Moorabool Growth Predictions


Moorabool Growth Predictions



Steve attended the local BizConnect meeting last week, and the main speaker was Derek Madden the Moorabool Shire Council CEO.  Some interesting information came out of the meeting and the main points were as follows:-

-        The population of Moorabool is expected to increase to 86,000 by 2051 but the council believe that this will be closer to 100,000. (To put this in perspective, this would be double the current population of Shepparton or the same as the current population of Ballarat or Bendigo)

-        The current population of 22,815 is due to increase to 46,194 by 2041 and again, they believe this figure is conservative.

-        There are 5 new residential precincts planned with a combined total of 13,200 lots (Underbank total of 1400 lots, Stonehill total of 1450 lots, Merrimu 6,000 lots, Hopetoun Park 850 lots, Parwan Station 3,500 lots)

-        1 new employment precinct (Parwan) and this is expected to produce 1,200 jobs.

-        Ballan has 9 growth areas capable of accommodating 2,774 lots and they are expecting a population increase from 2,564 to 6,714, with an ultimate population of 12,000.

-        There is a plan for a Town Centre revitalisation to create a vibrant town centre.

-        Stage 2 of the Sporting Hub at the Maddingley Racecourse is about to begin with further ovals, change rooms and facilities.  It is believed that Bacchus Marsh Football Club will move their juniors and girl’s teams to the new hub, but the seniors will remain at Maddingley Park for the time being

-        There are plans to revitalise Maddingley Park and the council will be taking over the management of the park moving forward.

-        The new Moorabool Aquatic & Recreation Centre in Taverner Street is expected to have works begin by the end of the year.  There are 3 parts to the project:-

-          1. An indoor sports stadium with 4 indoor courts, community café, change rooms etc (Will be at tender stage by end of the year)

-          2. Indoor Aquatic Centre with 25mtr lap pool, learn to swim pool, warm water pool, change rooms, spa, steam room & sauna, café, gym, multipurpose spaces (Awaiting funding announcements)

-          3. Regional Bowls Facility 3 rinks, 2 undercover, one open air, function & meeting rooms, dining / bistro area (Will be going to tender shortly and works could begin by end of year)

Some interesting times of significant growth ahead for Bacchus Marsh and the surrounding areas.

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