Multimillion upgrade of Bendigo campus

Work has started on a $50 million upgrade of La Trobe’s Bendigo campus that will improve facilities and strengthen the university’s connection to the local community.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar has officially launched the Bendigo Campus Transformation Project (BCTP), a two year multi-stage project.

The first stage of the project is an upgrade of the sports field lighting and change rooms including end-of-journey bike change facilities, due for completion in October.

Over the coming years the campus will also receive a new arrivals plaza and bus interchange, library extension, plus new engineering and Tech School facilities.

Professor John Dewar says the project will contribute directly to La Trobe’s vision of Bendigo becoming a truly great university city.

“This projects responds directly to La Trobe’s commitment to make our Bendigo campus a more accessible, connected and vital part of the Bendigo community,” he said.

“It will strengthen our capacity to attract new students, partner with local business and industry, and provide state-of-the-art facilities for staff and students,” Professor Dewar said.

Mr Robert Stephenson, La Trobe Bendigo’s Head of Campus, says this is an exciting time for the university and the city of Bendigo.

“We already play a major role in ensuring our city flourishes and maintains its strength as an exceptionally liveable, welcoming community,” he said.

“By physically connecting the campus more to the city’s CBD and upgrading our facilities to embrace this exciting new era of innovative thinking and focus on STEM, this project will not only transform Flora Hill but Bendigo as a whole,” Mr Stephenson said.

“The project will also contribute significantly to economic development in the region, both throughout the building works and ongoing,” he said.

The BCTP is part of the university’s five year ‘Future Ready’ Strategic Plan. The four key directions of the plan include welcoming the community in; transforming Flora Hill; reaching out and embracing Bendigo; and connecting La Trobe’s staff and students to the world.

The Bendigo Campus Transformation Project is expected to be completed in early 2018.

Media; Kate O’Connor T 03 54447415, M 0401 960 023

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