A number of potential sites have been identified by the City of Greater Bendigo as it works to secure more industrial land as part of a strategy adopted earlier this year.
The strategy, adopted in June, highlights the need for at least 170 hectares of industrial land in the next 30 years in the form of one or more greenfield sites that can be developed into business parks.
Council director of strategy and growth Bernie O'Sullivan said the sites were in the west, north and south of Greater Bendigo.
"We know industrial land in very short supply across municipality, particularly lager lots of half a hectare, one hectare and above," he said.
"One of the key strategies is for a new greenfield industrial business park on the outskirts of Bendigo. We are looking at a number prospective site and land owners.
"One of those potential opportunities is in South Marong but we are looking at a handful of other options in Greater Bendigo. The areas looked at closely from business park perspective are west, north and south of the municipality.
"What is particularly important are that the sites that have some scale, have transport links and are not to close to sensitive uses like residential areas."
Mr O'Sullivan said the urgency for council to secure more industrial land remains but that the sites selected needed to be suitable for decades to come.
"It's important to look at a number of different sites," he said. "There may be a need for multiple business parks of different sizes to service other needs.
"There is an urgent need to deliver industrial land for Greater Bendigo and we are working closely with the state government on that priority as well as Bendigo manufacturing Group and landowners with strategic sites.
"The urgency has not gone away. (Bendigo) continues to grow (but) an important aspect is having discussions with landowners who want to have those discussions with us.
"It is important any discussion about potential industrial land suits land owners and make sense for the city. Any particular sites we look at need to cast a long view and be a site with the right attributes that businesses will support."
Mr O'Sullivan also highlighted Bendigo Airport as an area that would help service aviation-compatible businesses.
"We have a project to expand the airport terminal," he said. "Plans for growth at the airport include a small business park."
On Wednesday, foods business Moira Mac's announced it would move from Mayfair Park in Bendigo to Western Australia in 12 months.
Up to 110 employees will be affected by the move with Moira Mac's offering relocation opportunities.
Hellers - the New Zealand company that Moira Mac's is part of - purchased Canon Foods in Jandakot, WA, which has a mdoern facility.
Heller chief executive Christine Cash said the company spent 18 months considering options to grow Moira Mac's and de-bottleneck operations in Bendigo.
Mr O'Sullivan said Moira Mac's decision would provide opportunities for other businesses to develop in Mayfair Park.
"Moira Mac's did work with us for the last couple years about expansion on its existing site," he said. "As they vacate over next 12 months, it provides opportunities for other businesses to utilise that site.
"That said, we never like to lose jobs from Greater Bendigo. We are about growing and maintaining them."