BALLARAT’S population is expected to swell by 60,000 people in the next 30 years, according to a new report.
The City of Ballarat’s long-term strategy, released on Tuesday, revealed the city’s population was expected to hit 160,000 people by 2040.
Today Tomorrow Together: The Ballarat Strategy outlined broad plans to help grow and improve the city while maintaining its cultural heritage.
Improvements to public transport access, developing better walking and cycling routes and building new types of housing were earmarked in the report, as well as building more infrastructure around the
Central Business District.
Ballarat mayor John Philips said the city had been growing at a rate of more than 2 per cent each year “for a number of years”.
“Development of future infrastructure is crucial and we need to do it at this point rather than when it’s on our doorstep,” he said.
The preliminary strategy and its five key themes were based on submissions made to Ballarat Imagine – a survey conducted by the council in February last year to find out what residents thought about Ballarat.
Heritage was the most popular response to questions about what people loved most about the city, as well as what people most wanted to preserve.
Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association president Jonathan Halls said un-clogging cars from Ballarat’s historic CBD would help make it a cultural precinct.
Feedback can be provided on the strategy until late December.
The final document is expected to be released for further consultation early next year.
This article originally appeared on page 10 of The Courier newspaper on 21 November 2014.