Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct Urban Renewal Project


Current project status

Phase 2 of the community engagement process completed in June 2019. This engagement process included a Community Working Group and a shop at 16 Bridge Mall was established to discuss the project with the community.

We are currently working on preparing a draft of the Urban Renewal Plan, which will be made available for community consultation in August.

Council's investment in the precinct

In acknowledging that 'business as usual' within the precinct is not an option, Council will allocate $15 million in the budget across three financial years to revitalise the Ballarat CBD. This will set the precinct up to thrive in the long term through catalysing private investment and creating a vibrant heart within the city.

As a direct response to the community engagement process, works will include the establishment of green and community spaces, and the creation of a new arrival experience to the CBD which will be worthy of Ballarat's iconic heritage buildings - including vehicle and pedestrian movement along the iconic Bridge Mall route.

What have we heard so far?

The project has so far revealed that there is strong appetite for change within the precinct and that business as usual is not an option. Some other points raised through two consultation processes included:

  • 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.

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

Phase 2 of the community engagement process completed in June 2019. This engagement process included a Community Working Group and a shop at 16 Bridge Mall was established to discuss the project with the community.

We are currently working on preparing a draft of the Urban Renewal Plan, which will be made available for community consultation in August.

Council's investment in the precinct

In acknowledging that 'business as usual' within the precinct is not an option, Council will allocate $15 million in the budget across three financial years to revitalise the Ballarat CBD. This will set the precinct up to thrive in the long term through catalysing private investment and creating a vibrant heart within the city.

As a direct response to the community engagement process, works will include the establishment of green and community spaces, and the creation of a new arrival experience to the CBD which will be worthy of Ballarat's iconic heritage buildings - including vehicle and pedestrian movement along the iconic Bridge Mall route.

What have we heard so far?

The project has so far revealed that there is strong appetite for change within the precinct and that business as usual is not an option. Some other points raised through two consultation processes included:

  • 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.

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.



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