Bendigo-based contractor Fairbrother will lead the early works phase of the city’s GovHub development, set to kick-off in coming weeks.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, representing Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, today announced the early works contractor for the $90 million project, which is part of the State Government’s commitment to make rural and regional Victoria a better place to live, work and invest.
Development Victoria is delivering the Bendigo GovHub on behalf of Regional Development Victoria.
The GovHub is expected to inject more than $130 million into the local economy and generate more than 100 local jobs during construction.
The early works stage is expected to run for three-months and create jobs for 46 workers, including four apprentices and trainees.
When completed, the Bendigo GovHub will centralise a range of government services and accommodate 1000 local and state government workers, with 100 new jobs in government agencies. Bendigo is one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities and is expected to account for over half the Loddon Mallee region’s population by 2036.
Based in Lyttleton Terrace at the former site of the City of Greater Bendigo offices, the state of the art 5-Star Green Star building will be built over two years. Earlier this year, Council agreed to sell the building to the Victorian Government to enable co-location of several of its sites into one, improving access for staff and the community.
Early works will include fencing and securing of the site to make it safe prior to demolition, creation of access routes, along with heritage and archaeological assessments. A head contractor will also be appointed.
Joining the City of Greater Bendigo as tenants will be the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Department of Transport, Parks Victoria, the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority and Portable Long Service Authority.
Bendigo GovHub is part of Bendigo’s Big Build with Victorian Government investment in nearby projects at Bendigo Law Courts, Bendigo TAFE and Bendigo Fire Station. Planning and early works are also underway for new railway stations at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes
“The Bendigo GovHub is bringing more jobs and opportunities to central Victoria, while setting the region up for future economic success and better access to government services for its rural and regional communities.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“It’s never been a more pivotal time for one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities, with the GovHub on its way along with Bendigo’s Big Build – we’re investing now so the city can benefit in the future.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“The Bendigo GovHub will create local connections with important partners and service providers to deliver better services for our growing and diverse rural and regional Victorian communities.”