Have your say on flooding in central Bendigo at pop up, in person and online discussions

The City of Greater Bendigo is encouraging residents, property owners, businesses and organisations to have their say as part of the Central Bendigo Flood Solutions project.

Two pop up sessions will be conducted at both the Bendigo Library and Lake Weroona this week to allow members of the community to share their experiences and observations as well as obtain further information regarding the Flood Solutions project and its objectives.  The pop ups are in addition to in person and virtual community discussions scheduled for later in the month as well as the opportunity to provide submissions online.

The pop up events will take place at 10am to 12 noon Friday August 6, at the Bendigo Library, 251-259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo and Saturday August 7,10am to 12 noon at Lake Weeroona Napier Street, Bendigo.

In person community discussions will be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Tuesday August 10 in the Capital’s Bendigo Bank Theatre, with a light supper provided while an online community discussion via zoom will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm Tuesday August 17.

City of Greater Bendigo Engineering Manager Ian McLauchlan said the activities will be held in a Covid safe way and will provide opportunities for residents to have their say or ask any questions about the Central Bendigo Flood Solutions project.

“The Central Bendigo Flood Solutions project aims to guide decisions about infrastructure development to reduce the potential impact of flooding on property and infrastructure in Central Bendigo,” Mr McLauchlan said.

“We know flooding from Bendigo Creek and other waterways in this area isn’t a topic people generally think about, but significant floods have occurred in the past in 2010, 2011 and 2016 that have damaged property, roads and community assets.

“The frequency and extent of flooding from creeks following major rainfall is predicted to increase in the future so this is a topic we do need to be thinking about, particularly for people who have properties in the vicinity of these waterways.

“With Central Bendigo being prone to flooding, we want to engage the public in these important discussions that will help shape future decisions for our City.”

The community engagement is being undertaken by consultants Make a Change who will be in attendance to inform the public as well as hear ideas and experiences about flooding in Central Bendigo.

Registrations are required for the in person and virtual Community Discussions as places are limited and can be made at http://Central-Bendigo-Flood.eventbrite.com  More information and other ways to get involved can be found at: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigo-central-flood  Or via the following links:

 

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