Be my Valentine

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The air con’s on, but we’re feeling the heat – because love is in the air at Central Square!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, pop your heart on your sleeve and show that special someone exactly how you feel.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been married for twenty years or two, connected with an old flame or met someone new – now’s the perfect time to express your love. No good at writing poetry? Too scared to say “I love you”? Demonstrate your affection with a heartfelt gift instead!

Ignite a spark with these sweet ideas:

  • An authentic team guernsey from The AFL Store – just in time for pre-season.
  • A POP! Vinyl figure from NewsXpress – for your number one fan.
  • Couple pjs from Peter Alexander – matchy-matchy, so cute!

Of course, Valentine’s Day gift giving shouldn’t be one sided … But you might need to drop a few hints! Here are some sneaky suggestions:

  • Mimco – bling to make the heart sing!
  • Richwell Spa – brighten up date night with a mani-pedi.
  • Bras N Things – win-win!

Ah, romance – you had me at hello.

CarePark Ballarat Central

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Parking at Central Square Ballarat

Using CarePark Ballarat

The multistory car park adjacent to Central Square Ballarat is owned and operated by CarePark. Entry is via Dana Street (corner Doveton St South). Using the carpark is easy and convenient when shopping at Central Square.

Collect a ticket as you enter the carpark. The Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system will record your vehicle registration. If you stay less than 2 hours, the boom gate will open automatically as you exit. No need to scan your ticket. If you stay longer than 2 hours, you can pay at the exit station (boom gate) with a credit card (plus card surcharge fee).

If you don’t have a credit card, simply pay for your parking at an automated pay station before collecting your vehicle. Insert your ticket, pay the applicable fee using cash, collect your validated ticket and return to your vehicle then drive to the exit, insert your paid parking ticket to the machine to open the boom gate.  Automated pay stations are located on levels 2 and 6 of the car park.

Contact CarePark 

T: 03 9682 1733

PARKING RATES (as at January 2020)

Casual parking – Monday to Friday
0-2 hours FREE
2-4 hours $5.00
4+ hours maximum fee $9.50 (until the car park closes)

Casual parking – Saturday & Sunday
0-2 hours FREE
2+ hours maximum fee $4.50 (until the car park closes)

Early bird parking – Monday to Friday
It’s just $6.50 for any length of time provided you arrive before 11am and park on levels 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Monday to Thursday 6:30 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am to 10:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Frequently asked questions about CarePark

How does Licence Plate Recognition work?
LPR takes a photo of the customer’s licence plate on entry and should the customer be under the 2 hours (per day), the exit boom gate will automatically raise. Should the customer be over the 2 hours (per day) they will simply proceed to a pay station and pay the fee. Alternatively, pay at the exit station with a credit card only. The vehicle registration information is only stored on the system to verify a patron’s length of stay or conditions of the Early Bird parking.

Is early bird parking available?
Yes. Early Bird customers are required to enter before 11am and park on level 9 and above. To control this, the Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system will take a photo of their licence plate at the entry and then again on level 9, which will then apply the Early Bird rate on the customer’s ticket. Should an Early Bird customer not proceed past the level 9 LPR camera, casual rates will apply.

Are parking violations and fines issued?
Yes, should a customer not follow the Terms and Conditions for use of the car park, a Payment Notice will be issued. These cases are rare and generally only occur if a customer parks in a reserved car park or disabled park without a permit.

What happens if a customer stays longer than two hours and tries to exit without a paid or validated ticket?
The boom gate at the exit will not open without a validated ticket. If customers experience any difficulty, there is an intercom on the exit station ticket machine providing 24 hour customer service assistance.

If I park my car in the car park for less than two hours in the morning and then return in the afternoon, do I have to pay?
The LPR system will recognise your licence plate each time you enter and depart the car park. You will receive a total of 120 minutes parking on the same day. Yes, you can park for up to an hour in the morning, leave the car park and return later on the same day and you will be able to park for up to a total of two free hours (a combined total duration of both visits). Once this 120 minute time frame has been exceeded (even by a minute), you will be charged for the third hour of parking, so stay and enjoy a coffee or some more shopping!


Personal styling service

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Personal styling service

We are thrilled to offer a complimentary fashion styling service for you to enjoy during your shopping experience at Central Square. This is a highly personalised service provided by local stylist, Ema Smith from Style Rebellion.

Personal styling can help you understand the latest fashion trends or perhaps how to create your own personal look to suit your lifestyle. A professional styling session is a positive approach to finding your favourite new outfit or creating a capsule wardrobe.

Ema is a qualified stylist who will work with you to find new ways to dress using the range of fashion options available at Central Square.

There is no obligation to make a purchase and this service is provided free of charge on the first Friday of each month. Sessions outside of these times are available, please speak with Ema regarding her service charges.

Personal styling sessions are available on the first Friday of each month.

Bookings can be made by contacting Ema directly on 0437 291 690 or through our Facebook page.

Style Rebellion at Central Square

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Hello I’m Ema, the stylist behind Style Rebellion.

I’m a mother, wife, daughter, sister and a granddaughter.  I’d been a stylist my whole life when I decided to take it to the next level.  I studied at the Australian Style Institute in Melbourne and graduated in 2016 with an Advanced Certificate of Professional Style & Image.

What is a stylist? 

I help people look and feel their best through the medium of clothes.  Basically create the best version of YOU!  My clients range from as young as 14, up to 87 years. I help men and women look their best, whether it’s for a new job, new mother, mother of the bride, weight gain or weight loss, hot date, regain their confidence or just wanting to change/find their individual style.

Currently I am collaborating with Central Square Ballarat to bring you one hour styling sessions for FREE!

How does this work?

You make a booking through Facebook or directly with me on 0437 291 690.  We meet at Central Square on the first Friday of the month.  We sit down for about 5 minutes to answer some questions about you and why you are here.  Then we go shopping within Central Square to find your personal style.  All in under an hour.   It’s that easy and it’s FREE.

Plus if you are one of the first three clients to book in the months of March, April, May and June 2020 you will ALSO receive an $80 gift card, kindly provided by Central Square Ballarat.

So what are you waiting for!  Book a free styling session with me today.

Central Square Fashions on the Field

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Central Square is thrilled to be sponsoring this year’s Fashions on the Field at the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup being held at Dowling Forest on Saturday 23rd November.

Entries are now open for this year’s event. Click here to enter.

There are four categories available:

  • Traditional Lady of the Day
  • Contemporary Lady of the Day
  • Most Fabulous Millinery
  • Gent of the Day

Each category winner will receive a $300 gift card to spend at Central Square Ballarat.

Win tickets to the Avoca Cup Copy

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For your chance to win one of five double passes to the Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup on 19 October, visit our Facebook page and find this post, then tell us your favourite fashion store at Central Square and tag the person that you will take with you to the races.

Competition closes 12 October and winners will be notified by direct message on 14 October.


This competition has no connection to Facebook whatsoever and is not sponsored, supported or controlled by Facebook in any way. All questions, comments or complaints are to be referred to Central Square Ballarat and not Facebook. The supplied information is used solely for the execution of this competition by Central Square Ballarat.

Information on how to enter the AVOCA CUP Competition (hereafter referred to as ‘the competition’) forms part of these terms and conditions.

Participants must enter the competition by commenting on the giveaway post on our Facebook page dated October 9, 2019.

Entry is only open to residents of Victoria. Employees and tenants of the promoter and their staff are ineligible to enter.

Multiple entries are permitted.

Central Square Ballarat Shopping Centre accepts no responsibility for any complications associated with completing the entry.

The promotional period is from 9 October 2019 to 14 October 2019.

Three winners will be drawn at random on Monday 14 October 2019 at 12pm. Winners will be contacted by direct message from Central Square Ballarat centre management by 12pm on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

If the prize winner does not contact Central Square Ballarat to claim their prize by 5pm on Friday 18 October, we will assume that the prize is unclaimed, and the prize will be forfeited.

Judge’s decision is final, and no further correspondence will be entered.

The prize pool is five double passes to the 2019 Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup on Saturday 19 October.  Five winners will be drawn randomly.

The prize not redeemable for cash, not transferable and must be taken as offered.

The winner(s) must present identification to claim their prize; this identification must match the winning entrant’s details. The prize must be collected from the Central Square Ballarat Centre Management office open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or by phoning 03 5333 4330.

Winners may be asked to provide photo ID to collect their prize from the centre management office.

The winner(s) must sign a prize collection form when they collect their prize.

If any winner(s) is under the age of 18 years, the prize will be awarded to the winner’s parent or guardian.

The winner(s) understands that they must participate in any promotional work as a result of winning the prize and may include photos on the Central Square Ballarat Facebook page, Instagram page and website, and in the local newspapers.

The promoter shall not be held liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss), or for personal injury suffered or sustained, as a result of taking the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

The Promoter is Majestic Properties Pty Ltd trading as Central Square Ballarat Shopping Centre, 18 Armstrong Street South, Ballarat, VIC 3350 Phone: 03 5333 4330 ABN: 83 068 573 188 and reserves the right to cancel this promotion at any time

This competition has no connection to Facebook or Instagram whatsoever and is not sponsored, supported or controlled by Facebook or Instagram in any way. All questions, comments or complaints are to be referred to Central Square Ballarat and not Facebook or Instagram. The supplied information is used solely for the execution of this competition by Central Square Ballarat.

The AFL Store update

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Locally owned, The AFL Store in Central Square has recently been updated with a gorgeous new shopfront and store fit out.  You’ll find your favourite AFL gear in the store right now and receive personalised customer service from the team.

New merchandise ranges are arriving daily including a huge range of socks, guernseys, beanies, scarves and great new products like lunch boxes, backpacks, luggage tags etc.

If you have a little Auskicker at home, be sure to check out the Auskick bundle which includes a free pair of football boots when you purchase a Youth Bundle*, which has shorts, socks, and a guernsey in your chosen team colours.


* Offer is subject to stock availability.  Bundle offers differ instore.

Central Square is changing seasons

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As the leaves start to turn gold and bronze in the soft autumn sunlight, Central Square Shopping Centre is also changing. New stores are opening and old favourites are being refreshed.

Witchery has opened a beautiful new store in Ballarat and the stunning autumn/winter range is now available. Featuring soft tones of beige, brown, blues and highlighted by animal print, the range is sure to lift your wardrobe with a few key pieces. The annual #ocrf White Shirt campaign is now on and your purchase can help make a difference – visit the store to find out more about this campaign. Witchery Ballarat is located near the main entrance in Armstrong Street South on the ground floor.



Noni B is moving into a brand new store next to Suzanne Grae and will be opening very soon. In the meantime, visit the Noni B pop-up shop for some amazing bargains. You’ll find the temporary store opposite Bras N Things on the ground floor.




Valpied Shoes has received a makeover and the new store is light, open and welcoming. The store stocks shoes for any occasion by well-loved brands Diana Ferrari, Django & Juliette, Florsheim, Hush Puppies, Windsor Smith, Doc Martens and many more. The friendly team are trained to find the perfect shoe for you.  New styles are arriving daily for the autumn/winter season.


Come to life at Central Square





Back to school, back to you

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Image 4The long summer holidays are so wonderful to spend time with family and friends, with hot days that seem to never end, trips to the beach and the pool, ice cream treats and warm nights filled with laughter, food on the barbecue and cool sea breezes. Although the days roll by, time seems to stand still and the space between Christmas and New Year drifts lazily into the past.

All of a sudden, the realisation hits, the holidays are due to end. It’s back to work and back to school, back to deadlines and routine, back to making lunches and after school activities, watching the weeks fly by and the end of another year will be here in the blink of an eye.

Hang on to some of the relaxed holiday vibe and celebrate the return to the work/school routine with a little retail therapy.

Enjoy the freedom that the school term can bring by browsing the shops at your leisure, trying clothes on without kids nagging you, sit down for lunch and eat straight away without any disruption! Escape the oppressive heat of February and get back to you!

Come to discover Central Square Ballarat.