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Freight Bar Hotel Ballarat- Corner Mair and Peel Street

Very tasty  local bar well worth checking out. We paid a visit one night when we couldn’t be bothered cooking, and were not disappointed at all. prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is great!

The staff were chatty, wonderful people too, and its a beautifully refurbished bar (opened in 2013 by Chris Sergent), with multiple levels, cozy gas log fires, and a beer garden, as well as craft beers and an attachment to a house brewery next door- the athletic club brewery co.

Since opening in 2013, the 535m2 site and building of freight bar was sold to new owners for a cool $1.7 million on an inital gross yield of 10.43% ($3150.00/week) in July 2015, reaping a staggering 100% profit (less substantial refurbishment costs) on the 850K price paid less than 3 years beforehand in 2012.


Anyway enough commercial property market trivia!; down to the food- The $20 bar snack plate was delicious!WP_20170624_19_32_04_Pro
4X BBQ sumptuous BBQ ribs, Chinese 5 spiced duck breast, and house made sausage rolls with spicy dipping sauce. Head Chef Chris Watt has certainly excelled himself.

We also ordered a bowl of sweet potato fries for a measly $5 which were a fantastic addition to round off the meal to be a very satisfying light dinner for two!

Full menu for freight bar and hotel Ballarat in PDF can be found here

They were all excellent, but next time we might replace the sausage rolls with another helping of the amazingly tasty ribs, or the Salt and Szechuan Pepper Pork Belly with kaffir lime caramel; which was highly reccommended by some other other punters at the bar we spoke to before makign our selection. (yes, we harassed another friendly looking couple who had already ordered, who sang nothing but praise)


Browsing their website, they also have a membership benefits system, with every 6th meal free!




  • Coffee Club-Every 6th coffee free
  • Freight Forward-Percentage of all your sales goes to local charity of your choice
  • Exclusive deals weekly through ‘Twitter Tuesdays’ & ‘Facebook Fridays’
  • Monthly Members only email offers


Monday – 4pm  – late
Tuesday – 11am – late
Wednesday – 11am – late
Thursday – 11am – late
Friday – 11am – 1am
Saturday – 11am – 1am
Sunday – 11am – 1am


Corner of Mair and Peel St
Ballarat VIC 3350

Ph: (03) 5333 5431

Email: info@freightbar.com.au


Finding ASX broker PID

Recently, a close pal who knows I’m half decent at internet research asked me to help him out.

The guy had just moved, and lost most of his important personal paperwork relating to his shareholdings, and he was attempting to transfer his broker sponsored HIN to another broker. In other words, moving his shareholding portfolio to a newer, shinier, cheaper Australian broker… and taking advantage of $600 of free trades in the process.

Apparently it was pretty hard for the average joe to find out what your existing broker’s PID, or ASX Participant Identification Number was. He had spent hours browsing about getting nowhere, and called me in frustration.

I found it after ten minutes of poking about on the net (A long time for me) but the process is a bit convoluted, as the ASX has semi-hidden the information about how to look up broker PID in its depths.

ASX_BROKERPID_LOOKUPFirstly, Go to the following link:


Click on the Link at the bottom right hand side, where it says “List of participants”

That will bring up the following PDF, which changes every few days or months by the look of it, every time they do an update to the most current PID list.


Inside that PDF, there is yet another damn link, when you click on “more information” which will finally gets you to the most up to date PID and broker list you are looking for. (in this case, the 2016 PID list)

http://www.asx.com.au/communications/notices/2016/0110.16.02.a.pdf (Current PID list as of Feb 2016)

*sigh* Finally! Just search (ctrl+F) for your existing or new ASX broker name in that document to find their PID.

The document has two main fields:

  • ASX(Market), ASX Clear and ASX Settlement Participants


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