THE Victorian Government last week announced that Heritage Victoria has granted a permit for the $50 million Ballarat Station precinct revitalisation, which includes an upgrade to the historic Goods Shed, a new convention and events centre, a Quest Apartment Hotel, shops, restaurants and a new public plaza.
Existing railway tracks from the east of the Goods Shed will be retained and incorporated into the development and a heritage interpretation program illustrating the history and operation of the Goods Yard and Goods Shed will be installed at the site.
In order to maintain the prominence and setting of the Goods Shed on the site, further development in the areas between it and the railway station buildings and Nolan Street will be prohibited by a legally-binding covenant under the Heritage Act 1995.
An interpretation of the former timber hut over the North Weighbridge scale, burnt down in 2014, will also be built to protect the remaining weighbridge scales.
The Ballarat Planning Scheme was amended in 2016 to rezone the site to Special Use Zone (Schedule 16), which facilitates Stage 1 of the redevelopment of the Ballarat Station Precinct as envisaged in the Ballarat Station Precinct Master Plan 2014.
In November last year, the government announced the selection of a consortium involving Pellicano Group (Developer and Owner), DBI Design (Project Architect), Quest (Anchor tenant and Hotel Operator) and Spotless Group (Anchor tenant and Operator of the Goods Shed Convention Centre) to deliver the project.
The 2017-18 Victorian Budget included additional funding to provide a third-storey on the multi-deck car park to meet future commuter needs and $5 million for the delivery of a dedicated bus interchange in the station precinct.