The Victorian Government has welcomed Greater Bendigo City Council’s confirmation of support for the GovHub building, through the sale of the site.
The sale of the Council’s former offices at Lyttleton Terrace to Development Victoria was approved at the May Council Meeting and is one of the final steps before the $90 million project can go ahead, creating jobs for up to 100 workers during construction.
Council’s decision paves the way for the shovel-ready project to begin construction as planned in the middle of the year. An Expression of Interest process is also occurring to find a suitable builder.
The project is expected to be complete in mid-2022 and will house up to 1,000 staff, including around 400 desks for City of Greater Bendigo workers and a further 500 workers from the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Department of Transport.
The Victorian Government has also committed to another 100 new public sector jobs to be based at the GovHub.
Fifty-five of these have already been allocated across the new Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority and Portable Long Service Authority, with the remaining 45 jobs to be announced at a later stage in the project.
The GovHub is expected to contribute $131 million to the Bendigo economy, and will attract more professionals and their families to live, work and invest in one of Victoria’s biggest regional cities.
The GovHub will also help revitalise the northern end of Bendigo’s city centre, bringing more people into the CBD and attracting more business and investment.
Development Victoria is now assessing Expressions of Interest for the design and construction contractor, following the release of the final concept design in late 2019 which incorporated key feedback received during community consultation.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes
“I’m delighted to see the Bendigo GovHub building is now another step closer - providing the jobs and infrastructure regional communities need to thrive is what GovHubs are all about.”
“GovHub is an investment in the future of the Bendigo – breathing new life into the CBD, creating jobs during the construction phase and on-going opportunities for locals, which will be even more important as our communities recover from the impacts of coronavirus.”