Central Highlands

This refurbishment creates a fresh, modern and welcoming space for the Ararat community, allowing a more flexible use of the library space for innovative programming and quiet study.

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An upgrade to sport facilities at Alfredton Recreation Reserve will include new changerooms, five-bay cricket practice nets, additional social space, a kiosk and an undercover viewing area.

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A transformed portable office provides a central space for youth to call their own. Located opposite the secondary college, the Hub provides access to services, programs and activities.

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The redeveloped pavilion at Trentham Sportsground will provide a welcoming and inclusive family-friendly space for local sports clubs and the community.

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New female-friendly change rooms, improved sports lighting and perimeter fencing at the Bannockburn Soccer Facility will increase community participation.

Up to 50km of new bike trails in the Ararat Hills Regional Park are set to become Victoria’s newest adventure destination, with trails perfect for competitive and recreational cyclists alike.

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Among the improvements to Ballarat Sports and Events Centre are three new 3x3 basketball courts, one mobile court for events, a regional strength and conditioning centre, learning centre and a fresh facade.

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Darley Park Community and Sports Centre becomes more accessible and inclusive, with female-friendly change rooms, three multi-purpose community spaces, offices, a kitchen and social areas.

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Little athletics, soccer, AFL and cricket players in Ararat will benefit from the redevelopment of the pavilion and sportsground into a modern community sport hub.

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To improve participation for women and girls in sport, the refurbishment of the Inverleigh complex will make change rooms and amenities more female-friendly.

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This project will create the National Centre for Photography in an historic and iconic 1860’s heritage building in central Ballarat and serve as the home of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

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The Parwan City Gate Gas project will deliver reticulation of the natural gas pipeline to the Parwan Precinct that will attract new investment, including a rendering plant by Westside Meats.

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Delivering kindergarten for 3 and 4 year-olds, the community hub will also host activities and programs across all ages.

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Restoring this heritage-listed theatre in Ballarat will bring it up to standard, with historically correct paintwork, a rebuilt stage, repaired roof and improvements in fire safety and accessibility.

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The Ross Creek upgrade delivers something for everyone, with new play and fitness equipment, BBQ facilities, street furniture and an extension of the trail network.

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Hammon Park Trail Head and Bike Park at Creswick will serve as the trailhead for the 100km of purpose-built mountain bike trails for the iconic Creswick Trails project and includes a jump lines skills track, skills loop, and bike playground.

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Providing female-friendly facilities at the Lexton Community Hub will encourage greater sports participation by local women and girls.

At the historic goods sheds at the Ballarat railway station, a new Urban Distillery will create a locally crafted spirit brand for domestic and international consumption.

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The Goldfields Track upgrade will provide 210km of mapped and signed trails from Ballarat to Bendigo via Creswick, Daylesford, and Castlemaine, delivering an iconic outdoor tourism experience.

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Stage 2 of this project will provide an AFL/cricket oval with 100 lux lighting and perimeter fencing, two netball and two tennis hardcourts with lighting and an all abilities adventure playground.

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Development of six new ‘Hot Shot’ courts with lighting, a new ‘Book a Court’ system, plus upgraded competition-standard lighting on all existing 18 courts.

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Telford Park trailhead at the base and Bald Hill’s spectacular 360-degree views will come together to create a unique and unforgettable experience at the 1000+ Steps All Accessibility and Sculpture Trail.

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This project upgrades a stadium entrance and ticket boxes, creates accessible permanent toilets, improves disability access to the western and eastern stands and creates permanent food service areas.

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The Goldfields Track upgrade will provide 210km of mapped and signed trails from Ballarat to Bendigo via Creswick, Daylesford, and Castlemaine, delivering an iconic outdoor tourism experience.

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The Goldfields Track upgrade will provide 210km of mapped and signed trails from Ballarat to Bendigo via Creswick, Daylesford, and Castlemaine, delivering an iconic outdoor tourism experience.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Eganstown.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Bullarto.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Landsborough.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Denver.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Learmonth.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Elaine.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Maude.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Teesdale.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Mena Park.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Cape Clear.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Smeaton.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Meredith.

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Providing a home for 1000 public servants from a range of departments, the Ballarat GovHub sits on the redeveloped Civic Hall Site in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD, creating an economic hub for the city.

The Ballarat West Employment Zone will become the engine room for jobs and economic growth in Ballarat with 400 hectares of land for industrial, wholesale, logistics, construction, commercial and residential uses.

Wendouree Community Recreation Precinct will gain new amenities including a community hub, three soccer pitches, new sports flood lighting, a synthetic cricket wicket, a BMX pump track and skateable elements.

Development of road and sewerage infrastructure to support the growth of the Ararat East Development Zone (AEDZ) and provide greater access during flood events.

The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The Ballan Library and Community Hub will be a state-of-the-art facility with a library, maternal and child health services, art exhibition space, a visitor information centre and community meeting rooms.

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Rokewood’s new community hub and pavilion upgrade includes new changerooms, a kitchenette and storage space, providing an exciting new facility for the sporting clubs and the community.

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Sewer works will support short-term housing solutions in Ararat and help attract new workers to the area.

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The updated Trentham Mechanics Institute will include a library, visitor information centre, Council service counter, hall and community meeting spaces.

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Restoring the historic Creswick Town Hall will mean it remains an active part of community life for years to come. Works include roof plumbing, electrical works, painting and repairs.

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Spa Country Railway’s Bullarto Station will be recreated as it was in the 1930s to boost tourism and local businesses.

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Installing a drainage system for the industrial estate will help attract private investment and the installation will create more jobs in the region.

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Works to improve Daylesford's popular botanic gardens include restoring the day basin and the area surrounding the Pioneer Memorial Tower.

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Ballarat trams will be able to keep running safely with 600 metres of ageing track being replaced.

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The innovative centre will provide not-for-profit and volunteer organisations access to technology and meeting spaces to help support vulnerable community members.

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A new community village with up to 16 units will provide independent living for local Aboriginal elders. It will include a large central hall for community meals, gardens, and cultural spaces.

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The modern, versatile community hub will include an open meeting space, storage rooms, clubrooms, landscaping and pathways - all designed to welcome people of all abilities.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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Area overview

We acknowledge and recognise the Traditional Owners of the land within the regional area, the Wadawurrung People, the Eastern Maar People, the Wurundjeri People and the Dja Dja Wurrung People.

The Central Highlands region spans the east-west transport corridor connecting Melbourne to western Victoria.

Ballarat, the region’s bustling major centre, is one of the fastest growing regional cities in Victoria. It provides services such as healthcare and education, and employment opportunities to the region.

Growing industries such as tourism, construction, healthcare and education are becoming increasingly important and supplement the region’s traditional reliance on manufacturing and agriculture.

Opportunities

Central Highlands communities and the Central Highlands Regional Partnership have identified a need for:

  • investment to enhance the region's status as an agricultural hub
  • workforce planning to support employment growth, particularly for young people
  • improved digital infrastructure and services
  • an advanced manufacturing ecosystem to capitalise on workforce creativity and talent
  • investment in visitor experiences and infrastructure to capitalise on arts, entertainment and cultural attractions.
Page last updated 12 Aug 2022
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