An influx of jobs and the completion of the Regional Rail Connectivity Project are key requirements for Ballarat in 2017, according to the Committee for Ballarat.
As the New Year rolls around Committee for Ballarat chief executive Melanie Robertson said it’s high time the state government delivered more jobs to revitalise Ballarat’s CBD, with the further development of the Ballarat West Employment Zone also a key priority.
A relocation of the VicRoads has long-been hoped for since the former Napthine government’s pre-election commitment in 2014, however, the current state government is yet to indicate if it will facilitate a move despite extensive investigation over the past two years.
“BWEZ is absolutely criticial for us and the relocation of state government department is certainly high,” Ms Robertson said.
“We think that (more jobs) is critical to Ballarat, whether it's VicRoads or something else.
“The train connectivity project is also key to us.”
The Regional Rail Connectivity Project is well and truly behind schedule, with the state government yet to announce a time frame for works on a commitment to improve reception between Ballarat and Melbourne.
The line is plagued by black spots, mostly between Warrenheip and Melton, with the $18 million project originally planned to start midway through 2016.
A number of key projects from the last two state budgets are well and truly underway, including the Eureka Stadium redevelopment, Ballarat rail line upgrade (planning) and $8 million Sovereign Hill By Day and by Night project.
However, there is still no word on when the $1.5 million Buninyong CFA fire station will be built, while a $1.5 million rebuild of an ambulance station in Wendouree also has no deadline.
There is also millions yet to be spent in upgrading seven local schools and kindergartens.
The state government couldn’t provide any updates on the projects when contacted by The Courier on Monday, but did make a commitment to fully deliver the By Day By Night project by 2019.