DRAFT plans for Bendigo Creek could soon be on display as the council votes on whether to put the document out for public comment.
The City of Greater Bendigo has developed the Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan to create a shared vision and strategic plan to guide the creek's future management.
The 18 month processhas involved consultation with the community and project partners, such as the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation.
Read more: Where next for Bendigo Creek?
Councillors will vote on whether to endorse the draft plan for public display at a council meeting on January 22.
The plan has aimed to "create a healthier, more inclusive, more connected and more beautiful creek", respected and valued by all, the city's agenda states.
It has focussed on the 20 kilometres of Bendigo Creek stretching through the city.
July 2019, Issues and Opportunities, Reimagining Bendigo Creek. Story continues after document.
The plan is described as a "turning point" in council's agenda, which says it "marks the beginning of a process of renewal, understanding and connection over many generations".
Public perception of the creek has been mixed, after gold mining disrupted the ecosystem traditionally managed by the Dja Dja Wurrung people.
A rotten egg smell caused by contaminated groundwater is the legacy of this mining.
The draft plan's focus is on the stretch of creek travelling through Bendigo, from Big Hill to Huntly.
It's one of four flagship projects in the Greater Bendigo Environment Strategy, 2016-2021.
Governance to support the plan's implementation is crucial, according to agenda documents.
Options include a joint partnership initiative across agencies, a sub-committee was part of the Water Sensitive Bendigo Partnership, or an incorporated body.
Council aims to have the project completed, endorsed by partners and adopted by May 2020.
Councillors will cast their vote on the draft plan at their first meeting of 2020. If endorsed it will be display for public comment for at least 28 days.
A draft Greater Bendigo Food System Strategy, Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme and Wolstencroft Reserve Master Plan are also on the agenda.
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