Advocacy and Lobbying

The City of Ballarat regularly advocates to the Victorian and Australian governments for funding for important programs and projects that will benefit the Ballarat community and the broader region.   

Our advocacy is ongoing but has a particular focus in the lead up to the 2022 state and federal elections. 

What does advocacy involve? 

Our advocacy effort is focused on engaging with other levels of government and key organisations in our community to gain support for Council and community priorities. 

It includes regular meetings and representations to ministers, members of parliament and key decision-makers in government. At election time it involves discussing our priorities with candidates from all parties. 

Why is advocacy important? 

If we work alone, there are limits to what the City of Ballarat can achieve within our legislative and budgetary capabilities.  

That means support from other levels of government is critical to the effective delivery of priority projects, programs, and infrastructure for Ballarat.  

Our priority projects  

The City of Ballarat has identified a range of priority projects which we are directly advocating for to the Victorian and Australian Governments.

Projects are categorised as follows 

Tier 1 - Transformational projects, projects of regional significance

Tier 2 - Projects of city/municipality-wide significance

Tier 3 - Projects of local significance

Details about our Tier 1 projects - Ballarat Link Road Next Stages, Circular Economy Precinct anchored by a Materials Recovery Facility can be found on the pages below.

Details about our Tier 2 – projects of city-wide significance, and Tier 3 – projects of local significance can be found on the pages below.

See all of the priority projects in the City of Ballarat Priority Projects Advocacy Overview

Partnership  

We are also working in partnership with other key Ballarat organisations to present our combined priority projects to the Victorian and Australian Governments.