Call for feedback on reducing flooding impact in central Bendigo waterways

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Bendigo residents are being encouraged to have their say on how to reduce the impact of flooding in central Bendigo’s waterways. The City of Greater Bendigo’s Finding Flood Solutions project will aim to guide future infrastructure decisions to reduce the potential impact of flooding in central Bendigo. Areas highlighted as problem points include Back Creek near McIvor Road and Havlin Street East, Joseph Street where Bendigo and Back creeks merge and Bendigo Creek near Wattle and Short streets. Read more: The first part of the project is hearing from the community on their experiences and knowledge of central Bendigo’s waterways. Council manager of engineering Ian McLauchlan said flooding events in the last decade showed parts of central Bendigo can flood following major rainfall. “We know flooding from Bendigo Creek and other waterways in this area isn’t a topic people generally think about, but significant floods have occurred in the past in 2010, 2011 and 2016 that have damaged property, roads and community assets,” he said. “The frequency and extent of flooding from creeks following major rainfall is predicted to increase in the future so this is a topic we do need to be thinking about, particularly for people who have properties in the vicinity of these waterways.” The Finding Flood Solutions study and related community discussions are taking place from June to November, 2021. “The first step is to gather local feedback, information and ideas and all residents, property owners, businesses and organisations are invited to have their say and participate in discussions to help shape future investment outcomes,” Mr McLauchlan said. “We know there’s a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and skill in the community and we are keen to hear interesting stories and experiences from past floods from everyone.” Residents can have their say by completing an online survey or attending community discussions. Community discussion will be held at The Capital on August 10 from 5.30pm or via Zoom on August 17. Registrations are required for both sessions. To complete a survey, register for a community discussion or more details visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/bendigo-central-flood Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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