Mair Street upgrade

We’re looking at how we can improve traffic flow, ease congestion and improve walking and cycling options on Sturt and Mair Streets, to give the infrastructure Ballarat needs to grow.

Project update - October 2017

To make sure we get the design for the future Mair St right, we’ve been working closely with the community, the City of Ballarat and transport experts  to come up with proposed plans. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us and shared their thoughts at our pop-up shop and on Engage VicRoads. We heard your thoughts on key themes including parking, cycling, construction impacts and tree planting. You can read more about what we heard in our Consultation Summary report [PDF 296 Kb].

The feedback received has been collated and will help inform the development of the final design. We expect this to be completed by December 2017 will present these to the community with the next steps to progress to construction.

Future of Mair Street video

Project background

Mair Street is a big part of central Ballarat. Sturt Street links the central business district (CBD) with Lake Wendouree and connects premiere eating, dining and entertainment areas. Mair Street is a major traffic route around the CBD and has many stores, businesses and schools. 

Improving Mair Street will support the economic and population growth of Ballarat for years to come. This project is an important part of the City of Ballarat’s CBD Strategy: Making Ballarat Central (2010) [PDF] (External link) (PDF)

As Ballarat grows, we need to make sure this vital street works for everyone.

About the project

Revitalising Mair Street will:

  • Improve traffic flow with two lanes in each direction
  • Improve safety by upgrading intersections and installing traffic lights, 
  • Ease congestion by synchronising traffic lights to let more traffic through
  • Improve safety for pedestrians with safer crossing points and lights
  • Encourage cycling by introducing safer, designated bike lanes
  • Create a tree line boulevard

Community involvement

Citizen Advisory Group

Over two weekends in October & November 2016, 34 members of the Ballarat community participated in in-depth co-design workshops with VicRoads, the City of Ballarat and transport experts to identify issues and opportunities for Sturt Street and Mair Street.

We thank this Citizen Advisory Group for their hard work and contributions to this important project.

The key opportunities identified and investigated by the Citizen Advisory Group were:

  • Review the number and type of road crossings on Sturt Street, between Pleasant and Dawson streets;
  • Make Mair Street two lanes in each direction east of Lydiard Street and replace the roundabout at Grenville Street with traffic lights to ease congestion;
  • Plant trees along Mair Street to make it a more attractive tree-lined boulevard;
  • Install dedicated infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians to improve their safety; and
  • Synchronise traffic signals for smoother traffic flow and easier crossing for pedestrians.

Pop-up shop and Engage VicRoads

We developed concepts for Mair Street based on the thoughts and concerns that were raised in the online survey and the Citizen Advisory Group in 2016. In July and August 2017, we talked with businesses and other key stakeholders, opened a pop-up shop in Lydiard Street and launched an interactive map on our Engage VicRoads website to gather the wider community’s thoughts on the Mair Street Upgrade.

Over the nine days we opened the pop-up shop, 235 people visited to share their thoughts. 1835 people logged on to our Engage VicRoads website, with 32 people leaving comments and 146 casting votes. We also had 19 local traders attend our Business Briefing Sessions.

You can read more about what we heard in our Consultation Summary report [PDF 296 Kb]

What happens next?

As discussed with many property owners and businesses on and near Mair Street, we are forming a Monitoring Group with property owners and businesses to keep the lines of communication open and to help us with the practicalities of the upgrade to minimise the impact on businesses.

We will report back on the progress of this group on this page. 

Contact us 

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch

Email: [email protected] 
Write: Sturt and Mair Streets, PO Box 580, Ballarat, Vic 3353

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