Maree Edwards MP with City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden, Mr Ian Furze, Executive Officer – Bendigo Showgrounds, Mr John Faull and Mr Don McKinnon.

State Labor Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards MP and Jacinta Allan MP have announced $680,000 in funding for a project that will upgrade the Bendigo Showgrounds.

The project is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to build the things that matter to locals and help their towns thrive and is among a suite of successful initiatives as part of this year’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.

The Bendigo Showgrounds is a highly valued community asset, providing significant social, community and economic benefits to the local and regional economy including one of regional Victoria’s most visited markets.

A recent Masterplan of the site identified a number of opportunities and considerations to the existing infrastructure, with deliverables throughout a number of stages. One of the stages is the food and market precinct upgrades – which will deliver infrastructure, visual and usability improvements to the aging market precinct.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to ensuring our region has the support they need to move beyond last year’s challenges and thrive into the future, helping to make it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.

This part of funding will also be allocated to deliver other improvements across the site to help ensure the Bendigo Showgrounds ongoing financial sustainability as well as attracting more visitors to the site and region via major events

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

The stimulus round aims to revitalise local economies while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic by creating more jobs now, while improving tourism and community infrastructure.

The Fund is key to the Government’s $8 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria unveiled in the Andrews Labor Budget 2020/21 to support communities to come back stronger than ever.

The second round of the Fund’s 2020/21 program is due to open for applications from 16 June. Under this competitive round, local regional and rural councils will be invited to apply for grants.

Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au

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