Unique to a regional city, Bendigo’s 100 gigabits per second internet is 1,000 times faster than Australia’s average.
150km northwest of Melbourne
High-quality road and rail infrastructure. Largest airport in north-central Victoria.
VIC’s 3rd largest economy
Gross Regional Product estimated at $8.86 billion. Approx. 8,165 local businesses (ABS 2021).
A growing visitor and events economy
Arts and culture; food and wine. The region sees in excess of 3 million visitors per year.
Under two hours from Melbourne, yet significantly more cost-effective for business operation.
A prime destination for start-ups and scale-ups. Unique as both a 100-gig city and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the region has a distinct and exciting culture of entrepreneurship.
- Approx 124,000 people in the region (2021); projected population growth of 1.7% per year.
- Proactively engaging with Indigenous leaders and businesses towards creating a regenerative, future-focused economy.
- Diverse and thriving food, fibre, fodder and wines sector.
- Artisanal agribusiness has elevated Bendigo to the world-stage as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Established enterprises – including the Bendigo Regional Manufacturing Group and the Central Victoria Advanced Manufacturing Alliance – promote innovation and investment in advanced manufacturing, and connect local businesses with global markets.
- Health Care and Social Assistance is the primary employment industry; followed by Retail Trade, Construction, Manufacturing, and Education and Training.
- Financial and Insurance Services is the highest performing sector ($797 million, 2020).
Key infrastructure ready to support investment and innovation
- 100-gig city. A distinct competitive advantage and almost unique for a regional city, the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Telco have partnered to provide Bendigo with an internet speed that’s up to 1,000 times faster than the national average.
- Largest capacity airport in north-central Victoria. Almost $10M of Victorian and Australian Government investment is secured towards expansion, creating opportunity for larger planes and new domestic routes.
- High quality Bendigo and Echuca rail lines deliver 21 daily passenger services to Melbourne.
- Freight and car transport links are supported by the Calder Freeway, and the Hume, Midland and McIvor Highways.
- Bendigo Health offers advanced facilities, employs more than 4,000 staff, and has a catchment area covering a quarter of the size of Victoria.
- Tertiary institutions – including La Trobe University, Monash University, Deakin University, SuniTAFE and Bendigo TAFE – provide a pipeline of skilled workers.
- Greater Bendigo and the Victorian Government are investing in housing to accommodate population growth, making a significant contribution towards building social and affordable homes.
Greater Bendigo is home to government, corporate, medium and small businesses and organisations. Some of the larger employers include;
- Bendigo Health – leading regional health and hospital service
- Bendigo Bank Rural Finance Corporation
- Hazeldene’s Chickens – poultry production
- Fosterville Gold Mine
- Thales Australia – design, manufacture and support of armoured vehicles
- City of Greater Bendigo – council services
- Mandalay Resources – antimony and gold mining
- Keech Castings – designing and manufacturing high-integrity steel castings
- Lactalis Australia – dairy production
- La Trobe University Bendigo Campus
- Bendigo TAFE
- Clear Dynamics – software company
- Apiam Animal Health – veterinary services
The City of Greater Bendigo is home to an array of public and private education institutions from preschool through to tertiary level.
- 28 primary schools, 4 public secondary schools, 5 independent and Catholic schools.
- 39 childcare services; average cost per day $13 below the Melbourne average.
- The Food and Fibre Centre of Excellence at Bendigo TAFE delivers unique learning outcomes in food and fibre production, animal care management, plants and landscapes, food processing, and resource management.
- Bendigo TAFE City Campus completed a $60M redevelopment in 2021 and includes an Indigenous Education Centre.
- La Trobe University Bendigo Campus completed a $60M transformation in 2021 to become an undergraduate education hub with a focus towards engineering and the arts.
- The Be.Bendigo initiative fosters a strong business community through creating connections, and developing capacity towards a more thriving economy.
- Djandak – a Supply Nation certified business – represents the commercial interests of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and works to achieve self-determination and a sustainable economic base for the region’s Indigenous people.
- A Victorian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) hub helps drive greater connection, and access to domestic and international supply chains, in the mining sector.
- Emporium Creative Hub in central Bendigo provides a place for creative entrepreneurs to build skills and expand networks.
- A number of co-working spaces in the region support innovators and entrepreneurs, including Possumworks, Killians Walk Business Hub, Bendigo Serviced Offices, Emporium Creative Hub, and Millson Business Centre.
- ‘Galkangu’/Bendigo GovHub – A $90M Victorian Government project centralising the delivery of a range of government services in the heart of Bendigo. Officially opened September 2023.
- Bendigo Law Courts – Court Services Victoria is delivering a $152.4M state-of the-art regional law court for Bendigo. Officially opened February 2023.
- Golden Dragon Museum Restaurant and Outdoor dining Activation – $1M Victorian Government Regional Infrastructure Fund. Enhancing front-of-house areas, retail space, entry foyer, kitchen, cafe seating area and outdoor dining experience; and lighting to link with adjoining Chinese Gardens.
- Bendigo Tramways development – $4M Victorian Government Regional Infrastructure Fund. Purpose-built facility enabling Bendigo Tramways to become a leader in heritage vehicle manufacturing and continue its reputation as Australia’s pre-eminent tourist tramway.
- Great Stupa Event and Tourism Infrastructure – $520,000 Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund. Lighting and facility upgrades to deliver night-time events across the year.
For a comprehensive overview of the City of Greater Bendigo’s projects in planning view their investment prospectus.
- Proposed Hotel Developments – Mantra, Spring Development and Amber Property Group plan to add 417 new rooms in Bendigo’s central business district.
- Bendigo Airport terminal and business park – $9.895M funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments and the City of Greater Bendigo. Expansion of the terminal will support an increased number of flights and passengers.
- The Golden Dragon Museum – A key tourist attraction in Bendigo, The Golden Dragon has a vision to be rebranded to become The National Chinese Museum of Australia and renovate its buildings and facilities.
- Bendigo Art Gallery Expansion – State and federal funding is sought to accompany local and philanthropic support to redevelop one of Bendigo’s premier attractions to enhance capacity for major exhibitions.
- Bendigo Regional Employment Precinct – Development of an industrial precinct to support the growing advanced manufacturing sector.
Learn more about some of the businesses in our region – why they chose Loddon Mallee, and their vision for the future.
Clear Dynamics – AI Technology at the heart of the next revolution
“We believe it’s been around 20 years since the last major revolution in enterprise software, and that our technology is at the heart of the next revolution – one that will help unleash business innovation.”
– Craig Hunter, Regional Development Executive
Apiam Animal Health – Enriching the lives of animals, people and communities
“Our philosophy, ‘enriching the lives of animals, people and communities’, is applied across all our businesses from vet clinics, to production animal consultancy, logistics and laboratory, with an aim to be part of a community of healthy animals and happy people.” – Dr Chris Richards, Managing Director
Fosterville Gold Mine – Keeping the gold rush alive
“Our vision is to see a renaissance of gold mining in the state of Victoria and the recognition that the region remains a powerhouse of the gold mining industry.” – Ion Hann, VP Australian Operations
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