Water and the court precinct upgrade were the long-term priorities for ratepayers in the region.
Around 300 residents responded to a survey for the city’s Plan Greater Bendigo – a development plan detailing a number of ‘transformational’ infrastructure projects designed to cater for a population of 200,000 by 2050.
The top five projects from the City of Greater Bendigo’s survey were;
- Securing Bendigo’s long term water supply (integrated water opportunities)
- Outer arterial road
- Bendigo Law Courts
- Managing groundwater – turning a problem into a resource
- Bendigo Creek improvements
The bottom five projects were;
- Dja Dja Wurrung Corporate Centre
- Student housing in the city centre
- Conference centre and boutique hotel
- Aspire precinct
- Iconic public art
In a separate Bendigo Advertiser survey, readers prioritised the Bendigo Metro Rail project, development of Bendigo Airport and upgrading Bendigo Law Courts.
Readers also wanted to see an outer arterial road developed to ease traffic congestion expected with a growing population, along with dramatic improvement to local bicycle networks to help Bendigo become the bicycle capital of regional Australia.
Plan Greater Bendigo – a collaborative project between the state government and the City of Greater Bendigo – lists 70 potential infrastructure projects the public are being asked to consider.
A report summarising community feedback on the draft discussion paper and the first stage in the plan’s development process, will be considered by councillors at their monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Should council support the report’s recommendations, the next stage of Plan Greater Bendigo would be to undertake a more detailed assessment of individual projects and to determine the list of projects to be included within the draft Plan Greater Bendigo.
Details around project selection will be explained during the next stage of consultation, which is slated for September-October.