Budget funds new shade pavilion in Hargreaves Mall, infrastructure upgrades

The draft 2020/2021 Budget includes a $43.5M (capital works) investment in projects that maintain and develop the City’s infrastructure, while also supporting the local economy by providing jobs to various local contractors.

These projects include funding for a new shade pavilion in Hargreaves Mall, stage 2 of the Bendigo Town Hall renewal and further work on the Bendigo Botanic Gardens central hub.

Constructing new and renewing existing civil infrastructure is another key Council responsibility and the draft Budget will see $11.4M spent on roads, $0.51M on bridges and $1.5M for drainage works across the municipality. Council will also invest $3.1M in footpaths and shared paths.
Mayor Councillor Margaret O’Rourke said capital works projects served two purposes.

“It is critical for us to maintain essential infrastructure and build and upgrade new facilities to meet the needs of our growing community,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“But it is also important for Council to allocate funding for infrastructure projects that will boost the economy and create local jobs.”

The new Hargreaves Mall shade structure will allow the mall to be used all year round and support a wider range of uses. The designs for the structure are due to be released in the coming months, which the community will be able to provide input into.

Cr O’Rourke said the new shade pavilion responded to community consultation about the Hargreaves Mall and city centre, which was completed as part of developing the Bendigo City Centre Plan.

“Investing in the city centre has been a key priority for Council throughout its term and this project will make a real difference to the usability of the mall,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Protecting people from the summer sun as well as rain will make it more inviting, support events year-round and encourage more people to visit the mall more often.”

To view the draft Budget, go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/budget

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