Public involvement sought to reimagine a future Bendigo Creek
The City of Greater Bendigo is seeking the involvement of residents and community groups to create a 50 year conceptual vision for Bendigo Creek.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Reimagining Bendigo Creek is a new collaborative project that is seeking community members to get involved in working groups over the coming year.
The aim is to come up with a plan to revitalise one of our most significant waterways over the coming decades.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to explore a shared vision for what the creek might look like and how it can be restored and revitalised. We want people to tell us what aspects they value the most about the creek and identify areas that they regard as special. This will help us build a conceptual vision for the creek for the next generation,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“We’re looking for people in the community who have different interests, backgrounds or specialist knowledge of the Bendigo Creek to join our workshops which will meet approximately five times over the course of the one year project.
One of the focuses for community participants in the groups will be to work closely with Traditional Owners, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, with the aim of reflecting their aspirations. It is also an important opportunity to share in building reconciliation of the people, Country and the community. State government departments and authorities are also partners in the Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan with the City.
“We want to create a cherished place within the city landscape where the community and visitors can come together and celebrate the creek’s unique natural environment and heritage,” Cr O’Rourke said.
The two working groups will each focus on a selection of related topics:
- Ecology, water, management and infrastructure – including water quality, vegetation and habitat, economic development, community participation, legislation and policy
- Access, culture and placemaking – including cultural heritage, tourism, urban design, public space, health and wellbeing, transport, walking and cycling
There will also be a series of community engagement events in early 2019 to offer more opportunities for residents to share ideas, aspirations and their specialist knowledge of the Bendigo Creek.
To submit expressions of interest for the working groups, please www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigocreek