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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, Bacchus Marsh 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 new free car park spaces in Ballarat, 100 spaces in Maddingley (Bacchus Marsh) 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.

State-wide, delivery of these car parks will create more than 200 regional supply and construction jobs.

Below are some project updates for Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh and Latrobe Valley.

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 new car parks are in addition to the almost 1000 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.

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, Grampians Health and Federation University 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 approximately 150 new free spaces expected to be completed by mid 2022:

  • an additional 65 all-day free spaces in a completely upgraded White Flat oval car park, completed and opened in April 2022
  • up to 50 new all-day free spaces on Havelock Street at the Eastern Oval precinct
  • 36 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 sought community feedback on Market Street and other potential locations in conjunction with ongoing feasibility works:

  • an additional 300-400 spaces by adding three to four levels to Ballarat Base Hospital’s Mair Street multi-level car park, receiving 84% approval
  • a new multi-level car park on the Armstrong Street side of Federation University’s SMB campus, receiving 73% approval
  • 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, receiving 68% approval.

This community feedback and feasibility works are now supporting designs and planning for car parks in these locations.

Car parks will be completed from April 2022, providing around 100 regional jobs.

Timeline

DateMilestone
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 150 spaces to be constructed announced
Community Engagement on five locations for mostly multi-level car parks
Detailed feasibility works commence
February 2022 Construction on first locations commenced
mid 2022 Decisions on multi-level locations in Ballarat 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 43.65 KB)PDF icon

Bacchus Marsh

On 27 April 2022 the Minister for Regional Development announced Bacchus Marsh as the location for 100 additional car parking spaces from RCPF.

The upgraded and additional spaces will be constructed around the perimeter of Maddingley Park Reserve sports precinct to relieve parking pressure and respond to demand created by the fast-growing community.

Additional and accessible car parking is a key priority for the Moorabool Shire Council with the area expected to grow by 25 per cent by 2031 from 36,000 to 48,000 people, with most of the population residing in Bacchus Marsh.

Timeline

DateMilestone
April 2022Announcement of 100 new additional car spaces at Maddingley Park Reserve Bacchus Marsh.
June – October 2022Final design and tender process for first component, estimated 60 new formalised spaces along Taverner Street, supporting the Reserve, new Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC) stage 1 and new residential estates.
October 2022 -February 2023Construction of Taverner Street new parking component.
mid 2022 – early 2023Design work for next stage components for approximately 40 new and/or formalised spaces on Grant Street opposite Bacchus Marsh College and additional parking for MARC stage 1.
Early 2023Works to commence on next stage components.

Latrobe Valley

Traralgon post officeTenders for construction of the first car park locations across Moe, Morwell and Traralgon are underway, with contract awards planned for May 2022.

Locations have been chosen for their proximity to key activity centres, public transport and to align with current and future parking demands. Completion of first stage locations is expected from mid-2022.

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

Timeline

DateMilestone
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
June 2021 Funding grant to Latrobe City to deliver approximately 270 spaces across four first stage car park locations by mid 2022
March 2022 Locations and solutions balance of stage 2 works approved, tender process for first stage locations underway
Ongoing Staged completion of Latrobe Valley car parks across various locations

Regional Car Park Fund Morwell map

Map of proposed car park sites in Morwell (PDF 46.33 KB)PDF icon

Regional Car Park Fund Moe map

Map of proposed car park sites in Moe (PDF 43.38 KB)PDF icon

Regional Car Park Fund Traralgon map

Map of proposed car park sites in Traralgon (PDF 239.99 KB)PDF icon

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