Cr Ben Taylor (Mayor)

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About Councillor Taylor

Councillor Ben Taylor is the 14th Mayor of the City of Ballarat. He was re-elected to serve South Ward residents in October 2016 having previously represented South Ward in the 2008-2012 term of Council.

Cr Taylor holds an Advanced Diploma of Business Management from the University of Ballarat and works as Business Development Manager at Ballarat’s Samsung Business Centre.

As a Councillor, Ben Taylor takes an ‘open to business’ approach with activation of the Ballarat CBD a priority, a place where the business, retail and hospitality sectors thrive, creating a stimulating destination for residents and visitors.

Cr Taylor is focused on streamlining the planning process in an effort to encourage business and jobs growth; but ensuring Council’s approach to growth is strategic, planned and well managed.

With a strong commitment to the South Ward, Cr Taylor works toward community building in areas like Sebastopol and Ballarat East, to strengthen and increase community involvement and engagement.

Ben, his wife and their four children live near Buninyong in the historic heart of the South Ward. He is active as a coach and player with the Wildcats Basketball Club.



  • Contracts Approval Special Committee
  • Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility Advisory Committee
  • Clean Ballarat Committee
  • Castlemaine (Mine) Environmental Advisory Committee
  • CEO Performance Review Advisory Committee
  • Coghills Creek / Glendaruel Cemetery
  • Learmonth Cemetery
  • Portfolio: Infrastructure and Environment (Sustainability)


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