Expression of Interest invited for Ballarat Freight Hub

Media Release

WT422/2015

10 December 2015

Joint release with:

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Des Hudson

Mayor of City of Ballarat

Freight, logistics and manufacturing firms are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to lease or purchase land for the establishment of a Freight Hub in the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ).

The zone, on the north-west fringe of town adjacent to the Ballarat Airport, will be the region's economic engine room for jobs and economic growth over the next 20 years.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Freight Hub is part of an economic development strategy by the City of Ballarat. The BWEZ is forecast to provide thousands of jobs and contribute some $5 billion to the economy.

“The Australian Government has committed $9.1 million to the Ballarat Freight Hub,” Mr Truss said.

“The EOI process is being delivered in partnership across all three levels of Government with Regional Development Victoria and the City of Ballarat each contributing funding to the EOI process.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the first land sale as part of Stage 1 of the broader Ballarat West Employment Zone project had been completed in October 2015 with Broadbent Grain purchasing a site for a $24 million export grain handling facility.

“Ballarat is one of the fastest growing inland cities in Australia,” Ms Pulford said.

“The Ballarat West Employment Zone is a vital project for continuing jobs growth and the economic development of the region.”

Mayor of City of Ballarat Des Hudson said the EOI process was making available up to 24 hectares of serviced land to firms looking to establish transport operations, freight handling activity centres or manufacturing operations that could benefit from immediate access to efficient freight services.

“Firms that manufacture food, fibre, beverages and agricultural products, that produce significant quantities of outbound or inbound freight and require efficient transport services would be particularly well placed to take up land within the BWEZ Freight Hub,” Cr Hudson said.

Roads within BWEZ, the Freight Hub and the new Ballarat Link Road have been designed to accommodate high productivity freight vehicles (HPFVs).

The BWEZ Freight Hub is just 1km from the Western Freeway, which is also being upgraded to accommodate HPFVs. The Freight Hub site is located alongside the broad gauge Melbourne to Ararat rail line with access to the Port of Melbourne and the Geelong Port.

Further information on the EOI is available on the TendersVic website at www.tenders.vic.gov.au/.