Maiden Gully creates plan for future growth within community

Supporting upgrades to the Maiden Gully Community Hall is one of the priorities in the action plan.
Supporting upgrades to the Maiden Gully Community Hall is one of the priorities in the action plan.

Walking and cycle paths, safer streets and roads and better lighting are among the priorities identified in Maiden Gully’s renewed community plan.

The Maiden Gully Community Plan 2018-2022 was launched at the annual community carols on Sunday evening, building on the first plan in 2012.

Many priority areas remain the same in both plans, but with a growing population, new areas for improvement have been identified.

City of Greater Bendigo deputy mayor Jennifer Alden said a team from the Maiden Gully Progress Association worked to develop the plan in consultation with the community. 

“During the development phase the group carried out a community survey and provided other opportunities for the community to have input into the draft plan,” she said. 

“In addition the progress association also provided opportunities for community members to meet each other and to have their say about what is important for the future development of the Maiden Gully community.”

READ: The Maiden Gully Community Plan 2018-2022 

Among the priorities identified are plans to present one or two larger community events per year in a collaboration between local community groups; improve community safety through better footpaths, connected cycle paths and improved traffic flow; and advocacy for improved mobile phone coverage for identified areas and improvements to public transport options to Maiden Gully.

Cr Alden encouraged community members to learn more about the plan and get involved in one or more of the action areas.

“The community’s goals are in line with those set for the whole municipality through the council’s vision of creating the world’s most liveable community,” she said.

“The 2016 Australian Census highlighted the recent population growth in Maiden Gully, which is expected to continue into the future with an increase in the number of young families in the area, which makes planning for their future is very important.”

Copies of the plan will be available from the Maiden Gully Progress Association website.