YOUNG people have raised their pencils and paintbrushes to create a vision for Bendigo.
More than 200 youth submitted art into a City of Greater Bendigo competition to get them thinking about transport.
Council senior integrated transport planner Katherine Wrzesinksi said while the vast majority of children were driven to school, most would prefer to ride a bike or scooter.
“The process had been to learn what the young people in our community would like the future to be when it comes to getting around the city,” she said.
“Most would like to get around on bikes and scooters and they want to go to school with their mates. The idea is to tap into that and work through making that happen into the future.”
Ms Wrzesinksi said other interesting ideas had been raised. “We had blimps, hoverboards, horses and UFOs,” she said.
“There were many creative entries and there was the sense of sharing and community transport, and thinking about health and the environment.”
Children aged four to 11 were asked to create artwork on their preferred transport to school, while those aged 12 to 25 were asked to create a vision for Bendigo’s future.
Mayor Lisa Ruffell said the ideas would be used in the city’s integrated transport land use strategy.
“I think it’s very important to give everyone, both young and old, an opportunity to have their say on how our city will look and feel in the future,” she said. Councillor Mark Weragoda said he was pleased by the youth involvement.
“I think it’s important young people, who are our future, portray their vision through these drawings,” he said.
Darshan Pandey, Shaina Croft, Imogen Somerville Skyler Vroom, Simon Maish and Kiel Chamberlain were recognised for their entries at the weekend.