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Our Bendigo GovHub project has reached a major milestone, with the start of construction commencing.

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards were on site to announce the start of construction for the landmark project, which will create more jobs for Bendigo and the region.

The joint venture between Bendigo-based builder Fairbrother and one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest construction providers Icon – known as Icon Fairbrother, are working closely with Lyons Architects and Arup Engineering for the design and build of the innovative multi-use building in the heart of Bendigo.

The local Bendigo construction industry will be engaged throughout the project in line with the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First policy.

Contracted local businesses to date include Eascom, DPK Mechanical, Big Hill Cranes, Online Laser, Dorian, SignMob and Allied Consultants.

The Bendigo GovHub will be at least a five-star green energy rated building. It features solar panels, a rainwater tank, efficient indoor air quality systems, along with water and energy monitoring systems.

We are proud to be delivering this project on behalf of the Victorian Government. It will create jobs, revitalise the region and transform Bendigo

The project remains on track for completion in late 2022 and is forecast to inject more than $130 million into the local economy and generate more than 200 new local jobs during construction.

Upon completion the 20,000-square metre building will enable the delivery of a range of services for the community and accommodate up to 1,000 Victorian Government and City of Greater Bendigo workers.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation has also been an important project partner instrumental in ensuring the inclusion of Indigenous design elements and language throughout the architecture, landscaping, and spaces.

“We are proud to be delivering this project on behalf of the Victorian Government. It will create jobs, revitalise the region and transform Bendigo,” Development Victoria CEO Angela Skandarajah said.