City to launch future-focused Imagine Greater Bendigo project
Imagine Greater Bendigo 30 years from now. What do you see?
That is what the City of Greater Bendigo is asking residents as it launches Imagine Greater Bendigo – an opportunity for residents to help shape an exciting future for our city and region.
All feedback received as part of this project will help Council prepare a new community vision and Council Plan, Financial Plan, and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan by October 2021. An Asset Plan will also be developed in 2022.
This is important work and a requirement of the new Local Government Act (2020) and Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008).
To kick-start the consultation process, residents are being asked two questions:
- What makes Greater Bendigo a great place to live now?
- What would make Greater Bendigo an even better place to live 30 years from now?
Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said she looked forward to receiving the community’s feedback.
“We all want to live in a community where we can enjoy the best possible quality of life, so this is your chance to imagine a Greater Bendigo that has everything you, your family, friends and community need to succeed, be well and happy,” Cr Alden said.
“In 2020 we watched a dangerous and devastating bushfire season unfold, experienced the life-changing impacts of COVID-19, and saw people around the world have their strongest conversation yet about racial and other inequalities.
“It was certainly a year where many of us evaluated what was most important to us and got us thinking ‘life’s too short’.
“So as the world continues to change and Greater Bendigo changes with it, now is the time to plan for our future and consider how we will look after our environment, create a more inclusive community, learn to adapt to new technology, grow our economy and build our resilience to global events.
“The consultation process has been divided into three stages, so there will be plenty of opportunities for people to share their thoughts in ways that best suit them, including through a survey, listening posts and a community art project, Imagine it – Draw it!, where drawing tables will be set up in key locations and residents can draw their vision of the future.
“All feedback received will help Council to invest in projects and services that support your overall wellbeing. So have your say and tell us what a future Greater Bendigo looks like to you.”
To complete the community survey and for more information on all consultation opportunities for Imagine Greater Bendigo, visit the City’s new online engagement platform www.letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/imagine