EAGLEHAWK residents are being asked how to improve their city.
The City of Greater Bendigo will hold a workshop on November 6 to gather thoughts on Eaglehawk’s community facilities, like town halls, parks and sporting areas.
The Bendigo Advertiser asked what people in the borough’s main street thought of facilities in the area with a generally positive response.
While parking and seating are beyond the scope of next week’s meeting, both were raised as areas needing improvement.
Ken Merrett, 67, said he would like to see improved toilet access and store owner Tanya Pincott said customers often struggled with parking.
“I’ve known of people who have just kept driving because they couldn’t get a park,” she said.
“A lot of customers tell me they can’t find parking.”
Maree Bolding said the facilities in Eaglehawk were “great” with no need for change while Debbie Rose said new street lighting needed to be installed.
“There could also be more community events to get people together,” she said.
“But it’s a great community, we all rally together.”
Jessica Bottams said some of the parks in the area needed to be upgraded and Laurie Hinneberg said elderly people often struggled to find seating.
Dawn Brereton said Eaglehawk already had "everything we need".
Councillor Peter Cox said the council wanted to see how Eaglehawk’s facilities were being used, and if that could be improved.
“Eaglehawk is known for its terrific community facilities,” he said.
“But some of them are a little tired.
“We’re evaluating the facilities – the halls in particular – to see what use they’re getting and to try to maximise their usage.”
Cr Cox said some could close if they were found to be underutilised.
“If there was such a hall that was owned by council that was only being used once or twice a year, we might have to ask the group if it was possible to share with someone else,” he said.
“That might be an asset that could be sold off, but I’m not aware of any such assets.”
Council planning director Prue Mansfield said facilities needed to be well-run and accessible.
The meeting will be held at the Eaglehawk Citizens Brass Band Hall at 6pm.