03 May 2017
After years of speculation, Ballarat's public sector jobs push has finally been answered, with the state government announcing in the State Budget for 2017–18 that it would be relocating 600 roles to the Civic Hall site.
In The Courier on 3 May 2017, the Committee for Ballarat Chair Janet Dore said the government’s commitment to shift jobs to Civic Hall was “the best opportunity we could have had” to revitalise the city’s CBD. Ms Dore has long campaigned for an infusion of government jobs to Ballarat to boost the CBD. She said she was “completely open to whatever solution emerges” for repurposing the site.
“Along with the activation that will occur at the station with the development there it’s just sensational, this will be a huge boost for the centre of Ballarat,” she said.
Ms Dore said she would like to see roles from departments which foster renewable energy like Sustainable Victoria or the Environment Protection Agency.
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