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.
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.
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.
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
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
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.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||200.990m||171.992m||189.742m||165.456m||155.722m||150.049m||126.547m||110.093m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||247.690m||211.662m||197.067m||175.348m||173.619m||159.149m||128.562m||122.114m|
|- Rates and Charges||90.640m||86.813m||81.251m||74.898m||68.933m||63.637m||68.773m||64.306m|
|- VGC Grants||15.233m||14.986m||14.953m||14.858m||14.346m||14.229m||13.817m||13.074m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants