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Wait and see on Darren Weir suspension impacts

- City of Ballarat Development and Planning Director Angelique Lush

Until the full economic impact of Darren Weir’s suspension is completely disclosed, including any potential job losses and the extent of any organisation downsizing, it is difficult to judge how this situation will impact Miners Rest as a whole.

However, it is not expected to impact on the intent or purpose of the Miners Rest Township Plan, which is currently being finalised in consultation with the community. It is expected Forest Lodge will continue as a racing establishment, so it is not a change of property use.

The Central Highlands Employment Response Plan was established by several government agencies, including the City of Ballarat, several years ago when John Valves went into liquidation.

The plan is tailored to meet each individual situation and is aimed at assisting employees in whatever ways are needed to suit their specific concerns.

At this stage, no one has requested the Central Highlands Employment Response Plan be activated.