Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan
A reimagined Bendigo Creek
Reimagining Bendigo Creek is a turning point. It marks the beginning of a process of renewal, understanding and connection over many generations, which aims to create a healthier, more inclusive, more connected and more beautiful Creek that we all respect and value.
The Reimagining Bendigo Creek plan sets out a vision to restore the health of the Bendigo Creek, its catchment and tributaries. Its adoption by Council on June 17, 2020 follows an 18-month collaboration with eight project partner organisations and representatives of the Greater Bendigo community.
The plan has three themes - catchment, connections and culture – encompassing 12 strategies, as well as four precinct plans outlining intended outcomes for particular areas.
The strategies are:
- Limit the impact of climate change with water sensitive urban design and traditional ecological knowledge
- Manage flood risk with appropriate infrastructure, landscape treatments and community preparedness
- Restore aquatic habitats and ecosystem function of the Creek and its tributaries
- Improve how our city landscape relates to the Creek and tributaries
- Connect places and spaces with a network of accessible public corridors
- Improve the Creek’s corridor access
- Increase Creek-based interaction and recreation opportunities
- Create a safe Creek environment for everyone
- Empower Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners to practice their cultural traditions and promote their cultural and spiritual connections to the Creek
- Promote positive community perceptions of the Creek
- Foster community caring for the Creek
- Strengthen the diversity of experiences along the Creek
If you would like to read more in relation to Council’s decision, the public display process and public submissions, please visit the Council meetings page.
In late 2018, a scoping workshop was held with all partnering organisations to develop the project brief.
In early 2019 expressions of interest were called to establish the project’s Working Group, combining representatives of the Greater Bendigo community and from both government and non-government organisations with particular expertise or interest/s in the Bendigo Creek. The role of the Working Group is as a cross-disciplinary advisory group to the project. A Steering Group with representatives of project partner organisations is also providing strategic oversight and direction to the project.
Members of the Steering and Working Groups have participated in a series of workshops and meetings, as well as a site visit, to better understand the Bendigo Creek and to contribute to the development of the plan. Engagement by members of the Working Group groups with their own networks has also helped to illicit ideas and feedback to inform the planning process.
In the first half of 2019, the Issues and Opportunities Report, was prepared as a voice for our project partners and our community to reflect their stories, views and understanding of the Creek. This information was collected through workshops, listening posts, Social Pinpoint online interactive map, area surveys and general conversation.
During June and July 2019, a vision and principles for the Bendigo Creek were developed with the input of project partner organisations and community representatives. This provided the foundation the Reimagining Bendigo Creek plan, the development of which began in August 2019 and evolved over several months with the input of the Steering and Working Groups.
The draft Reimagining Bendigo Creek plan was endorsed by the City of Greater Bendigo Council in January 2020 and then made available for public comment over a six-week period beginning on 3 February. Eleven submissions were received, including eight from residents and organisations, as well as three from government agencies.
Previous bulletins for the project are also available: