City of Greater Bendigo
|City of Greater Bendigo|
Location in Victoria
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||7 April 1994|
|Area||3,000 km2 (1,158.3 sq mi)|
|Website||City of Greater Bendigo|
The City of Greater Bendigo is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the central part of the state. It covers an area of 3,000 square kilometres (1,200 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 116,045. It includes the city of Bendigo and the towns of Axedale, Elmore, Heathcote, Marong, Raywood and Strathfieldsaye. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the former City of Bendigo with the Borough of Eaglehawk, Shire of Strathfieldsaye, Shire of Huntly, Rural City of Marong and parts of the Shire of McIvor. It is the state’s third largest economy base and is considered a service and infrastructure centre for north central Victoria. The city is surrounded by 40,000 hectares of regional, state and national parkland.
The city is governed and administered by the Greater Bendigo City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Bendigo, it also has service centres located in Heathcote, Huntly, Marong and a couple of other locations within Bendigo. The city is named after the main urban settlement lying in the centre-west of the LGA, that is Bendigo, which is also the LGA's most populous urban area with a population of 99,122.
The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward. The most recent election was held in October 2016. The current council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:
|Independent||Margaret O’Rourke||Mayor (2016 - present)|
|Lockwood||Independent||Jennifer Alden||Deputy Mayor|
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Bendigo Town Hall Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its administrative centre on Lyttleton Terrace in Bendigo and its service centres in Heathcote, Huntly and Marong and also on Hopetoun Street and St Andrews Avenue in Bendigo.
The Bendigo Town Hall was built in stages starting in 1859 and an extension was built between 1883 and 1885. An architectural masterpiece, the town hall has been restored to its Victorian glory and has become a tourist hotspot.
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- Greater Bendigo City Council official website
- Bendigo information and community site
- Metlink local public transport profile
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps