City seeking commitment to revitalise the CBD in State Budget
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the Gov Hub project topped Council’s wish list for funding in Tuesday’s State Budget.
“We have advocated strongly for this project, as we recognise it is critical to improving customer interaction with government services, revitalising central Bendigo and growing our economy and our regional city,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The City of Greater Bendigo has been working with Regional Development Victoria to build a case for a Gov Hub, similar to those being built in Ballarat and La Trobe.
“City services in central Bendigo are currently spread across seven buildings, so it is proposed that City services would be co-located in one building along with a range of State Government agencies and departments.
“Consolidating City and other government services on one site would improve the customer experience and provide residents with a more modern, convenient and efficient way to interact with these services.
“The Gov Hub would also place more people in central Bendigo and deliver a range of economic benefits, including support for neighbouring retail and hospitality businesses.
“It is hoped the development of a Gov Hub would renew the northern-end of central Bendigo in a similar way to how the Bendigo Bank building helped to activate Bath Lane, Fountain Court and Pall Mall.
“Great cities need a great core, which includes available commercial space to ensure a thriving business district. This is a project that would strengthen central Bendigo and further enhance the liveability of our community.”
The City also hopes to see funding set aside to develop new law courts, providing a larger safer and more contemporary facility featuring modern technology and delivering better service outcomes for people using the court system. The courts serve not only Greater Bendigo but the wider Loddon Campaspe region.