For Parents – Child Friendly City

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Family at Splash Park Opening Event

In January 2007 the City of Greater Bendigo was recognised by UNICEF as Australia's first Child Friendly City.

A Child Friendly City promotes the right of every young citizen to:

  • Influence decisions about their city

  • Express their opinion on the city they want

  • Participate in family, community and social life

  • Receive basic services such as health care, education and shelter

  • Drink safe water and have access to proper sanitation

  • Be protected from exploitation, violence and abuse

  • Walk safely in the streets on their own

  • Meet friends and play

  • Have green spaces for plants and animals

  • Live in an unpolluted environment

  • Participate in cultural and social events

  • Be an equal citizen of their city with access to every service, regardless of ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or disability

The idea of a Child Friendly City is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Bendigo Community Toy Library

The toy library is for children from birth to school age. It has a large number of puzzles, construction, imaginative, water play and other toys as well as activity packs that can be borrowed for a special occasion or just a fun day with the kids. The Toy Library is a non profit organisation run by its members. To find out more about the library, or to become a member, go to the Bendigo Toy Library website.

Bendigo Access Map

The Bendigo Access Map is useful to all residents, visitors and tourists of all abilities and age groups. It plots major facilities, parking, places of worship, post offices, public toilets and schools. 

Immunisation sessions

City of Greater Bendigo provides free immunisation for infants and children each month. To find out about vaccinations by age group and to review our sessions schedule go to Immunisation.

Play spaces

Bendigo is home to over 120 children’s playspaces offering creative play and adventure in local parks, gardens and near lakes. Go to Playspaces.

Yo Bendigo - youth website

Yo Bendigo website provides information on all of the services, programs, activities, events and opportunities for young people (aged 12 -25 years) from across the City of Greater Bendigo that are offered by council, community and government. Go to the YO Bendigo website.

Contact us

For more information please contact the Young Communities Team on 03 5434 6000


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.


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