In 2022 the people of Ballarat will go to the polls twice. We’re calling on all sides of politics to support six transformational projects.

The projects will embrace the opportunities and challenges of population growth, support COVID-19 recovery, improve health care outcomes, create better transport connections, improve sustainability, increase opportunities for Ballarat’s tertiary sector and enhance offerings for visitors returning to our city.  

As Ballarat residents cast their votes in 2022, they’ll be looking to back governments, candidates and parties that share our vision and optimism, and who show their support by investing in Ballarat, the region, and its people.  

These projects are championed by our health, education, tourism, local government, business and infrastructure sectors, and speak to Ballarat’s strategic importance in the region. 

Ballarat by the numbers

  • Population of 113,000
  • Annual Growth Rate of 1.8 per cent over 5 years
  • 9,700 new residents in the past 5 years
  • Economy valued at $7.5 billion
  • About 8,850 businesses
  • $613 million economic output with around 3,000 people employed across the Visitor Economy sector (pre-pandemic)
  • Around 9,200 people employed in the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector
  • 5,400 people employed across education and training
  • Manufacturing output of $3.8 billion and employs 4,100 people

Ballarat. Now and Into the Future 2022 Interactive Project Map

Community Mental Health Facility

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Ballarat Link Road Next Stages

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Sovereign Hill Masterplan Phase 1B

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Ballarat University Town

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Major Events Precinct Expansion

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Circular Economy Precinct anchored by a Materials Recovery Facility

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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, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.