Ballarat Freight Hub open for interest

Business zone near the Ballarat Airport is ready for leasers or buyers

Ballarat Freight Hub open for interest
Ballarat West Employment Zone. Image courtesy of City of Ballarat.


Expressions of interest to purchase or lease land in the Ballarat West Employment Zone (BWEZ) are being sought, with the hope to create a freight hub in the town’s north-west fringe.

Adjacent to the Ballarat Airport, the zone is forecasted to contribute thousands of jobs and $5 billion to the economy, federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss says.

"The Australian Government has committed $9.1 million to the Ballarat Freight Hub," Truss says.

"The EOI process is being delivered in partnership across all three levels of Government with Regional Development Victoria and the City of Ballarat each contributing funding to the EOI process."

Under the process, the mayor of City of Ballarat Des Hudson says 24 hectares of serviced land will be available to firms looking to build transport operations, manufacturing operations, or freight handling centres.

"Firms that manufacture food, fibre, beverages and agricultural products, that produce significant quantities of outbound or inbound freight and require efficient transport services would be particularly well placed to take up land within the BWEZ Freight Hub," Hudson says.

The BWEZ Freight Hub’s roads can accommodate high productivity freight vehicles, as will the nearby Western Freeway after current upgrades are completed.

The hub is also located close to the broad gauge Melbourne to Ararat rail line, which accesses the Port of Melbourne and the Geelong Port.

Victorian minister for regional development Jaala Pulford says part of the zone has already been sold to Broadbent Grain, who plans to build a $24 million export grain handling facility. 


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