City representatives to visit Dunedin, New Zealand

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A small City of Greater Bendigo delegation will travel to Dunedin, New Zealand this Thursday to learn more about the city’s approach to developing its economy, promoting its creative industries and fostering partnerships with local organisations.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Cr Matt Emond, Chief Executive Officer Craig Niemann and Regional Sustainable Development Manager Trevor Budge will attend a series of meetings organised by City of Dunedin Mayor and current President of the Local Government New Zealand National Council, Cr David Cull.

Cr O’Rourke said the City first contacted the City of Dunedin three years ago.

“There are many similarities between Dunedin and Greater Bendigo. Our populations are comparable in size, both cities are located regionally, have a shared goldmining history, a strong tourism industry and great natural surrounds,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Dunedin is a high achieving city. It has developed strong sister city trade relationships with Shanghai, has a highly regarded Economic Development Strategy and successful Council-led organisation Enterprise Dunedin, has formed a great partnership with the local university that attracts more than 2,000 international students and delivers innovative community engagement programs.

“Dunedin has widely celebrated tourism products and is great at promoting its creative industries. It also enjoys access to the fastest internet speeds of any city in the southern hemisphere.

“This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about how Dunedin has developed these strengths and consider how we can implement a mutually beneficial relationship.”

City of Dunedin facts:

  • Approximate population - 140,000
  • Seventh largest city in New Zealand
  • Covers 3340km²
  • Has an overall budget of $233M
  • Starting point of New Zealand’s most successful rail trail
  • Many miners from Bendigo migrated to New Zealand to continue mining gold. New Zealand is the only other country in the world with a town called Bendigo (located on the South Island, approximately three hours from Dunedin)

The visit to Dunedin will last four days, with City representatives returning on Sunday February 11.

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