Engaging communities for flood resilience

Make a Change is pleased to be providing communications and engagement support for this new project led by the City of Greater Bendigo:


The City of Greater Bendigo is undertaking a Flood Resilience Study to determine the needs of infrastructure to reduce the potential impacts of flooding in Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square in the future.

City of Greater Bendigo Presentation and Assets Director Debbie Wood said parts of Kangaroo Flat and Golden Square could flood following major rainfall and all residents, property owners, businesses and organisations are invited to have their say and participate in discussions to help shape the outcomes of the study

“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, damaging property, roads and community assets,” Ms Wood said.

“The frequency and extent of flooding from creeks following major rainfall, is predicted to increase in the future. Therefore, it’s a topic we do need to be thinking about, particularly for those who have properties in the vicinity of local creeks.”

“The Flood Resilience Study and community discussion will take place from August 2019 to March 2020. Technical analysis will be undertaken by specialist engineers, Water Modelling Solutions while the community engagement will be undertaken by Bendigo based Make a Change Australia.

“The first step is to gather local information and ideas. We know there’s a wealth of wisdom, knowledge and skill in the community and we’re keen to hear from everyone on all angles, including interesting stories from past floods.”

Residents can have their say by completing a survey, attending community discussions; or having a chat at various listening posts in the area.

The first community discussion will take place at 5.30 to 7.30pm Thursday September 5, at the Gateway Function Centre, 26 High St, Kangaroo Flat. A light supper will be provided, and formal registration is preferred for catering purposes. Residents, businesses and groups can register here.

More information and other ways to get involved can be found at: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/KFGS-flood and at the following links:
· Online survey: bit.ly/KFGS-Flood-Survey
· Interactive map: bit.ly/KFGS-Flood-Maps
· Email: [email protected]
· Facebook: @CityofGreaterBendigo

Media Contact: Ros Manning 5434 6114 or 0408 654773


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