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Stage set for Bendigo Showgrounds upgrade


Local concerts, markets and other events are returning to the Bendigo Showgrounds better and more accessible than ever thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

The project is now complete and was supported by a $680,000 grant from the Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.  regional shows such as Bendigo Agricultural Show to provide free entry to children.

The Victorian Government’s Children Entry COVID Recovery Grants program will be supporting more than 100 regional and rural shows this year, including the Melbourne Royal Show.

The program will it easier for families to see and learn about the world of agriculture. Applications are open until Monday, 26 September 2022.

The Bendigo Showgrounds project was designed to improve visitor experiences and bring even more opportunities to the region. Improvements include a new air conditioning system at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre, which will help attract events during summer.

The market area has also been revamped with power infrastructure, upgrades to building façades and painting adding to its appeal and opening the door to more power access for stalls and merchants. Other improvements include repaving to asphalt, an illuminated sign at the entrance and new all access toilets.

The Bendigo Showgrounds plays host to more than 600,000 people each year through its wide range of events such as live music festival Groovin’ the Moo, the Australian Sheep and Wool Show and the Bendigo Agricultural Show.

The grounds are also home to the Bendigo Showgrounds Market – the largest market in regional Victoria – which features a wide range of goods, food and produce stalls each Sunday.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The Fund is key to the Government’s record investment of more than $36 billion across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

For more information on the free Children Entry program, visit Agriculture Victoria Children Entry COVID Recovery Grants.