A new government office is coming to Bendigo, and is being delivered by Regional Development Victoria in partnership with Development Victoria.
The 2017/18 Victorian Budget confirmed a $16 million investment for delivery of the third GovHub, alongside Latrobe Valley and Ballarat. The investment will go towards a project valued at more than $90 million, to build and fit-out the new modern office building. The balance of the GovHub will be delivered through private investment.
The City of Greater Bendigo and a range of Victorian Government departments and agencies will be co-located in the new building, making it home to up to 1,000 employees, including 100 new positions.
The new building will provide the community with a single point to access government services, in the heart of the city. The development of the Bendigo GovHub will inject around $131 million into the regional economy during the life of the project and create 100 construction jobs.
A construction tender for the project will be awarded in May 2020, with construction scheduled to be completed by mid-2022.
The community were encouraged to attend a public consultation session to provide feedback on concept designs of the Bendigo GovHub. This took place on Saturday 27 July in the Bendigo Town Hall from 10am - 2pm.
Community feedback has also been received through an online survey and focus group session which will inform the next phase of the project – the detailed design. The final design will be released at a later date.
Each of the tenant agencies that are moving to the Bendigo GovHub are working with impacted staff to assess their relocation needs.
To view a video from the Community Consultation session, please click here.
The GovHub will be located at the site of the current City of Greater Bendigo office in Lyttleton Terrace, in the Civic Precinct. In February of 2019, the City of Greater Bendigo decided to sell its Lyttleton Terrace office to the Victorian Government and become an anchor tenant in the GovHub.
The building is expected to cover the Lyttleton Terrace, Mundy Street, St Andrews Avenue and Market Street block and connect with other major civic buildings including the town hall, library, city offices, Federal Government offices such as Centrelink.
The project will sit alongside the law courts development and re-development of the TAFE site, which are currently underway.