Ballan Library and Community Hub

Project Overview

Construction for the Ballan Library and Community Hub is expected to begin mid 2023 with completion due in mid-to-late 2024.

Ballan Library and Community Hub Concept Plans Approved

At the Ordinary Council Meeting held 1 February 2023, Council approved the Ballan Library and Community Hub Concept Plan.

Concept Plans for the Ballan Library and Community Hub have been developed to meet the operational needs and desire for a contemporary library and community hub for Ballan and surrounding areas. The design responds to the aspirations of the local community, is responsive to feedback gained during the community engagement process and meets budget parameters.

Following the completion of detailed design and a procurement process for appointing a construction contractor, it is expected that construction will commence in mid-2023 with completion due in mid to late 2024.

Council thanks the many community members and organisations who provided their feedback and input throughout the design phases.

The approved Concept Plan can be found under 'Document Library' on this page.

Phase One and Two Consultation Update

Navigate to the Document Library to read a summary of the community engagement results from two seperate rounds undertaken for the Ballan Library and Community Hub:

  • Phase One Community Engagement: September - October 2021
  • Phase Two Community Engagement: May - July 2022

These summaries provide an overview of the community engagement findings and outline the next steps in the project. Keep your eye out for the draft concept plans to see the community's vision for the Ballan Library and Community Hub come to life.

  • Community Engagement Phase One

    September 2021 - October 2021

  • Project funding secured

    January 2022

  • Community Engagement Phase Two

    6 May - 13 June 2022

  • Concept Plan Developed

    January 2023

  • Detailed Design and Procurement Process

    Early 2023

  • Proposed Commencement of Construction

    Mid 2023

  • Proposed Completion

    Mid to late 2024

The Ballan community and Moorabool Shire Council recognised the need for a new Ballan Library as a key priority for the growing town several years ago. The project has been on a consistent feature on Council's advocacy list during this time. 

In January 2022, Moorabool Shire Council was successful in receiving grants from the State Government for the new Ballan Library and Community Hub, with a total budget of $7.25 million.  

The funding contributions include: 

  • $3.5 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund 
  • $1.5 million from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program 
  • $2.25 million from Moorabool Shire Council 


The new Library and Community Hub will consist of: 

  • A modern fit for purpose Library 
  • Community meeting rooms 
  • Visitor information 
  • Maternal Child Health Centre 
  • Outdoor space (including gardens and seating areas) 


Phase one of community engagement was undertaken in September- October 2021 to gain an understanding of what the community values about the current Ballan library, what future services they'd like to see and their usage patterns. 

A second phase of community engagement during May to July 2022 expanded on the themes from phase one to seek feedback to inform the design of the new library and community hub. This feedback has provided an understanding of community aspirations for the building and has informed the development of the concept design.