Council seeking feedback on three projects

By Alex Gretgrix

RESIDENTS are invited to provide feedback on three important draft strategies — Reimagining Bendigo Creek, Food System Draft Strategy and Greening Greater Bendigo — on public display during February and early March.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said this was an opportunity for the community to have a look at the strategies and comment on the proposed work developed so far.

“All three strategies are important in shaping how we live as a community because they affect all of us in some way,” she said. "I strongly encourage residents to have a look at the draft plans.”

Greater Bendigo City Council's Reimagining Bendigo Creek Draft Plan is now on public display and community members are invited to get involved in a shared future vision for the creek.

The plan has been developed in collaboration with eight project partners and representatives of the Greater Bendigo community.

The public can view the proposed strategies and artists’ impressions of what a future Bendigo Creek could look like and for how the creek can be revitalised to become a place for all of the community to enjoy.

The plan is on public display until Monday, March 16.

You can also complete a short online survey and explore the interactive creek map at

The draft Greater Bendigo’s Food System Strategy (2020-2030) has been developed to support a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system over the next 10 years.

More than 30 organisations and groups have committed to actions across four strategic objectives that focus on the following themes:

  • Food security
  • Supporting the local food economy
  • Supporting food system knowledge, skills and culture
  • Diverting food waste from landfill

The draft strategy is a multi-stakeholder initiative, with actions being led and supported by a range of organisations and community groups.

The council is calling on food producers, growers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and wholesalers, chefs and food retailers, schools and educators, health services, resource recovery agencies, workplaces and members of the general public to review the draft strategy and provide feedback.

Further information about the draft strategy and ways to provide feedback are available at

Greening Greater Bendigo 2020-2070 is the first urban forest strategy for Greater Bendigo.

It is a 50-year strategic vision for increasing tree cover and improving tree health across urban areas and townships of Greater Bendigo.

Greening Greater Bendigo is accompanied by a 10-year action plan that outlines the city’s most immediate priorities and commitments to increase tree cover and protect the trees and green spaces the community value. It aims to reverse the trend of tree loss from urban areas so that the multiple benefits trees provide can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

The draft strategy will be available for public comment from Thursday, February 20 to March 27. The final strategy is due in May/June this year.

For more information, visit

The community can find out more and comment on all three strategies at a series of listening posts in the coming weeks:

  • Saturday, February 8, 9 am to 1 pm opposite the Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market, Rosalind Park, Bendigo
  • Friday, February 21, 6 pm to 8.30pm Music in the Parks, Cooinda Park, Golden Square
  • Friday, February 28, 6 pm to 8.30 pm Music in the Parks Garden for the Future, White Hills
  • Sunday, March 14, 4 pm to 8 pm Zinda Festival Rosalind Park, Bendigo