City to undertake Environmental Audit of Wolstencroft Reserve

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The City of Greater Bendigo will undertake an environmental audit of the Wolstencroft Reserve in Flora Hill to determine how it can be used in the future.

City of Greater Bendigo Director Craig Lloyd said the City has been working closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and a consulting engineering firm for some time with respect to the site and the EPA has issued a formal notice to audit the site.

“The City has been working closely with the EPA and the consultants and will comply with the EPA’s formal request to undertake an environmental audit of the site,” Mr Lloyd said.

“The environmental audit will provide information to help the City determine what work needs to be undertaken to ensure the site is safe and suitable for recreation purposes in the future. 

“The City understands that residents of the area are keen for the site to be improved and we will continue to keep residents informed about what is happening at the site.”

In 1985 the former Bendigo City Council purchased the former two hectare brickworks site (bordered by Miller, Wolstencroft and Rodney Streets and Havlin Street East) and it was used as a landfill for predominantly clean waste such as building rubble etc until 2002, when it was closed, capped and left as open land. 

The City’s Open Space Strategy 2005 recommended looking at ways the site could be redeveloped for sport and passive recreation.  After considerable consultation with the local community a masterplan for the Wolstencroft reserve was adopted by Council in 2008.

The City awarded a tender in December 2014 to Coffey Environments Australia to undertake further testing. Coffey’s testing identified the need for further groundwater and gas bores to be undertaken and a program developed for collection of information over time.

In consultation with local residents of the area the City has installed some natural play elements including a BMX track on part of the site that had not be excavated or filled.

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