Public invited to comment on three major draft strategies
Residents are invited to provide feedback on three important draft strategies, Reimagining Bendigo Creek, Food System Draft Strategy and Greening Greater Bendigo, on public display during February and early March.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said this was an opportunity for the community to have a look at the strategies and comment on the proposed work developed so far.
“All three strategies are important in shaping how we live as a community because they affect all of us in some way. I strongly encourage residents to have a look at the draft plans. Cr O’Rourke said.
“The strategies are at an important stage in their development so we invite your feedback on the vision and direction that they provide for our city and community.”
The City’s Reimagining Bendigo Creek Draft Plan is now on public display and community members are invited to get involved in a shared future vision for the creek. The plan has been developed in collaboration with eight project partners and representatives of the Greater Bendigo community. It proposes new ways to reconnect with Bendigo Creek as a positive, valued and integral part of our city landscape in the future.
The public can view the proposed strategies and artists’ impressions for what a future Bendigo Creek could look like and for how the creek can be healed to become a place for all of the community to enjoy. The plan is on public display for six weeks until Monday March 16, 2020. For more information, please visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigocreek. You can also complete a short online survey and explore the interactive creek map - https://bendigo.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/bendigocreekdraftplan#/
The draft Greater Bendigo’s Food System Strategy (2020-2030) has been developed to support a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system over the next 10 years. The draft strategy incorporates the One Planet Living Principles and identifies a shared vision, guiding principles and key actions for the City, partner organisations and groups over the next 10 years with a focus on economic, environmental and health benefits for the community. Over 30 organisations and groups have committed to actions across four strategic objectives that focus on the following themes:
- Food security
- Supporting the local food economy
- Supporting food system knowledge, skills and culture
- Diverting food waste from landfill
The draft strategy is a multi-stakeholder initiative, with actions being led and supported by a range of organisations and community groups. The City is calling on food producers, growers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers, chefs and food retailers, schools and educators, health services, resource recovery agencies, workplaces and members of the general public to review the draft Strategy and provide feedback. Further information about the draft strategy, and ways to provide feedback is available at: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/foodsystemstrategy
Greening Greater Bendigo 2020-2070 is the first urban forest strategy for Greater Bendigo. It is a 50-year strategic vision for increasing tree cover and improving tree health across urban areas and townships of Greater Bendigo. Greening Greater Bendigo provides a strategic response to the complex challenges that threaten the health of the natural environment, the health of our residents and the liveability of our City and townships over the coming decades.
Greening Greater Bendigo is accompanied by a 10-year action plan which outlines the City’s most immediate priorities and commitments to increase tree cover and protect the trees and greenspaces the community value. It aims to reverse the trend of tree loss from urban areas so that the multiple benefits trees provide can be enjoyed by current and future generations.
The draft strategy will be available for public comment from Thursday February 20 to March 27, 2020. The final strategy is due in May/June this year. For more information, please visit, http://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/greening
The community can find out more and comment on all three strategies at a series of listening posts in the coming weeks. It is also an opportunity to talk to City staff involved in the development of the draft strategies.
Drop in at one of the City’s listening posts:
- Saturday February 8, 9am-1pm Opposite the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
- Friday February 21, 6pm-8.30pm Music in the Parks, Cooinda Park, Golden Square
- Friday February 28, 6pm-8.30pm Music in the Parks Garden for the Future, White Hills
- Sunday March 14, 4pm-8pm Zinda Festival Rosalind Park, Bendigo