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Ballarat tramway upgrades on track as works start

06/04/2022

The historic Ballarat Tramway Museum will keep on rolling with new tram track upgrades underway to bring more visitors to the region thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

Works are underway on the Ballarat Tramway Museum – Museum Junction and Zoo Drive Track Replacement project, made possible by a $1.2 million investment from the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.

Ballarat Tramway Museum and the City of Ballarat are delivering the project, which will generate 30 construction jobs through the replacement of 600 metres of tracks from the museum’s junction to Zoo Drive, located near Ballarat’s scenic Lake Wendouree.

By replacing the existing tram tracks installed in 1905, visitors will enjoy a smoother tram ride and will be able to experience the history of Ballarat’s tramways more comfortably.

The project forms the second stage of the Ballarat Tramway Museum’s track renewal. Stage one was the replacement of tracks between Depot Junction and Carlton Street, supported by City of Ballarat and a $200,000 investment from the Government’s Pick my Project initiative.

The third and final stage will be tramway upgrades along Wendouree Parade.

Operating between 1887 and 1971, Ballarat’s tramlines are now a major tourist attraction preserved by Ballarat Tramway Museum. Offering guided tram tours, memorabilia and a tramcar collection, the museum attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year since it was first established over 40 years ago.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and helps councils to build the infrastructure locals need.

The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For more information, refer to the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.



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