PROGRESS on the Rivers Park development will be delayed for another month after the Ballarat City Council deferred two significant rezoning proposals for a major employment precinct at Woodman’s Hill.
Rivers Australia has lodged an application for a large-scale Woodman’s Hill development, securing 400 jobs for Ballarat, while local businessmen Andrew Maher and Trevor Wilson were also seeking to rezone their site between Brewery Tap Road and Orchard Lane.
City of Ballarat officers were recommending the council support the Rivers’ application and rezoning proposals.
But at last night’s ordinary meeting half a dozen residents and business owners spoke out against the plans, raising concerns about possible environmental, traffic and amenity impacts to the area.
Councillor Amy Johnson called for the decision to be deferred, explaining residents had brought up many issues that should be explored.
Councillor Des Hudson said given the scale of the proposal, one month
wasn’t a significant delay.
If approved, the two proposals would create a major employment precinct at Ballarat’s eastern entrance.
Rivers managing director Jeff Quick attended the meeting and confirmed Rivers Australia’s high level of commitment to the project.
A report to the council said the development represented a direct investment of $50 million, creating significant flow-on economic benefits.
The planned Rivers’ proposal would be known as Rivers Park, and would include a warehouse, shop and a resort.