Long Gully Constructed Wetland
The City of Greater Bendigo is proposing to enhance the Long Gully creek reserve by installing constructed wetlands. The proposed site is off Holdsworth Road North Bendigo (view location map).
The proposed constructed wetlands aim to improve urban waterway health, increase amenity, create a cool green urban refuge and create opportunities to build connections between people and nature. It is part of the overarching strategy: Vision and Transition Strategy for Water Sensitive Bendigo, Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan and the City's vision of creating the world's most liveable regional community.
Whole of site concept plans were developed with input from stakeholders. These plans are designed to allow further discussions with stakeholders and decision makers on developing future stages at the Long Gully site. The concept design includes a large sediment basin upstream and a number of wetlands within the floodplain ( see whole site landscape concept plan). Due to the the cost, risk and complexity the project was divided into stages.
For Stage 1 the location was chosen for its ability to engage the existing residents and for its manageable scope and size. This concept was refined and with input from stakeholders a final design was developed. The final design incorporates sediment basins, wetlands and swales woven into the existing landscape minimising tree removals and excavation. It also includes enhancement to the existing pond receiving water from the industrial estate to the south of the creek.
With the design achieved for Stage 1 the water quality will improve to best practise standards while maintaining and enhancing biodiversity, improving amenity and open space access and providing connections with nature.
Community feedback on the project was received, collated, analysed and used to inform the project.
A general positive response to the project was received from the community. If you have any further comments, please contact us at Customer Service.