Council adopts prospectus and legacy documents to drive advocacy

Advocacy efforts for the upcoming State election and future State and Federal budgets will be informed by a new investment prospectus that was adopted at the September Council meeting.

The City of Greater Bendigo investment prospectus – Priority projects for government investment focuses on the delivery of a range of infrastructure projects that seek to enhance the overall liveability and vibrancy of the city and region.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the document was helpful in guiding conversations with Ministers, Shadow Ministers, advisors and department representatives.

“We have found this document is useful in outlining to all sides of government our priority projects, so as they can easily see which ones are investment-ready and have been identified as being able to support our growing community,” Cr Metcalf said.

“This prospectus also refers to opportunities relating to policy development, in particular how funds collected for the EPA Waste Levy, Gold Mining Royalty and future Windfall Gains Tax could be returned to the community.

“Improved planning for housing supply is also critical to the future success of Bendigo, however this relies on the support of the State Government. In particular, overcoming tensions between managing bushfire risk and retaining vegetation, unlocking former mining land for development, and mandating the development of social and affordable housing through inclusionary zoning.”

The Let the Games Begin – City of Greater Bendigo Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games legacy document was also adopted at the meeting and represents Council’s strategic approach to securing a positive legacy from hosting the Games.

Cr Metcalf said hosting the Games was about more than just sport.

“We are very excited to be named as a host city but the two-week event presents a great opportunity to deliver a range of initiatives that will serve our community long after the last race has been run and won,” she said.

“We are focused on ensuring there is genuine engagement with Traditional Owners and all First Nations people so as the Games are culturally inclusive, we are keen to deliver great economic outcomes including a mandate to use local suppliers, boost internet capacity locally, upgrade rural and regional sporting facilities, increase train services and open new train stations, showcase local artists and food producers, and invest in a range of sustainability initiatives.

“As planning continues and more is known about the delivery of the Games, we will continue to update the legacy document and fine-tune our ask of government. However, we believe delivering the projects listed will greatly enhance the Games experience and deliver a meaningful legacy for the Greater Bendigo community.”

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