Plan Greater Bendigo

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January 2018 – Plan Greater Bendigo update

On 24 January, 2018 Council adopted Plan Greater Bendigo and the Plan Greater Bendigo Action Plan.

What are the next steps?

Officers will advocate for funding from both government and the private sector to deliver the 18 projects identified in Plan Greater Bendigo.

Many of the projects identified in Plan Greater Bendigo are the responsibility of a number of different government agencies and stakeholders. Council Officers will work collaboratively with the various agencies to deliver on each of the projects once funding has been received.

Monitoring and review

Plan Greater Bendigo will be reviewed in 3 years to remain current. Projects may be funded over this time and there may be additional priorities identified.

A report will be presented to Council in early 2019 providing an update on Plan Greater Bendigo and its implementation.

December 2017 – Plan Greater Bendigo update

Thank you to everyone who responded to the online survey, or provided a submission during the recent Plan Greater Bendigo consultation period.

Council officers will now review the survey responses and feedback received and a report will be provided back to Council early in 2018.

October 2017 – Draft Plan Greater Bendigo released for consultation

Eighteen transformational projects have been shortlisted in draft Plan Greater Bendigo which Council has voted to release for community feedback.

Plan Greater Bendigo is a first-of-a-kind collaborative plan that aims to identify key infrastructure projects that will support a projected population of 200,000 people by the middle of this century.

In March, Council released a Discussion Paper which identified 70 transformational projects for community feedback.

In June, Council considered a report which summarised the community feedback received which included 294 completed surveys and 19 written submissions.

The draft Plan now includes the shortlisted projects which have been selected based on community feedback, assessment of their economic, social and environmental impact, links to existing strategies and plans and how transformational the projects where.

You can now download a copy of the Draft Plan Greater Bendigo and Draft Plan Greater Bendigo Implementation Plan. The online survey closed on Friday 1 December 2017.

Consultation will be open until Friday 1 December, 2017.

Plan Greater Bendigo is a joint project between the City of Greater Bendigo and the State Government, through a partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority, and is part of the first phase of implementing the Loddon Campaspe Regional Growth Plan (formally the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan).

Further information

For further information please contact Bridget Maplestone, Coordinator Growth and Liveability on 5434 6396 or email [email protected].

 

June 2017 - Update

Council Officers have reviewed the survey responses and submissions received to the Draft Plan Greater Bendigo Discussion Paper.

You can now download a copy of the community engagement summary following consultation:

Plan Greater Bendigo Draft Discussion Paper - Public Engagement Summary June 2017 (1.48 MB)

The results of this round of community consultation will be one input in informing the preparation of the draft Plan Greater Bendigo.

May 2017 – Update

Thank you to everyone who responded to the draft Plan Greater Bendigo Discussion Paper survey.  This survey has now closed. 

Council officers will now review the survey responses and submissions received.  A report will be provided back to the Technical Reference Group, Steering Committee and to Council in due course. 

An engagement summary will be prepared outlining the findings of this round of consultation.

There will be an opportunity to provide further feedback on a draft Plan Greater Bendigo later in 2017. 

MARCH 2017 - Draft Plan Greater Bendigo Discussion Paper

Plan Greater Bendigo is based on the premise that now is the time to plan for our future short and long term infrastructure needs.  We have the opportunity to be aspirational, to make bold choices and to advocate for infrastructure which has the ability to transform the future shape of the city and broader region.  Through careful planning and delivery, infrastructure will increase liveability, create new jobs, making Greater Bendigo an even better place to live in the future.

Plan Greater Bendigo is a first-of-a-kind collaborative plan for a regional city, which is being prepared jointly between Council and the Victorian Planning Authority.  It is based on the assumption that there will be close to 200,000 residents living in Greater Bendigo and 300,000 living in the wider region by 2050, and is the first phase of implementing the Loddon Campaspe Regional Growth Plan (formally the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan).

The draft Plan Greater Bendigo Discussion Paper has grouped projects into transformational, major and privately led.  We have prepared a summary brochure with a short overview of each of the projects.  It is structured around six key themes – Transport that builds connections; A fairer, inclusive, safer and healthier community; Becoming more environmentally resilient; Working towards a smarter city; Building 10 minute neighbourhoods; and Growing jobs, tourism and investment.

The list of projects has been compiled based on discussions with City of Greater Bendigo staff, State Government departments, other regional councils and key stakeholders like Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Bendigo Health and Bendigo Business Council.

Some of the projects have been taken from existing strategies; some are site specific; others are bold, aspirational ideas which have the potential to set Bendigo ahead of other regional cities. There are a mixture of urban, rural and regional projects.  Importantly, the draft paper does not prioritise projects or consider in detail the merits of each, which will form the next stage.

No commitment has been made to any project but those who have had input to date believe these are the types of projects that are going to be critical to the long-term success of Greater Bendigo and the region, making it somewhere people want to live, work, visit and invest.

NOVEMBER 2016

The City has recently commenced work on a first-of-a-kind plan.

Plan Greater Bendigo aims to support a population of 200,000 and a regional population of 300,000. It will be rolled out jointly by the City of Greater Bendigo, the Victorian Planning Authority and regional office of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. It is part of the first phase of implementing the Loddon Campaspe Regional Growth Plan (formally the Loddon Mallee South Regional Growth Plan).

Once complete, Plan Greater Bendigo will identify the top 10 to 15 infrastructure priorities for the municipality and region.

The plan will have a two-pronged approach – to build on existing infrastructure and to support inclusive growth, where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in the community.

Government agencies including the Victorian Planning Authority and key local stakeholders will help to identify infrastructure priorities and projects and residents will also have an opportunity to provide input when consultation on a draft discussion paper gets underway in April next year.

Plan Greater Bendigo will be completed by January 2018.

Contact us

If you have any questions on this project or any of our other projects please contact the Regional Sustainable Development Unit on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]


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