Providing services in town and regional planning, traffic engineering, sustainable transportation planning, urban design and waste management.

Vital Bendigo



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  • Client

    Vital Communities

  • Council

    City of Greater Bendigo

  • Location

    7 Station Street, Epsom

  • Contact

    Robbie McKenzie


Bendigo is set to welcome an over 55’s lifestyle community with an affordable twist.

In a purpose-built neighbourhood designed by McCabe Architects and created to support empowered living, the Vital residential village comprises over 120 homes, fitness amenities, large communal gardens, social and activity clubs. The site also includes a pool, cinema, gym and bowls facility and is also located alongside Bendigo Golf Club and Horse Track.

The resort-style lifestyle community will contribute to greater housing choices for older residents of the region with an affordable and unique land lease arrangement that allows the resident to own their home and lease the land where their house is located from  the community operator.

Ratio was engaged by Vital Communities in 2020 for town planning services. The Ratio planning team assisted with a smooth and positive consultation with Council, providing strategic justification for the development, demonstrating that policy was met and explaining the nuances of the project and design rationale to gain approval.

We’re looking forward to seeing the lifestyle community become a reality in Bendigo soon.

Image credit: McCabe Architects

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