Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan
A reimagined Bendigo Creek
A vision to guide our collective aspirations and action for the Bendigo Creek has been explored, created and beautifully expressed by the Dja Dja Wurrung…
There is a rippling along the Bendigo Creek, there is now undulation. Sounds, where there was none. There is a familiar sense of reawakening as we walk along the banks. There is open, clean water, verged by grasses and reeds that are strong and healthy like us. The Creek is healing and so are we.
Activity and conversation, voices of the community, people and children, looking for and anticipating life and movement within the Creek, hoping for new interactions. We now have a place to gather, to listen and to share.
The familiar sense and smell of smoke is around us, but not heat, a sweetened cleansing smell that is recognisable to us all, not feared, but welcoming and healing, you are amongst Cultural practice.
The ground is clean, and thick with Kangaroo Grass that gently brush against our hands and feet, there are now sensations underfoot, crinkling and crunching in the new life and healing, colours are yellow and as bright as the sun, they are unavoidable in their numbers. What was lost, has now returned.
Cultural practices and ceremony supports healing, and encourages cultural interaction, facilitating reconciliation and greater returns to the community.
The Vision is supported by principles that are aligned to the simple principles of the One Planet Framework.
This edition provides an update on the progress of the project and provides ‘snapshot’ of the Issues and Opportunities, our project partners and community perspectives report that is now available (link to the report can be found below).
We have been working with our partners and engaging with the local community to understand the issues and opportunities connected with the Bendigo Creek. We have now developed the Issues and Opportunities Report, our project partners and community perspectives report.
This report weaves together the voices of 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 in general conversation.
The report is framed according to the six overarching themes that were identified as common issues for Bendigo Creek. The issues identified throughout the report are all inter-connected, complex and will take long term commitment to address.
During June and July, a vision and conceptual directions for the Bendigo Creek were developed with the input of project partner organisations and community representatives. This will provide the foundation the Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan that is currently being drafted.
We are on track to produce a draft Plan in the last quarter of 2019. The draft Plan is expected to be released for public information and input early in 2020.
Have you a vision or idea for the Bendigo Creek that you want to share? We are still online!
Jump onto our social pinpoint page https://bendigo.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/bendigocreek and add your comments about Bendigo Creek and explore what other people have to say!
The project brief is available should you be interested in reading about the scope of the project.