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Greater Bendigo City

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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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Demographics 

Region Summary - Greater Bendigo 

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 2020/21


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9 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Eppalock - Cr Matthew Evans - Deputy Mayor

Eppalock - Cr Margaret O'Rourke 

Eppalock - Cr Gregory Penna

Lockwood - Cr Rod Fyffe

Lockwood - Cr Jennifer Alden

Lockwood - Cr Vaughn Williams

Whipstick - Cr Andrea Metcalf - Mayor

Whipstick - Cr David Fagg

Whipstick - Cr Julie Sloan

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.

  2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 208.604m 194.359m 187.422m 183.689m 200.990m 171.992m 189.742m 165.456m 155.722m 150.049m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 220.382m 206.764m 249.690m 208.061m 247.690m 211.662m 197.067m 175.348m 173.619m 159.149m
- Rates and Charges 126.358m 121.556m 117.147m 110.486m 90.640m 86.813m 81.251m 74.898m 68.933m 63.637m
- VGC Grants 17.269m 17.233m 16.523m 15.829m 15.233m 14.986m 14.953m 14.858m 14.346m 14.229m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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