park spaces to Ballarat and 900 spaces across Traralgon, Morwell and Moe to meet growing demand.

Funded in the 2019/20 State Budget, the Regional Car Parks Fund is being delivered through Regional Development Victoria together with local councils, government transport agencies and key local partners.

Below are some project updates for both regions.

Ballarat

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering 1000 new free car parking spaces across Ballarat with locations primarily focussed on activity areas around the CBD, the Health Precinct and central sporting precincts.

The initiative recognises and responds to the pressure on parking availability being driven by an increase in development and economic activity across the Ballarat CBD, which is attracting more visitors, shoppers and workers.

The Government has been working closely with the City of Ballarat, Ballarat Health Services and other key stakeholders to identify preferred locations and design solutions for the additional 1000 free car parking spaces for Ballarat.

In July 2021, three locations were announced for the construction of 100 new free spaces expected to be completed by mid 2022:

  • an additional 20 all-day free spaces in a completely upgraded White Flat oval car park
  • up to 50 new all-day free spaces on the perimeter of the Eastern Oval precinct
  • up to 35 on-street timed free spaces for library users in a redeveloped Market Street close to Ballarat’s library and the new GovHub.

Regional Development Victoria and local delivery partners City of Ballarat and Ballarat Health Services are seeking community feedback on five potential locations which are also undergoing feasibility works over coming months:

  • the Market Street redevelopment, to help shape the design and improved pedestrian experience
  • an additional 300-400 spaces by adding three to four levels to Ballarat Base Hospital’s Mair Street multi-level car park
  • a new multi-level car park of up to 300 additional free spaces on the Armstrong Street side of Federation University’s SMB campus
  • a new multi-level car park of up to 300 additional free spaces on Anderson Street West, south of the Dana and Grenville Street roundabout
  • a new multi-level car park of up to 300 additional free spaces south of Little Bridge Street, as part of a major staged upgrade of the Bakery Hill precinct supporting the city’s shopping precinct.

To provide your feedback go to Engage Victoria. This will close on 26 August 2021.

The new car parks are in addition to the almost 1,000 spaces built at the Ballarat Station Precinct, Creswick Road and Eastern Oval over the past two years in support of significant Victorian government investments that target Ballarat's sustained growth.

Completion of the car parks is planned to commence from late 2021, providing around 100 regional jobs.

Timeline

May 2019 Announcement of Regional Car Parks Fund
from Mid 2019 Site Investigations and key stakeholder engagement
Precincts of need and opportunity identified

July 2021

Initial phase of first 100 spaces to be constructed announced
Community Engagement on five locations for mostly multi-level car parks
Detailed feasibility works commence
September 2021 Results of Community Engagement
Late 2021 Construction on first locations commences
Late 2021 - mid 2022 Decisions on multi-level locations to be announced
Ongoing Staged completion of Ballarat car parks across various locations

Map of proposed car park sites in Ballarat

Map of proposed car park sites in Ballarat (PDF 143.71 KB)PDF icon

Latrobe Valley

Traralgon post officeFinal planning for construction of the first spaces across Moe, Morwell and Traralgon is close to completion.

All locations have been chosen for their proximity to key activity centres,  public transport and to align with current and future parking demands. Completion of these locations is expected by mid 2022.

Regional Development Victoria and Latrobe City are completing feasibility works to determine the locations and solutions for large multi-level car parks to provide the balance of stage  2 construction from 2022.

Timeline

May 2019 Announcement of Regional Car Parks Fund
From mid 2019 Site Investigations and key stakeholder engagement
Precincts of need and opportunity identified
October 2019 Shortlisted locations announced and community engagement
April 2020 Agreement by Latrobe City to manage completed car parks and complete feasibility works, funded by RCPF
Mid – late 2020 Detailed feasibility works and concept designs
Early – mid 2021 Funding and lease negotiations, staging of initial locations and larger multi-level co-development opportunities
August 2021 Initial locations of first stage works across Moe, Morwell and Traralgon planned to be advised
Late 2021 Locations and solutions balance of stage 2 works to be agreed and announced, construction on fist sites underway
Ongoing Staged completion of Latrobe Valley car parks across various locations

Regional Car Park Fund Morwell map

Regional Car Park Fund Moe map

Regional Car Park Fund Traralgon map

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