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Official Launch of Bendigo’s UNESCO designation

On Friday 29 November 2019 Mayor Margaret O’Rourke officially launched Bendigo and the region’s new status as a UNESCO Creative City (and region) of Gastronomy. The event was held at PepperGreen Farm and celebrated the contributions of many people across our region who helped shape Bendigo’s application to UNESCO. Drew Berick, who along with Natasha Carter designed the logo, spoke about the importance of the Six Seasons to the Dja Dja Wurrung people, and Maree Edwards MP outlined the exciting opportunities this designation brings to the region and the state.

Join the new Creative City of Gastronomy Advisory Committee

The City of Greater Bendigo is forming a Creative City of Gastronomy Advisory Committee to provide advice on matters strategically relevant to Bendigo’s City of Gastronomy designation and the mission the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

The purpose of the Committee is to provide the best high-level advice, guidance and strategic representation to Council with respect to matters concerning the UNESCO Creative Cities and Bendigo’s City of Gastronomy status and activities – taking a broad and regionally-based approach.

Expressions of interest to join the Committee are now being sought, with applications open until Friday January 17, 2020. Interviews will be held in late January, with Committee members to be formally appointed in March 2020.

Before completing the expression of interest form below, please refer to the Draft Terms of Reference for the Committee.


Please include details of any relevant interests, experience, networks, qualifications and knowledge of the City and region’s gastronomy scene – as well as understanding of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and its aims. Please note that formal qualifications are not a prerequisite for committee membership.

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The City of Greater Bendigo is committed to protecting your privacy. The personal information you have provided on this form and on any supporting documentation is collected by the City for the purpose of appointing members to the Creative City of Gastronomy Advisory Committee. This information will be provided to City staff to enable them to evaluate your expression of interest. Your personal information will not be disclosed to an external party without your consent unless required or authorised by law. If you do not provide personal information on this form, your expression of interest will still be forwarded to the relevant unit for evaluation. Please contact us on 03 5434 6000 if you wish to gain access to any personal information supplied on this form. You can access our Privacy Policy at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au

Contact us

If you have any questions about the City of Gastronomy, please contact the Regional Sustainable Development Unit on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

For more information check out our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Find out more on our City of Gastronomy website: www.bendigogastronomy.com.au

Or to explore Bendigo’s gastronomical experiences: https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/explore-bendigo/bendigo-city-of-gastronomy