City in Victoria, Australia
Bendigo is a city in Victoria, Australia, located near the geographical centre of the state and approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. As of June 2018, Bendigo had an urban population of 99,122, making it the fourth-largest inland city in Australia and fourth-most populous city in the state. It is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Bendigo, which encompasses both the urban area and outlying towns spanning an area around 3,000 km2 and over 111,000 people. On 30 October 2019 Bendigo was admitted to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Category of Gastronomy. Bendigo and region's core gastronomy themes are; a 40,000 year old sustainable food system through the Dja Dja Wrung people and the need to heal the landscape following colonialization and gold mining, the creativity and innovation of the community and of our food producers, health and nutrition and the role of food in inclusion and community wellbeing, and the importance of developing a sustainable food system in an era of climate change.
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