THERE was more to Nick Beale than being '59-minute Nick', but it is that legacy that the outgoing chair of the Committee For Ballarat will leave.
Mr Beale will step down as chair at the end of the month, after less than a year in the position having taken over from Janet Dore.
Throughout his tenure, Mr Beale has been a constant in lobbying governments of all levels for a better Ballarat, but it is his work on securing Ballarat's transport future that he will be best remembered for.
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He is seen as one of the key driving forces behind the $518 million upgrade to the Ballarat train line which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
But even more recently, he was at the helm when the state government committed $100 million to planning fast rail linking Ballarat and Melbourne in its May budget.
"It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as chair for committee and I have greatly appreciated the support of members, the board and the team at committee," Mr Beale said.
He was 59 minute Nick and that was his way of driving a message within state politicians to make sure we were front and centre,Rodney Walton
"It is pleasing to reflect on the work committee has undertaken during my time on the board and as chair and to know our advocacy and influence is effective in delivering real results."
He said Ballarat had proven to have a "united voice" in advocacy and he was proud that the city had managed to attract more than $2 billion worth of investment in the past three budgets, including more than $500 million to upgrade the Ballarat Base Hospital.
Committee for Ballarat Deputy Chair Rodney Walton said Mr Beale's enthusism and passion had been a driving force behind Ballarat's success with all government levels over six years.
"He was '59-minute Nick' and that was his way of driving a message within state politicians to make sure we were front and centre," Mr Walton said.
Mr Walton said while he was expected to be ratified as interim chair, he said he would not be putting his hand up for the full-time role.
"We are looking for someone within or outside the committee," he said
"The role of chair is a very important one to drive a strategic agenda of jobs, health, education, livability and connectivity."
Nick's knowledge and enthusiasm for Ballarat will be greatly missedMayor Samantha McIntosh
Mayor Samantha McIntosh said Mr Beale was a very strong advocate for the city
"The City of Ballarat and the Committee for Ballarat worked closely together as part of the Ballarat. Now And Into The Future campaign to secure some vital projects for our city and region including funding for Her Majesty's Theatre, Sovereign Hill and the Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health," Cr McIntosh said.
"Nick's knowledge and enthusiasm for Ballarat will be greatly missed but I wish him all the best into the future and look forward to working closely with his successor."
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