Health and Knowledge Precinct
City of Ballarat
Ballarat Health Services
St John of God Ballarat
Australian Catholic University Ballarat
The Ballarat Health and Knowledge Precinct Background and Issues Paper is now open for comment until 31st of July 2017.
Health and Knowledge Precinct
An integrated Master Plan for the development of Health and Knowledge Precinct will guide future use and development of the precinct and provide an attractive environment for employees and users. This Master Plan will support Ballarat’s established position as the western region’s largest health services provider.
Ballarat is currently western Victoria’s largest provider of health care, delivering services for a region of more than 250,000 people. The health and community sector is the largest employer in the region with approximately 6,800 people employed in the field. This figure is expected to rise to 10,300 by 2031.
The sector delivers significant economic benefit with more than $223 million in regional exports and $554 million in value add products and services.
Whilst the existing city’s health facilities are comprehensive, as the population increases and ages so too will the pressures on Ballarat’s health services. Major growth in the health and education sector will present opportunities and challenges for Ballarat’s economy to grow, become more competitive and diversify.
To cater for an expanding population and ensure health care infrastructure, facilities and services support this rapid growth, Ballarat is planning ahead and continuing to invest in the future. Support and investment from the Victorian Government has enabled the City of Ballarat to collaborate with key health and education sector partners to plan, prepare and address the region’s future health care needs.
Central to achieving Ballarat and the region’s health care goals is the development of an integrated Master Plan for the Health and Knowledge Precinct. The master planning process will involve a formal review of the Health and Knowledge Precinct that will guide future land use planning and development, and public realm improvements within the precinct. It will help to provide certainty for investment in the precinct and will help improve connectivity between the precinct and the CBD.
eHealth has been identified as a sub-sector of the health industry that has significant potential to grow the local economy. An eHealth capability study, completed by City of Ballarat, identified several key opportunities and activities that assist in the continued development of this emerging sector.
Ballarat Health and Knowledge Precinct Master Plan
The City of Ballarat is in the process of developing a Master Plan for the precinct. To meet population challenges, create jobs and drive economic growth, the plan will establish a clear vision to guide growth within the precinct which complements the role of the Ballarat CBD. The core of the precinct includes Ballarat Health Services, St John of God Hospital Ballarat, and the Australian Catholic University Aquinas Campus.
A Background and Issues Paper has been prepared for community consultation. This Paper is the next important step in developing a comprehensive vision for an integrated health and knowledge precinct. The Paper identifies a range of issues and outlines possible options relating to:
- pedestrian and vehicle access and movement
- public areas and open space
- built form, housing and heritage protection
The Background and Issues Paper also includes suggested improvements to specific areas throughout the precinct, and identifies three key potential development sites.
All residents and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback, which will be used to develop a detailed Master Plan for the precinct. You can view the Ballarat Health and Knowledge Precinct Background and Issues Paper and provide feedback on myTownhall or you can view a hard copy at City of Ballarat Customer Service, 25 Armstrong Street South; Town Hall, Sturt Street.
Submissions for the Background and Issues Paper close Monday 31 July and may be made online or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: Ballarat Health and Knowledge Precinct Background and Issues Paper, City of Ballarat, PO Box 655, Ballarat, VIC, 3353.