Bendigo businesses will now have better access to Victoria’s multibillion dollar pipeline of projects, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited Spring Gully Primary School to announce the expansion of regional services provided by the Industry Capability Network (ICN), a non-for-profit organisation that seeks to maximise opportunities for local industry.

The Labor Government has funded the ICN to provide the expanded services to local businesses in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton for the next two years.

As part of the expanded services, ICN will work closely with businesses in the Bendigo region to help connect them with State Government projects, including the construction of the things Victorians need most – schools, hospitals, roads, rail and other vital infrastructure, as well as services to government agencies.

ICN will also hold events in Bendigo for suppliers and help local companies register to have greater opportunity to supply into government projects.

The Spring Gully Primary School is undergoing a $5.2 million redevelopment that includes the modernisation of existing classrooms and administration areas, upgrades to the outdoor learning areas, and the creation of an outdoor amphitheatre and new Physical Education building.

The project is being managed by the Bendigo arm of construction company Fairbrother Pty Ltd, which has committed to 85.4 per cent local content and is utilising local companies in its supply chain and creating local jobs, including providing opportunities for four apprentices on the project.

Through Local Jobs First, the Labor Government has set local content requirements for 97 Strategic Projects, with a combined total value of over $57 billion and supporting over 30,000 local jobs since December 2014.

The Government has recently enshrined Local Jobs First into law, with the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill passing Parliament.

The Bill mandates minimum local content on major projects, which will create more jobs for Victorians and support local industry to grow.

For more information about Local Jobs First, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards     

“When we build the infrastructure and manufacture assets that make communities great, we’re creating local jobs and opportunities for local businesses, suppliers and workers.”

“By expanding ICN services in Bendigo, we’re making it easier than ever before for local businesses to supply into our multibillion dollar project pipeline – creating jobs locally.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP