Public feedback opens for a Draft Heritage Strategy and Action Plan

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo is seeking public feedback on a Draft Heritage Strategy and Action Plan 2024-2028, following approval to proceed at last night’s Council meeting. 

Heritage Victoria encourages councils to have a heritage strategy that comprises a plan of prioritised actions over four years. 

The purpose of the Heritage Strategy project is to provide a framework for the continued protection and management of Greater Bendigo’s rich natural, built, and cultural heritage. 

The actions outline how the City can manage all types of heritage in the municipality and will build on existing legislation and policy, including the Council Plan (Mir wimbul) 2021-2025. 

The proposed Heritage Strategy and Action Plan 2024-2028 will not become a statutory control in the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme as it covers much more than built heritage. It contains a plan of prioritised actions to manage the City’s many types of heritage assets.

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the proposed Heritage Strategy was important to bring all kinds of heritage together for consideration and protection.

“We are lucky to have so much heritage around us including our natural environment, built heritage and cultural heritage, all of which captures the spirit of our region and who we are as a community,” Cr Metcalf said.

“Many of our units at the City of Greater Bendigo manage different heritage-related projects so this is an opportunity to bring all aspects of heritage together in one plan for consideration. By doing so, we can continue to protect and manage heritage in its many forms with an overarching approach. 

“A Heritage Strategy and Action Plan will reflect and celebrate the City’s current achievements and identify heritage aspects and partnerships that should be prioritised into the future.”

The action plan covers tangible (physical) and intangible (non-physical) heritage.  

Examples of tangible heritage include:

  • Buildings
  • Landscapes
  • Parks and gardens
  • Statues
  • Objects and artifacts

Examples of intangible heritage include:

  • First Nations connection to Country
  • Culture and traditions
  • Events like the traditional Bendigo Easter Festival

“Please head to our online engagement platform Let’s Talk and rank what you consider to be the top five heritage actions.

“With your help we can create a Heritage Strategy and Action Plan.”

Greater Bendigo