Investment in walking, cycling and outdoor connectivity
The City of Greater Bendigo’s proposed Budget 2022/2023 captures strong community feedback for more walking and cycling infrastructure, and better connectivity at outdoor public spaces.
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said funding for healthy, connected and active places were aligned with the City’s Walking and Cycling Strategy (2019), the Council Plan (Mir wimbul) 2021-2025 and Healthy Greater Bendigo 2021-2025.
“Walking and cycling remain the two most popular ways residents can be active and healthy, and our continued investment in shared footpaths and trails make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle more often and enjoy activities all year round,” Cr Metcalf said.
“During the development of the Council Plan and when public submissions were invited during the early Budget process last December, recurring themes from community feedback were for investment in walking and cycling infrastructure and improvements to parks and open space.
“The proposed Budget funds covers a wide variety of exciting projects to help meet the needs of an active and healthy community now and into the future.”
In response, the proposed Budget includes:
- $1.8M in funding for stage 2 at Ewing Park for a learn-to-ride park and trail adjacent to the newly constructed skate park
- $1.5M for a new Lake Weeroona play space to create play zones for different age groups, more seating and shade
- A new $1.5M footpath program to increase accessibility and active lifestyle opportunities for the community
- $250,000 funding for a car park and toilet to support the O’Keefe Rail Trail at Longlea Lane
- Play space renewals and park furniture at multiple locations
- Investment in the ‘Green Spine’ project at Strathfieldsaye to progress design for vegetated open public space between Wellesley Street and Apsley Lane
- A pedestrian trail counter for the Long Gully Trail
- A Greater Bendigo Bowls Strategy and Feasibility Study will commence
- Funding to progress the design and approval phase of the Heathcote Integrated Precinct to create a community hub
- Strategic scoping work for a Huntly Town Square concept design
The proposed Budget is now available for public written comments until 5pm, Monday May 16. To view the proposed Budget, visit: https://letstalkgreaterbendigo.com.au/2022-2023-budget