Ballarat City Council is committed to ensuring new and existing residents enjoy living in our city for the whole of their lives
As one of Australias fastest growing cities and the Capital of Western Victoria, Ballarat City Council is committed to ensuring new and existing residents enjoy living in our city for the whole of their lives. Balancing population growth with first class opportunity and lifestyle is a challenge and the City of Ballarat has met it head on with The Ballarat Strategy and the City of Ballarat Economic Program 2015-2019.
Following a great deal of community engagement and collaboration with stakeholder partners, the Strategy and Economic Program work in partnership, mapping out a strong, cohesive future for our city.
The Ballarat Strategy
The Ballarat Strategy: Our Vision for 2040 is a plan for our city for the next 25 years, proposing a long-term future for a greener, more vibrant and connected Ballarat. The Strategy represents the ideas, aspirations and vision of the Ballarat community, expressed through community conversations in Ballarat Imagine, 10 Game Changing Questions and consultation during the development of The Strategy. The final Ballarat Strategy was endorsed by Council mid-2015.
The Ballarat Strategy has 10 key concepts for the Ballarat of the future:
1.Supporting the economic transition towards the jobs of tomorrow
2.The 10 Minute City supports complete, liveable neighbourhoods
3.Housing Ballarat residential development and housing form and density
4.Transitioning toward a more sustainable transport network
5.Adopting an urban forest approach to better manage our environment
6.Support the management & rehabilitation of a network of living corridors across Ballarat
7.Pursuing a new approach to managing change in our historic city & rural landscape
8.A revised Activity Centres Hierarchy recognising for the first time key employment, cultural, recreational and tourist destinations, in addition to current retail sites
9.Township areas local plans for local communities
10.Recognising and responding to a changing climate, and being resilient to environmental impacts and risks
The City of Ballarat Economic Program 2015-2019
The Economic Program builds on Councils 20-year economic vision and is closely integrated with Councils long term plan for growth and development, The Ballarat Strategy (2015). It is a practical framework to guide economic development in the City of Ballarat over the next four years.
Key facts about the Ballarat Economy:
The Ballarat Economy grew by $2.5 billion from 2007 to 2014.
More than 44 percent ($1.1b output) was from the service economy.
The five sectors of services, health, education, construction and ICT were responsible for 82% of the growth in the Ballarat economy from 2011 to 2014.
There are four platforms of growth in the Ballarat economy:
1.Economic Growth and Transformation
4.Building Capacity From Within
In Dec 2010, Ballarats unemployment rate: 7%, above state and national rate of 5%. In Dec 2013, Ballarats unemployment rate: just above 5%, below national and state rates.
Total number of jobs in Ballarat in 2014: 33,773. Forecast jobs in 2031: more than 54,700.
Top sectors for jobs in Ballarat in 2014: Health Care & Social Assistance (6,849 jobs), Retail/Trade (5,299), Manufacturing (4,646), Education & Training (4,101), and Accommodation & Food Services (2,699).
Ballarats top employment sectors in 2031 will be these same five sectors, followed by Construction and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.