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.
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.
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.