Construction begins on Bendigo's new Soldiers Memorial Institute Museum

Media Release

FN068/2017

16 May 2017

  • Works have begun on the $4.5 million upgrade of Bendigo's Soldiers Memorial Institute
  • The new exhibition space will display significant exhibitions, with a focus on drawing military history content
  • The Coalition Government has invested $1.7 million

The community of Bendigo are a step closer to a new versatile modern exhibition space, with works starting today on the Soldiers Memorial Institute Museum.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said she was thrilled that the heritage listed building in Bendigo had been given a new lease on life.

“This museum will provide the community with a place for future generations in Bendigo to enjoy local art and culture, and learn about the service and sacrifice Australians have made defending our country and way of life,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and major regional museums like this do just that.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie who joined the community today for the sod turn said the new museum will house a wide variety of displays including significant military history content from the Australian War Memorial's touring exhibitions programme.

“It is important that the community will have a place to enjoy local art while also having a modern facility to host touring exhibitions for the benefit of locals and tourists alike,” Senator McKenzie said.

”I look forward to watching this project take shape and hope to return next year to be part of the opening festivities.”

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the Victorian Government have committed $1.5 million towards the project.

“We are proud to partner with the Australian Government, City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo District RSL to bring this important project to life,” Ms Pulford said.

Deputy Mayor of City of Greater Bendigo Rod Fyffe said it was fantastic to see work begin on the project.

“The Soldier's Memorial Institute is one of central Bendigo's most prominent buildings,” Cr Fyffe said.

“This project will bring the building into the 21st century but also continue to honour the memories of those who died in war by offering a modern museum experience.

“It will ensure this iconic building continues to be a great asset for our region.”

The project is expected to be complete by mid-2018 weather permitting.

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($1.7 million), the Victorian Government ($1.5 million), City of Greater Bendigo ($800,000) and Bendigo District RSL ($500,000).