Ballarat West Employment Zone
The Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is the region's engine room for jobs and economic growth over the next 20 years.
Second Land Release
Market interest in the Stage 1 land release at BWEZ was strong, and in February 2017 the State Government announced an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for a Second Land Release.
Up to an additional 55 hectares of land may be made available, providing flexible, large lot sizes suitable for industrial and commercial businesses that have the ability to create local jobs.
EOIs for the Second Land Release closed on 21 March 2017. Submissions are currently undergoing evaluation.
The 2014-15 State Budget provided funding of $30.2 million to deliver Stage 1 of the BWEZ project.
The project involves the development of land by the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat to support industry and employment in the Ballarat region.
The Stage 1 subdivision works have been undertaken by local contractor Pipecon.
The subdivision included an initial release of 36 hectares of industrial land, construction of roads, services (including gas, recycled water and NBN) and landscaping. The project has been designed to support high-productivity freight vehicles.
Several land sales have been executed, with a number of negotiations continuing for the sale of the balance of Stage 1. The first land sale was completed in October 2015 with Broadbent Grain purchasing a site of 10.7 hectares for the construction of a $24 million export grain handling facility. Land has also been purchased by Agrimac, Kane Transport, Broo Ltd and Athlegen.
Limited Stage 1 land remains available.
Development Victoria is partnering with the City of Ballarat and Regional Development Victoria to deliver the project.
Freight Hub – 24 hectare land release
The BWEZ Freight Hub is in an excellent location for freight and logistics enterprises, with exceptional access to road, broad gauge rail and aviation infrastructure. Its strategic location links Melbourne, regional and rural Victoria, Adelaide and the Ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.
- Road, rail and intermodal transport operations, including truck parking, weighbridge and other public or shared facilities
- Freight handling, storage, deconsolidation and consolidation activities including containerisation of goods
- Manufacturing activities producing significant quantities of outbound or inbound freight that could benefit from access to the Freight Hub.
Expressions of Interest in the 24 hectare land release are currently undergoing evaluation.
A smart investment in your future
BWEZ is located on the north-west fringe of Ballarat adjacent to the Ballarat Airport, existing rail infrastructure and the $38 million Ballarat Western Link Road, currently under construction.
BWEZ is the Ballarat region’s engine room for jobs and economic growth over the next 20 years. To be delivered in stages, BWEZ will ultimately comprise a high quality estate over 438 hectares, with a mix of industrial, wholesale, logistics, construction and other businesses.
BWEZ has been designed and constructed to enhance business productivity, with a freight hub, access for high productivity freight vehicles, secure top quality infrastructure and strong access to road, rail and ports.