The Andrews Labor Government’s $25 million investment to transform the Ballarat Station precinct into a vibrant, connected community hub has taken a major step forward today, with the commencement of the second stage of the commercial procurement process.
Four consortiums have been short-listed and invited to take part in the Request for Proposal (RFP) phase, which will run for 12 weeks before closing on 17 June 2016.
The Labor Government received significant interest from the private sector during the Expressions of Interest (EOI) phase, which closed on 17 December 2015.
The economy boosting project will deliver a four star rated hotel and convention centre with supporting transport infrastructure, while creating new public open spaces.
The proposed hotel and convention centre will include more than 100 hotel rooms, large flexible spaces for conferences and functions and a range of quality retail and dining options.
It’s estimated the project will cost more than $50 million and attract significant private sector investment to the precinct, creating jobs and boosting tourism to the Ballarat region.
The project will also improve amenity and cultural vibrancy for all users of the precinct, including commuters, pedestrians, visitors and the community.
Quotes attributable to the Minster for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The Ballarat Station precinct is set to become a thriving centre for commuters and an icon for visitors to this historic city.”
“We’re getting on with the job of promoting investment and creating growth in regional Victoria.”
“This is an important project and we will continue to engage with the community as the project develops and ensure that people have their say on the final design of the Precinct.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“The Andrews Labor Government believes that regional Victoria should have the best of everything.”
“This exciting project will transform Ballarat and create around 140 local jobs, a massive boost to our thriving region.”
Quotes attributable to the Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“This major redevelopment will inject a new lease of life in to our historic station precinct – attracting jobs and investment to Ballarat.”
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