124 Mitchell St Bendigo, VIC 3550

The Bendigo VRI, red brick, single- storey Federation-style building has been a place used by the local community for nearly 100 years. Originally the facility opened in 1915 but with the ensuing restrictions on new non-essential buildings brought about by World War One, the current building was not complete until 1924.

Bendigo VRI offers a range of services, in addition your normal VRI Membership facilities include:

  • Billiards and Snooker tables and equipment for use
  • Social dancing
  • Hall hire
  • all the benefits of the VRI

For details on how to become involved or hall hire please email

bendigo outside


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benddigo inside main hall


Bendigo Life Membership presentations

Bendigo VRI Centre

In early 2022, VRI Vice President Jarrod Young, presented the Bendigo Life Member awards to Lynette and Gary Russell 2020, Audrey Kairns and Brian O’Mahony 2021.

We sincerely thank our Bendigo Life Members for their enormous contribution to the VRI over many years.

Jarrod presents Life membership to Lyn Russell

Jarrod Young, VRI Vice President presents Bendigo Life Member award to Lynette Russell


Life Members 2020 2021

Pictured left to right: Bendigo Life Members Brian O’Mahony, Audrey Kairns, Gary and Lynette Russell.



BENDIGO VRI CENTRE - Annual Report 2021

To say it has been a quiet year is not far wrong. Every hall hirer has suffered, they would start up again then bang closed again. It has been difficult to say the least. Hopefully now we are NEARLY back to normal.

The Hall usage is slowly getting back to normal let us hope finally. The Hall is used most nights with Billiards and Snooker no Competition yet soon. Belly Dancers wiggle and exercise twice a week. Karate keep up their work 3 times soon will be a full Session. Badga plays every fortnight showing off their skills. We now have a Church Group starting up we wish them all the best.

Carpet Bowls have not been played for over 2 years due to the Lockdown. There would be too much cleaning of equipment after each end to start just yet but soon.

Lyn Russell, Secretary, Bendigo VRI