The City of Ballarat has released the Draft Wendouree Railway Station Precinct Master Plan for feedback.
The draft master plan has been developed from 129 submissions received during the last round of consultation and is available to view at mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au
The master plan identifies a number of priority opportunities, including:
- Direct pedestrian access from Gregory Street West to the railway station via a new pedestrian plaza
- Two additional sites for car parking
- An upgraded bus interchange to the north of the station and a new bus interchange to the south
- A new proposed mixed-use activity centre which will feature a range of retail and commercial offerings
- Additional green space
- Improved pedestrian, cycle and road connections including the reopening of Gregory Street West (underway)
Community members, including local businesses and Wendouree Railway Station users, are encouraged to read through the draft and tell the City their thoughts.
The City of Ballarat is responsible for the Wendouree Station Precinct Master Plan and opening of Gregory Street West.
Rail Projects Victoria is responsible for Ballarat Line Upgrade.
Regional Roads Victoria are responsible for the signalisation of the Gillies Street North and Gregory Street intersection.
And, VicTrack is responsible for the recently completed car park which saw an additional 200 car spaces made available at the station.
The master plan is a long-term vision for the renewal of the Wendouree Station Precinct to help ensure project coordination, to guide future decision making and support greater investment.
The renewal of the Wendouree Station Precinct is identified as a key project in the Ballarat Strategy and assists in ensuring most of Ballarat’s residents can access key services, employment and transport within 10 minutes of where they live as.
The Council Plan also highlights Planned Population Growth as a key outcome 2017-2021 period, of which this particular master plan addresses.
The City of Ballarat has undertaken significant community and landowner engagement during the development of the master plan including meeting directly with many landowners.
Many owners have expressed significant interest in the development potential of their land, which could be unlocked by the master plan.
The draft master plan proposes the potential use of two sites between Wendouree Station and Gregory Street West, and a portion of a property north of the station for transport purposes.
The master plan process itself doesn’t involve any acquisition of land, however, it provides guidance for how the precinct could develop over time.
Decisions on any acquisition of land would be at the discretion of the state government, and dependent on a separate process.
Timing of redevelopment of privately owned land is up to the owner regarding when they wish to redevelop their site.
The master plan does not propose to rezone any land – however, any application for a private rezoning request from a landowner would be considered against the final adopted version of the master plan. This can support landowners who wish to redevelop their land.
The Wendouree Railway Station is currently surrounded by a mix of uses, including light industrial developments. The draft master plan proposes direct access from Gregory Street West and Gillies Street North and an improved entrance from Learmonth road which will significantly improve access and the prominence of Wendouree Station.
The master plan proposes locations for two additional car parks on the southern side of the station, however, detailed design is yet to be undertaken.
The project is currently in a draft master plan phase and there is significant scope for revisions based on community feedback.
The is encouraged to view the plan and provide their feedback via mysay.ballarat.vic.gov.au, this round of consultation is open until 5 April.