Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Precinct Urban Renewal Project


Current project status

Phase two of the community engagement process has now commenced. A Community Working Group has been established and a pop-up shop in Bridge Mall has opened.
A Response to Feedback document has also been released and can be found in the Documents library online.

Throughout phase two, the City of Ballarat will seek to build on and test the ideas and opportunities raised through the previous phase of the consultation. This will help to inform a draft of the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Urban Renewal Plan.

Phase one: Community Consultation

We recently completed phase one of the community engagement process in December 2018.
As part of this first phase of community engagement, there were over 200 face-to-face conversations held throughout the following activities:

  • 3 community pop-up spaces
  • 2 community visioning workshops
  • 1 student workshop
  • 9 Advisory Committee meetings/ stakeholder meetings, including Bridge Mall Business Association, the Heritage Management subcommittee, the Koorie Engagement and Action Group, the Intercultural Advisory Committee, and the Disability Advisory Committee.
  • More than 80 trader door-knocks
  • Over 150 people, mostly residents, completed the online survey
  • 5 participants made 20 mapping tool entries
  • The project page had 470 visits by 380 participants.

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 more eating and dining areas to encourage foot traffic and to create a night-time economy
  • 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 will still be plenty of opportunity to leave feedback and find out more about the project

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

Phase two of the community engagement process has now commenced. A Community Working Group has been established and a pop-up shop in Bridge Mall has opened.
A Response to Feedback document has also been released and can be found in the Documents library online.

Throughout phase two, the City of Ballarat will seek to build on and test the ideas and opportunities raised through the previous phase of the consultation. This will help to inform a draft of the Bakery Hill and Bridge Mall Urban Renewal Plan.

Phase one: Community Consultation

We recently completed phase one of the community engagement process in December 2018.
As part of this first phase of community engagement, there were over 200 face-to-face conversations held throughout the following activities:

  • 3 community pop-up spaces
  • 2 community visioning workshops
  • 1 student workshop
  • 9 Advisory Committee meetings/ stakeholder meetings, including Bridge Mall Business Association, the Heritage Management subcommittee, the Koorie Engagement and Action Group, the Intercultural Advisory Committee, and the Disability Advisory Committee.
  • More than 80 trader door-knocks
  • Over 150 people, mostly residents, completed the online survey
  • 5 participants made 20 mapping tool entries
  • The project page had 470 visits by 380 participants.

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 more eating and dining areas to encourage foot traffic and to create a night-time economy
  • 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 will still be plenty of opportunity to leave feedback and find out more about the project

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.