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THE Ballarat rail line will be renamed the Eureka Line to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka uprising.
Premier Steve Bracks announced the name change at the Ballarat Railway Station yesterday as part of a visit by the State Cabinet.
Mr Bracks said the name change would officially take affect later next year to coincide with the completion of the Spencer Street Station redevelopment, when the Melbourne landmark will also be renamed as the Southern Cross Station.
Mr Bracks said the Eureka Line symbolised a revitalised, exciting era for Victorian rail.
"That will be the permanent name in the future for what is going to be a great railway trip from Melbourne to Ballarat," he said.
"What better way to market Ballarat, to recognise Eureka, than to from Melbourne go to the Southern Cross Station to get on the Eureka line which takes you...about an hour into Ballarat.
"Then to get off at the Ballarat Station, to visit Sovereign Hill, to visit the Fine Art Gallery, to visit the Eureka Centre to see what Ballarat has to offer."
City of Ballarat Mayor David Vendy said the renaming was a good marketing tool.
"It's just another sleeper as it were on the track to making Ballarat really a fantastic place to come and visit," he said.
Mr Bracks said the story of the Eureka Rebellion was instilled in him while growing up in Ballarat.
"It is important to me. I grew up knowing the Eureka story. Everyone in Ballarat has grown up knowing the Eureka story."
The announcement came after the Victorian Cabinet met in Ballarat at midday at the Town Hall.
"I was very pleased to have the full cabinet here in Ballarat as part of what is the commemoration of the anniversary of Eureka," Mr Bracks said.
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