During the 2018 election, the government committed to build 1000 new free car parking spaces in Ballarat to help take the pressure off neighbouring streets and make it easier to get in and out of the city.

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) in partnership with the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Health Services, has now identified sites including five potential locations that could deliver the commitment of 1000 car parks.

These include:

  • The redevelopment of Market Street, near the city’s library and new GovHub
  • Anderson Street West, near Dana Street
  • Federation University’s SMB campus
  • CBD supermarket precinct, south of Little Bridge Street
  • Ballarat Base Hospital

Next steps

Community engagement in August 2021 received more than 240 responses as below, with all proposed locations receiving majority support.

Proposed location & solution approve disapprove no opinion
Ballarat Base Hospital multi-level extension 84.0% 7.4% 8.6%
Market Street redevelopment 80.3% 9.6% 10.0%
Fed Uni SMB campus multi-level 72.8% 12.6% 14.6%
Lt Bridge St, CBD supermarkets precinct multi-level 67.9% 19.0% 13.1%
Anderson Street West multi-level 61.4% 16.5% 22.0%

The feedback will help to decide site inclusion, scale of works and priority of delivery for a number of sites across Ballarat. Feasibility works on several of these sites are now underway, while construction of the first three Ballarat car park locations, providing approximately 150 new additional free car park spaces is planned for completion by mid-2022.

The map below shows the proposed locations and types of car parks available. There is also a higher resolution version of this map of the proposed sites in the document library.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your feedback further, please email us at rdv@rdv.vic.gov.au

Map of proposed locations of car parks in Ballarat under the Regional Car PArks Fund