Andrew Cooney, COGB Director of Corporate Performance, speaks to the media at a budget briefing 17/04/2019 Photo: Brendan McCarthy


The council’s proposed 2019/20 budget is planing to fund a number of projects that encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

A number of sports facilities and recreation areas have been earmarked for construction or redevelopment.

$85,000 has been set aside to determine an appropriate site for and open a new dog park in Heathcote.

The location is yet to be decided, but council is in the preliminary stages of identifying suitable locations.

The dog park would be the 17th dog park in the region, with only three of those off-leash and fully fenced.

The region’s growing community needs high quality and maintained recreation facilities, according to the mayor.

“One of our community plan goals is to create a much healthier Greater Bendigo. Sport and recreation are important aspects of community life and we need to support that participation,” mayor Margaret O’Rourke said.

A new skate park will be constructed in Epsom, making it the sixth in the region, with the current closest skate park for Epsom residents located in Eaglehawk.

The project will have joint local, state and federal government funding to the tune of $310,000.

An upgrade to lighting at Canterbury Park in Eaglehawk, as well as new lighting at the La Trobe University Bendigo Athletics complex in Flora Hill are some of the other investment highlights from the budget.