Ballarat's future set to be revealed next week

Ballarat’s key priorities for the next 30 years will be launched in front of key government figures next week.

Mayor Joshua Morris said the City of Ballarat would officially launch its Ballarat Regional Capital Plan at Parliament House on Tuesday night.

Cr Morris said Ballarat was the capital of Western Victoria and the launch event in Melbourne was an opportunity for the council to speak directly to the government and opposition about its priorities for the city.

“The Ballarat Regional Capital Plan looks towards the next 30 years and sets out the key challenges and opportunities the Ballarat region will face in the areas of economic growth and competitiveness, and community and environmental balance,” Cr Morris said.

“It provides a strategic investment framework for accelerating the growth of Ballarat and the western region of Victoria and is focused on transformative jobs based projects which will enable Ballarat to continue to evolve.”

The details of plan will not be made available until the launch.

A vision for Ballarat in 2040 released by the council earlier this year shows there are likely to be more than 144,000 people living in the city.

As part of the development of ‘Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy’ the council has also been working on an options paper setting out the choices needed to build its vision for 2040.

The council has been running studies on key issues such as land supply and and housing needs, with the results set to be included in the options paper.

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