GREATER Bendigo City Council voted to release the draft Greater Bendigo Public Space Plan for community comment.
The plan covers the planning, design and management of Greater Bendigo’s public spaces, covering everything from parks to streets and creek corridors.
Some of the main actions outlined in the plan include:
■Create a network of shared paths to connect parks, streets, creek lines and rail lines
■Make more pedestrian-friendly town centres
■Plan a recycled water network to support irrigation and water use in public spaces
■Build walkable neighbourhoods with wider and better connected footpaths, pedestrian only or shared zones and safer street crossings
■Increase shade by improving tree cover and adding more verandahs and awnings to buildings
■Balance public space investment across communities including purchasing strategic sites for community spaces
Director of strategy and growth Bernie O’Sullivan said the plan set out a clear vision for Greater Bendigo’s public spaces.
“This plan has been created with the help of our community and other agencies, and provides high level actions to improve our public spaces in the short and long term,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“There is a lot in this plan; something for everyone and every community.
“We are keen to hear the community’s input and encourage people to have a look at the plan and let us know what they think.”
The plan will be open for public comment until May 4.
A series of listening posts will be held throughout April. For dates and to view the plan, visit bendigo.vic.gov.au/publicspaceplan