The Andrews Labor Government’s $90 million Bendigo GovHub project is a step closer to the community, with the opening of the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to identify the head contractor, marking an important milestone in the project.
The new GovHub in central Bendigo will create new jobs, boost the local economy and revitalise the northern-end of the city.
The state-of-the-art building will accommodate up to 1000 local and state government workers and feature ground floor community spaces, along with a customer service area, a café, opportunities for heritage or local art exhibitions and lookout spaces towards landscaped gardens and beyond.
Under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy, the GovHub project is required to use local firms, local materials, local expertise and local skills, and where possible deliver flow on benefits to the Bendigo economy.
Following the EOI process, a shortlist of suitable contactors will be identified and invited to tender. Construction is expected to begin in the middle of this year.
The Bendigo GovHub is the third GovHub the Government has committed to deliver – joining Ballarat and Latrobe Valley and is part of a suite of projects being delivered across Bendigo, including the Bendigo Law Courts and Bendigo TAFE redevelopments.
The EOI process for the Bendigo GovHub is open for four weeks and closes on Friday, 21 February at 4.00 pm. Interested parties can download the EOI documentation at tenders.vic.gov.au.
The Government will continue to engage with the Bendigo community throughout the GovHub’s planning and construction process. More information about the project, including the latest artist impressions, can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“Bendigo is one of Australia’s fastest growing regional cities and is expected to account for more than half of the Loddon Mallee region’s population growth through to 2036.”
“The GovHub is a major investment by this government to prepare Bendigo for future growth, revitalise the northern end of our CBD and inject economic prosperity into our region.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“We’re committed to creating local jobs and supporting local suppliers and this exciting milestone will put us one step closer to making the Bendigo GovHub a reality.”