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Whether you are considering a move of your business and employees, or a relocation with your company, Ballarat is a connected community with a strong sense of identity that will draw you in and support your transition to a new way of life.

Neighbours stop and chat, shopkeepers show genuine interest in meeting customer needs, and the opportunities for children to develop are wide ranging and leading edge.

Some of our most successful businesses operate out converted warehouses or down charming cobblestone laneways; our business and communities are connected and genuinely supportive and we have some of the best education and health facilities including a Cancer Research Centre

Ballarat has long been a culturally diverse community, with miners arriving from across the globe during the gold rush of the 1850s.

We promote, celebrate and use diversity to progress and advantage the community. In 2016, Ballarat became the first Australian city to be accepted into the Intercultural Cities Network - an international best practice program in managing diversity positively.

In 2019, Ballarat joined the global Compassion movement, being one of 430 compassionate cities around the world identifying and solving social issues through compassionate action.

 

Ballarat has a rich, highly intact and living heritage.

Long before Europeans arrived, the Ballarat district was home to more than 25 Aboriginal tribes known as the Wadawurrung people and the city is home to several significant known sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage.

By the mid-1830s, pastoralists had moved into the area and gold was discovered at Poverty Point in 1851, at which point Ballarat grew as miners flocked from around the globe to the world's richest alluvial goldfield.

Of all Victorian municipalities, Ballarat ranks equal third in having the most locally protected heritage listings with over 10,000 places included in protected heritage areas and 64 listed heritage places on the Victorian Heritage Register. There are also 113 listings on the State’s Victorian Heritage Inventory (known archaeological sites), and one heritage place on the National Heritage List (Eureka Stockade Gardens).

 

Ballarat is a melting pot of arts, culture, music and entertainment.

It is a city that has always been full of creative energy, and we’re showcasing it to the world.

Our arts and culture scene is boosted by the growing number of event organisers choosing to host their major events in Ballarat, including White Night and Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

From cabaret and theatre, to live music and comedy, a range of shows are regularly presented in Ballarat. Each year more than 75,000 patrons are entertained by more than 15,000 performers who take to the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre, the oldest operating theatre in Australia (Source: Heritage Council Victoria, 2020).

Regular exhibitions are held at a range of public and private galleries across the region, including Ballarat's iconic Post Office Gallery, Backspace Gallery and the magnificent Art Gallery of Ballarat - Australia’s oldest and largest regional art gallery.

We also want to grow and expand our creative industries sector to digital games developers, fashion designers, architects, film makers, publishers and makers, so it becomes a key economic contributor in Ballarat. This aspiration is supported by the Creative City Strategy, which was endorsed by the City of Ballarat in May 2019.

If you are a business owner considering a relocation or expansion that will potentially impact your employees, please get in touch today. We are able to support you and inform your people on the benefits of living and raising a family in a beautiful regional centre like Ballarat.

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The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, prese​nt and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

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