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‘For sale’ sign goes up at Ballarat West Employment Zone

  • Expressions of Interest now open for Stage 1 land sales of the Ballarat West Employment Zone
  • Project forecasted to create 9,000 local jobs and generate $5 billion in economic activity
  • Victorian Coalition Government helping to build a better Ballarat

One of regional Victoria’s biggest ever economic development projects has reached an important milestone with the for sale sign now up at the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).

Premier and Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine announced today that expressions of interest are now open for the Stage 1 sale of land at the BWEZ.

“We are proud to release to the market the first stage of the Ballarat West Employment Zone – the biggest investment development project in the region and one of the biggest in regional Victoria’s history,” Dr Napthine said.

“BWEZ will transform the local economy, with the forecast creation of 9,000 jobs and generation of $5 billion in economic activity.

“Stage 1 is the first step in the development of a thriving business precinct in Ballarat’s west which is also home to the Ballarat West residential growth zone as well as the $38 million Ballarat West Link Road currently under construction.

“This is an exciting day not only for Ballarat, but regional Victoria more widely, as we continue to show our commitment to drive economic growth across the state.”

The BWEZ has access to road, rail and aviation infrastructure, with Stage 1 of the development to deliver:

  • an initial release of 60.1 hectares of industrial land;
  • construction of all required roads including the main entry road to the precinct, and all service and connecter roads;
  • provision of reticulated services (electricity, gas, water, data) along all roads; and
  • construction of drainage and associated retarding basins to service the initial land release.

“We have worked closely with the City of Ballarat and the broader Ballarat community on this important project to support the city’s ongoing employment demands and population growth – set to increase by 42,000 people over the next 14 years,” Dr Napthine said.

Expressions of Interest may be submitted until 4pm on 12 December 2014.

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