Today’s Victorian Budget will include an extra $16 million for a “GovHub” office in downtown Bendigo where about 1000 public servants from the state and local governments will eventually work.
The Andrews government has promised to recruit staff for “100 new jobs not currently based in Bendigo” in the process of setting up the office.
It will be shared by the local city council administration and four state agencies:
- Regional Development Victoria
- Parks Victoria
- The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
“Bringing these agencies together under one roof will provide a one-stop-shop for people needing state or local government services or advice,” according to a statement from Jacinta Allen, the Minister for Major Projects and the Member for Bendigo East.
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This year’s decentralisation funding follows last year’s budget commitment to establish two other GovHub offices, including one in Ballarat for eight state government agencies about the same size as Bendigo’s but with 600 new positions. A much smaller GovHub will see about 150 public servants based in the Latrobe Valley region, including 75 new roles.
The $16 million “builds on planning funding included in last year’s Budget” and the government “will also look to expand the number of Victorian public servants working from the new GovHub location”, according to the statement.
According to the Bendigo Advertiser, the majority of the funding will actually come from “a form of public-private partnership” and the City of Greater Bendigo estimates the total cost could be as much as $100 million.
There will be jobs for about 70 construction workers and the project is due to be completed in late 2021.