2021/2022 Budget - Budget invests in safety and accessibility
The City of Greater Bendigo’s proposed 2021/2022 Budget will invest in new footpaths and other projects to improve safety and access for residents.
The Budget will allocate $70,000 to fund six new bus shelters across Greater Bendigo.
Council has also allocated $1M in new footpaths throughout the municipality and $2M towards footpath renewals. Some sections of footpath listed for major renewal this year include sections of High Street in Heathcote, High Street in Eaglehawk, and Queen, Hargreaves and Wattle Streets in Bendigo.
The Budget also allocates $200,000 to create a median strip with trees on Brougham Street. This initiative supports the City’s Greening Greater Bendigo strategy to increase tree cover in urban areas and to reduce the impact of extreme heat on the community.
Another safety measure highlighted in the Budget is a continued COVID-safe cleaning program to ensure facilities across Greater Bendigo are maintained to a high standard of hygiene.
Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said with a growing population, new footpaths were a priority.
“Through COVID-19 we saw a significant increase in the use of our pedestrian and bike paths. We want this to continue and make sure residents across Greater Bendigo have the option to walk and ride safely and easily around their neighbourhood,” Cr Alden said.
“We want to connect residents to public transport routes, to other suburbs and to key services and facilities, which is why we are making a significant investment in new footpaths.”
To view the proposed Budget, go to https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/budget-2021-2022