City welcomes State Government announcement for Gov Hub project
The City of Greater Bendigo has welcomed a contribution of $16M towards the development of a Gov Hub.
The Gov Hub will be located on the site of the Lyttleton Terrace office and the City will enter into a long-term lease in the new building.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said today’s announcement was fantastic news.
“A Gov Hub is considered the new way of doing business across regional Victoria, with the main focus being to improve the customer experience by having a range of government services co-located in one building,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The City currently operates across seven sites in central Bendigo. This is an opportunity for all staff and services to be located in one building and to vacate the other sites for commercial use by other businesses, further revitalising and activating central Bendigo.
“The Gov Hub will be home to a range of State Government agencies and departments, so it will serve as a one-stop-shop for residents, providing them with a centralised, convenient and efficient way to interact with these services.
“The Gov Hub is expected to accommodate more than 1,000 jobs in central Bendigo when complete and 70 jobs during construction. This will help to activate the northern-end of the city and deliver a range of economic benefits, including support for neighbouring retail and hospitality businesses.
“The Gov Hub represents an investment in liveability. Bendigo joins regional cities like Ballarat and La Trobe Valley that are developing Gov Hubs, recognising they are critical to improving service delivery to customers.
“The City looks forward to working with Regional Development Victoria to progress this exciting project.”
The announcement follows an allocation of $1M in last year’s State Budget to investigate the feasibility of developing a Gov Hub in Bendigo.
Recommendation 11 of the 2013 Independent Review of the City of Greater Bendigo also recognised the many benefits of consolidating the City’s seven offices into one building.