The Miners Rest Township Plan

Project status and next steps

At its meeting on 3rd April 2019, Council decided to defer consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues are determined and further community and stakeholder consultation is undertaken.

A Council and the community will be updated on the project when major timeframes have been reached.

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

At its meeting on 3rd April 2019, Council decided to defer consideration of the plan until a number of interrelated issues are determined and further community and stakeholder consultation is undertaken.

A Council and the community will be updated on the project when major timeframes have been reached.

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.

  • 'What You Said' Report

    9 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    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.

    Most popular responses from the community consultation so far ...

    What do you love about Miners Rest?

    • The country atmosphere and local environment of the town; enjoy that it is quiet and peaceful
    • The sense of community spirit, with diverse age groups, from young families to retirees
    • The close proximity to Ballarat but still feels like a country town
    • Family-orientated and a positive place to raise...

    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.

    Most popular responses from the community consultation so far ...

    What do you love about Miners Rest?

    • The country atmosphere and local environment of the town; enjoy that it is quiet and peaceful
    • The sense of community spirit, with diverse age groups, from young families to retirees
    • The close proximity to Ballarat but still feels like a country town
    • Family-orientated and a positive place to raise children; relaxed, safe, and a caring community

    What do you imagine for Miners Rest?

    • More retail shops, cafés, chemist, doctors’ surgery, etc.
    • A sporting hub including sports ovals, netball courts, bowling club, leisure centre, gym, swimming pool/waterpark, café, etc.
    • Improved park facilities including paths, play equipment and amenities.
    • Development of more walking and bike tracks to connect different parts of the town

    What do you want to retain in Miners Rest?

    • The rural nature, community focus and small town feel
    • Parklands and open spaces.
    • Large blocks, avoiding high-density housing.
    • Existing commercial facilities.