The Andrews Labor Government today opened an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to identify contractors to deliver the Ballarat GovHub, marking an important milestone in the project.
The Labor Government is getting on with making GovHub a reality in Ballarat – delivering $47.8 million to the project, which will revitalise the Civic Hall site, provide space for 1,000 government employees and contribute to Ballarat’s economic growth by relocating 600 government jobs from Melbourne.
The GovHub project is 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.
Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, the GovHub project is required to use local firms, local materials, local expertise and local skills, and where possible deliver flow on benefits to the Ballarat economy.
The GovHub design includes an active ground floor space, incorporating the bricks and masonry theme of the Civic Hall precinct, a reconstructed lower hall space for multi-purpose use, a glass conservatory linking the Civic Hall to the GovHub, five storeys of office space and basement car parking.
The EOI process for the Ballarat GovHub, managed by Development Victoria, is open for two weeks and closes on Monday 21 May at 10.00 am. Interested parties can download the EOI documentation at www.tenders.vic.gov.au
Following this, a shortlist of suitable contactors will be identified and invited to tender. Construction will commence on the site by the end of the year.
The Government will continue to engage with the Ballarat community throughout the planning and construction of the GovHub.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“This will mean more jobs right in the heart of Ballarat. Only the Andrews Labor Government is delivering what our community deserves.”
“This project will be transformational and breathe new life into Ballarat’s CBD.”
Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“There are shovels in the ground right across Ballarat as part of our record investment to build new infrastructure, improve services and create local jobs.”