Greater Bendigo news SEPTEMBER 2012
inside New Edward Street Car Park open for business pages 4 & 5 Victorian Seniors Festival page 16 Residents Resource Hub (cover story) page 17 Know your Wards page 19
Why we’re fighting to change super rules
contents 4 New car park open for business 5 Reserved parking available
Free parking for first 90 minutes
6 Strategic approach pays dividends
race Kelly boosts tourism G numbers
In July, Councillors were told we needed to find between $10.3M to top up a superannuation scheme closed to new members since 1994.
7 Work starts on gallery expansion 8 Grace Kelly - a smash hit
Record numbers for Art Gallery
To put this in perspective, it equates to our annual roads budget or double our annual budget for drainage.
9 What our businesses said
Volunteers play important role
What our visitors said
It is a massive impost on ratepayers and limits Council’s capacity to fund future works and services. Across the State, councils, water authorities and libraries are being asked to find $453M.
10 Managing our waste in the future
We are not opposed to council staff receiving their superannuation entitlements. That is their right. What we are opposed to is ratepayers having to top up the scheme every time there is a shortfall.
re you about to re-stump your A house?
11 What’s in the works? 12 Want a $38,800 rebate on a house and land package?
13 A safe transport space in the CBD
The big problem with this superannuation scheme is that it is required under legislation to be fully funded so any shortfalls have to be covered by local authorities.
But there is a solution.
Take a Grape Walk at the Botanic Gardens
Get ready for fire season
Federal and State Governments can change the status of the scheme so it can
14 Planning for the long term 15 New Pavilions in Bendigo
It is a massive impost on ratepayers and limits Council’s capacity to fund future works and services be transitioned back to a state-managed one that is not required to be fully funded. State and Federal Governments are not required to fully fund their equivalent schemes so why are we? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, especially if it means that ratepayers will no longer have to be burdened with this ridiculous and costly impost. For further information visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au
Mayor Cr Alec Sandner
16 City of many cultures The Victorian Seniors Festival October 7-14 17 Residents resource hub Young people encouraged to have their views heard
aw Arts Award winners R announced
18 R are bird sighting at Crusoe reservoir & No 7 Park
Pay your rates early and save
19 Know your new wards 20 60 seconds with... ON THE COVER Children from Holy Rosary and Heathcote Primary Schools check out their artwork in the Lens Art exhibition on display at the Resident Resource Hub in Heathcote.
news SEPTEMBER 2012
inside New Edward Street Car Park open for business pages 4 & 5 Victorian Seniors Festival page 16 Residents Resource Hub (cover story) page 17 Know your Wards
Pay your rates in full by September 24, 2012 and you will receive a 1.5 per cent discount off the current rates and charges. Any arrears outstanding must be paid in full along with the
current rates and charges to receive the discount. For details on all payment options go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/rates
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Temporary library takes shape in former Advertiser building The Bendigo Library will open at a temporary new home in mid September. The shift will enable the City, in partnership with the Victorian Government and Goldfields Library Corporation, to undertake a major refurbishment of the existing site.
Bendigo liBrary redevelopment
The project has extensive community support and will Temporary Library Location
deliver contemporary and exciting spaces for an enhanced delivery of library services. It will include creative community spaces and meeting rooms, a coffee lounge, exhibition and events spaces and a creative area for children. Library services will not be available at the existing Bendigo site for three weeks from August 27. From Monday, September 17, services will operate at the former Bendigo Advertiser building at 96-98 Pall Mall, Bendigo, until refurbishment works are completed in early 2014.
TEMPORARY BENDIGO LIBRARY ENTRY VIA: FORMER BENDIGO ADVERTISER
The Bendigo Libraryâ€™s after hours drop-off will also be located at 202 Hargreaves Street.
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For more information phone: 5449 2700 or visit www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au ABOVE LEFT: City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Alec Sandner and Goldfields Library Corporation CEO Carolyn Macvean prepare for the move to the temporary library site in Pall Mall.
Library services will continue as usual at Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk and Castlemaine throughout this time.
The Goldfields Research Centre and the Bendigo Regional Archives Centre will also be relocated to a temporary home and will be housed in the former Tea Rose Bakery at 202 Hargreaves Street until the works are completed.
GOLDFIELDS RESEARCH CENTRE AND BENDIGO REGIONAL ARCHIVES CENTRE ENTRY VIA: FORMER TEA ROSE BAKERY
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$53.6M for capital and major works QU
Council has approved the budget for 2012/2013, endorsing plans to invest $53.6M in capital and major works.
$200,000 earmarked for screens in the Hargreaves Mall to instead build a new play space there.
The capital works program has $11M to improve road infrastructure, including major works for around 80km of gravel roads.
The City will continue delivering its biggest ever major projects program with $6.5M for the Bendigo Library refurbishment and $6.5M for the Bendigo Art Gallery expansion.
and gardens and this financial year we plan to spend $8.1M on maintaining these important community assets.
Service delivery is the Cityâ€™s core business so $10.4M will be spent on Aged and Disability Services and $7.5M on Children and Family Services.
Some $2.5M will be used to provide library services at Bendigo, Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk and Heathcote, which together boast some 600,000 customers every year.
The City collects around 28,000 tonnes of garbage from residential properties each year and these services are expensive to provide. In 2012/2013, we will spend $2.3M on garbage collection and $1.7M on recycling. Our landfill costs are $7.8M.
Projects outlined above will in part be funded by an average rate rise of 5.5 per cent. This is comparable to other councils and below the 6 per cent forecast in 2011/2012. The Municipal Charge will be reduced by a further $32.40 to $64.80 per property.
For the first time ever, $2M will be spent on re-sheeting gravel roads. This involves adding at least 100mm of rock to the road surface and results in smoother and safer roads in rural areas. The budget also has a record $5.4M to be spent on drainage works, including significant funds to help address a backlog of work resulting from flood events. Some $1.2M will be used on bicycle and walking paths and $1.1M for footpaths. Council has listened to community feedback on its draft budget and will use
The City also invests heavily in our parks
Budget 2012/13 Delivering for our com munity
PMS 1807 RED
PMS 432 GREY PMS 142 GOLD
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New car park open for business The new $14.9M Edward Street Car Park and office complex is now open. Constructed on time and on budget, the car park is the Cityâ€™s largest ever single capital works project. The City has delivered this commercially viable project to relieve pressure on parking in our growing city, provide much needed new commercial space to create new employment opportunities and create an active street level frontage along Edward Street. For the last 10 years or so car parking has been identified by traders and residents through the annual Community Satisfaction surveys as a major area that needs improvement and the City is very proud to have delivered this important project which will stimulate continued development of the Bendigo central business district. It is a truly fantastic outcome which not only provides much needed new car parking, but also a total of 1,800 square metres of new ground level commercial space, the majority of which has been leased by the State Trustees as their new Bendigo regional office.
One hundred people will work at the State Trustees new Bendigo office. Three-quarters of the staff will be new positions recruited locally and the remaining quarter will be existing staff from the Melbourne head office who will relocate to Bendigo. The remaining commercial space will be leased as a cafe/bar business operation and further news about this will be announced in the near future. We expect that the income generated by renting the commercial space along with the parking fees will allow the development to be fully paid off in about 11 years. When paid off, the complex will provide a significant profitable return to the City.
fast facts Edward Street Car Park and office complex
Five levels (ground floor commercial space, 4 levels short term and reserved parking) 320 short term parking spaces 100 reserved car parks 40 secure bicycle parks 52 security video cameras 13,750 (approx) tonnes of concrete used in footings, slabs, columns and stairs 50km of steel cabling was used to reinforce concrete 2,787 aluminum panels make up the buildingâ€™s facade 1169 lights in the complex (including State Trustees) 1800 square metres of ground level commercial space Two lifts
In addition to the construction of the new complex, the City has also carried out significant footpath, lighting and landscaping works surrounding the complex.
Two pay stations
The complex was designed by Peddle Thorp Architects, constructed by H Troon and project managed by Gallagher Jeffs on behalf of the City.
Only secure car park in Bendigo with 24/7 access for reserved customers
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Accessible public toilets complete with baby change facilities Sensor lighting (times out after 20 minutes)
The State Trustees are the major tenant employing 100 staff at the site
Reserved parking available Reserved parking spaces are being snapped up at the new Edward Street Car Park. One hundred reserved car parking bays complete with shade sails have been provided on the roof top of the new building and people wanting to reserve a permanent car park have two choices. They can pay $125 per month for Monday to Friday business hour access or $150 per month for 24/7 access. The 24/7 access is ideal for people who live in the city centre or businesses that operate outside of normal hours and do not have access to a car park. It provides safe and secure access without being subjected to any parking restrictions. Anyone interested in a permanent long term space in the new car park should contact the Cityâ€™s Parking and Animal Control Service Unit on 5434 6000.
Free parking for first 90 minutes Motorists can enjoy 90 minutes of free parking each day at the Edward Street Car Park.
will know that they have already parked in the
The car park has installed a new Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system to monitor all vehicles that enter the facility.
The 90 minutes free parking is a fair and
If a customer leaves before the 90 minutes are used up but then returns later that day regular parking charges will apply because the LPR
complex on that day. reasonable amount of time before customers have to start paying for their parking. Fees for the car park have been set at $1.40 per hour or a maximum of $7.00 per day.
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creating a cultural destination
Strategic approach pays dividends Work to create a cultural heart in our city and attract visitors is paying big dividends for Greater Bendigo.
The city is fast becoming known as a major Australian centre for the arts and a sought out destination for culture buffs. This is not something that has simply happened by chance. The City has taken a very strategic approach to grow our arts, culture and tourism dating back to 2001 when we were one the first councils to prepare a strategy dedicated to the planning and development of arts and culture. Our arts and cultural strategy focuses on eight key areas including: • • • • •
The View Street arts precinct Art in public places History Heritage assets and collections Community arts spaces and programs • Building a viable arts industry • Improving processes with funding bodies, and • Raising the profile of Bendigo as an arts and cultural event destination for visitors Bendigo’s vibrant arts precinct is located in historic View street, home to the Bendigo Art Gallery, The Capital Performing Arts Centre and the Latrobe University Bendigo Visual Arts Centre. View Street has also become home to a wonderful array of specialist
shops, cafes, restaurants and bars that complement the precinct. The precinct’s success results from a long-term commitment and development by the City and its arts community who have steadily invested in new infrastructure, improvement works and facilities to meet growing demand and needs. A major expansion of the Bendigo Art Gallery is expected to build on these past investments. A commitment to preserving the city’s heritage is evidenced by many of the capital works projects that have been undertaken over the past 10 years in and around the View street area. All of these improvement projects have contributed to a vibrant, busy and diverse street that is now full of life and activity. Our vision to create a renowned cultural centre is coming to fruition with thousands of visitors flocking to our city each year to experience international blockbuster art exhibitions like The Golden Age of Couture in 2009, The White Wedding Dress in 2011 and Grace Kelly: Style Icon in 2012, local food and wine and other cultural and heritage tourist attractions. The City remains committed to its aim of making Greater Bendigo a significant centre of history, arts and cultural heritage and a very exciting and desirable place to visit.
Grace Kelly boosts tourism numbers The recent record breaking Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition has well and truly highlighted the importance of attracting visitors to our region. According to Tourism Victoria’s 2009 National Visitor Survey, tourism injects more than $1million each day into the Bendigo/Loddon region – making tourism one of Greater Bendigo’s key industry sectors. Tourism is important to regional cities like Greater Bendigo because when visitors come to our city they often stay overnight in local accommodation, eat at local restaurants and cafes, visit other local attractions, buy fuel and go shopping. Many people who came to Bendigo to attend the Grace Kelly exhibition were
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also keen to do other things while they were here and this was reflected in the record breaking number of tourist packages and gift vouchers that were sold in the lead up to and during the exhibition. The packages included Vintage Shopping tours, Heathcote Grape Escape Winery Tours and High Tea on the balcony of the historic Shamrock Hotel. The Bendigo Visitor Centre sold 1250 Grace Kelly visitor packages compared to 239 sold for The White Wedding Dress exhibition in 2011 and 290 sold for The Golden Age of Couture exhibition in 2009. For a full list of what’s on visit www.bendigotourism.com
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Work starts on gallery expansion Work has commenced on a major $8.4 million expansion of Bendigo Art Gallery. The expansion of the gallery will include construction of two new gallery spaces, an enhanced entrance and much needed storage and loading facilities. The project will include: • Creation of a new “Park Gallery” exhibition area featuring open, flexible spaces to cater to the needs of major exhibitions and floor level storage spaces • Creation of a new multi-purpose exhibition “Pavilion Gallery” separated from the new “Park Gallery” by a glazed link
• Construction of a new back-of-house loading dock and exhibition management zone • Refinement of the front-of-house entrance and modifications to reception and gallery shop areas The expansion of Bendigo Art Gallery is a major part of the View Street Arts Precinct Master Plan. It will solve a number of space issues for exhibition, education and storage facilities that currently exist at the gallery. The total project will be funded by a $3.775M contribution from the Victorian Government, a $3.625M contribution from
the City and a further $1M Bendigo Art Gallery Board/ Philanthropic contribution. The works will be undertaken by local construction company Fairbrother Pty Ltd and will be completed before the end of 2013. The Bendigo Art Gallery and Gallery Cafe will remain open for business throughout the construction period. Full details on the Bendigo Art Gallery expansion project can be viewed at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/currentprojects
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Record numbers for Art Gallery Over the last financial year Bendigo Art Gallery has broken all attendance figures by attracting a record 306,219 people through its doors over the 2011/12 financial year to view eight exhibitions. These exhibitions have included two international exhibitions - The White Wedding Dress and Grace Kelly: Style Icon. This figure far surpasses the 158,934 people who visited the gallery in the 2008/09 financial year when the blockbuster Golden age of Couture exhibition was held. It’s a wonderful result and it demonstrates the important role that Bendigo Art Gallery is playing in attracting visitors to our city and providing cultural opportunities for our residents.
Grace Kelly (detail) 1954. Image courtesy of Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos / Snapper Media.
Grace Kelly - a smash hit It is official – the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition, with more than 152,700 people through the doors in just three months, has officially broken all previous attendance records at Bendigo Art Gallery. To put this number in perspective, the previous annual record for the Art Gallery was 158,943 people and this was largely due to the blockbuster Golden Age of Couture exhibition. The benefits from Grace Kelly have been enormous and while official figures are yet to be released, the City estimates the exhibition generated $15M in economic activity for our region. Income from the event was $3.3M and it cost $1.9M to stage with the City achieving a favourable financial result of around $1.3M. Grace Kelly captured the attention of people from across Australia and beyond and it has helped to put our beautiful city on the map. Bendigo is now regarded as a cultural
destination and people are already asking what the gallery is going to do next! Exhibitions like Grace Kelly take an enormous amount of effort and planning by a large number of people from across all of the City’s departments, including The Capital and the Tourism Units. Special mention must also go to the many volunteers who also played an integral role throughout the exhibition.
Number of visitors to Bendigo Art Gallery
it’s a fact...
• The Bendigo Visitor Centre had 17,613 inbound phone calls between February and June 2012 (compared with 9,465 for the same period in 2011).
• Over 38,300 people visited the Bendigo visitor Centre between March and June 2012.
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*Due to outstanding success of the blockbuster The Golden Age of Couture exhibition. **Due to outstanding success of The White Wedding Dress exhibition and Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibitions.
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What our businesses said We asked five local businesses about the impact that the Grace Kelly Style Icon exhibition has had on their businesses and this is what they said. Sonia Brit - Bob Boutique “The impact of Grace Kelly on our little boutique was amazing. We put on extra staff on the weekends and opened the shop longer hours. We worked really hard to keep the locally made products on the shelf. Our production of badges, mirrors, bags, toys and hampers all made locally increased by 25 +%. Our printed bob catalogues (5,000 normally lasts the year) were snapped up at cafes, the art gallery and the shop and lasted just four months.” Sally Thomson - Bendigo Pottery “Visitors to Grace Kelly explored many of Bendigo’s attractions beyond the city centre. All areas of Bendigo Pottery were extremely busy during the Grace Kelly exhibition including the retail galleries, antique centre and cafe. The common response was the discovery that Bendigo was a fantastic city that they would definitely return to with friends and family, for day trips and holidays.” Tim Baxter - The Dispensary Enoteca “The recent Grace Kelly exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery had an economic impact on niche hospitality Bendigo businesses like mine, that was akin to the Easter Weekend – except it went for three months straight! It was the most consistent and extraordinary period of sustained custom we have ever experienced.” Jim Smith - Hotel Shamrock “Wow – what a fabulous three months of business we experienced during the Grace Kelly exhibition. We believe that the iconic status that the Hotel Shamrock holds in Bendigo was a perfect match for Grace Kelly and this was reflected in the outstanding numbers that we had coming through our doors. The exhibition has been terrific for not only our business but also for Bendigo in general.” Trudi O’Donnell - Quest Bendigo and Quest Bendigo Central “It was women galore at Quest Bendigo and Quest Bendigo Central. They arrived in taxi’s from the Bendigo Station or by the car load. Mothers, daughters and friends our properties were abuzz with woman of all ages visiting Bendigo to see the Grace Kelly exhibition. While our serviced apartment business is usually focused on accommodation for corporate and long term guests and it was fantastic to see so many leisure guests come to stay. Our properties were fully booked all week long which was wonderful for our business and the follow on to all the local businesses we deal with here in Bendigo.”
Volunteers play important role Volunteers play an important role within the City especially during major events such as the recent Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition.
The exhibition relied heavily on a large team of over 100 willing tourism and gallery volunteers who worked tirelessly to support the event and helped make it a wonderful experience for visitors to our city. Every day of the exhibition the volunteers played a pivotal role in assisting hundreds of people at the Bendigo Train Station, the Bendigo Visitor Centre and at Bendigo Art Gallery. An extra 24 volunteers were recruited to assist with visitor services over the exhibition period. Volunteers were rostered on each day to undertake a range of activities such as welcoming people to the Visitor Information Centre and boarding the morning V-Line Bendigo bound train at Woodend to provide information to passengers travelling onboard to Bendigo. Tourism volunteers also staffed welcome pods at the Bendigo Art Gallery in View Street and at the Bendigo Train Station to greet passengers in the morning and farewell them in the afternoon. The volunteers also spent March at Melbourne’s Federation Square to inspire people to visit our city and Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition, whilst the gallery’s volunteers assisted patrons at the exhibition. We know by the feedback received that visitors truly appreciated the wonderful assistance they received from our volunteers. The volunteers alone assisted over 55,000 visitors to Bendigo during the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition and we congratulate and thank them for the important role they have played in helping make Bendigo such a great place to visit during our biggest exhibition to date!
What our visitors said The following comments were taken from the visitor book located in the Bendigo Visitor Centre, Pall Mall Bendigo.
“Lovely City – Grace was great.” Geoff & Wendy Hooper - Adelaide
“Just what we needed.”
Kevin & Janet Crawford - Hurricane, USA
“Ballarat could have lessons on how to do this – well done.” S. Richards - Buninyong
“Professional and very friendly thank you”.
Henry Iser - Beaconsfield WA
“So much to see and do, don’t know where to start.”
Marion Halliday - One Tree Hill SA
“I’m so impressed with this town right now! I’ll be moving here soon.” Jake Lane - Victor Harbor
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Managing our waste in the future
Are you about to re-stump your house?
The City would like to remind residents looking to re-stump their home or property that a building permit is required to ensure the correct safety measures are being taken. Garbage disposal is one of the most challenging issues we face as our population grows and the need to find better and more sustainable ways to reduce our impact on the environment intensifies.
municipality may be effectively managed in the future. The strategy will also define what Council’s future role will be. A three-stage process is being used to develop the new waste strategy:
The average household in Greater Bendigo produces 600 kilograms of garbage a year for kerbside collection – much more than other areas such as Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires that produce 450 kilograms per household.
1. Understanding current conditions: where are we now? 2. Building a vision: where we would like to be in the future? 3. Developing options: how will we achieve the vision?
In 2011/2012, the City spent $16 million or 10 per cent of its annual budget on managing garbage and recycling.
A background paper documenting the current waste management situation in Greater Bendigo (Stage 1) has been compiled and is will soon be available on the city’s website. This paper is simply to inform the strategic process, it does not form the strategy itself.
Eaglehawk has been the City’s primary landfill, but is estimated to have less than five years life remaining. There are no new sites currently scheduled for Greater Bendigo and due to limited remaining landfill space, the City has been trucking waste to landfills outside the municipality since August 2008.
The strategy provides an opportunity for the City to reflect on what will truly support the community in its future waste and resource management needs.
With all this in mind, the City of Greater Bendigo has commenced a project to develop a new Waste and Resource Management Strategy for Greater Bendigo.
Residents wanting to be kept informed about the process can phone 54346000, visit www. bendigo.vic.gov.au/wasteresourcestrategy or email WasteResourceStrategy@bendigo. vic.gov.au
The project will establish a vision and process for how waste and resources in the
Building permits ensure that private surveyors stick to the guidelines outlined in the Building Act and gives home owners the security that the re-stumping on their property is being completed to a safe and satisfactory standard. For any type of building works, people need to contact the City or a private surveyor to find out if a building permit is required. The City does not issue permits for private building work but can assist anyone with an enquiry by providing information on where to start and if a permit is needed. The Building Commission recently received a complaint regarding the restumping of a house. It was identified that the contractor did not have a permit for the work. This resulted in action through the courts where the contractor received a fine of $8,000 where a building permit would have only cost approximately $400 to $500 for a private surveyor. A simple phone call is all it takes to ensure the correct approach is being taken when planning work on private property. For further details phone Building and Property Services on 5434 600.
EXHIBITION & AWARDS CEREMONY FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
BENDIGO TOWN HALL, LYTTLETON TERRACE, BENDIGO
YOU’RE INVITED TO DISCOVER THE BEST INNOVATIONS OF 2012!
AWARDS CEREMONY 6pm – 9pm
This is your opportunity to view new and exciting inventions/innovations entered in the 2012 Bendigo Inventor Awards. You can speak with the inventors and vote for the People’s Choice Award. Free entry.
The winners of 2012 Bendigo Inventor Awards will be announced, including the 2012 Inventor of the Year, with special guest Peter Blasina – The Gadget Guy! Light refreshments provided. Free entry with ticket, bookings essential.
Tickets are limited and available now at The Capital Box Office. Phone: (03) 5434 6100.
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EXHIBITION 12pm – 3pm
What’s in the works? As part of Council’s commitment to deliver improved infrastructure, a range of works are currently underway or have recently been completed.
Footpath improvements Hargreaves Street, Bendigo $291,000.
Road construction works MacKenzie Street West, Kangaroo Flat - $1.4M.
Road construction works Patons Road between Gleesons Road and Czar Crescent, Axe Creek - $832,000.
Drainage improvements at the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve - $150,000.
Other works underway or completed: • McIvor Road, Strathdale – Footpath construction • Ironstone Road, Ascot – Road widening and drainage upgrade • Public Amenities at Lake Weeroona – Landscape improvements • Cameron Court, Huntly – Drainage upgrade • Bendigo Livestock Exchange – Effluent treatment plant upgrade • Eaglehawk Landfill – Cell 5 – Preliminary works for Cell construction Drainage improvement works Ewing Park, Bendigo $130,000.
For details of all road works projects go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/roadworks
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Want a $38,800 rebate on a house and land package?
Applications are being accepted for 100 house and land packages in the Viewpoint estate until Wednesday, September 26, 2012. The City has joined forces with Integra Vic. Pty Ltd and Ethan Housing for this exciting and innovative project. Viewpoint Huntly-Bendigo offers eligible workers on ordinary incomes
the opportunity to purchase house and land packages that include a $38,800 rebate. All of these packages are fixed and cannot be altered. These lots will be offered to eligible members by public ballot on October 16, 2012.
The City has taken the opportunity to help alleviate the housing shortage, support worker recruitment and retention and ease the rental crisis in Greater Bendigo by working with partners Ethan Housing and Integra to attract support from the BBRC program.
This initiative is part of the Federal Governmentâ€™s Building Better Regional Cities Program (BBRC).
For more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply go to www.ethanhousing. com.au or phone 9830 2669.
Take a Grape Walk at the Botanic Gardens The City has constructed a new $161,000 Grape Walk Arbour at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens as part of an ongoing effort to restore the heritage gardens to their former glory. The Grape Walk - a pergola structure that will eventually be covered in a grape vines, has been based on a photograph taken around 1910 of a similar structure at the gardens. While the original Grape Walk was constructed of timber, the new one has been built using steel and wire mesh panels to ensure its longevity and to minimise maintenance costs. The Grape Walk is an exciting step in the journey towards restoring the historic parts of the Botanic Gardens to its former glory. The Grape Walk will also provide a new experience for visitors to the gardens.
White Hills resident Kathryn Treloar enjoys the Grape Walk with children James and Emily.
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A safe transport space in the CBD The City of Greater Bendigo has started construction of the Safe Transport Space at Howard Place in the Bendigo CBD. This facility has an architectural design that is sympathetic to the heritage listed surrounds and is being built on parkland bordering Bridge and McCrae Streets and has been designed in keeping with the historical significance of the adjacent site.
The facility will be a significant addition to the centre of town. Not only will the project provide a safe area at night with CCTV and lighting, but also a comfortable undercover area during the day with seating, toilets and family change facilities. It will also include a safe taxi queuing area and consist of three main elements including a fixed canopy above, a resurfaced area below and an
amenities pod to one side with a proposal for a Wi-Fi hotspot. The City will continue to work with surrounding businesses and key users to ensure the least disruption as possible during the construction process and we expect the project to be completed by Christmas 2012.
Get ready for fire season The Fire Danger Period generally commences the first week of December, subject to weather conditions. Although it is still months away, the fire season will soon be upon us so it is time to start thinking about the steps needed to be prepared. Residences • Develop a plan as to what fuels are manageable to reduce fire risk across your property • Undertake works when and where appropriate • Coordinate with your neighbour, together you may well achieve more • Do not wait until the last minute, start planning now Small and Large farms • Take a planned approach as to how best you can manage the risk of fire on your property • Consider how you can reduce the impact of fire on your home • Coordinate with your neighbour • Reduce ground fuels in and around the house and sheds • Prepare fire breaks and slash grass
Free green waste disposal To help you get started, the following weekends will be free for green waste disposal at the Heathcote and Eaglehawk Landfill. 27-28 October 2012 24-25 November 2012
27-28 April 2013 25-26 May 2013
Plan your green waste disposal - put these dates in your diary today!
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Planning for the long term The broad outlook of the Plan is that Eaglehawk’s future success and prosperity does not rely on extensive major land use changes and costly capital projects. Instead, a range of more modest, but positive changes and improvements are proposed, together with a few more substantial initiatives. This includes progressively ‘greening’ Eaglehawk’s streets, completing open space and walking and cycling connections and improving the entrances to the township. More substantial changes are proposed over time for the Brassey Square and Eaglehawk Railway Station to create active community and transport hubs. Opportunities for retail and industrial expansion are also identified. The Structure Plan should be thought of as a guiding document which, whilst setting clear ambitions, is not fixed and unchangeable. It is now the shared task of the City, the Eaglehawk community and other agencies to refine and implement the Plan.
Greater Bendigo Thematic Environmental History The City’s history project From the Ground Up is coming to an end. It has taken over a year to collect and compile the history of our people and places through workshops, questionnaires and from residents. During this phase of community consultation, over 100 participants shared their love of this historic municipality, telling us what makes Greater Bendigo and its history unique. It was this wealth of information that was used to create the City’s Thematic Environmental History. The Thematic Environmental History will be used to help guide and shape the City’s decision-making on heritage matters for the next decade or more. You, too, are invited to read the rich history of our area and be inspired by the tales of those who helped shape the Greater Bendigo that we know today. For further information about this project, please contact the Strategic Heritage Planner on 5434 6125 or heritage@bendigo. vic.gov.au
Greater Bendigo Transport Planning Transport impacts on everyone. It is the essential link in our lives between family, friends, employment and recreation. Bendigo is planning for how people and goods will move around the city in the future. To plan for the future the city is embarking on an integrated transport and land use strategy. This will be a long-term planning document which looks at where people live, work and visit; how freight moves around; and how we ensure the growth of the city strongly aligns with improved transport connections. Some of the aims will be to provide improved options for people to live closer to the things they need, to improve walking and cycling, enable economic growth and coordinated freight movements, reduce the need for car dependency and improved integration between transport agencies.
Eaglehawk Structure Plan Eaglehawk is one of the great assets of the City and the Eaglehawk Structural Plan is about ensuring it continues to be so well into the future. The Plan not only builds on the township’s many advantages, but also draws on other plans and strategies such as the Eaglehawk Township Strategy.
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Community involvement in transport planning is fundamental to making positive progress. While the City can campaign, run programs and lobby other government sectors for improvement in services and infrastructure, the incremental change made through our location choices for new housing, business and industry significantly guide the most efficient, cost effective and useful transport solutions to serve Greater Bendigo. We are calling for you to get involved in the process and talk to people about your ideas for the future. Look out for the upcoming public engagement events or register your interest at email@example.com for project updates. You can also contact the Strategy Unit at any time.
New Pavilions in Bendigo The City has completed and opened five pavilions/stadiums in the past year. Mayor Cr Alec Sandner said the openings highlight Council’s ongoing commitment to building sport and recreation facilities for the community. In July, he joined the Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty in opening the new $3.8M major pavilion at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve. The pavilion includes a 225 square metre multi-use function room capable of catering for 200 people. Other features are: • A gallery of sport displaying key memorabilia from all user groups
• A commercial kitchen, bar and kiosk • Six large change rooms, a first aid room, an assisted change room and two referee rooms • An executive style meeting room Prior to the opening, Cr Sandner opened a new pavilion at Pearce Reserve in Mandurang; the Dick Conroy Pavilion at Strathdale Park; the new Weeroona Recreation Reserve pavilion; and the Truscott Reserve Stadium in California Gully. 1. Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve 2. Pearce Reserve Mandurang 3. Dick Conroy Pavilion, Strathdale Park 4. W eeroona Recreation Reserve 5. Truscott Stadium, California Gully
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City of many cultures We are fortunate in Bendigo to have a rich cultural heritage and an active cultural life. With immigrants from more than 60 countries and over 20 different Aboriginal clan groups and Torres Strait Islanders, Bendigo is a contemporary reflection of a welcoming and engaging community that embraces other ethnicities. The City convenes a local settlement planning network of approximately 20 agencies that plan and coordinate services for new arrivals to ensure there is no overlap as to what is being offered. These agencies provide services ranging from English (as a second language) classes, friend and mentoring programs to young parent support and multicultural playgroups. In 2002, the City signed a Refugee Council of Australia declaration to state its commitment to welcome refugees into our community. This declaration, which remains current, signifies our organisation’s commitment to demonstrating compassion for refugees and to supporting their cultural and religious diversity.
The City is also proud of its relationship with Indigenous communities and has flown the Aboriginal flag permanently over the Town Hall since 2005. Events such as Cultural Diversity Week, Reconciliation Week, Refugee Week and NAIDOC Week are opportunities to come together to share our cultures, faiths and languages and celebrate the benefits that a variety of cultures bring to our community. For more information, please contact Barb Dalloway, Cultural Diversity officer, at 5434 6000.
There are more than 7,000 people living in Bendigo that were born overseas. The Top five countries of origin are: - United Kingdom - New Zealand - India - Netherlands - Philippines Source: 2011 Census Australian Bureau of Statistics
Jenny Samuel, from Papua New Guinea, and her son David have made Bendigo their home since 2003.
The Victorian Seniors Festival October 7-14 Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Victorian Seniors Festival kicks off on Sunday, October 7. With a great range of events on offer across Bendigo and surrounds, there is something for everyone: • • • •
Walking groups Singing and dancing Tai Chi and craft Open Days featuring Iris farms, Senior’s Broadband and University of the Third Age • Tennis, cycling and lawn bowls • Old Time Tea Dance • State Trustees sponsored Country Concert featuring Denise Drysdale and much more
Seniorsrian Festival 30th Birthday
7-14 October 2012
An exciting new event, the ‘Seniors Hub’, will be running in conjunction with this year’s Festival. It will be open from Monday, October 8 to Wednesday, October 10 at the Bendigo Town Hall and Civic Gardens. This event celebrates the contribution that seniors make to the community and will offer a range of interactive and engaging activities including entertainment for seniors, their families and the community. People will be able to participate in a range of activities as well as gain information about groups, clubs and services that they can become involved in. One of the highlights of this event is presentations from celebrity Chef Peter Russell Clarke. Full details of festival activities can be found in the 2012 Victorian Seniors Festival program which is available from Customer Service Centres in Bendigo and Heathcote, Bendigo Library, Senior Citizen Centres and supermarkets or online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au A full program of the Seniors Hub will be available closer to the date.
Bendigo’s newsletter about positive & active ageing The spring edition of Zoom is out now. Jam-packed with relevant and useful information celebrating the contribution older people make to our community, promoting positive and active ageing for everyone. Each edition focuses on a different theme, the spring edition focusing on Creativity and Visual Arts. Download a copy from www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/zoomnewsletter or phone 5434 6000.
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Residents resource hub The Resident’s Resource Hub, which is located in the City of Greater Bendigo Heathcote Customer Service Centre, is a place for the community to come and source a variety of community information and hold arts-related events. The Hub plans to hold a range of information sessions on current issues and host guest speakers on a regular basis. They also want the community to get involved in different events such as regular newcomer meetings, story times for children and art and craft exhibitions. Recently, the children’s art exhibition, ‘Lens Art’, was on show at the Hub. Students from Holy Rosary Heathcote and Heathcote Primary School were asked what they wanted to do as an art project. They came up with an innovative idea that incorporated different methods of photography. Their work was then printed, framed and put on public display. Spaces are available in our Heathcote office which can be utilised for meetings, exhibitions and workshops and we encourage the Heathcote community to make use of these spaces.
Students from Holy Rosary Heathcote and Heathcote Primary School at the Lens Art exhibition.
For further information contact the Heathcote Resource Hub on 5433 3211.
Young people encouraged to have their views heard The City is committed to providing a range of youth engagement opportunities to promote and support young people’s active participation in all aspects of community life. Young people make up approximately 20% of Greater Bendigo’s current population, with 18,629 residents aged between 12 - 25 years. Given Greater Bendigo’s increasing growth rate it is forecast that by the year 2031 the number of young people living in Greater Bendigo will increase to 24,457. The development of a Youth Strategy is considered to be critical to the City’s ability to provide meaningful opportunities for young people in the future Sixteen young people from the recently established Youth Strategy Reference Group are calling for all young people aged 12-25 to become involved. Through participation in the online survey below, it is a great opportunity for them to have their views and opinions heard and to help shape the development of the City’s 2012 Youth Strategy. To take part in the online survey head to www.surveymonkey.com/s/ cityofgreaterbendigoyouthstrategy2012
Visual Arts Acquisitive Award winner Gemma Simpson.
Raw Arts Award winners announced The Raw Arts Awards and Scholarships began in 1997 and are an initiative of the City. The aim of the Awards is to support young people and provide opportunities for a diverse and vibrant local arts and cultural program. The Awards provide an avenue for young people to profile their work, receive public and financial recognition and continue further studies in their chosen arts field.
2012 Raw Arts Awards results Performing Arts Category Winner Mishalle Santos Highly Commended Cassie Ward Literary Scholarship Winner Emily Tatti Highly Commended Rhayven Jane Digital Media Scholarship Winner Bailey Cook Highly Commended Brendan Cherry Visual Arts Acquisitive Award Winner Gemma Simpson Highly Commended Morgan McCormick
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The City’s Park Ranger Crusoe Reservoir & No. 7 Miles Geldard with Friends of Crusoe & No.7 Park members Ken and Maureen Dredge.
Rare bird sighting at Crusoe reservoir & No 7 Park A number of rare and endangered birds have been spotted at Greater Bendigo’s Crusoe Reservoir and No 7 Park this year. City Park Ranger Miles Geldard said since the start of this year Ken and Maureen Dredge, both members of the Friends of Crusoe and No.7 Park, have been trekking around the park, binoculars in hand, compiling a list of birds that are present in the park. “Since the start of the year this dedicated pair of birdwatchers have compiled a list of 95 bird species. This is far more diversity than what people would expect to see in most areas around Bendigo and is indicative of good land management,” said Miles. He said that Ken and Maureen have seen 44% of species are common, 36% are moderately common and 18% are uncommon. “Three of the uncommon species are listed on the Department of Sustainability and Environment Threatened Vertebrate Fauna List (2007). They include Musk Duck Biziura lobata and Harhead (also known as White-eyed Duck); Aythya Australis which are listed as vulnerable in Victoria; and the Nankeen Night-Heron (also known as Rufus Night Heron) Nycticorax caledonicus which are listed as near-threatened. “Ken and Maureen have also sighted five robin species in the Robinson Crusoe Gully at Crusoe Reservoir. “Their sightings include the Rose Robin
a small insectivorous robin with dark grey wings, head and back. The males have a distinctive rose-red breast and are very acrobatic in flight and love Box and Ironbark woodlands in winter. “The Scarlet Robin (P. petroica multicolor) a Box Ironbark resident, the Flame Robin (P. phoenicea) a seasonal visitor from the Dividing Range, the Red-capped Robin (P. goodenovii) with a call like a dialling phone, and the Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) that alights on the sides of trees have also been sighted which is truly remarkable,” Miles said. He said the leaf litter on the woodland floor is the ‘engine room’ that helps drive the Box and Ironbark ecosystem. “Many invertebrates thrive in this leaf litter. For ground feeding insectivorous birds, like robins it is like a kind of free supermarket. This area is also long unburnt, meaning that, together with other conservation management, an equilibrium is being reached that provides high quality habitat to native woodland birds, such as the robins, and other native fauna.
How to get there
The main entrance to the No 7 Park is located off Furness Street Kangaroo Flat turn at Harvey Norman when accessing from Calder Highway. The entrance to Crusoe Reservoir is off Crusoe Road.
Disabled toilets and car parking, picnic tables and seating, wide shared gravel jogging and cycling tracks and fishing pontoon.
Things to do
Fishing, swimming, canoeing and small scale sailing at Crusoe Reservoir, bird watching, jogging, cycling and bushwalking.
Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t bring your dog with you as the presence of dogs can inhibit the natural movements of native animals. Don’t leave any rubbish behind in the park, anything you bring in with you must be taken home with you.
“Ken and Maureen hope to ‘crack the ton’ and observe more than 100 species by the end of the year and they way they are going I’m sure that they will.
Do come and visit and enjoy all that this terrific part of Greater Bendigo has to offer.
“With 210 hectares Crusoe and No 7 Park is simply a haven for native wildlife. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful natural environmental area so close and accessible for residents to enjoy,” said Miles.
The Crusoe Reservoir and No 7 Park is managed by the City. Further details can be found online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/ crusoeres
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Know your new wards The City of Greater Bendigo Council election day is October 27. This is a postal election and ballot papers will be sent out in mid October, with voting closing at 6pm on October 26. Counting will occur on the 27th with results expected by the 28th or soon afterwards. Greater Bendigo’s ward boundaries have been changed following a review by the Victorian Electoral Commission. The City now has three wards, with three councillors to be elected to each ward. While the City’s external boundaries remain the same, the reduction in wards means there has been significant changes to internal boundaries. For further details and maps visit www.bendigo.vic.gov.au or www.vec.vic.gov.au/ BendigoElection.html
k Ward ck pstic stic psti Whip Whi Raywood Neilborough Sebastian
Huntly Myers Flat Marong
d Ward Lockwood War Lockwood
Axedale Strathfieldsaye Mandurang
Whipstick Ward Localities include Ascot, Avonmore, Bagshot, Bagshot North, Barnadown, Bendigo, California Gully, Drummartin, Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk North, East Bendigo, Elmore, Epsom, Fosterville, Goornong, Hunter, Huntly, Huntly North, Ironbark, Jackass Flat, Kamarooka, Long Gully, Neilborough, North Bendigo, Raywood, Sebastian, Wellsford, Whipstick, White Hills, Woodvale.
Roy Reserve, Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk Secondary College, Eaglehawk Central Cemetery, Lake Neangar, Lake Tom Thumb, Neangar Park Golf Links, Bendigo Golf Links, Whipstick Park, Kamarooka Park, Sebastian Light Harness Club, Goornong Recreation Reserve, Elmore Recreation Reserve, Elmore Swimming Pool, Elmore Light Harness Club, Morshead Park.
Landmarks/points of interest
City of Greater Bendjgo offices, Town Hall, Bendigo Library, Rosalind Park, The Capital Theatre, Bendigo Art Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo Marketplace, Bendigo Railway Station, Bendigo Aquatic Centre, Girton Grammar, St John of God Hospital, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Tom Flood Sports Centre, Garden Gully Reserve, Catholic College Bendigo, Base Hospital, Anne Caudle Centre, Tennis Centre, Lake Weeroona, Long Gully Reserve, North Bendigo Recreation Reserve, Lightening Reef Primary School Bendigo North Campus, Weeroona Oval, Weeroona College, Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Lightening Reef Primary School Comet Hill Campus, Truscott Reserve, Finn Street Recreation Reserve, White Hills Cemetery, Bendigo Airport, Epsom Racecourse, Bendigo Botanic Gardens, California Gully Oval, Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, Albert
Argyle, Axe Creek, Axedale, Bendigo, Costerfield, Derrinal, East Bendigo, Emu Creek, Eppalock, Flora Hill, Heathcote, Junortoun, Kennington, Kimbolton, Knowsley, Ladys Pass, Longlea, Lyal, Mia Mia, Mount Camel, Myrtle Creek, Redcastle, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye, Toolleen.
Landmarks/points of interest Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (Charleston Road), Bendigo East Swimming Pool, Kennington Oval, Ewing Park, Strathdale Park, Kennington Primary School, Kennington Reservoir, Bendigo South East 7-10 Secondary College, Flora Hills Indoor Sports Centre, Latrobe University Bendigo Campus, Osborne Street Campus, Strath Village, Brennan Park Pool, Lords Raceway, Catholic College Junortoun Campus, JG Edwards Oval, Strathfieldsaye Sports Complex,
Lake Eppalock, Axedale Recreation Reserve, Heathcote Golf Links, Heathcote Showgrounds Reserve, Barrack Reserve, Heathcote Pool.
Lockwood Ward Localities include Big Hill, Golden Gully, Golden Square, Harcourt North, Kangaroo Flat, Leichardt, Lockwood, Lockwood South, Maiden Gully, Mandurang, Mandurang South, Marong, Myers Flat, Quarry Hill, Ravenswood, Sailors Gully, Sedgwick, Shelbourne, Spring Gully, West Bendigo, Wilsons Hill.
Landmarks/points of interest Crusoe Reservoir, Crusoe Heights Reserve, Spring Gully Reservoir, Lansell Plaza, Kangaroo Flat Library, Crusoe College, Kangaroo Flat Cemetery, Dower Park, Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre, Rotary Park, Spring Gully Tennis Courts, Spring Gully Hockey Fields, Bendigo Cemetery, Quarry Hill Recreation Reserve, Allingham Street Reserve, Backhaus Oval, Central City Caravan Park, Golden Square Oval and Pool, Fortuna Villa, Schweppes Centre, Eaglehawk Golf Links, Malone Park, Marong Bowling Club, Marong Light Harness Club and Pony Club.
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Cr James Reade 1. Best Holiday...
Japan last year. I spent six weeks going around Japan including the Tsunami area and skiing in some of the world’s best snow.
2. Comfort Food... Chocolate
3. Relaxing CD... Ben Harper
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Nelson Mandela (standing up for what he believes in)
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Big enough to be a city but still small enough to have a sense of community
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