Would free parking revitalise the city’s CBD?

Image: iSTOCK
Image: iSTOCK

WE ASKED, you responded.

Bendigo Advertiser readers often share suggestions of how our city centre can be reinvigorated.

A growing number of empty shops, incidents of antisocial behaviour, and a general sense of a subdued atmosphere have concerned several people about the future of the precinct.

We polled readers on some of the more popular suggestions, to see which was the preferred option.

Do you agree with the results?

Earlier this year, the City of Greater Bendigo employed an expert, ‘retail doctor’ Brian Walker, to evaluate the CBD and provide recommendations on how the environment of the area could be improved.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said Mr Walker’s report was due to be put before councillors this week and would be presented to retailers in the near future.

Business network and representative organisation Be.Bendigo has proposed a co-ordinated approach to managing issues affecting traders in the centre of the city, similar to what is seen from management in indoor shopping centres.