Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct Urban Renewal Project


Current project status

A Community Working Group has been established and a pop-up shop in Bridge Mall has opened. The pop-up shop at 16 Bridge Mall will continue to open 3 days a week until mid July and will form the primary space for community engagement on this project.
A Response to Feedback document from Stage 1 of the community consultation has been released and can be found in the Documents library online.

Council is now ready to start testing the ideas which have been raised through the previous phases of the consultation, in particular to test ideas such as how open space should function, how to encourage a greater diversity of business, how to encourage activity all-year round, including during the summer and winter months, and how to encourage better access to public transport.

Further consultation on these elements and other details of the Urban Renewal Plan will form be part of Phase 3, which will occur between May and July.

What have we heard so far?

This process revealed that there is strong appetite for change within the precinct and that business as usual is not an option. Some other points also raised were:

  • Bridge Mall needs to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movement, and enhance access to public transport.
  • Increase open space, including play spaces should be provided.
  • Bridge Mall needs more eating and dining areas to encourage foot traffic and to create a night-time economy.
  • There needs to be better weather protection to encourage more people to use the CBD during the winter and summer months.
  • The pedestrian connections north-south need to be enhanced.
  • Safety in the area needs to be improved.
  • The variety of shops needs to be increased.
  • The large car parking areas within the CBD need to be redesigned.
  • The Little Bridge Street bus interchange needs to be redesigned or even relocated.
  • The precinct suffers from a physical disconnection to the CBD – this includes a lack of signage and way finding from key points within Ballarat, such as from Lydiard Street and the Railway Station
  • Local history and historical buildings are highly valued and celebrated assets within the community
  • The many advantages and disadvantages of opening Bridge Mall to traffic are widely acknowledged, with the community having different ideas on the issue.

There's still time to provide your input, and we'll be down at 16 Bridge Mall three days a week to take on your comments.
Opening hours for the shop will be published each week.


Project Background

Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall precinct is the most significant entry point to the Ballarat CBD from the east and is a historic site of national significance as the location of the raising of the Eureka Flag.

In recognition of this, the City of Ballarat is now seeking feedback on how best to transform the Bakery Hill precinct into a thriving, inclusive and sustainable city gateway and urban heart for Ballarat.
This project will facilitate the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct to become a great place for people to live, work, visit and learn locally - and to be able to tell its story as the area grows and changes.




Current project status

A Community Working Group has been established and a pop-up shop in Bridge Mall has opened. The pop-up shop at 16 Bridge Mall will continue to open 3 days a week until mid July and will form the primary space for community engagement on this project.
A Response to Feedback document from Stage 1 of the community consultation has been released and can be found in the Documents library online.

Council is now ready to start testing the ideas which have been raised through the previous phases of the consultation, in particular to test ideas such as how open space should function, how to encourage a greater diversity of business, how to encourage activity all-year round, including during the summer and winter months, and how to encourage better access to public transport.

Further consultation on these elements and other details of the Urban Renewal Plan will form be part of Phase 3, which will occur between May and July.

What have we heard so far?

This process revealed that there is strong appetite for change within the precinct and that business as usual is not an option. Some other points also raised were:

  • Bridge Mall needs to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movement, and enhance access to public transport.
  • Increase open space, including play spaces should be provided.
  • Bridge Mall needs more eating and dining areas to encourage foot traffic and to create a night-time economy.
  • There needs to be better weather protection to encourage more people to use the CBD during the winter and summer months.
  • The pedestrian connections north-south need to be enhanced.
  • Safety in the area needs to be improved.
  • The variety of shops needs to be increased.
  • The large car parking areas within the CBD need to be redesigned.
  • The Little Bridge Street bus interchange needs to be redesigned or even relocated.
  • The precinct suffers from a physical disconnection to the CBD – this includes a lack of signage and way finding from key points within Ballarat, such as from Lydiard Street and the Railway Station
  • Local history and historical buildings are highly valued and celebrated assets within the community
  • The many advantages and disadvantages of opening Bridge Mall to traffic are widely acknowledged, with the community having different ideas on the issue.

There's still time to provide your input, and we'll be down at 16 Bridge Mall three days a week to take on your comments.
Opening hours for the shop will be published each week.


Project Background

Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall precinct is the most significant entry point to the Ballarat CBD from the east and is a historic site of national significance as the location of the raising of the Eureka Flag.

In recognition of this, the City of Ballarat is now seeking feedback on how best to transform the Bakery Hill precinct into a thriving, inclusive and sustainable city gateway and urban heart for Ballarat.
This project will facilitate the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct to become a great place for people to live, work, visit and learn locally - and to be able to tell its story as the area grows and changes.