A NEW plan that establishes a long-term vision for the Ballarat station precinct and identifies short-term and long-term investment opportunities that build on the Victorian Government's commitment to strengthening regional city CBDs has been released.
The Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan, which was developed by VicTrack, the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure, Public Transport Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and the City of Ballarat, aims to improve commuter rail access and amenity, as well as support the economic growth of Ballarat.
The precinct includes the Ballarat rail station site as well as a broader non-transport area bounded by Mair, Lydiard, Peel and Nolan streets as well as Scott Parade. This includes the heritage goods shed, station car parks and other adjacent buildings.
To provide a realistic staged public and private investment strategy, delivery of the master plan is divided into two stages. The short-term stage (2014-2023) features improvements to the station, station forecourts and the transport and movement network, such as a new bus interchange north of the station, an upgrade to Mair Street, a new southern station forecourt and formalised commuter car parking.
The first stage also includes the refurbishment and re-use of the heritage Goods Shed to accommodate new uses, such an exhibition or performing arts facility, with associated commercial spaces.
The medium to longer term stage (2024+) involves "commercial and residential facilities, which will be driven and delivered by the private sector, leveraging off the catalyst investment in the Precinct by the government."
For the second stage, the master plan identifies mixed use development to the south of the railway line on Mair Street, mixed use development above car parks and enhanced connections and landscape works between Mair Street and the southern station forecourt.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the revitalisation of the Ballarat rail station precinct will be key to the ongoing economic growth of Ballarat as well as the amenity of local residents.
"The heritage-listed Ballarat railway station has been at the heart of Ballarat's development over three centuries. This master plan is aimed at protecting that heritage and enhancing the rail station precinct for the future," Dr Napthine said.
In summary, stage one of the master plan involves:
- A new bus interchange north of the station;
- Formalised commuter car parking, kiss and ride and disabled parking;
- The refurbishment and increased usage of the north and south station building;
- New southern station forecourt, taxi pick up and drop off zone and improved pedestrian connections to Mair Street;
- An upgrade of existing pedestrian underpass, linking Mair Street to Scott Parade and the Eastern Oval;
- An upgrade to Mair Street;
- Adaptive re-use of the Goods Shed to accommodate new uses;
- Development of a new forecourt to the Goods Shed;
- Release of development sites to the market to complement the redeveloped Goods Shed; and
- A new internal roadway connecting Nolan Street and Lydiard Street.
The second stage of the master plan includes:
- Residential and mixed use development above and next to the car park along the Nolan Street frontage;
- Mixed use development over commuter car parking (Nolan Street south);
- An improved Mair Street/Station interface, with private development opportunities, enhanced connections between Mair Street and the southern station forecourt and landscape works; and
- Continued mixed-use development and urban renewal on Mair Street.
More information about the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan is available from the City of Ballarat website at <http://www.ballarat.vic.gov.au/pbs/city-strategy/strategic-projects-and-frameworks/current/ballarat-station-precinct-master-plan.aspx>