THE Committee for Ballarat used a forum last night to discuss ways to ensure a better city for 2030.
Chairman Tony Chew said he hoped the evening would provide a vision of what Ballarat would be like.
"I think most people will agree with me that the picture we draw is a better place than what we've got now," Mr Chew said.
Chief executive officer John Kilgour said the evening was a good opportunity to discuss many things that would affect the future of the city.
"The night was about awareness and understanding, as well as discussion," he said.
"Our population is expected to grow by more than 30,000 over the next 30 years we want to prepare for that.
"It's difficult to retrofit, so we want to be prepared for the changes this city is seeing."
Mr Chew said change was something that Ballarat had often previously resisted.
"We've resisted change in the past, but we've got to embrace it, especially with population growth and new jobs evolving," he said.
The Committee for Ballarat holds forums three times a year, but has not held a round-table forum since May 2010.
"With health, we've got a huge obstacle ahead of us in making sure we're able to attract and retain medical practitioners in Ballarat," Mr Kilgour said.