PARTS of Bendigo Creek could look quite different within months as traditional owners work to restore the creek to a series of ponds.
A key wall to be built in the section of creek between Knight Street and Weeroona Avenue will mimic the open water bodies, historically a feature of the creek.
It's part of the Wanyarram Dhelk - or "good waterhole" - project run as a partnership between the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation and government.
Project manager Shane Anstee said working on country was incredibly significant for Dja Dja Wurrung people.
Workers will restore ponds to the creek and re-vegetate these areas in Phase I. Phase II will involve intercepting storm water to put it through the chain of ponds.
Mr Anstee said this would allow the Dja Dja Wurrung to achieve goals in their country plan.
He said open water bodies in the creek would also help community interaction and environmental returns.
"There's a cultural obligation to pass on culturally clean water. There's a cultural obligation to heal country," he said.
"To work on country to do those things, to achieve a country plan is our end goal. It's terrific, it means a lot."
Mr Anstee said the Dja Dja Wurrung felt the Wanyarram Dhelk project would inform a lot of works as part of the Reimagining Bendigo Creek strategy.
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