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Greater Bendigo is a major regional centre servicing the towns and rural areas of the Loddon region, about 150 kms north west of Melbourne.

While still significant, traditional reliance on manufacturing has diminished in recent years, with the development of a strong health, education and retail sector in the city.

Commerce, finance and government administration are also important activities.

Greater Bendigo is part of the Regional City council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Victoria in Future 

Greater Bendigo - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Greater Bendigo Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Argyle, Ascot, Avonmore, Axe Creek, Axedale, Bagshot, Bagshot North, Barnadown, Bendigo, Bendigo East, Bendigo North, Bendigo West, Big Hill, California Gully, Costerfield, Derrinal, Diamond Hill, Drummartin, Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, Elmore, Emu Creek, Eppalock, Epsom, Flora Hill, Fosterville, Golden Gully, Golden Square, Goornong, Harcourt North, Heathcote, Hunter, Huntly, Huntly North, Ironbark, Jackass Flat, Junortoun, Kamarooka, Kangaroo Flat, Kennington, Kimbolton, Knowsley, Ladys Pass, Leichardt, Lockwood, Lockwood South, Long Gully, Longlea, Lyal, Maiden Gully, Mandurang, Mandurang South, Marong, Mia Mia, Minto, Mosquito Creek, Mount Camel, Myers Flat, Myrtle Creek, Neilborough, Pilchers Bridge, Quarry Hill, Raywood, Redcastle, Redesdale, Sailors Gully, Sandhurst East, Sebastian, Sedgwick, Shelbourne, Specimen Hill, Spring Gully, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye, Summerfield, Toolleen, Tysons Reef, Wellsford, Whipstick, White Hills, Wilsons Hill and Woodvale.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

City of Greater Bendigo Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results 

Annual Report

City of Greater Bendigo Annual Report 2017/18


Greater Bendigo City Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 9 Councillors.

Councillors are elected through preferential voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.

The council's independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.


9 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Eppalock - Cr George Flack

Eppalock - Cr Margaret O'Rourke - Mayor

Eppalock - Cr Yvonne Wigglesworth

Lockwood - Cr Rod Fyffe - Deputy Mayor

Lockwood - Cr Jennifer Alden

Lockwood - Cr Matt Emond

Whipstick - Cr James Williams

Whipstick - Cr Malcom Pethybridge

Whipstick - Cr Andrea Metcalf

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 110,446  
  • 2021 121,687  
  • 2026 133,058  
  • 2031 144,632  


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 183.689m 200.990m 171.992m 189.742m 165.456m 155.722m 150.049m 126.547m 110.093m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 208.061m 247.690m 211.662m 197.067m 175.348m 173.619m 159.149m 128.562m 122.114m
- Rates and Charges 110.486m 90.640m 86.813m 81.251m 74.898m 68.933m 63.637m 68.773m 64.306m
- VGC Grants 15.829m 15.233m 14.986m 14.953m 14.858m 14.346m 14.229m 13.817m 13.074m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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