Loddon Mallee is primed for growth

“Engage, engage, engage. There’s a terrific, experienced, entrepreneurial and, above all, friendly and welcoming network here to support your success.” – Craig Hunter, Regional Development Manager, Clear Dynamics

The Loddon Mallee region is a place where liveability and economic prosperity collide; where communities value sustainable development and look to lead in the transition to a carbon-neutral future. It’s where creativity finds new audiences, and innovation opens doors.

The CSIRO forecasts that regional areas with strengths in agriculture and advanced manufacturing – such as the Loddon Mallee – have a paramount role to play in Australia’s future.

Fast facts

Why invest here?

  • Victoria’s largest grower of food and fibre supported by an ideal climate and irrigation infrastructure.
  • A leader in solar and renewables – the majority of Victoria’s large-scale solar generation is concentrated in the region.
  • The Loddon Campaspe Employment and Innovation Corridor –
    connecting Melbourne to Bendigo, through to Echuca – offers exceptional connectivity: high-speed train, freeway-grade road, linkage proximity to Melbourne Airport, and 100-gig internet.
  • Internationally-reputed tertiary institutions deliver a pipeline of skilled workers into the workforce each year.
  • A distinct creative industries sector contributes to a vibrant culture, which is underpinned by respect for and inclusion of First Nations’ voices.
Fast Facts

Distinct to Loddon Mallee

  • Loddon Mallee has the most diverse agricultural economy in Victoria.
  • Bendigo is both a “100-gig city” making its internet speed more than 500 times faster than the Australian average; and a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, identifying it as a hub for creativity, food, and wine.
  • Integrating solar capture with battery storage, Gannawarra Solar Farm is among the largest projects of its kind in the world.
  • Bendigo Bank is the only major financial institution to be headquartered in a regional city.
  • A resurgent mining industry – Loddon Mallee is home to Australia’s only antimony mine, Victoria’s largest gold producer, and a fast-growing minerals sector.

Home to most of Victoria’s large-scale solar generation

Renewable energy generation is seen as a major growth industry for the region, which could generate 3,200 jobs during construction phases.