Click here for service updates and COVID-19 information.

Voices of Optimism

Leave feedback
Voices of Optimism banner

The City of Greater Bendigo has launched a new video campaign, Voices of Optimism and the aim is to promote the positive force of optimism in our community and showcase why this region is a great place to live, do business, study and enjoy.

Share your video on optimism

You are invited to contribute a short video to our Voices of Optimism campaign. We are seeking a variety of comments from community members from all walks of life, people in businesses and education. All participants from the community are asked to record a short video on their phone responding to the same question: “What makes you optimistic?”

The short videos will be collated and shared on the City and partners’ social media channels during August and September. 

Instructions for filming

  • Hold your phone sideways (horizontally/landscape), rather than vertically/portrait to record your video
  • Keep the phone steady or ask someone else to video you if that’s easier
  • Please try to reduce background noise and speak clearly to the camera
  • Try to film in a single quiet location if possible
  • Keep your video duration to be around 30 seconds to one minute if possible (we can edit it if you go slightly over)
  • Answer the question “What makes you optimistic?”

Sending the video to us

Please complete the short online form by Monday August 31, 2020. Good luck and we look forward to watching your video! 

Free virtual Cafe Series

The Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton is presenting a free virtual Café Series each Thursday throughout August. Invited special guests speak frankly about what makes them optimistic from a personal, business and community perspective, despite facing some extraordinary challenges and setbacks in their own lives.

Please register to watch the free virtual events.

Thursday August 6, 2020 – Victor Perton presented Voices of Optimism - a conversation with Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke and her close friend and leadership expert Mary Dwyer who talked frankly about their longstanding friendship and how being optimistic has helped them both to cope with some very difficult times in their personal and work life. A recording of the virtual event is available to watch here. 

Thursday August 13, 2020 – Victor Perton presents Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Coliban Water Managing Director Damian Wells who broke his neck in a cycling accident a week before starting his new role at Coliban Water last year. Mr Wells believes optimism helped him to overcome this life-changing moment. A recording of the virtual event is available here. 

Thursday August 20, 2020 – Victor Perton presents Voices of Optimism - in conversation with Bendigo Foodshare Chair Cathie Steele about how volunteers and recipients of Foodshare bring so much joy and compassion to those around them with their optimistic outlook. Register here for the free virtual event.

Thursday August 27, 2020 – Victor Perton presents Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Bendigo Community Health Services CEO Gerard Jose on why optimism is in his DNA and how his staff continue to remain upbeat, creative and positive whilst providing a critical role on the frontline during the pandemic. Register here for the free virtual event.


The City is collaborating with The Centre for Optimism which is a global movement to ‘empower people to become more optimistic themselves and to foster optimism in those around them. To find out more, please visit:

We welcome your feedback.

Did you know you can log requests online?

This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.

Do you want us to contact you?*
Preferred contact method*