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Plan to reimagine Bendigo Creek launches with new logo

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A new logo has been unveiled to celebrate the start of a unique partnership to reimagine Bendigo Creek for the next generation.    

The City of Greater Bendigo is working closely with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Coliban Water, state government departments and community representatives to create a shared vision and plan for the creek over the coming year.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said that the collaborative strategy was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore what the creek might look like and how it could be restored and revitalised for the next generation to enjoy.

“We will be working together to create a 50 year conceptual vision for one of the most important but under-valued places within our city landscape,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“The aim of the strategy is to help us reconnect with the creek, to restore its unique natural environment, protect its cultural and heritage significance, and create a cherished place.”

The Bendigo Creek plan logo, created by artists Racquel Kerr and Ron Kerr Jnr, from Nyauwi Art and Design, is symbolic of how the Dja Dja Wurrung people would imagine the creek, based on traditional times, with waterways seen as a ‘lifeblood’.

“The Bendigo Creek has been subject to destruction and toxicity from settlement and the gold rush, but here it is pictured as how we would imagine it to be. Many paths coming together as one, nurtured and cared for by all of us as a people,” Ms Kerr said.

“The open-ended hands signify that this is a journey that will continue long after we are here as Djandak (Country) will start to heal itself as it used to,” she said.

From mid-February, the community will have the chance to participate in a range of engagements to help highlight issues and opportunities linked to the creek. Six listening posts are scheduled over the next three months.

There will be an opportunity to explore an online interactive creek map and the community will also be encouraged to capture photos of the creek. For more details on the listening post locations, please visit: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigocreek

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