As a city, we have a strong desire to better connect our community, to develop the thinking, undertake the research and generate the innovation necessary to build Ballarat as a place of welcome and prosperity. Our priority strategic work falls into two core categories: Regional Integrated Transport and Building Ballarat as a Knowledge City.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people – traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.

Regional Integrated Transport.


To better connect our communities, farms and businesses within and beyond our city through better transport infrastructure and services.

  • Access for all at Ballarat Station. Making Ballarat’s destination station DDA compliant and finishing the redevelopment and restoration with master planning and early works.
  • Free public transport trial in the inner city
  • CBD Park and Ride network implementation
  • 59 minute express service from Melbourne to Ballarat and vice versa
  • Wendouree Station – additional car parking and new station forecourt on Gregory Street West
  • Warrenheip Station
  • Integrated Road/Rail Freight Hub at BWEZ
  • Third electrical interconnector
  • Airport Rail Link – with an interchange at Sunshine
  • Electrification and quadruplication of rail from Sunshine to Melton
  • Western Rail project connecting Ballarat to Horsham and Hamilton
  • Western Highway duplication and bypasses Ballarat Link Road
  • Ballarat Eastern Bypass – Yankee Flat Road
  • Midland Highway duplication
  • Sunraysia Highway upgrades

Building Ballarat as a Knowledge City.


To realise the long-held vision of Ballarat as a University City, a city dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, the generator of creativity and innovation, a city where education is both valued and held as a social enabler and an attractor of investment and people.

  • Continue to integrate higher education and research activities as a core component of the character of Ballarat
  • Design campus buildings and spaces to integrate with the activity of the street
  • Encourage universities and educational and research institutions to expand operations into the general public realm
  • Expand the range of community learning programs to allow wider use of university and educational facilities by the general public and create more opportunities for life-long learning
  • Investigate opportunities to utilise facilities for accommodation, conference, short course and general community use during university holiday periods