First-of-its-kind Plan Greater Bendigo to go before Council

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Plan Greater Bendigo, a first-of-its-kind plan for a regional city, will be considered by Council for adoption at next week’s meeting.

The plan presents a consolidated list of 18 infrastructure projects, down from 70, which have the capacity to transform Greater Bendigo over a 30-year period. An action plan has also been developed to outline the short, medium and longer term delivery of the projects.

A report to Council notes “Plan Greater Bendigo is about how the delivery of infrastructure will help in better connecting and creating healthier, more inclusive communities, and strengthening existing employment and attracting new jobs and investment.”

The shortlisted 18 projects are:

An adaptable and innovative economy

  • Marong Business Park
  • Bendigo Airport – Business Precinct and Terminal
  • Revitalise Bendigo TAFE
  • Short term hostel/student accommodation in the city centre
  • Coordinated program of new school development to meet growing demand

Healthy and inclusive communities

  • Upgrade the rail track between Bendigo and Kyneton
  • Connectivity for small towns and neighbouring regional centres
  • Bendigo metro rail – continuing implementation
  • Community hubs
  • Dja Dja Wurrung corporate and community centre

A stronger and more vibrant city centre

  • Bendigo Law Courts
  • Bendigo Railway Station activity centre
  • Bendigo ‘Gov Hub’ office co-location of government agencies
  • Golden Dragon Museum/Bendigo Chinatown

A resourceful and sustainable region

  • Reimagining the Bendigo Creek
  • Better using our existing water resources
  • Plan for a renewable energy future
  • New waste management arrangements

The Plan Greater Bendigo Action Plan notes these projects were selected because they are consistent with Local Government or State Government policy, support economic growth and development, are in addition to services already offered by Council, provide community benefit and have the support of other agencies.

Plan Greater Bendigo aims to support a projected population of 200,000 people by the middle of this century and a regional population of 300,000. It has been developed in partnership with the State Government, through the Victorian Planning Authority, and is part of the first phase of implementing the Loddon Campaspe Regional Growth Plan (formally the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan).




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