Ballarat’s construction boom boosts employment

Major excavation work on the 405-space commuter car park in the Ballarat Station Precinct is now complete, and installation of the concrete footings has begun.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford outlined the opportunities for local businesses and contractors through construction of the GovHub, which is set to begin later this year and said it will support construction jobs and ongoing employment.

“These projects are part of the most significant infrastructure investment and construction program in Ballarat’s history, with more than $500 million worth of projects underway in the city,” Minister Pulford said.

The GovHub building will be built on underutilised Crown land in a strategic location in Ballarat’s CBD. Together with the commercial redevelopment of the station, the project will significantly boost economic activity in Ballarat.

Up to 140 jobs are being created during the construction of the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment and 30 ongoing jobs as part of the commercial hotel and convention centre stage of the project.

The GovHub will bring 600 new Government jobs to Ballarat, and create a further 500 jobs during the construction phase. The Ballarat GovHub is also a Local Jobs First – Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) project, which must meet minimum local content requirements in the design and construction of the building.

A special industry briefing is being held for local businesses, sub-contractors and product suppliers on Thursday 31 May in Ballarat.

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