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Key details

Location
192 Ring Road, Mitchell Park

Project completion 
The project continues to be developed in stages

Policy objective
Economic growth

Project partners
City of Ballarat 
Regional Development Victoria 

Overview

Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is set to become the engine room for jobs and economic growth in Ballarat over the next 20 years.

The project involves the development of surplus Crown land for industrial, wholesale, logistics, construction, commercial and residential uses, encouraging employment growth in Ballarat and the surrounding region.

BWEZ will be home to an Intermodal Freight Hub, which will provide secure infrastructure and access to road, rail and ports.

Industrial Land Now Selling

BWEZ comprises four precincts of industrial land being released in a staged manner to the open market;

Stage 1 & 1B are now complete, comprising of a range of industrial businesses across 23 lots.

Stage 2 is the next industrial precinct that will become available, north of Airport Road. It features lots that will directly front onto the Ballarat Airport, perfect for aviation businesses. Stage 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2024. Expressions of Interest for Stage 2 has closed however airside lots are still selling. Development Victoria is seeking aviation-related businesses that will capitalise on the proximity to the Ballarat Airport and make use of the upgraded runway. View the resources page for more information.

Stage 3 comprises two stages. Development Victoria is calling for registrations of interest on two large lots. The remaining land is being investigated with the City of Ballarat as a future Circular Economy Precinct. 

Stage 4 comprises the Intermodal Freight Hub and 35ha of land further west. Stage 4 will include the delivery of the extension of Liberator Drive. Development Victoria is now taking Expressions of Interest for all land in Stage 4.

Stage 3 and Stage 4 expressions of interest are open from 30 September to 3pm 31 October 2022. 

438ha project area

757 FTE jobs committed to

12 lots sold, Stage 1

11 lots sold, Stage 1B

Approach

The 2014—15 State Budget provided funding of $25.2 million and City of Ballarat provided funding of $5 million.

The Stage 1 subdivision works were completed in 2016. The subdivision included an initial release of 36ha of industrial land, construction of roads, services (including gas, recycled water and NBN) and landscaping.

With most of the land within Stage 1 sold, the State Government released an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for Stage 1B in February 2017.

Civil works for Stage 1B concluded in June 2019.

Stage 2 offers approximately 55ha of high-quality industrial land, some immediately adjacent to Ballarat Airport with the potential for direct airport access STCA.


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.

  • Approximately 18 hectares of freehold land within the Freight Hub stage and adjacent to the Ballarat Intermodal Freight Hub Terminal is currently subject to negotiations with prospective purchasers. Finalisation of these negotiations is dependent on the final configuration of the Terminal.
  • Approximately 6 hectares of land is set aside for the development and operation of Ballarat Intermodal Freight Hub Terminal.

Freight Hub Developer and Operator

An experienced freight hub operator is currently being sought to develop and operate the proposed Ballarat intermodal freight hub terminal.


Location

Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) is located on the north-west fringe of Ballarat, adjacent to the Ballarat Airport, existing rail infrastructure and the Ballarat Western Link Road.

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Stage 3 Expressions of Interest

Development Victoria is now taking Expressions of Interest for Lots 1 and 2 of Stage 3. Both are 10 hectares in size. Development Victoria is ideally seeking to attract new advanced manufacturing businesses to the region that will capitalise from the great connectivity to the Ballarat Link Road.

Please see the resources below for further information.

Stage 4 Expressions of Interest

Development Victoria is now taking Expressions of Interest for all land in Stage 4. It comprises mostly of 1 to 2 hectare lots and a 13.5-hectare superlot. These lots will have great connectivity to the Ballarat Link Road and be near the main entrance to the Ballarat Airport.

Please see the resources below for further information.

Updated on 04 October 2022