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It really couldn’t be a better time for First Home Buyers! Not only is the FHOG going to be doubled to $20,000 from 1 July 2017 for new properties purchased in Regional Victoria (yep that includes Ballarat) the Stamp Duty is now officially abolished for First Home Buyers Under $600,000! Even more Money in your pocket.

Victorian First Home Buyers who purchase a property for less than $600,000 will no longer need to pay stamp duty, provided they live in their home for at least 12 months. This could leave up to an extra $15,535 in your pocket. Wow! The government expect about 25,000 people a year to benefit & an average first-home buyer will save an extra $8,000!

With a diverse selection of home-sites here at Ploughmans Arms Estate you can turn your dream of owning your own home into a reality. Our Estate is a modern masterplanned community created to be cohesive, attractive & become an extension of your home. Dairymans & Jersey Stages are Titled and ready for you to build today!


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There have been more announcements since our last post in April! Not only do we have Woolworths, Kmart, Showbiz Cinema, Direct Chemist Outlet, Medical Centre, Noodlebox, Dentist, Burger Bar at the Delacombe Town Centre. But there is also going to be a Chill Espresso Lounge, Justcuts, Smart Dollar and The Butcher Club at the DTC, all just a 4 minute drive from Ploughmans.

Visit our RESOURCES page for more information.


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For the month of July Ballarat is coming alive with all things Winter!

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill, the Pop Up Ice Skating Rink in the Heart of Ballarat’s CBD, The Ballarat Potato Festival, Ballarat Brew Festival, Winterfest Market at the Delacombe Stadium, the Giant Slide + Snow Globe + Frozen Forest. There is so much more, whether it’s school holiday fun or a romantic rendezvous that you’re seeking, there’s a day out to enthral everyone. For more details click this link

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The Ballarat Railway Station, just a 12 minute drive away is about to be transformed with a $25 Million investment from the Victorian Government, we think this is Fantastic! Stage 1 construction is expected to begin as soon as July/August 2017 with a new two-level commuter car park and a portion of the access road. These works are expected to be completed in late 2017.

And Stage 2 works are expected to begin in early 2018 involving the remediation and refurbishment of the Goods Shed, construction of the hotel and delivery of the public plaza and remaining transport improvements.

Please find more details via our Resources page.


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Walking distance from Ploughmans Arms, the Bonshaw Early Learning Centre will be opening in early 2018! Applications for four-year-old kindergarten in 2018 close Friday 30 June. How do you enrol at a Kinder that isn’t built yet?

The Sebastopol West Kindergarten is actually relocating to the NEW Bonshaw Early Learning Centre. Call 5320 5720, visit to complete the online enrolment form or click here to download & print a form.

You can also go to the Kindergarten 2018 Open Day, 10am-12pm Saturday 17 June at the current Sebastopol West Kindergarten – 180 Grant Street. See this link for more details or call 5339 5055.


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We touched on the exciting news back in March, the Victorian Government has announced that it intends to increase the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) from $10,000 to $20,000 for new homes built in regional Victoria, and yes this includes Ballarat for new homes valued up to $750,000. So what else do you need to know? The dates! The date you sign your contract to buy or build your new home is the key date. Settlement date is irrelevant.

The $20,000 FHOG will be applicable to:
– Contracts entered into from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020 for the purchase of a new home in a regional area,
– Comprehensive home building contracts entered into from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020 by the owner of land wholly in regional Victoria, or a person who on completion of the contract will be the owner of land wholly in regional Victoria, to have a home built on the land, and
– The building of a home wholly in regional Victoria if the building work commences between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2020 inclusive

If you are entitled to the FHOG but sign a contract for a first home in regional Victoria before 1 July 2017, you will not be eligible for the $20,000 payment. This is even if you settle on or after 1 July 2017. However, you will still be eligible for the $10,000 FHOG.

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The beautiful Lake Wendouree is under 10 minutes from Ploughmans. Lake Wendouree offers something very special to our wonderful Ballarat, it has a scenic 6km circuit for walking, running, & cycling. And is perfect for many other activities like rowing, fishing, sailing, bbqs & picnics, enjoying wildlife, gardens, festivals, playgrounds and so much more.

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Just a 4 minute drive from Ploughmans Arms Estate, the $60 million Delacombe Town Centre is now due to open late August 2017. The shopping centre will include Woolworths, Kmart & 35 small retailers as well as a 500-seat, six-screen Showbiz cinema, Direct Chemist Outlet will feature at the site and will run the facility’s medical centre.
The most recent news of other tenants: Noodlebox franchise, discount store, dentist and Broo Beer will open a burger bar in November.

Find out more via this recent story or go to our RESOURCES page for more information.


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The plans are finalised for the Bonshaw Early Learning Centre and will be constructed in January 2018 for the start of the new kindergarten year. Providing the existing kindergarten community with a brand new, integrated early years facility with room to expand as the Bonshaw community grows. Bringing two kindergarten rooms, two maternal child and health consulting rooms and a room for playgroups/general community use. All under one roof!! This all has a huge $1.6 million contritbution from the Victorian Government Children’s Facilities Capital Program delivered by City of Ballarat.
Go to our RESOURCES page for more information.


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Looking for land and want to build your dream home in Ballarat? Here a a few points about Ploughmans that are worth knowing.

• Both Dairymans & Jersey Stages are constructed, titled & ready to build your dream home today!
• Modern masterplanned community created to be cohesive, attractive and become an extension of your home
• Surrounded by over 57 Acres of Parkland reserves including the Local Playground, Lineal Creek & large Recreational Park
• Opposite proposed Local Activity Centre (Neighbourhood Shopping), Primary School and the Bonshaw Early Learning Hub (due to be completed Jan 2018) –
• Ballarat’s Newest Shopping Precinct, the Delacombe Town Centre will be just 4 minutes away (Due to open in Sept 2017 –
• Convenience of the Ballarat City Centre under 10 minutes away –
• Selection of lot sizes from an efficient 300m2 to a generous 799m2
• First Home Buyers Grant set to double for buyers building new homes in Regional Victoria – See
• Trusted Local Developer

To see our wonderful range of lots please go to our LAND FINDER