Council continues multi-year investments in community projects
The City of Greater Bendigo’s proposed 2022/2023 Budget continues to build on a multi-year investment approach for several large community infrastructure projects.
The proposed Budget includes $9.9M secured funding for the Bendigo Airport terminal expansion and business park ($4.5M from the Federal Government matching the State Government’s $4.5M contribution, and $985,000 from the City).
The redevelopment will expand the terminal’s footprint and include a new departure lounge, provision for security screening area, waiting lounge, baggage claim, restroom facilities, new administration building and the first stage of a new business park that will service 21 lots.
The proposed budget will see funding for stage 2 of the Strathfieldsaye Community Hub in Club Court to upgrade facilities, including the clubrooms. With an overall investment of close to $1M, the new hub will support growing community participation and is being developed in collaboration with several project funding partners.
The redevelopment of the Municipal Baths will progress with $1.3M allocated in 2022/2023. The multi-year project will be renewed for community use as part of a key action in the Rosalind Park Master Plan.
The Budget is allocating $1.5M for the Mercy Junortoun Joint Use Sports Precinct development at Catherine McAuley College. This facility will be shared by the College and the growing local community. The City has invested $7M in total for the multi-year project to deliver two sports ovals with synthetic cricket pitches, two outdoor netball courts, car parking and multipurpose community building.
Separately, Catherine McAuley College will construct two indoor multipurpose courts and an indoor cricket training facility following receipt of funding from Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government.
The next stage for the Ewing Park Precinct will see a $1.8M investment for a learn-to-rid park with supporting park facilities adjacent to the newly constructed skate park.
In Marong, the Marong Kindergarten and community hub will see design funding to plan for future investment in a 66-place kindergarten for a growing community (with funding support from the City and the State Government).
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said it was wonderful to see how well projects had progressed with multi-year investment and priority commitments.
“The Bendigo Airport expansion has been a key Council priority and we have been advocating strongly at the State and Federal government level for support and I am delighted that funding has now been secured,” Cr Metcalf said.
“The airport expansion will bring new business opportunities, investment and jobs in the future.
“The City’s multi-year investments support growth and community connectivity and allow Council to spread its investments across Greater Bendigo. It is very exciting to see some of these long-term projects come to fruition for the benefit of the community.”
The proposed Budget is now available for public written comments until 5pm, Monday May 16.
To view the proposed Budget, visit: https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/2022-2023-budget