Community invited to hear about options for flooding solutions in Central Bendigo

Members of the community are invited to learn more about flooding solutions and have input into the next stage of the Central Bendigo Finding Flood Solutions project by attending community discussions, either in person from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Tuesday November 16 at the Capital’s Bendigo Bank Theatre or via a Zoom online session at 7 to 8.30pm on Thursday November 18.

Six solution options will be presented at the upcoming discussions for community feedback. They include increasing the channel capacities in various sections of the Bendigo and Back Creeks and additional culverts and levees.

City of Greater Bendigo Engineering Manager Ian McLauchlan said the City is keen to find out the communities’ thoughts on the flood solution options which will assist in the decision-making process and final recommendations.

“It’s a great opportunity for residents to find out the most up to date information and ask the important questions,” Mr McLauchlan said.

“Over the last few months, the City has reviewed options to ease flooding in the area incorporating community experience and knowledge as well as using technical analysis collected in Stage one of the project. Now the City is considering a range of solutions from this previous phase, for future funding.

“All residents, property owners, businesses and organisations are invited to hear the latest information and continue to have their say.

“The community discussions are a crucial aspect of the six-month Flood Solutions project, initiated by the City to inform future infrastructure investments and reduce potential impacts of flooding within the area.

“It’s particularly relevant now, given recent floods and the increase in flooding that’s expected due to the impact of climate change.

“In Stage 1 of the project, an updated flood model was used to find out what the current flood risk within Central Bendigo might be.  The results showed that 574 residential and commercial properties are prone to flooding in a one in 100-year flood event. The modelling indicated floods could occur from flows breaking out of various places including Bendigo Creek around Charing Cross and Pall Mall and Back Creek around McIvor Road, the tram depot and Hargreaves Street.

“Once it was confirmed where flooding could occur and following initial community consultation undertaken from June to August this year, a number of options were considered to determine if they can provide possible protection from potential flooding and also if they are feasible to implement.

“A total of 80 mitigation options were initially considered, with 39 of these found to be appropriate for further investigation. Based on initial feasibility these have now been narrowed down to six options for detailed assessment.”

The community discussions will take place in two ways:

In person: Tuesday 16 November, 5.30pm-7.30pm at Bendigo Bank Theatre, Capital Theatre, with light supper provided

Online: Thursday 18 November, 7.00-8.30pm via Zoom

Registrations are required for both sessions as places are limited. Residents, businesses and groups can register at: http://Central-Bendigo-Flood.eventbrite.com

Residents can also have their say by completing a survey at bit.ly/CBFS_SurveyB or by having a chat at ‘pop up’ sessions at 10am to 12 noon on Friday November 12 at the Bendigo Library or 10am to 12 noon Saturday November 13 at Lake Weeroona.  Areas prone to flooding can also be viewed at bit.ly/CBFS_FloodMap

More information and other ways to get involved can be found at: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigo-central-flood  or by emailing [email protected]

 

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