Bendigo Foodshare new warehouse2024-01-04T17:11:03+11:00

FAQs

Where is the Food Hub located?2022-11-21T10:11:00+11:00

Corner of Bellevue Road and Breen Streets, Golden Square.

Why was the Golden Square site selected?2022-11-21T10:08:55+11:00

The Golden Square site was identified as a suitable site for the Food Hub by the City of Greater Bendigo back in 2019, and a master plan of the site was developed for the project by Y2 Architecture in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The site was chosen as it is only 2km from the Bendigo city centre, which ensures the food hub is inclusive and accessible by car or public transport for the staff and volunteers that will support the food hub’s operations.

The food hub site is crown land, owned by the Victorian Government and is managed by The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and the local Traditional Owners, Dja Dja Wurrung.

What work currently happens at the Bendigo Foodshare warehouse?2022-11-21T10:08:08+11:00

Bendigo Foodshare’s warehouse operations is centred around receiving, storing, sorting and distributing food for food relief. Trucks deliver food several times a week to the warehouse and three vans operate to distribute food to partner organisations. Volunteers from our community help us to do this important work.

Increasing demand for food relief across central Victoria has meant we have outgrown our current location in Havilah Road, Long Gully and are planning to develop a new food hub in Breen Street, Golden Square.

What is a Food Hub and why do we need one?2022-11-21T10:55:40+11:00

Our vision of a food hub is a centralised location where the community can come together to address food insecurity, share ideas, access locally grown produce and learn to cook, grow and share food. We want to develop the hub to become an inclusive and inspiring place where people can access fresh, healthy and cheap food, in a dignified way.

The food hub model is not new and has been replicated in many other countries.

Food hubs provide an integrated approach that achieves multiple and long-lasting benefits, including:

  • Increased access to and affordability of healthy, fresh and local produce for vulnerable and low-income residents 
  • Linking local producers to consumers and food businesses
  • Training and employment opportunities for residents
  • Business incubation opportunities for new entrepreneurs 
  • Urban regeneration 

Why is Central Victoria getting a Food Hub?

The increasing demand for food relief across Central Victoria has seen Bendigo Foodshare needing to find a bigger space that is more easily accessed by the community to store and distribute food to those in need.

In 2015, the City of Greater Bendigo undertook a feasibility study to establish a regional food hub in Bendigo. The study found Bendigo and central Victoria would benefit from a food hub and identified potential models of operation to provide food to people in need.

Through the success of the Mission Possible funding campaign, Bendigo Foodshare has raised funds to build a new warehouse.

You were going to Garsed Street. Why aren’t you still going there?2022-11-21T10:04:11+11:00

Bendigo Foodshare explored an opportunity to restore a dilapidated warehouse on Garsed Street. However, despite best endeavours from all parties involved, a suitable lease agreement could not be met.

Who will manage the site so it is safe?2022-11-21T10:02:39+11:00

Our builder Fairbrother Construction, will be responsible for ensuring the site is safe.

What consultation has the City of Greater Bendigo undertaken?2023-03-27T15:50:25+11:00

In 2015 the City of Greater Bendigo undertook community consultation when preparing a feasibility study to investigate the possibility of building a community food hub in Bendigo.

The study found Bendigo and central Victoria would benefit from a food hub and identified potential models of operation to provide food relief to people in need. This paved the way for Bendigo Foodshare to consider how it could be involved in a future food hub as we had been in need of a new home for a long time. 

Bendigo Foodshare has an ongoing commitment to engaging with the community.

Where has the Pony Club moved to?2023-12-15T09:20:04+11:00

The Bendigo Pony Club has relocated to Goornong Recreation Reserve

Where is the Bendigo Farmers Market located now?2023-03-27T15:47:05+11:00

The Bendigo Community Farmers Market has relocated to Dai Gum San precinct, near the Golden Dragon Museum. 

Will the surrounding properties be impacted during construction?2022-11-21T09:57:25+11:00

The fenced construction site will cover a small portion of the overall site, as detailed in the map below. The construction will be managed by Fairbrother, who are reputable and experienced builders. Construction will occur within days and hours as determined by City of Greater Bendigo building regulations.

How much of the site is being built on? Will there still be space for community recreational use?2022-11-21T09:55:19+11:00

The planned construction covers a small footprint relative to the entire property, as outlined in the map below. The rest of the site will remain available to the public for safe recreational purposes. 

How long will it take to build?2023-12-15T09:20:51+11:00

Construction of the new warehouse began late in 2023, and is due to be completed by October 2024.

Once complete, what will the operating hours be?2022-11-21T09:53:54+11:00

Bendigo Foodshare’s current and expected operating hours are/will be 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on weekends.

How will traffic be managed in the surrounding areas?2022-11-21T09:53:27+11:00

During construction, Fairbrother will develop a traffic management plan to ensure that all traffic entering and exiting the premises will be done safely and with minimal disruption to other road users or local residents.

Once open, trucks deliver food several times a week to the warehouse and three Foodshare vans operate to distribute food to partner organisations.

There will be no trucks or other vehicles operating outside of operating hours, being 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 3pm on weekends.

 

How can the community get involved?2023-12-15T09:25:11+11:00

As the development of Bendigo Foodshare’s new home progresses, we understand you may have questions or be interested in progress updates. We’re committed providing updates and to maintaining open communication.

As the construction progresses, we’ll explore a vision for the remaining open spaces. We recognise these spaces are important to the community and we are keen to get local input to guide the evolution and long-term vision for the land. We envision improvements over time to the open space where community can continue to access and connect but also immerse themselves in the joys of growing, sharing, and appreciating local food.

Your perspectives and ideas can help craft a place that truly reflects our community’s values and needs. We will be calling for expressions of interest from the community to contribute to this planning following stage one construction

Who is responsible for building the food hub?2023-12-15T09:27:00+11:00

Bendigo Foodshare is leading the project and has appointed reputable and experienced local building company Fairbrother Construction to build the new warehouse, which will be stage one of the food hub.

Fairbrother has been involved in a number of local projects and including the Galkangu – Bendigo GovHub project.

Bendigo Foodshare’s new warehouse

Construction for Bendigo Foodshare’s new Food Hub at the corner of Breen Street and Belle Vue Road, Golden Square, has commenced.

When completed in October 2024, the new $3.8 million facility will almost triple the storage capacity of Bendigo Foodshare’s current warehouse.

To celebrate the start of construction, an official sod turning event was held on 12 December 2023 with the Premier Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards MP and City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Andrea Metcalf.

Our new home has been made possible thanks to the generous financial support of our community; individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and state and local Government contributing funds, some small and some large, all make a difference.

We envision, over time, the space becoming a space where the community can continue to access and connect but also immerse themselves in the joys of growing, sharing, and appreciating local food. Our immediate focus is to build a new fit for purpose warehouse to support our food relief efforts.

The below image shows one of the approved architect’s building design. 

The below image shows the site location and estimated footprint of the new warehouse. 

How can I obtain further information?

This dedicated web page has been developed to keep the wider community informed about the project and will be updated regularly with all of the latest information about the project. For detailed information, please click the FAQs found on the left hand side of this webpage. We encourage you to follow the Bendigo Foodshare Facebook page where we will also provide updates as construction progresses. If you have questions that are still unanswered, we encourage you to email us at info@bendigofoodshare.org.au. You are also welcome to call us on 5444 3409, however, as we are a volunteer-based organisation, we do not expect volunteers answering the phone to be able to answer all queries. If you leave a message and your contact details, our staff will call you back in due course.

How can I obtain information in other formats or languages?

If you require information in another language, large format or in an audio file, please email  info@bendigofoodshare.org.au

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