Our Tenancy Vision
Current Tenants at Barkly Square
The Barkly Square precinct has been a hub for learning since 1862. Through the efforts of a broad range of stakeholders, it is being transformed into a vibrant and green community centre focusing on education, training and employment outcomes in the Central Highlands and surrounding regions. BGT Jobs + Training are proud to be leading this transformational change.
This page outlines the tenancy vision and leasing policy aligned with the vision for the precinct, a vision which respects the historical, cultural and environmental significance of the site and recognises its importance in the life of the community.
The vision for the site is to provide opportunities for collaboration and social connectedness to increase educational opportunities and pathways to employment and strengthen community ties.
The centre will:
In order to realise the vision and objectives of the precinct we will:
We envisage a mix of community and commercial tenancy in order for the precinct to be self-sustaining.
Tenancies should be aligned to the vision for the site and contribute to the Barkly Square community.
Tenancy Selection Criteria
Applicants must demonstrate a community spirit, respect for other site users and a willingness to contribute to the Barkly Square community.
Applicants must demonstrate their compatibility with the preferred uses designated in the Precinct Usage Plan for the buildings or spaces being applied for.
Applicants must be economically and financially viable. Not-for-profit community groups should be able to demonstrate that they can cover outgoings. In some circumstances, BGT may accept in-kind contributions (subject to negotiation).
Tenancy is subject to approval by the Department of Education and Training. Applicants must meet the Department of Education’s requirements as detailed on the expression of interest form.
The tenant mix should include a number of tenants who provide services to disadvantaged groups including early school leavers, the unemployed, youth at risk, people with a disability, people for culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those in lower socio-economic groups and the homeless.
Hospitality will be a significant contributor to the amenity and community engagement with the precinct and notable in the tenant mix. Management may enter into contractual arrangements for the provision of services such as food and beverage, catering and functions.
Managing Competing Uses
Care will be taken regarding the location of tenants within the precinct is mutually beneficial.
Care will be taken to avoid the possibilities of tenants undermining each other’s enterprise or being disadvantaged by inappropriate competitive activity.
A tenancy agreement will be entered into with tenants consistent with the terms and provisions of the lease between BGT Jobs + Training and the Department of Education and Training.
The agreement will outline:
Tenants at Barkly Square Ballarat
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