Victoria's Loddon Mallee Region
The Loddon Mallee region occupies more than a quarter of Victoria and with one of the most consistently warm climates in the State, people flock to the region for the waterways of the Murray River, acclaimed restaurants and wineries, heritage towns, and grand forests.
The Loddon Mallee region is benefiting from a range of investments including:
- $630 million for the Bendigo Base Hospital Development to provide additional crucial facilities in preparation for growth in the region
- $5 million to the Bendigo Airport Revamp to improve access and infrastructure to support emergency services
- $8 million for the extension of train services to Eaglehawk and Epsom including station upgrades
- $11 million for the Mildura Riverfront Masterplan to provide a world class marina and riverfront development including a state-of-the-art conference centre
- $6.4 million upgrade of Mildura Airport Terminal to support new air services, including those connecting Adelaide, Sydney and Broken Hill to Mildura
- The development of the 1,000 seat Sandhurst Theatre in Bendigo, providing a significant cultural hub and conference venue to attract business investment into the city, as well as learning and social opportunities for the nearby Bendigo Senior Secondary College
- $12 million new Castlemaine police station
- Share of $100 million towards Natural Gas Supply to extend natural gas across regional Victoria and encourage greater investment in the regions
- $27 million irrigation modernisation project around Swan Hill, which provide more efficient irrigation services to local farmers and benefit the community by removing 9.6km of irrigation channels from the centre of town, replacing them with walking and bike tracks.
- $22.7 million rebuild of the Charlton hospital, which was destroyed in the January 2011 floods, will include residential aged care and inpatient bed-based services, urgent care, primary care and allied health services, plus the co-location of general practitioner services
- A $4.1 million investment by Mortlock Hydroponics in Carisbrook that will expand the company’s production of hydroponic tomato plants and generate 20 local jobs.
- The historic Inglewood Town Hall will be transformed into a key asset for the community and support the economic growth of the town through a $1.9 million investment.
- $46 million investment in the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre will provide additional capacity and training facilities for young offenders, as well as better security.
- Share of $151 million for a MICA single response unit in Mildura.
Key town centres
Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca, Gisborne, Kerang, Kyneton, Maryborough, Mildura, Swan Hill, Wedderburn, Wycheproof.
- Buloke Shire
- Campaspe Shire
- Central Goldfields Shire
- City of Greater Bendigo
- Gunnawarra Shire
- Loddon Shire
- Macedon Ranges Shire
- Mildura Rural City
- Mount Alexander Shire
- Swan Hill Rural City
Employment and industry
Loddon Mallee has a growing economy in tourism, viticulture, equine, horticulture, crops, cattle, manufacturing and wool production. As a major food producing area, the region is also home to a vibrant manufacturing and service sector. The Bendigo Bank is the only Australian bank to be headquartered in a regional area.
Learning and education
The region offers a broad range of educational facilities including pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, TAFE campuses, La Trobe University campuses in Bendigo and Mildura, and the Swan Hill International College.
Sports and recreation
With many sporting grounds, golf courses, water skiing, swimming, lawn bowls and tennis venues on offer, there is something for everyone. Theatres and arts centres are open throughout the year with community-based theatre companies upholding a strong tradition in regional communities.
Arts and culture
Festivals such as the Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, and significant events at Hanging Rock attract visitors from far and wide. Bendigo Art Gallery is also attracting substantial visitors with its temporary exhibitions as well as extensive collection of 19th century European Art and Australian art from 1800s onwards. Locals can also see Sun Loong the Chinese dragon parade through the streets of Bendigo for the annual four-day festival at Easter, listen to some of the country's finest folk artists at the Maldon Folk Festival, or stroll the many stunning gardens open during the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens.
While in the region, visitors and locals alike enjoy our iconic and widely acknowledged restaurants whether in Piper St Kyneton, the wharf area of Echuca, our Goldfields towns of Castlemaine and Bendigo or destination dining in Mildura.
- Dry land farming continues to be a major economic driver for the region
- Employment is growing in the services sectors, particularly in health and education, and related industries, such as IT and professional and business services, are also strong.
- The Bendigo area is benefiting from improved transport links with Melbourne.
- New opportunities are likely to emerge in renewable energy (particularly large scale solar), mineral sands and nature-based and Indigenous tourism.
- Viticulture and wine making is endangered by volatility in global markets and oversupply in some segments of local markets.
- Reduced water inflows in upper catchments are likely to produce continuing uncertainty for the horticulture sector.
- Growth in the mineral sands mining industries will increase freight traffic throughout the region, with flow-on for road and rail infrastructure.
- Parts of the region are more highly exposed to climate change than many parts of the State.
- Skills gaps, lower levels of educational attainment as well as an ageing population
Loddon Mallee Regional Growth Plans
The Loddon Mallee North and South Regional Growth Plans are two of eight regional growth plans being prepared across Victoria. It provides a broad direction for regional land use and development as well as high level planning frameworks and the means to implement the strategic land use and infrastructure directions that are set out in the Regional Strategic Plans (above).
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Loddon Mallee Regional Strategic Plan
The Spatial Analysis and Research Team within the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure have compiled census information from Victoria’s towns between 1981 and 2011 and published the content online to help form the basis for planning decisions and delivery of services. Find out more about Towns in Time here