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New industrial land development strategy to support business need

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The City of Greater Bendigo will work with the Victorian Planning Authority to develop a new Industrial Land Development Strategy.

The new strategy will build on the significant amount of work completed over the last 16 years planning for industrial land development. The VPA and the City will co-chair a steering committee to guide the strategy’s development.

Creating a new industrial land development strategy for Greater Bendigo was recently listed in the statement of expectations for the VPA, which establishes priority projects for the 2018/2019 financial year.

Director Strategy and Growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the development of the new strategy recognised that changes had occurred in technology, skills, employment patterns, logistics and the Greater Bendigo economy.

“It is challenging to find appropriate sites, particularly for heavy industry looking to either expand or relocate to Greater Bendigo,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“In the past six weeks we have been approached by five different businesses seeking industrial land; the need is essential and urgent.

“It is very encouraging that in recent months the City has received a number of approaches from private landowners who are willing to discuss selling their land for the purposes of a business park.

“We are happy to receive these inquiries and hope to look at these and other sites in a strategic manner as part of the strategy.

“The strategy will provide direction for the next 10, 20 and 30 years. Through a new Industrial Land Development Strategy we also have the opportunity to take more of a regional approach to the provision of industrial land.”

The preparation of a new strategy will enable the City to:

  • Work better with key infrastructure providers to capitalise on existing industrial precincts
  • Identify future industrial land and precincts
  • Increase investment and employment in Bendigo and across the region
  • Reduce industry-residential land use conflicts
  • Reduce the impacts of industry and freight movements on residential areas
  • Deliver better freight outcomes for industry

The strategy will include technical work and stakeholder and community consultation. Further information will be released as the strategy progresses.

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