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City moves to recovery phase following recent flood events

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo is preparing to roll out Roving Recovery drop-in sessions, a flood drop-in session in Huntly, and free skip bins and free landfill and transfer station drop off for flood waste to support flood recovery across the municipality. 

The Roving Recovery drop-in sessions will be held across Greater Bendigo, with support from other agencies, to give people an opportunity to share how they have been impacted by recent flooding and learn about recovery support and services available. Light refreshments will be provided at each of these sessions. All welcome - no bookings required.

  • Heathcote
    • Wednesday January 17, 9.30am-1pm
    • Barrack Reserve, Barrack Street
  • Redesdale
    • Wednesday January 17, 2pm-4pm
    • Redesdale Hall, 2631 Kyneton-Redesdale Road
  • Goornong
    • Thursday January 18, 9.30am-12.30pm
    • Goornong Hall, 32 Railway Place South (Midland Highway)
  • Huntly
    • Thursday January 18, 1.30pm-4pm
    • Huntly Hall, 647 Midland Highway

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf encouraged flood affected residents to make the most of services coming to them.

“This is a great opportunity to tap into a range of services to get the support needed, from help with insurance and accessing emergency relief grants, to managing mental health and wellbeing,” Cr Metcalf said. 

“These locations have been chosen as they have been the most impacted, however any flood affected resident can visit any drop-in session.”

In response to concerns expressed by the Huntly community regarding flooding, drainage and development in the area, the City has arranged a drop-in opportunity for residents to meet with City staff on Wednesday January 17 from 4pm-7pm at the Huntly Memorial Hall. 

“The City has heard the Huntly community’s frustration and requests for further assistance to discuss the flooding experienced in this community,” Cr Metcalf said. 

“City staff with expertise in engineering, planning, waste and recovery will be on hand to answer questions, together with representatives from the North Central Catchment Management Authority.”

Flood affected residents have access to free waste disposal until Sunday January 28. 

Residents can dispose of flood waste for free at the Eaglehawk Landfill and Heathcote, Strathfieldsaye and Goornong transfer stations. Some of the rural transfer stations will be limited in how much waste they can accept, so residents may be referred to Eaglehawk Landfill.

Flood affected residents must advise their waste is for flood-related disposal and present their driver’s licence identifying the property that has been affected. 

Skip bins will also be placed in the following locations:

  • Huntly
    • Corner of Burgoyne Street and Rennie Street
    • Corner of Waratah Street and Rennie Street
    • Strauch Reserve
  • Goornong
    • Goornong Recreation Reserve
  • Heathcote
    • Wright Street (across from the Heathcote SES)
    • Mitchell Street
  • Redesdale
    • Redesdale Public Toilets/Town Hall
  • Derrinal 
    • Lakeside Boulevard

Correct sorting of items is recommended, such as separating metals and white goods, e-waste (anything with a cord or battery) and green waste etc. 

Sand and sandbags should be disposed of through general waste bins, skip bins or be taken to landfill. Be mindful the kerbside general waste bin does not become too heavy it cannot be lifted.

Greater Bendigo