RIVER’S Australia has lodged an application for a large-scale Woodman’s Hill development providing 400 jobs.
The application will go before Ballarat City Council next Wednesday, along with a proposal by local businessmen Andrew Maher and Trevor Wilson to also rezone their site between Brewery Tap Road and Orchard Lane.
If approved, the two proposals will create a major employment precinct at Ballarat’s eastern entrance.
A report to the council says: “The development also represents a direct investment of $50 million creating significant flow-on economic benefits to the wider Ballarat economy during construction”.
The planned River’s proposal would be known as Rivers Park, and would include a warehouse, shop and a resort.
It is expected to generate a further 208 jobs to the current 194 Rivers staff employed in Ballarat.
The report recommends the council support the River’s application and the rezoning proposals.
“Both of these applications are important considerations in determining thepreferred type, scale and pattern of development across the wider Woodman’s Hill precinct.
“The proposals would expand the role of the precinct as a service and commercial centre.”
The report also recommends the council revise the draft Woodman’s Hill Gateway Precinct Master Plan to include provisional support for commercial development opportunities north of the Western Highway.
It also recommends asking Planning Minister Matthew Guy to fast track the Rivers Park development.