Skip to content
Artist impression of the exterior of the Galkangu building. Shows the entrance with shield-like designed exterior.
Copyright© 2021 Murrupuk Art by Natasha Carter. This artwork is reproduced with permission.

Development Victoria has celebrated a very proud milestone in Bendigo this month, with the official opening event for Galkangu - Bendigo’s new GovHub.

We have played a pivotal role in creating this new space, delivering the building on behalf of Regional Development Victoria, alongside our builders Icon Fairbrother, DJAARA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation), and Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners.

The event was attended by Development Victoria CEO, Angela Skandarajah as well as other key members of our team, Victorian Government representatives, City of Greater Bendigo representatives, and DJAARA CEO, Rodney Carter.

Since opening its doors in mid-2023, Galkangu has provided Bendigo residents with better access to government services in the heart of the city centre, with eight local and state government agencies brought together under one roof.

“Galkangu is one of the many projects which are recently completed, or currently underway in Greater Bendigo which are delivering fantastic outcomes for locals, as the region continues to grow,” said Development Victoria’s Group Head Civic Infrastructure, Hannah Clement.

“We are proud to have played our part in delivering this project which created more than 200 jobs during construction, with another 1,000 jobs supported through the supply chain, and ongoing benefits for the local economy, which will continue into the future.”

The landmark building features a 6-Star Green Star Rating for design and includes energy efficient indoor air-quality systems, solar panels, water and energy monitoring systems and a sustainable timber frame.

The new GovHub has been designed from start to finish in partnership with local Traditional Owners, incorporating Dja Dja Wurrung artwork, language and culture throughout. 

"We feel incredibly privileged to have worked alongside DJAARA, and Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners in the design and delivery of Galkangu, from the name itself, to the striking design featured across the building’s façade, to the incorporation of language and artwork throughout the building’s shared spaces."

The name Galkangu – [pron: gull-kang-gooh], is a Dja Dja Wurrung word meaning “build together, we make together, make things happen together, more connected to Country

The building’s exterior features a frit pattern façade based on the diamond pattern of the Dja Dja Wurrung shield to represent the values of respect, recognition, reconciliation and self-determination. The artwork featured on the façade was designed by Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta and Jaru artist Natasha Carter.

Find out more about the name Galkangu, and the artwork which is featured on the building’s façade.

Development Victoria employees pose for a photo inside the Galkangu building.
Development Victoria CEO, Angela Skandarajah was joined by members of our Executive team at Galkangu’s official opening event.

Updated on 06 September 2023