The Miners Rest Township Plan

Project status and next steps

The final Miners Rest Township Plan will presented to Council for consideration for adoption at its meeting on 3rd April 2019.

At its 12 December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council decided to defer consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues are determined and further community and stakeholder consultation is undertaken.

The plan has now been refined with consideration of community and stakeholder feedback, and recommendations have been strengthen with a focus on community priority outcomes.

About the Miners Rest Township Plan

The Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared following extensive community consultation and seeks to:

  • Establish a long-term community vision for Miners Rest
  • Develop a prioritised action plan and responsibilities for implementation
  • Guide the City of Ballarat and other authorities to prioritise investment in the town
  • Provide a sound basis for community and the City of Ballarat to apply for grants or lobby for funding
  • Identify potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme to implement land use planning actions to achieve the vision.


The Township Plan includes a vision statement – In 2040 Miners Rest will be:

  • A family-orientated rural township with a friendly and inclusive community spirit
  • A compact and contained township functioning as a separate ‘satellite’ settlement to Ballarat
  • A rural township character which is positively influenced by the surrounding open rural landscape
  • A township with ample commercial uses and activities to meet the day-to-day needs of the local community and businesses
  • A vibrant, inviting and attractive township with well-designed, tree-lined streetscapes and pedestrian/cycling connections linking major community hubs
  • A township recognised and celebrated for its significant equine industry
  • A township with ample public transport options and the safe management of vehicle traffic.


Please find links on the right hand side of this page to the final Miners Rest Plan (March 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken and used to inform the plan.
These reports include:

  1. The Miners Rest Plan Township Plan Final (March 2019)
  2. Miners Rest Township Plan - Background Information and Analysis Report Final (March 2019)
  3. Draft Miners Rest Local Policy, Framework Plan, GRZ2 (potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme) (March 2019)
  4. Miners Rest Community Infrastructure Assessment Final (June 2018)
  5. Miners Rest – 'What you said' report (May 2017)
  6. Miners Rest Township Plan Issues and Opportunities Paper (Sept 2017)
  7. Ballarat Airport Safeguarding Study (July 2018)
  8. Ballarat Aerodrome Noise Modelling Report (June 2018)
  9. Draft Dowling Forest Property Market Review and Options Analysis (Feb 2019)
  10. Summary response to feedback on draft Township Plan (updated March 2019)
  11. Miners Rest Township Plan - Priority Action Plan Final (March 2019).


Further information

If you have any questions about the final plan or process, or would like to register your interest to be kept up-to-date with the plan, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420 or strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

Project status and next steps

The final Miners Rest Township Plan will presented to Council for consideration for adoption at its meeting on 3rd April 2019.

At its 12 December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council decided to defer consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues are determined and further community and stakeholder consultation is undertaken.

The plan has now been refined with consideration of community and stakeholder feedback, and recommendations have been strengthen with a focus on community priority outcomes.

About the Miners Rest Township Plan

The Miners Rest Township Plan has been prepared following extensive community consultation and seeks to:

  • Establish a long-term community vision for Miners Rest
  • Develop a prioritised action plan and responsibilities for implementation
  • Guide the City of Ballarat and other authorities to prioritise investment in the town
  • Provide a sound basis for community and the City of Ballarat to apply for grants or lobby for funding
  • Identify potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme to implement land use planning actions to achieve the vision.


The Township Plan includes a vision statement – In 2040 Miners Rest will be:

  • A family-orientated rural township with a friendly and inclusive community spirit
  • A compact and contained township functioning as a separate ‘satellite’ settlement to Ballarat
  • A rural township character which is positively influenced by the surrounding open rural landscape
  • A township with ample commercial uses and activities to meet the day-to-day needs of the local community and businesses
  • A vibrant, inviting and attractive township with well-designed, tree-lined streetscapes and pedestrian/cycling connections linking major community hubs
  • A township recognised and celebrated for its significant equine industry
  • A township with ample public transport options and the safe management of vehicle traffic.


Please find links on the right hand side of this page to the final Miners Rest Plan (March 2019) and a number of additional studies which have been undertaken and used to inform the plan.
These reports include:

  1. The Miners Rest Plan Township Plan Final (March 2019)
  2. Miners Rest Township Plan - Background Information and Analysis Report Final (March 2019)
  3. Draft Miners Rest Local Policy, Framework Plan, GRZ2 (potential changes to the Ballarat Planning Scheme) (March 2019)
  4. Miners Rest Community Infrastructure Assessment Final (June 2018)
  5. Miners Rest – 'What you said' report (May 2017)
  6. Miners Rest Township Plan Issues and Opportunities Paper (Sept 2017)
  7. Ballarat Airport Safeguarding Study (July 2018)
  8. Ballarat Aerodrome Noise Modelling Report (June 2018)
  9. Draft Dowling Forest Property Market Review and Options Analysis (Feb 2019)
  10. Summary response to feedback on draft Township Plan (updated March 2019)
  11. Miners Rest Township Plan - Priority Action Plan Final (March 2019).


Further information

If you have any questions about the final plan or process, or would like to register your interest to be kept up-to-date with the plan, please contact the Strategic Planning team on 5320 7420 or strategicplanning@ballarat.vic.gov.au.

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    Have your say on the draft Miners Rest Township Plan


    Your feedback on the draft Miners Rest Township Plan will play a significant role in developing the final plan, thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts.

    Consultation on the draft Miners Rest Township Plan will be open until Monday 1 October 2018.
    To comment on the draft plan you can:
    Att: Draft Miners Rest Township Plan
    Strategic Planning
    City of Ballarat
    PO Box 655 Ballarat, Vic 3353




    Your feedback on the draft Miners Rest Township Plan will play a significant role in developing the final plan, thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts.

    Consultation on the draft Miners Rest Township Plan will be open until Monday 1 October 2018.
    To comment on the draft plan you can:
    Att: Draft Miners Rest Township Plan
    Strategic Planning
    City of Ballarat
    PO Box 655 Ballarat, Vic 3353



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    What You Said Report


    Thank you to 123 residents who responded to the community survey in April and 40 community members who participated in a consultation session at the Miner Rest Primary School on 21 March 2017.

    The full results of the consultation have been collated, along with the Draft Vision and Priorities, in the Miners Rest Plan ‘What You Said’ Community Consultation Report.

    Download the What You Said report online, with paper copies available at City of Ballarat Customer Service, 25 Armstrong Street South; and Ballarat Library, Doveton Street North.

    Residents are invited to have their say on the Community Consultation Report


    Thank you to 123 residents who responded to the community survey in April and 40 community members who participated in a consultation session at the Miner Rest Primary School on 21 March 2017.

    The full results of the consultation have been collated, along with the Draft Vision and Priorities, in the Miners Rest Plan ‘What You Said’ Community Consultation Report.

    Download the What You Said report online, with paper copies available at City of Ballarat Customer Service, 25 Armstrong Street South; and Ballarat Library, Doveton Street North.

    Residents are invited to have their say on the Community Consultation Report with feedback closing at 5pm, Monday 5 June, 2017. Comments may be submitted by mail to: City of Ballarat, 25 Armstrong Street South; or email to: townships@ballarat.vic.gov.au

    All submissions will be considered in the development of the Miners Rest Draft Township Plan.

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    Miners Rest Plan - Issues and Opportunities Paper


    Below is a snapshot of some of the questions presented in the Issues and Opportunities Paper. These have been listed to provide prompts for consideration and discussion. Responses to all questions identified in the document, as well as all other feedback and suggestions are welcome.

    Please view the Issues and Opportunities Report and provide your feedback.

    Consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 23 October 2017.


    Below is a snapshot of some of the questions presented in the Issues and Opportunities Paper. These have been listed to provide prompts for consideration and discussion. Responses to all questions identified in the document, as well as all other feedback and suggestions are welcome.

    Please view the Issues and Opportunities Report and provide your feedback.

    Consultation closes at 5pm, Monday 23 October 2017.

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