Regional Development Victoria

Bendigo GovHub

Project at-a-glance

Location: Lyttleton Terrace
Victorian Government investment contribution: $16 million
Developer: To be confirmed
Architect: To be confirmed
Builder: To be confirmed
Tenants: Victorian Government – various agencies, City of Greater Bendigo
Number of Victorian Government public servants: To be confirmed
Number of carparks for tenants: To be confirmed
Jobs created during construction: To be confirmed
Estimated completion: 2022

Background

The Bendigo GovHub is a new government office to be located on the site of the current City of Greater Bendigo main office in Lyttleton Terrace.

The Bendigo GovHub will place more workers in central Bendigo and help centralise the delivery of a range of government services and revitalise the northern-end of the city. 

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 confirmed a $16 million investment for planning a third GovHub in Bendigo. The investment will go towards an approximate $90 million project to build and fit-out the new modern office building in central Bendigo. 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 for up to 1,000 employees, including 100 new positions, 20 of which have already been allocated following the announcement the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority will be set up in Bendigo in 2019.

Bendigo is already home to public servants from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Parks Victoria, but the Victorian Government is exploring more opportunities to place other departments/staff in the GovHub.

The development of Bendigo GovHub will inject around $90 million into the regional economy and create numerous construction jobs over the course of the build.

As an urban renewal project, the GovHub has the potential to stimulate private investment that will further enhance economic activity in Bendigo.

The building

The appointment of the architect is currently underway, which will be announced publicly when confirmed. Building designs will be available here when ready. An extensive consultation will take place with future tenants about the internal spaces in the building, as well as the community about the overall design.

 

What is the GovHub?

A GovHub is a new government office to be located on the site of the current City of Greater Bendigo main office in Lyttleton Terrace.

The City and a range of State Government departments and agencies will be co-located in the new building, making it home for up to 1,000 employees.

GovHubs are considered a new, centralised way of doing business in regional Victoria that focus on enhancing the customer service. Similar hubs are being developed in Ballarat and in Morwell in the Latrobe Valley. GovHubs also help to revitalise city centres and deliver a range of economic benefits during construction and ongoing operation.

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What are the benefits of the GovHub?

The GovHub will centralise the delivery of a range of government services, making it a one-stop-shop for customers. It will make customers’ interactions with these services more convenient and efficient. Improved, streamlined customer service is the focus of the GovHub project.

The GovHub will place more workers in central Bendigo and help to revitalise the northern-end of the city. It will create jobs during the construction phase and place approximately 1,000 jobs in central Bendigo when complete, which will provide a range of economic benefits to neighbouring retail and hospitality businesses.

The building will also meet the latest sustainable design standards, which will ensure a range of efficiencies when it comes to heating and cooling the building and its impact on the environment.

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When was the Bendigo GovHub announced?

Funding of $16 million for the early planning of the Bendigo GovHub was announced in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, on 2 May 2018.

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Where will the Bendigo GovHub be built?

The site of the current City of Greater Bendigo office in Lyttleton Terrace has been identified as the best site for this project.

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What will the building look like and what will happen to the current building?

The current building, opened in 1971, cannot accommodate any more people, so will be demolished to make way for a new building featuring the latest in sustainable design and which will be sympathetic to its heritage surrounds.

Its footprint is expected to cover the Lyttleton Terrace, Mundy Street, St Andrews Avenue and Market Street block. The project will involve the demolition of four buildings in total.

All planning and design will be subject to planning and heritage approval processes.

Designs will be released for public consultation later.

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How much will the project cost overall and who will pay for it?

The Victorian Government announced in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 that it will contribute $16 million towards the development of a GovHub. The overall cost of the project is $90 million. The balance of the cost to deliver the GovHub will be through private investment and further details regarding the cost of the project will be released later.

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Which tenants are to be located at the new site?

The City of Greater Bendigo will relocate staff to the GovHub, as well as the following Victorian Government departments and agencies:

  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) (Agriculture Victoria, Regional Development Victoria)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) (Parks Victoria)
  • Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority (20 new jobs to start in 2019)
  • 80 additional new Victorian Government jobs from various departments and agencies.

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What will happen to City of Greater Bendigo staff during construction?

Staff will be moved to other commercial buildings in central Bendigo. Relocating whilst demolition and construction takes place is part of the cost of the project.

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When does construction begin?

Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2022, subject to a range of approvals.

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Who will build the GovHub?

The builders are still to be appointed, and a public announcement will be made when they are.

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Who will manage the construction of the GovHub?

The developer that will oversee the project is to be confirmed.

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What new jobs will be created?

As well as the estimated 100 new Victorian Government jobs to be created, which includes the already announced 20 jobs with the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Authority, there will also be jobs created during construction, both onsite (direct) and suppliers (offsite).

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Who owns the land the GovHub is being built on?

The land is currently owned by the City of Greater Bendigo.

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What consultation has taken place, and how can I get involved?

Public consultation information will be made public as it is scheduled. Any questions in the interim can be directed to Regional Development Victoria.

Each of the tenants that will relocate to the GovHub are already working with staff about the relocation.

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