The Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) project is a 438-hectare development within 623-hectares of state government land adjacent to the Ballarat Airport. The partnership between the City of Ballarat and the State Government is ensuring the development is a high-quality, high-profile industrial precinct to support the future economic growth of Ballarat and the region. The precinct is seven kilometres from the Ballarat CBD and strategically located with access to all modes of transportation and major arterial routes.
- Roads designed to accommodate B-Triple High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV)
- Access to reliable and competitive development infrastructure including recycled water, gas, three-phase power and the NBN
- High quality entrance and main access boulevard, well landscaped streetscapes with signature signage
- Significant buffers between industrial precincts and other sensitive uses
- Flexible development approach, customised to the land, infrastructure and access requirements of each business.
BWEZ will be further supported by key infrastructure projects including:
- Ballarat Link Road – the final section of Stage 1 was completed and opened in April 2018, connecting BWEZ to Sturt Street in the south and the Western Freeway to the north. Funding is now being sought at a state and federal level for Stage 2 of the project.
- Freight Hub – 24 hectares of land adjacent to the Ballarat-Ararat Railway Line is proposed to be developed as an Intermodal Freight Hub. The federal government has committed $9.1 million to fund core infrastructure and the City of Ballarat is lobbying the state government for additional funding. Expressions of interest from private operators are currently being assessed.
- Energy Precinct – will be available for alternative energy production facilities to support industry at BWEZ and the broader region.
- Ballarat Airport Runway Reinstatement – the City of Ballarat is currently advocating for funding for reconnection of the north-south runway; an essential infrastructure project that will facilitate commercial growth, ensure year-round access, and improve regional connectivity.