Bendigo-based Department of Transport staff, including those at VicRoads, will move into the new Bendigo GovHub once it opens in 2022.
The Minister for Transport Infrastructure and member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan made the announcement last Friday, which would see 115 transport jobs move to the GovHub.
The new Department of Transport will bring together staff from VicRoads, Regional Roads Victoria and Public Transport Victoria, who are currently located at East Bendigo.
“The government is bringing this new concept to Bendigo, bringing together in one place state government and City of Greater Bendigo activities under one roof,” Ms Allan said of the GovHub.
The state government contributed $16 million to the project in the 2018 state Budget, with that funding injected into a public-private partnership.
Ms Allan said the building will cost between $90-100 million and accommodate as many as 1000 workers.
Regional Roads Victoria’s northern region director Brian Westley said he is excited about the move in 2022.
“This isn’t just a boom for Bendigo, it means we are going to see state and local government agencies brought together, resulting in better transport outcomes,” Mr Westley said.
The city’s director of corporate performance Andrew Cooney said additional government services joining the GovHub makes it a true one-stop shop.
“It’s not always about customers doing physical business with us, but to have City of Greater Bendigo staff and other staff together will have great benefits to us and the Bendigo community,” Mr Cooney said.
Construction of the Lyttleton Terrace GovHub will begin in mid-2020, with works to be completed by mid-2022.
The City of Greater Bendigo offices will be located elsewhere during the construction, at a yet to be determined location.
An open community consultation session will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Bendigo Town Hall to give the public a chance to speak with the architects and design team.