Labor Commits Millions to the Bendigo Electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has detailed how the Bendigo electorate will be better off under a Labor Government.

“I am proud to be part of the Labor team and I truly believe our positive plan will make a huge difference to our region. 

"After six years as Federal Member for Bendigo, I have met and listened to thousands of locals who have told me their concerns and ideas on how we can better our region.

“Labor is putting people first. Labor will fund our schools, fund health, and make sure we secure and create jobs across the Bendigo electorate.

“Labor has committed almost $30million for community infrastructure projects in the Bendigo electorate during this campaign, but we’ve seen $0 in commitments from the Liberals,” Chesters said.

Labor’s commitment includes:

  • $5million for Castlemaine District Community Health (Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub)
  • $5million Daylesford to Hanging Rock Rail Trail
  • $4.4million for Bendigo Airport Terminal Expansion
  • $2million La Trobe Rural Road Trauma Research Hub
  • $935,000 Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment
  • $425,000 for change room upgrades at Ken Wust Oval
  • $125,000 for lights at Canterbury Park
  • $10million for the long-awaited Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct at New Gisborne
  • $400,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo to top up funds to construct footpaths in Maiden Gully, Epsom and Strathfieldsaye
  • $200,000 to the Macedon Ranges Shire to top up funds to construct footpaths in Kyneton
  • $50,000 for multi-use outdoor space at Huntly Primary School
  • $25,000 for JB Osborne Theatre upgrades at Crusoe College
  • $210,000 over four years for emergency relief services at Cobaw Community Health
  • $250,000 to Mount Alexander Shire for female change rooms at Harcourt Recreation Reserve

Labor will also reverse the Liberal Government’s cuts to local schools and hospitals, and invest in roads:

  • $22million for schools across the Bendigo electorate including (full list available at
  • $5.6million for hospitals across the Bendigo electorate, including $4,890,000 for Bendigo Heath Care Group.
  • $50million to upgrade the Calder Freeway between Gap Road and the M80

“These projects are on top of Labor’s commitment to support ongoing Federal Government funding programs such as Roads to Recovery, Mobile Blackspot funding, financial assistance grants for local government and Local Sporting Champions. There are many more.”

“The Federal Liberal Government have been pledging billions of dollars in grants for their most vulnerable marginal seats, but have not put anything towards projects in the Bendigo electorate.

“It’s like Scott Morrison and the Liberals have forgotten that Bendigo exists,” Chesters said.

“It’s disappointing that the Liberals continue to accuse Labor’s priorities as a waste of taxpayers’ money. It demonstrates just how out of touch with the Bendigo electorate they are. The Liberals have no future plan for Bendigo.

“I will continue to be strong voice for our region on issues such as key community infrastructure projects, jobs, health and education and I look forward to continuing this advocacy into the future.”

Labor has made hard budget decisions to ensure our priorities are fully paid for – we will make multinationals pay their fair share and close unsustainable tax loopholes.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better hospitals or the Liberals plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts and handouts for the top end of town.