Premier visits Bendigo: Live coverage

UPDATE 4pm:

Denis Napthine spoke about the infrastructure future of Bendigo at a luncheon at Bendigo Town Hall.

He addressed business leaders and people in the property development industry at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) event.

The Premier focused on the improvements to Bendigo's public assets in recent years as an example of how a regional city can promote itself for population growth.

UPDATE: 1.20pm:

The Premier is addressing an UDIA luncheon at Bendigo Town Hall.

Premier Denis Napthine speaks to the media after touring The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek at the Bendigo Art Gallery on Friday.

Premier Denis Napthine speaks to the media after touring The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greek at the Bendigo Art Gallery on Friday.

UPDATE 12.30pm:

PREMIER Denis Napthine has encouraged people to visit The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

"I am just blown away by this exhibition - I have been looking forward to it," he said. 

"It is absolutely breathtaking."

The exhibition features more than 100 treasures from the British Museum's world famous Greek and Roman collection and explores the human body as seen through Ancient Greek eyes. 

Dr Napthine said the exhibition was a coup for the city. 

"I urge people from the length and breadth of Australia to come along and see this exhibition," he said. 

EARLIER 11.50am:

Premier is casting his eye over The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

The exhibit has its official opening tonight and includes pieces from the British Museum's Greek and Roman collection.

The Premier gives a birthday cake to a racehorse to celebrate the August 1 birthday of all Australia racehorses.

The Premier gives a birthday cake to a racehorse to celebrate the August 1 birthday of all Australia racehorses.

EARLIER 10.45am: 

The Premier has visited the Bendigo Jockey Club to announce $38,500 for a new owners' room.

He also celebrated the birthday of all Australian racehorses with cake and a song with students from White Hills Primary School.

For more information about the announcement, click here

Premier Denis Napthine at the Food to Asia conference at The Foundry this morning.

Premier Denis Napthine at the Food to Asia conference at The Foundry this morning.

EARLIER:

THE Premier Denis Napthine gave a rallying call to the state's primary producers during a speech at the Foundry Hotel in Bendigo at 9am.

Speaking at a Food to Asia conference, he identified Victoria's role as a producer of fine quality products for growing Asian markets.

Dr Napthine said increasing trade missions and building strong links with businesses in China, Malaysia and Japan was crucial for the expansion of the state's role as a food bowl. 

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