Industrial Land Development Strategy
June 2020 update
On June 17, the Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy (GBILDS) and Background Report were adopted by Council.
The GBILDS was developed in partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority and has involved comprehensive community and industry engagement about available and appropriate industrial land, as well as a detailed assessment of the existing supply of land and a Strategic Economic Inputs report about forecast demand. The GBILDS provides direction for the 22 existing industrial land in Greater Bendigo as well as identifying the characteristics of future land in Greater Bendigo.
The strategy identifies a need for a minimum of a further 170ha of industrial land over and above existing land supply over the next 30 years to meet industry needs in order to enable existing businesses in Greater Bendigo to grow and to attract new businesses to Greater Bendigo.
Greater Bendigo is the major employment and industrial hub for the broader Loddon Campaspe region. Important to our region’s future will be attracting business, industry and employment to support our growing population.
Council’s previous Industrial Land Strategy was adopted in 2002. Over the past 17 years there have been significant changes in technology, skills, training and occupations, energy, waste management and the Greater Bendigo economy.
The new Greater Bendigo Industrial Land Development Strategy (GBILDS) presents us with an opportunity to undertake a contemporary review of industry needs within Greater Bendigo and the wider region, and to understand existing industry needs and how they are planning for future growth.
To inform the new strategy, the City had prepared an Industrial Land Needs and Gaps Analysis report that provided a detailed overview of the current and future industrial land needs, and commissioned REMPLAN to prepare a Strategic Economic Insights report to identify the shortfall in industrial land over the next 14 years.