Imagine Ballarat East

Imagine Ballarat East – Our Pathway Forward

Imagine Ballarat East: Local Area Plan is complete. This work included the release of the Imagine Ballarat East: Directions Paper – Our Pathway Forward.

The Directions Paper outlines what the community have told us they value about Ballarat East, what has been learnt through background research and investigation, and what could be done to meet the community’s aspirations for the future of Ballarat East.

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About the Imagine Ballarat East: Local Area Plan

In 2015, the City of Ballarat began a conversation with the community of Ballarat East about how to better manage change in their neighbourhood through a new Local Area Plan.

The Ballarat East Local Area Plan, also known as Imagine Ballarat East, contains a vision for a sustainable future, developed in collaboration with the local community and other stakeholders, and an implementation plan integrating regulatory and non-regulatory actions. 

The project has been delivered as an international Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) local pilot project, and undertook integrated local area planning based on identified: “community values, landscape values and acceptable levels of change for sensitive neighbourhoods, to provide certainty to residents and developers as to what types of development to attract and support”.

The local area planning process for Ballarat East was undertaken in two key stages:

To start the discussion, a small number of local participants came together to help set the direction for the plan. This started the conversation about future change in Ballarat East. Since this time there have been further workshops, including developing a new community map.

Here's the Ballarat East community map:

Ballarat East community map (draft 2)Ballarat East Word Cloud_18.04.2016


What's your Ballarat East?


What's changed over time and what stays the same?

Ballarat Fire Brigade Engine House, 1861 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria
Ballarat East, View of Ballarat East, as seen from School of Mines, 1882 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria
Ballarat East Post Office, 1897 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Gallery of Victoria
Ballarat East Free Library, 1964 - Source: Pictures Collection, State Gallery of Victoria



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